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Place where Christ was Baptized

Place where Christ was Baptized ‎There has been much speculation concerning the exact spot of the baptism of Jesus by John. It was either at the Ford of Jordan, “right against Jericho,” where Israel crossed dry-shod, or, as Dr. Thomson holds, as far up the Jordan as the Ford of Damiah—the nearest point, if Jesus“came from Nazareth of Galilee” by vale and brook, that leads from Sâlem to the river (“and John was baptized in Enon, near to Salem”). The bathing place of the Latin pilgrims is nearly due east from Jericho in Judea, and beyond the ruined convent of St. John. It is this part of the Jordan we see in the picture. It is “over against Jericho” and about four miles above the place where the Jordan empties into the Dead Sea. John had been baptizing in the River Jordan perhaps about six months, when, in the winter of A. D. 27, according to the harmony of Dr. Andrews, Jesus left Nazareth and came to the River Jordan and was baptized, This was a remarkable period of the world’s histor…

Faith Exhibited

Faith Exhibited Excerpt
Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and Moses’ parents all looked beyond present circumstances to a future shaped by God’s promise. Abraham’s vision is most stunning. Told to sacrifice his son Isaac, he was so totally convinced that God would keep His promise to give him offspring by Isaac that he concluded God would raise his son from the dead. Abraham knew that the vision God gave of the future would come true—as he continued to obey God. More Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.

Battle Scene

Battle Scene ‎The warrior on the right holds a two-edged sword (i.e. the blade sharpened on both sides) in his hand. ‎Judg 3:16; Prov 5:4; Sirach 21:3; Heb 4:12; Rev 1:16; 2:12

It Must be Given from Heaven

It Must be Given from Heaven Excerpt John was fully satisfied with the place and work assigned him; but Jesus came on a more important work. He also knew that Jesus would increase in honour and influence, for of his government and peace there would be no end, while he himself would be less followed. John knew that Jesus came from heaven as the Son of God, while he was a sinful, mortal man, who could only speak about the more plain subjects of religion. The words of Jesus were the words of God; he had the Spirit, not by measure, as the prophets, but in all fulness. Everlasting life could only be had by faith in Him, and might be thus obtained; whereas all those, who believe not in the Son of God, cannot partake of salvation, but the wrath of God for ever rests upon them. More Henry, Matthew, and Thomas Scott. Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary. Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, 1997. Print.

The True Worshiper

The True WorshiperGenesis 22:9–14
Excerpt A true worshiper of God holds nothing back from God but obediently gives Him what He asks, trusting that He will provide. The key idea of the entire passage is summarized in the name Abraham gave to the place:Yahweh Yir’eh, The Lord will provide (or, “see”; v. 14). The explanation is, On the mountain of the Lordit will be provided(or, “seen,” yērā’eh, v. 14; cf. v. 8). This is the basis of a truth often repeated in the Old Testament: the Lord was to be worshiped in His holy mountain by the nation. “Three times a year all the men [of Israel] are to appear [yērā’eh, ­be seen‘] before the Sovereign Lord” to worship Him, bringing their offerings and sacrifices (Ex. 23:17; cf. Deut. 16:16). The Lord would see (rā’âh) the needs of those who came before Him, and would meet their needs. Thus in providing for them He would be “seen.” More Ross, Allen P. “Genesis.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B…

Gregory of Nyssa: The Eucharist as Antidote

Gregory of Nyssa: The Eucharist as Antidote Excerpt What, then, is this remedy to be? Nothing else than that very Body which has been shown to be superior to death, and has been the First-fruits of our life. For, in the manner that, as the Apostle says, a little leaven assimilates to itself the whole lump, so in like manner that body to which immortality has been given it by God, when it is in ours, translates and transmutes the whole into itself. For as by the admixture of a poisonous liquid with a wholesome one the whole draught is deprived of its deadly effect, so too the immortal Body, by being within that which receives it, changes the whole to its own nature. Yet in no other way can anything enter within the body but by being transfused through the vitals by eating and drinking. More Gregory of Nyssa. “The Great Catechism.” Gregory of Nyssa: Dogmatic Treatises, Etc. Ed. Philip Schaff and Henry Wace. Trans. William Moore. Vol. 5. New York: Christian Literature Company, 1893. 504.…

Christ the Power and Wisdom of God

Christ the Power and Wisdom of God 18aReason (17d)                                                            For the 7message of the cross bAffirmation                                                         is afoolishness to bthose who are perishing, cAffirmation                                                         but to us cwho are being saved it is the dpower of God. 19aReason                                                                     For it is written: bQuotatione“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, cQuotationAnd bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

April 17

  It is God which worketh in you, both to will and to do of his good pleasure
Phil. 2:13
Full salvation is to realize that everything we see in Christ, our Example, may be ours, not by imitation, but by reproduction.


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

Connect the Testaments

April 17: It’s Actually Quite Simple
Deuteronomy 31:30–32:52; 2 Corinthians 8:8–15; Psalm 45:1–17

“May my teaching trickle like the dew, my words like rain showers on tender grass … For I will proclaim the name of Yahweh; ascribe greatness to our God! The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are just; he is a faithful God, and without injustice; righteous and upright is he” (Deut 32:2–4).

We all teach in some way. Some of us teach at church, others teach co-workers or employees. Some teach the children in their household, and others teach simply by doing (although we don’t always acknowledge these roles). If all of us lived by Moses’ prayer, things would be quite different. Imagine a world where we proclaimed Yahweh’s greatness in all we say and do.

Moses’ words also teach us something about God. If we’re looking for perfection in what we do, we should look to the one who actually manifests it. If we’re looking to be faithful, we should rely on the one who is faithful in all He …

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, April 17    Go To Evening Reading

         “We are come to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.”  — Hebrews 12:24
Reader, have you come to the blood of sprinkling? The question is not whether you have come to a knowledge of doctrine, or an observance of ceremonies, or to a certain form of experience, but have you come to the blood of Jesus? The blood of Jesus is the life of all vital godliness. If you have truly come to Jesus, we know how you came—the Holy Spirit sweetly brought you there. You came to the blood of sprinkling with no merits of your own. Guilty, lost, and helpless, you came to take that blood, and that blood alone, as your everlasting hope. You came to the cross of Christ, with a trembling and an aching heart; and oh! what a precious sound it was to you to hear the voice of the blood of Jesus! The dropping of his blood is as the music of heaven to the penitent sons of earth. We are full of sin, but the Saviour bids us lift our …

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

April 17th
Neck or nothing

Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher’s coat unto him …, and did cast himself into the sea. John 21:7.

Have you ever had a crisis in which you deliberately and emphatically and recklessly abandoned everything? It is a crisis of will. You may come up to it many times externally, but it amounts to nothing. The real deep crisis of abandonment is reached internally, not externally. The giving up of external things may be an indication of being in total bondage.
Have you deliberately committed your will to Jesus Christ? It is a transaction of will, not of emotion; the emotion is simply the gilt-edge of the transaction. If you allow emotion first, you will never make the transaction. Do not ask God what the transaction is to be, but make it in regard to the thing you do see, either in the shallow or the profound place.
If you have heard Jesus Christ’s voice on the billows, let your convictions go to the winds, let your consistency go…