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‎The aerial view shows the excavated walls of the monarchic period. The six-room city is on the right. From there a case-mate leads to the left, which is a wall consisting of two parallel walls with inhabitable inner rooms. A large hall with columns is visible in the middle of the picture; this hall was probably used as storage room. To the left, there is a typical four-room house. ‎Josh 11:1–13; 1 Sam 12:9; 1 Kings 9:15; 2 Kings 15:29


‎Tiberias. This city on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, 212 meters below sea level, was built in the years 17–22 A.D. by Herod Antipas, who named the city after his patron, the Roman Emperor Tiberius. For a few hundred years it became the major Jewish spiritual center in the land, where the Jerusalem Talmud was completed and the six books of Mishnah were compiled. From the 5th century many Christians settled in the city. In 1099 Tiberias was captured by the Crusaders and in 1187 it was destroyed in the war between the Moslems and the Crusaders, after which it remained almost forgotten for some 400 years. In the 18th century the town’s Jewish community started to grow again, until it became the capital of Galilee. Today it is a resort town famous for its hot mineral springs, its beautiful scenery and the many historic sites in the area.

Tomb of Joseph, Nablous

Tomb of Joseph, Nablous
‎The pilgrims from Jerusalem having left Shiloh would in about ten miles’ further travel reach Joseph’s Tomb, a mile and a half to the south of Nablous. This is supposed to be on “the parcel of ground purchased by Jacob,” and is an object of great veneration. It stands at the eastern entrance to the valley between Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal. Jews, Samaritans, Christians and Mohammedans agree on the identity of this sacred place. The low-domed mosque gleams white against the mountain back ground. The tomb itself is about six feet long and four feet high, covered with ordinary plaster, which has been whitewashed, as are all the Moslem graves of the country. Within the entrance to the inclosure is the vine “whose branches run over the wall,” recording the words of Jacob when he blessed Joseph. Hebrew, Arabic and Samaritan inscriptions are on the wall. It is really the tomb that should mark the resting place of the bones of Joseph, the Hebrew prince of Egypt and…

The Seven Trumpets (8:6–11:19)

The Seven Trumpets (8:6–11:19)
Revelation 8:6–11:19
Excerpt ‎The seven seals were divided between the four horsemen and the remaining three seals, with a narrative break between the sixth and seventh seals to remind the people of God of the Lord’s promise of final protection and their hope of eternal glory. A similar pattern occurs with the seven trumpets (8:7–11:19). ‎The first four trumpets describe partial judgments (“a third,”8:7) upon the earth’s vegetation, the oceans, fresh waters, and the heavenly lights.  The last three trumpets are grouped together and are also described as three “woes” upon the earth, emphasizing God’s judgment upon humankind.  The fifth trumpet (and first woe) releases hellish locusts who will sting those not having the seal of God (9:1–12). The sixth trumpet (and second woe) brings forth a mighty army of infernal horsemen who kill a third of humankind (9:13–19). But all these judgments have no redemptive effect, for the rest of humankind who are not killed by th…

Elisabeth’s Reaction to Mary

Elisabeth’s Reaction to Mary
Excerpt There is a great contrast between the behaviour of the two women when they met in Elisabeth’s house. The elder was full of a new strange ecstatic joy. “She was filled with the Holy Ghost” (ver. 42), and spoke her words of lofty congratulation with “a loud voice” (ver. 42). Mary, on the other hand, was not conscious evidently, on this occasion, of any special presence of the Holy Spirit. Since the hour of the annunciation and her own meek faithful acceptance of the Lord’s purpose, she had been dwelling, so to speak, under the immediate influence of the Spirit of the Lord.Her cousin’s inspiration seems to have been momentary and transitory, while here, during that strange blessed season which immediately preceded the Incarnation, was enduring. Hence the quiet introduction to her hymn, “And Mary said.” It is, of course, possible that she had committed the beautiful thoughts to writing; but perhaps, in giving them to Luke or Paul, she needed no parchme…

Greeting and Prayer

Greeting and Prayer By: Sister Shirley Thomas Good morning my brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, secular, atheists, friends and enemies. Faithful 23 His lord said to him, q‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into rthe joy of your lord.’[1]Our faithfulness to God will provide us with more opportunities to minister to others than we ever would have dreamed. Help me simply [to] love one person at a time. As the opportunity [comes], give me rthe words to help someone. In Jesus’ name is my supplication. Amen. Have a wonderful stress-free day. Much love to you and all that are, and come into your life. UK

qMatt. 24:45, 47; 25:21 r [Ps. 16:11;John 15:10, 11] [1]The New King James Version. Matthew 25:23. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982. Print

Mundy's Quote for the Day

Mundy's Quote for the Day By: Reverend Lynwood F. Mundy
    10      But knows the way that I take;     When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.     11      My foot has held fast to His steps;     I have kept His way and not turned aside.     12      I have not departed from the commandment of His lips;     I have treasured the words of His mouth     More than my necessary food. (Job 23:10-11, NKJV)

Catholic Lectionary

On the same date: Saint Katharine Drexel, Virgin

              First Reading       Isaiah 1:10, 16–20
              Response       Psalm 50:23b
PsalmPsalm 50:8–9, 16b–17, 21, 23
Gospel Acclamation       Ezekiel 18:31
Gospel Matthew 23:1–12

Catholic Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

The Episcopal Church. Book of Common Prayer Lectionary


Psalms (Morning)       Psalm 61, 62
Psalms (Evening)       Psalm 68:1–20 (21–23) 24–35
 Old Testament Jeremiah 2:1–13
New Testament Romans 1:16–25
Gospel John 4:43–54

The Episcopal Church. Book of Common Prayer Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2010. Print.