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Fountain at Cana of Galilee

Fountain at Cana of Galilee
‎“Then when He was come into Galilee the Galileans received Him, having seen all the things that He did at Jerusalem at the feast.” It was at Cana of Galilee that He healed the son of a certain nobleman who was sick at Capernaum. In the picture we see the fountain which is, according to the tradition, the one from which the water pots were filled when Christ made the wine at the marriage feast in Cana. The water here is abundant and pure, and as there is no other fountain in the immediate vicinity, the natives of the village regard its claims as beyond dispute. The large sculptured stone near the fountain, to the left of the picture, is a Roman sarcophagus, now used as a trough for watering cattle. A woman of the village appears in the picture. We find them sometimes in groups, sometimes alone. They often bear jars upon their heads. Beyond the fountain we see a fence of cactus and beyond it are olive and fig trees. The writer and the artist were at this pla…

Who's in the Box

Who's in the Box

‎By the first century AD it had become a Jewish custom to place the bones of a decomposed corpse in a stone box called an ossuary. Several of these containers were discovered in Jerusalem in the 20th century.

Paul's Concern for His Own People

Paul's Concern for His Own People Excerpt ‎It is obvious that, while Paul was writing to these believers in Rome, he at the same time continually displays a great concern for his own wayward people, the people of the nation of Israel. It is clear that he also writes to help them to overcome some of their errant ideas about how a man may become righteous before God. These are ideas which actually are keeping them from receiving the righteousness which God Himself would provide. As a result, the reader can observe two elements in the book. The initial theme of the book, which continues to show up throughout the book, is directed through these saints in Rome who have believed. It concerns their own ministry which they should have among the Jews who were depending upon their own devices for salvation. … More Northrup, Bernard E. True Evangelism: Paul’s Presentation of the First Five Steps of the Soul-Winner in Romans. N. p., 1997. Print


Warship ‎The 69-cm-high relief from the period of the Assyrian king Sennacherib (704–681 BCE) shows a vessel (galley) powered by banks of oarsmen used as a warship. Its bow was designed to ram and sink enemy vessels. The shields of the warriors hang on the ship’s side in order to protect the vessel. ‎Num 24:24; Judg 5:17; Job 9:26; Ps 104:26; Prov 30:19; Dan 11:30; 1 Macc 1:17; 11:1; 15:4

Persian art

Persian art ‎This picture shows some examples of Persian art and craftsmanship. The picture at top shows a mythological figure consisting of a winged cow. The state god is pictured at the bottom right, and two animals at the left.

Connect the Testaments

April 8: Compelled to Worship

Deuteronomy 12:29–14:29; 2 Corinthians 4:1–6; Psalm 36

When we experience God’s mercy, it shows. Our instincts change and our priorities shift from gratifying our own ego to making much of God. We stop fearing what others think of us and find our identity grounded in Christ. It’s a transformation that shows God is working in our lives. Paul recognized the transformative power of the gospel, and it drove his ministry. This is evidenced in his second letter to the Corinthian church:
“Just as we have been shown mercy, we do not lose heart, but we have renounced shameful hidden things, not behaving with craftiness or adulterating the word of God, but with the open proclamation of the truth commending ourselves to every person’s conscience before God” (2 Cor 4:1–2).

Paul wasn’t manipulating or distorting the good news for his own gain, as some were doing in the community. He preached the good news to all people with openness and sincerity. He allowed the gospel …

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

April 8

  Each one resembled the children of a king
Judges 8:18
If the King is indeed near of kin to us, the royal likeness will be recognizable.

Frances Ridley Havergal

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

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest

April 8th
His resurrection destiny

Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into His glory? Luke 24:26.

Our Lord’s Cross is the gateway into His life: His Resurrection means that He has power now to convey His life to me. When I am born again from above, I receive from the risen Lord His very life.
Our Lord’s Resurrection destiny is to bring “many sons unto glory.” The fulfilling of His destiny gives Him the right to make us sons and daughters of God. We are never in the relationship to God that the Son of God is in; but we are brought by the Son into the relation of sonship. When Our Lord rose from the dead, He rose to an absolutely new life, to a life He did not live before He was incarnate. He rose to a life that had never been before; and His resurrection means for us that we are raised to His risen life, not to our old life. One day we shall have a body like unto His glorious body, but we can know now the efficacy of His resurrection and walk in newness of lif…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, January 8                                           Go To Evening Reading

 “The iniquity of the holy things.” 
 — Exodus 28:38
What a veil is lifted up by these words, and what a disclosure is made! It will be humbling and profitable for us to pause awhile and see this sad sight. The iniquities of our public worship, its hypocrisy, formality, lukewarmness, irreverence, wandering of heart and forgetfulness of God, what a full measure have we there! Our work for the Lord, its emulation, selfishness, carelessness, slackness, unbelief, what a mass of defilement is there! Our private devotions, their laxity, coldness, neglect, sleepiness, and vanity, what a mountain of dead earth is there! If we looked more carefully we should find this iniquity to be far greater than appears at first sight. Dr. Payson, writing to his brother, says, “My parish, as well as my heart, very much resembles the garden of the sluggard; and what is worse, I find that very many of my desires for the meliorat…