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Decorated Horse

Decorated Horse
‎The Assyrians decorated the horses for their chariots with elaborate snaffles. The picture also shows little bells as horse decoration. ‎Zech 10:3; 14:20; 2 Macc 3:25


AbideJohn 15:4-7, 9-10, 16 Excerpt R. Bultmann (John [Eng. tr., 1971] 535n.1) correctly emphasizes two aspects of μένω ἐν: In reference to humankind “abide in” designates “loyalty”; in reference to the revealer or God it designates “the eternal validity of the divine act of salvation for the believer.” More Balz, Horst Robert, and Gerhard Schneider.Exegetical dictionary of the New Testament 1990– : 408. Print

Cain's Anger

Cain's Anger Excerpt Cain was so angry he would not be talked out of his sin—even by God. Eve, however, had to be talked into her sin by Satan; but Cain “belonged to the evil one” (1 John 3:12). It is as if he could not wait to destroy his brother—a natural man’s solution to his own failure. More Ross, Allen P. “Genesis.”The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 1. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 34. Print.

Corinth: Road

Corinth: Road ‎The remnants of the shops in Corinth are visible in the foreground. As in other Hellenistic-Roman cities, they were situated alongside the major roads. ‎Acts 18:1, 18:8; 19:1; 1 Cor 1:2; 2 Cor 1:1, 1:23; 6:11; 2 Tim 4:20

Mountain Imagery

Mountain ImageryProverbs 8:25 Mountains are a symbol of eternal continuance (Dt. 33:15; Hab. 3:6) and stability (Is. 54:10). They are considered as the earliest created things (Jb. 15:7; Pr. 8:25), of ancient origin (Ps. 90:2) and objects of the Creator’s might (Ps. 65:6) and majesty (Ps. 68:16). They are the scenes of theophanies, melting at Yahweh’s presence (Jdg. 5:5. Ps. 97:5; Is. 64:1; Mi. 1:4) and shuddering at his judgments (Ps. 18:7; Mi. 6:1f.). They are called to cover the guilty from his face (Ho. 10:8; Lk. 23:30). When God touches them they bring forth smoke (Pss. 104:32; 144:5). They also rejoice at the advent of Israel’s redemption (Ps. 98:8; Is. 44:23; 49:13; 55:12), leap at the praise of the Lord (Ps. 114:4, 6) and are called to witness his dealings with his people (Mi. 6:2).
Mountains are also symbols of difficult paths in life (Je. 13:16), obstacles (Mt. 21:21), and other difficulties (Zec. 4:7), the removal of which is possible to those of strong faith (Mt. 17:20). …

Tax Time

Tax Time6aCause                                                   For because of this you also pay taxes, bReason                                                      for they are God’s ministers cExpansion                                                      attending continually to this very thing. 7aCommandfRender therefore to all their due: bIllustration                                      taxes to whom taxes Suppliedare due, cIllustration                                      customs to whom customs, dIllustration                                      fear to whom fear, eIllustration

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

April 15

  Could ye not watch with me one hour
Matt. 26:40
Oh! ye who sigh and languish, and mourn your lack of power,
Heed ye this gentle whisper, “Could ye not watch one hour?”
To fruitfulness and blessing, there is no “royal road”;
The power for holy service is intercourse with God.


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

Connect the Testaments

April 15: I’ll Take the Arrow
Deuteronomy 29:1–29; 2 Corinthians 7:8–16; Psalm 42:1–43:5

“Better is an arrow from a friend than a kiss from an enemy.”
When I first heard this saying, I was struck by what a truism it is. It wasn’t until years later, though, that I began surrounding myself with wise friends who would tell me the truth even when it was difficult to hear.
Paul was a true friend to the Corinthians, and it’s for this reason that he rebuked them: “For if indeed I grieved you by my letter, I do not regret it.… For grief according to the will of God brings about a repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted, but worldly grief brings about death” (2 Cor 7:8, 10).
I recently felt God asking me to rebuke someone. I was hesitant at first, but I followed through. Afterward, I was tempted to lighten the weight of my words by writing a follow-up explanation, but I was certain that it wasn’t God’s will that I do so; I felt that nearly all the words I had spoken were in His wil…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, April 15                                                Go To Evening Reading

         “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
— Psalm 22:1
We here behold the Saviour in the depth of his sorrows. No other place so well shows the griefs of Christ as Calvary, and no other moment at Calvary is so full of agony as that in which his cry rends the air—“My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” At this moment physical weakness was united with acute mental torture from the shame and ignominy through which he had to pass; and to make his grief culminate with emphasis, he suffered spiritual agony surpassing all expression, resulting from the departure of his Father’s presence. This was the black midnight of his horror; then it was that he descended the abyss of suffering. No man can enter into the full meaning of these words. Some of us think at times that we could cry, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” There are seasons when the brightness of our Father’s smile is ec…

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year

April 15th
The relapse of concentration

But the high places were not taken away out of Israel; nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect all his days. 2 Chron. 15:17.

Asa was incomplete in his external obedience, he was right in the main but not entirely right. Beware of the thing of which you say—‘Oh, that does not matter much.’ The fact that it does not matter much to you may mean that it matters a very great deal to God. Nothing is a light matter with a child of God. How much longer are some of us going to keep God trying to teach us one thing? He never loses patience. You say—‘I know I am right with God’; but still the “high places” remain, there is something over which you have not obeyed. Are you protesting that your heart is right with God, and yet is there something in your life about which He has caused you to doubt? Whenever there is doubt, quit immediately, no matter what it is. Nothing is a mere detail.
Are there some things in connection with your bodily life, your intel…