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Sea of Galilee

Sea of Galilee ‎On the shore of the Sea of Galilee at Tabgha, in the place called Dalmanutha, where a simple wooden cross marks the place where Jesus felt compassion for humanity (Mark 8:10), pilgrims listen to a sermon, take part in a mass or just look at the Sea of Galilee. The still waters give the place a calm and peaceful atmosphere that appeals to people who want to gaze and think quietly.

The King's Genealogy

The King's GenealogyMatthew 1:1
His human heredity (vv. 1–17). Genealogies were very important to the Jews, for without them they could not prove their tribal memberships or their rights to inheritances. Anyone claiming to be “the Son of David” had to be able to prove it. It is generally concluded that Matthew gave our Lord’s family tree through Hisfoster father, Joseph, while Luke gave Mary’s lineage (Luke 3:23ff).
Many Bible readers skip over this list of ancient (and, in some cases, unpronounceable) names. But this “list of names” is a vital part of the Gospel record. It shows that Jesus Christ is a part of history; that all of Jewish history prepared the way for His birth. God in His providence ruled and overruled to accomplish His great purpose in bringingHisSon into the world.
This genealogy also illustrates God’s wonderful grace. It is most unusual to find the names of women in Jewish genealogies, since names and inheritances came through the fathers. But in this list we fi…

Wailing Wall in Jerusalem

Wailing Wall in Jerusalem ‎The Wailing Wall is an exposed section of ancient wall situated on the western flank of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The foundation dates back to the time of Herod, but the above ground portion of the wall was frequently restored. This section of the Herodian walls is built from enormous stones; they are generally 1.2 m high and 12 m long. Fine-chiseled borders surround each of these stones, i.e. the smooth surface of their front side is recessed at the borders. ‎Mark 13:1

Inscription on Bridge, Grand Mosque, Damascus

Inscription on Bridge, Grand Mosque, Damascus ‎The Grand Mosque of Damascus is one of the most interesting buildings in the East. It is quadrangular in form, one hundred and sixty-three yards wide, by one hundred and eight yards long. A lofty wall of fine masonry surrounds it. A few years ago the building was almost destroyed by fire. One of the most wonderful things about this mosque is an inscription which is pointed out to the tourist. It runs over an arch in the second story. You can see even in this picture the Greek letters which form the following sentence: Thy kingdom, O Christ, is an everlastingkingdom, and Thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.” This is the Septuagint rendering of Psalms 145:13, with the simple addition of the name of Christ. What a curious inscription to find on a Moslem mosque! And yet, how true it is that the kingdom of Christ is an everlasting kingdom. To-day the power of Mohammedanism is waning. The oriental systems—all of them—lose their l…

Jerusalem: Quarters

Jerusalem: Quarters ‎From above we can distinguish between the Quarters of the different communities that share this historic city. Towering above the red roofs of the Christian Quarter is the spire of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, next to the gray dome of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Between the Temple Mount and the Christian Quarter is the Moslem Quarter. Nearby, the renewed Jewish Quarter faces the Western Wall plaza and on its left, the Armenian Quarter. This is the fascinating mosaic of the Old City, separated by the dark lines of streets from the modern Jerusalem, which started to develop outside the walls in 1860.

You Shall Bow and Confess Before the Lord

You Shall Bow and Confess Before the Lord11aReason                                                 For it is written: bQuotationm“As I live, says the Lord, Every knee shall bow to Me, cQuotationAnd every tongue shall confess to God.”
12Consequence                              So then neach of us shall give account of himself to God. (Romans 14:11, 12) [1]

mIs. 45:23; [Phil. 2:10, 11] nMatt. 12:36; 16:27; [Gal. 6:5]; 1 Pet. 4:5 [1]The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982. Print.

Connect the Testaments

April 24: Tongues, Flames, and Other Things That Devour
Joshua 12:1–13:32; 2 Corinthians 11:7–15; Psalm 52:1–53:6

I’d like to skip over the description of the “mighty man” in Psa 52. Of all of his destructive influences, the mighty man is most judged for his use of words. The psalmist’s words burn because I’ve set more than a few forests ablaze with careless words (Jas 3:5). So how should someone like me respond to the psalmist’s judgment?

“Why do you boast about evil, O mighty man? The loyal love of God endures continually. Your tongue plans destruction, like a sharp razor, working deceit. You love evil more than good, a lie more than speaking what is right. You love all devouring words, O deceitful tongue” (Psa 52:1–4).

Prideful self-reliance is at the root of the evil man’s devouring, razor-sharp tongue. He boasts to make himself appear mighty. He takes “refuge in his destructiveness” (Psa 52:7). In contrast, the psalmist finds refuge in God, in the sanctuary of His loyal love: “But …

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

April 24

  The love of Christ constraineth us
2 Cor. 5:14
The love of Christ is too large for any heart to hold it. It will overflow into others’ hearts: it will give itself out, give itself away, for the enriching of other lives. The heart of Christ is a costly thing for anyone to have. It will lead those who have it where it led Him. If it cost Him the cross, it will cost them no less.

J. M. Campbell

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

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, April 24 Go To Evening Reading

         “And because of all this we make a sure covenant.”
— Nehemiah 9:38
There are many occasions in our experience when we may very rightly, and with benefit, renew our covenant with God. After recovery from sickness when, like Hezekiah, we have had a new term of years added to our life, we may fitly do it. After any deliverance from trouble, when our joys bud forth anew, let us again visit the foot of the cross, and renew our consecration. Especially, let us do this after any sin which has grieved the Holy Spirit, or brought dishonour upon the cause of God; let us then look to that blood which can make us whiter than snow, and again offer ourselves unto the Lord. We should not only let our troubles confirm our dedication to God, but our prosperity should do the same. If we ever meet with occasions which deserve to be called “crowning mercies” then, surely, if he hath crowned us, we ought also to crown our God; let us bring forth anew all the…

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest

April 24th
The warning against wantoning

Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you. Luke 10:20.

As Christian workers, worldliness is not our snare, sin is not our snare, but spiritual wantoning is, viz.: taking the pattern and print of the religious age we live in, making eyes at spiritual success. Never court anything other than the approval of God, go “without the camp, bearing His reproach.” Jesus told the disciples not to rejoice in successful service, and yet this seems to be the one thing in which most of us do rejoice. We have the commercial view—so many souls saved and sanctified, thank God, now it is all right. Our work begins where God’s grace has laid the foundation; we are not to save souls, but to disciple them. Salvation and sanctification are the work of God’s sovereign grace; our work as His disciples is to disciple lives until they are wholly yielded to God. One life wholly devoted to God is of more value to God than one hundred lives…