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Demon

DemonJames 2:19 Excerpt The English transliteration of a Greek term(daimōn) originally referring to any one of numerous, vaguely defined spirit beings, either good or bad. In the nt they are understood as evil spirits, opposed to God and God’s people. In the kjv, the term is regularly translated ‘devil,’ a word that appears in thersv only as the translation of a different Greek term meaning ‘accuser’ or ‘slanderer’(diabolos). It is used as a virtual synonym for ‘Satan.’ In the ancient world, there was widespread belief in spiritual powers or beings that existed in addition to the well-known gods and goddesses. These beings were not understood as necessarily evil, though some might be. The idea that many or even all such beings were allied with the forces of darkness and wickedness only came into focus, probably under the influence of Persian thought, during the intertestamental period of Judaism. More Achtemeier, Paul J., Harper & Row and Society of Biblical Literature. Harper’s B…

The Blessing of the Lord

The Blessing of the Lord Excerpt God’s blessing on the righteous man brings trouble–free wealth. The thought is that when good fortune is a result of God’s blessing, we are free of the anxieties which come when we make our money wrongfully. When riches come bound up in the same bundle with worries and fear, they can never satisfy. More Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.

Sea of Quails

A Sea of Quails ‎In Numbers 11:31, the text says God sent the Israelites so many quail that they were measured as “2 cubits deep a day’s journey in every direction”. A day’s journey is between 15 and 25 miles. 2 cubits is about 3 feet, so we’re looking at a shallow heap of quail about waist-deep covering an area roughly the size of San Antonio, Texas.

Mundy's Quote for the Day

Mundy's Quote for the Day Fellowship with Him and One AnotherlThis is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that mGod is light and in Him is no darkness at all. 6 nIf we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we owalk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and pthe blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we qconfess our sins, He is rfaithful and just to forgive us our sins and to scleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we tmake Him a liar, and His word is not in us.[1]


l John 1:19; 1 John 3:11 m [1 Tim. 6:16]; James 1:17 n [John 8:12]; 2 Cor. 6:14; [1 John 2:9–11] o Is. 2:5 p [1 Cor. 6:11] q Ps. 32:5; Prov. 28:13 r [Rom. 3:24–26] s Ps. 51:2 t John 3:33; 1 John 5:10 [1]The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982. Pri…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

March 25

  Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ
Gal. 6:2
By lifting the burdens of others we lose our own.

Selected

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

Amazing Grace

March 25


WHEN HE COMETH
William O. Cushing, 1823–1902

When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. (Colossians 3:4)

The scriptural promise of Christ’s second coming is always a thrilling truth for believers to ponder. Beyond that, the thought of the Savior creating a jeweled crown from little children who love Him is a fascinating pictorial concept. William Orcutt Cushing conceived the idea for his “Jewel Song” text from the promise in Malachi 3:17: “And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of Hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels.” Pastor Cushing wrote the text for the children in his own Sunday school in 1856.
Several years later, William Cushing suffered a period of deep despair in his life. After the death of his wife, he developed a creeping paralysis and the loss of his speech at the age of 47. He was forced to retire from the ministry after 27 years as an active and successful pastor in Disciples of Christ churches. When he pleaded, …

My Utmost for His Highest

March 25th
The most delicate mission on earth


The friend of the Bridegroom. John 3:29.

Goodness and purity ought never to attract attention to themselves, they ought simply to be magnets to draw to Jesus Christ. If my holiness is not drawing towards Him, it is not holiness of the right order, but an influence that will awaken inordinate affection and lead souls away into side-eddies. A beautiful saint may be a hindrance if he does not present Jesus Christ but only what Christ has done for him; he will leave the impression—‘What a fine character that man is!’—that is not being a true friend of the Bridegroom; I am increasing all the time, He is not.
In order to maintain this friendship and loyalty to the Bridegroom, we have to be more careful of our moral and vital relationship to Him than of any other thing, even of obedience. Sometimes there is nothing to obey, the only thing to do is to maintain a vital connection with Jesus Christ, to see that nothing interferes with that. Only occa…

Morning and Evening

Morning, March 25                                                Go To Evening Reading

         “Betrayest thou the Son of Man with a kiss?”
         — Luke 22:48
“The kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” Let me be on my guard when the world puts on a loving face, for it will, if possible, betray me as it did my Master, with a kiss. Whenever a man is about to stab religion, he usually professes very great reverence for it. Let me beware of the sleek-faced hypocrisy which is armour-bearer to heresy and infidelity. Knowing the deceivableness of unrighteousness, let me be wise as a serpent to detect and avoid the designs of the enemy. The young man, void of understanding, was led astray by the kiss of the strange woman: may my soul be so graciously instructed all this day, that “the much fair speech” of the world may have no effect upon me. Holy Spirit, let me not, a poor frail son of man, be betrayed with a kiss!

But what if I should be guilty of the same accursed sin as Judas, that son …

Thoughtless Iconoclasm

March 25: Thoughtless Iconoclasm
Numbers 29:1–40; 1 Corinthians 11:17–12:11; Psalm 24:1–10

When we learn something new about life and faith, it’s tempting to use our knowledge and freedom to tear down religious constructs and artifices—exposing truth in a way that’s not helpful or edifying. If we’re honest, pushing boundaries and living edgy and unfettered gives us a rush.
Paul warns the Corinthian Christians against this attitude: “All things are permitted, but not all things are profitable. All things are permitted, but not all things build up” (1 Cor 10:23). Paul sets up a contrast, juxtaposing the clauses to set apart what should really be the focus of the Corinthians. Paul stresses that instead of flaunting freedom, we should be focused on what is helpful and constructive for the community.
Seeking the good of the other person should be our first reflex. And it’s not simply limited to the Christian community. Paul states: “Therefore, whether you eat or you drink or whatever you …