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Carpenter ‎Furniture were not nailed but had plug connection. In order to drill the holes for a piece of furniture, one used a drill. A bowstring tied around the drill made it spiraling. ‎Exod 25:10, 25:23

Summary of Romans 12:9-10

Summary of Romans 12:9-10Romans 12:9 Excerpt Paul began these specific exhortations with the key ingredient for success: Love must be sincere. This is God’s love, which has been ministered to believers by the Holy Spirit (5:5) and must be ministered by them to others in the Holy Spirit’s power. “Sincere” translates anypokritos (lit., “without hypocrisy”), also used of love (2 Cor. 6:6; 1 Peter 1:22), of faith (1 Tim. 1:5; 2 Tim. 1:5), and of wisdom (James 3:17). More Witmer, John A. “Romans.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 488. Print.

Paul’s Message to Believers

Paul’s Message to Believers Excerpt ‎The Book of Romans not only contains repeated references to the gospel but it also is clear that Paul, as He was writing to the Roman church, was seeking to build up those who already had become believers in their faith, obedience and service to the Lord. Paul had never been to Rome when he wrote the Roman epistle. He did not know most of the hordes of people who lived there. Primarily he was writing to a people who already had become saints, that is, a people set apart through their faith in Christ. Now it must be clear that these “saints” to whom he addresses the book in chapter one are not people who have been so appointed by other people or so honored by a church. These are people who have been made “saints” by God through His work on their behalf. That is to say, they are a people who have been “set apart” in holiness by an act of God Himself. … More Northrup, Bernard E. True Evangelism: Paul’s Presentation of the First Five Steps of the Soul-W…

I Will Not Leave You as Orphan

I Will Not Leave You as OrphanJohn 14:18 Excerpt In cultures throughout the ancient Near East, orphans (along with widows and resident aliens) were among the personae miserabilis, with a special claim on a community’s justice and care because they were often under divine protection. In a social system where the male head of the family safeguarded the welfare of its members, orphans were particularly vulnerable. Without a voice to advocate on their behalf within the clan, these fatherlesschildren were outsiders and their property an easy mark for the greedy. More Nash, Kathleen S. “Orphan.” Ed. David Noel Freedman, Allen C. Myers, and Astrid B. Beck. Eerdmans dictionary of the Bible 2000 : 994. Print

Jesus Accused By the Pharisees

Jesus Accused By the Pharisees Excerpt The debate had thus begun. It was initiated by the Pharisees over the legitimacy—the truth—of Jesus’ witness. They called his testimony into question because they held it to be a self-witness (8:13). Indeed, Jesus himself had agreed at 5:31 that if he were merely a self-witness, his testimony would be false (cf. Deut 19:15; m. Ketub.2:9). Obviously they accepted that statement but refused to hear the other four witnesses he called to testify at that point (John the Baptist, his works, the Father, and Scripture; 5:33–47). It was pointless, however, to argue with these self-righteous judges. So Jesus turned not to call more witnesses but to prepare for his judgment by addressing their ignorance. How could they make decisions about his authenticity (alēthēs, 8:13–14) if they were ignorant of the two basic questions involved in his life and ministry (8:14)? Those questions could be summed up in the words “whence?” (pothen) and “where?”(pou). They were…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

April 30

  Be it unto thee even as thou wilt
Matt. 15:28
Oh, the victories of prayer! They are the mountain-tops of the Bible. They take us back to the plains of Mamre, to the fords of Peniel, to the prison of Joseph, to the triumphs of Moses, to the transcendent victories of Joshua, to the deliverances of David, to the miracles of Elijah and Elisha, to the whole story of the Master’s life, to the secret of Pentecost, to the keynote of Paul’s unparalleled ministry, to the lives of saints and the deaths of martyrs, to all that is most sacred and sweet in the history of the Church and the experience of the children of God. And when, for us, the last conflict shall have passed, and the footstool of prayer shall have given place to the harp of praise, the spots of time that shall be gilded with the most celestial and eternal radiance shall be those, often linked with deepest sorrow and darkest night, over which we have the inscription, “Jehovah-Shammah: The Lord was there!”

A. B. Simpson


Connect the Testaments

April 30: They’re Futile; This Isn’t
Joshua 22:10–24:33; 2 Corinthians 13:11–14; Psalm 60:1–12

If you knew it was time to die, to say goodbye for good, what would you say? How would your final hoorah sound?

In an episode of Northern Exposure, Dr. Joel Fleischman is convinced that he is dying. Joel, who is usually conservative, begins risking everything: he drives a motorcycle way too fast without a helmet, gets a ticket that he rips up, and eventually crashes the bike—all while feeling no remorse. He then returns to his office to learn that he is actually fine; his doctor’s initial inclination was incorrect. Almost immediately, he becomes angry that he didn’t know his fate earlier. In his recklessness, he could have prematurely ended his life.

The risks you take when you think your life is over are quite different from those you’re willing to take when you think you’re fine. The things you say, the person you are, would be very different if you knew tomorrow were your last day.


My Utmost for His Highest

April 30th
The spontaneity of love

Love suffereth long, and is kind … 1 Cor. 13:4–8 .
Love is not premeditated, it is spontaneous, that is, it bursts up in extraordinary ways. There is nothing of mathematical certainty in Paul’s category of love. We cannot say—‘Now I am going to think no evil; I am going to believe all things.’ The characteristic of love is spontaneity. We do not settle statements of Jesus in front of us as a standard; but when His Spirit is having His way with us, we live according to His standard without knowing it, and on looking back we are amazed at the disinterestedness of a particular emotion, which is the evidence that the spontaneity of real love was there. In everything to do with the life of God in us, its nature is only discerned when it is past.
The springs of love are in God, not in us. It is absurd to look for the love of God in our hearts naturally, it is only there when it has been shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit.
If we try to prove to G…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening

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 “And all the children of Israel murmured.”
 — Numbers 14:2
There are murmurers amongst Christians now, as there were in the camp of Israel of old. There are those who, when the rod falls, cry out against the afflictive dispensation. They ask, “Why am I thus afflicted? What have I done to be chastened in this manner?” A word with thee, O murmurer! Why shouldst thou murmur against the dispensations of thy heavenly Father? Can he treat thee more hardly than thou deservest? Consider what a rebel thou wast once, but he has pardoned thee! Surely, if he in his wisdom sees fit now to chasten thee, thou shouldst not complain. After all, art thou smitten as hardly as thy sins deserve? Consider the corruption which is in thy breast, and then wilt thou wonder that there needs so much of the rod to fetch it out? Weigh thyself, and discern how much dross is mingled with thy gold; and dost thou think the fire too hot …