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Jerusalem: Russian Orthodox Nun

Jerusalem: Russian Orthodox Nun ‎ A Russian Orthodox nun holding an Olive branch in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Garden of Damascus

Garden of Damascus

‎No wonder the Moslems look upon Damascus as an earthly paradise. It is encompassed by gardens and orchards. These cover an area of over twenty-five miles in circumference. Here grow olive, fig, walnut, apricot, poplar, palm, cypress and pomegranate trees. In the above view we have a scene taken from the Jerusalem road in the western part of the city, and looking to the north a ridge of Anti-Lebanon is seen straight before us. In the richness of its soil, in the salubrity and semi-tropical character of its climate, in its varied vegetation, we find the reason for the constant association of Damascus with the thought of gardens. It has been for four thousand years a garden. It is surrounded for miles with this splendor of verdure. Its gardens and orchards and far-reaching groves, rich in foliage and blossoms, wrap the city around like a mantle of green velvet powdered with pearls. The apricot orchards seem to blush at their own surpassing loveliness, and the gentle …

Drawing of Ugaritic

Drawing of Ugaritic
Drawing of Ugaritic text RS 34.131. The text records a list of towns followed by a number of persons in each town. The document is probably a census. Functionally similar lists may also reverse the order of persons and their towns. Biblical texts contain several lists that resemble the administrative place name lists. From RSO 7 pl. 2.
Biblical Archaeologist: Volume 59 1-4 2001 : 166. Print.

Definition of Church Administration

Definition of Church Administration Excerpt ‎Leadership and guidance in deploying the church’s limited resources for ministry are essential if there is to be optimum effectiveness. Leading the church to discover and determine its purpose and objectives is imperative. Identifying the needs of persons and designing and developing the church’s responses to these needs are vital. Relating resources appropriately is crucial. The leadership and guidance required to achieve optimum effectiveness in these facets of ministry are precisely what comprise the field and function of church administration. ‎Church administration is the leadership which equips the church to be the church and to do the work of the church. It is the guidance provided by church leaders as they lead the church to use its spiritual, human, physical, and financial resources to move the church toward reaching its objectives and fulfilling its avowed purpose. It is enabling the children of God who comprise the church to becom…

God's Elect

God's Elect1 Peter 1:1 Excerpt These Christians lived in the Roman provinces which occupied the area of modern Turkey. They were a set of scattered groups and perhaps isolated individuals in a wide territory. In this respect they resembled the many Jews who lived in small communities scattered throughout the ancient world, and Peter’s wording deliberately echoes the self-description of the Jews as the scattered people outside their homeland. More Marshall, I. Howard. 1 Peter. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1991. Print. The IVP New Testament Commentary Series

Ring, necklace, dress as awarded from the pharaoh

Ring, necklace, dress as awarded from the pharaoh ‎This picture from the tomb of Aya shows Akhenaten and Nefertiti bestowing the honor gold upon the owner of the tomb and his wife. This award honors him as a special dignitary. The spectators of the scene providing the backdrop are dancers (the two rows at bottom), standard-bearers and arms-bearers (third row), submissive officers (row four and five), and charioteers with their chariots. ‎Gen 41:42

Righteous as a Moral Term

Righteous as a Moral TermPhilippians 3:9 Excerpt In Scripture, righteousness is often a legal term, not a moral one. It means that a judge would pronounce someone righteous. Naturally, the ideal was that the person would actually be righteous, but the focus is on what the judge said. The verdict did not necessarily depend on the moral realities. In accord with that, the primary question of both Judaism and Christianity was “what must a man do if God is to declare that he is in the right and so give judgment in his favour? The Jewish answer was that he must obey the Law of Moses.”30 For Paul, a righteousness attained by the law was only a relative self-righteousness. The best that could be hoped for was the blamelessness of which he spoke in 3:6b, but which he nonetheless had found inadequate for gaining salvation. Thus, the law provides one approach to righteousness, but it is a flawed approach. The problem is not the law. Paul taught that the law is good (Rom 7). The problem is the …

Mundy's Quote for the Day

Mundy's Quote for the Day Reverend Lynwood F. Mundy
Loving God Under Trials
12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. 18 Of His own will He brought us forth by the sword of truth, that we might be a kind of first-fruits of His creatures. (James 1:12-18, NKJV)
The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982. Print.

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

March 23

  See then that ye walk circumspectly
Eph. 5:15
There is no such thing as negative influence. We are all positive in the place we occupy, making the world better or making it worse.

T. DeWitt Talmage

Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1997. Print.

Amazing Grace

March 23

Daniel W. Whittle, 1840–1901

I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing. (Ezekiel 34:26)

How disheartening it is to see a once fertile field that has been rendered hardened and useless by a drought. Land that was intended to produce a rich harvest for its owner lies barren and lifeless. As Christians, God desires that our lives bear much fruit for Him. But the soil of our hearts must be right if we want the seeds of righteousness to grow. The parable of the sower in Matthew 13 teaches that it is possible to have four different kinds of soil in our lives: An unconcerned soil, a shallow soil, a polluted soil, and a good soil—one that responds and produces a bountiful harvest.
At times many Christians feel as though they are in a spiritual drought. God seems removed. Spiritual activities are just routine business. Prayer and Bible reading become monotonous. Christian friends seem critical and irritating. We feel that…

My Utmost for His Highest

March 23rd
Am I carnally minded?

Whereas there is among you jealousy and strife, are ye not carnal? 1 Cor. 3:3.
No natural man knows anything about carnality. The flesh lusting against the Spirit that came in at regeneration, and the Spirit lusting against the flesh, produces carnality. “Walk in the Spirit,” says Paul, “and ye shall not fulfil the lusts of the flesh”; and carnality will disappear. Are you contentious, easily troubled about trifles? ‘Oh, but no one who is a Christian ever is!’ Paul says they are, he connects these things with carnality. Is there a truth in the Bible that instantly awakens petulance in you? That is a proof that you are yet carnal. If sanctification is being worked out, there is no trace of that spirit left. If the Spirit of God detects anything in you that is wrong, He does not ask you to put it right; He asks you to accept the light, and He will put it right. A child of the light confesses instantly and stands bared before God; a child of the darkness s…

Morning and Evening

Morning, March 23                                                Go To Evening Reading

         “His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”
         — Luke 22:44
The mental pressure arising from our Lord’s struggle with temptation, so forced his frame to an unnatural excitement, that his pores sent forth great drops of blood which fell down to the ground. This proves how tremendous must have been the weight of sin when it was able to crush the Saviour so that he distilled great drops of blood! This demonstrates the mighty power of his love. It is a very pretty observation of old Isaac Ambrose that the gum which exudes from the tree without cutting is always the best. This precious camphire-tree yielded most sweet spices when it was wounded under the knotty whips, and when it was pierced by the nails on the cross; but see, it giveth forth its best spice when there is no whip, no nail, no wound. This sets forth the voluntariness of Christ’s sufferings, s…

March 23: Reason: Not the Ultimate Power

March 23: Reason: Not the Ultimate Power
Numbers 27:1–23; 1 Corinthians 10:1–22; Psalm 22:14–31

Reason is a gift from God, but that doesn’t make it a substitute for seeking God’s will through prayer.
Moses appears to have been an intelligent man. He figured out how to flee Egypt after killing an Egyptian, how to survive in the wilderness, and how to make his way back without prosecution. He also transformed non-militarized men into a military and taught them to craft the weaponry necessary to win countless battles. But Moses didn’t rely on these abilities; he relied on asking God His will and waiting for His guidance.
Moses relies on God’s will so often that I’m convinced that the actions that appear to come from great intelligence and reason—like his ability to escape and reenter Egypt and his ability to train people in combat—were based on God’s direct guidance.
We see Moses seek God’s guidance in matters that he could have used reason to discern as well. In Numbers 27, when Moses …