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My Utmost for His Highest

May 7th

Building for eternity



For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Luke 14:28.

Our Lord refers not to a cost we have to count, but to a cost which He has counted. The cost was those thirty years in Nazareth, those three years of popularity, scandal and hatred; the deep unfathomable agony in Gethsemane, and the onslaught at Calvary—the pivot upon which the whole of Time and Eternity turns. Jesus Christ has counted the cost. Men are not going to laugh at Him at last and say—“This man began to build, and was not able to finish.”
The conditions of discipleship laid down by Our Lord in vv. 26, 27 and 33 mean that the men and women He is going to use in His mighty building enterprises are those in whom He has done everything. “If any man come to Me, and hate not …, he cannot be My disciple.” Our Lord implies that the only men and women He will use in His building enterprises are those who love H…

Comparisons in Romans 5:15-21

Comparisons in Romans 5:15-215:15–17Verses 15–21 contain six comparisons between Adam and the result of his sin and Jesus and the result of his redemptive work. Verses 15 and 17 follow the pattern, “If A, how much more B.”Verse 16 uses the negative form, “A is not like B.” Verses 18, 19, 21 follow the pattern, “Just as A, so also B.”
The paragraph opens with the assertion that “the gift is not like the trespass.”134 God’s act of grace was out of all proportion to the offense of Adam.135 Then comes the “If A, how much more B.” The conditional premise (accepted as true) is that “many died by the trespass 136 of the one man.” The Greek term translated “the many”137 should be taken in the inclusive sense of its Hebrew counterpart to mean “all” (who are, in fact, many). Adam’s sin led to the death of the entire human race. Since that is so, what should be said about the gift of God given freely in JesusChrist? “How much more” indicates that its effect is vastly greater for all humans.138

Heron

Heron ‎Some scholars identify the bird mentioned, for instance, in Jer 8:7 as heron, some as stork. This animal is considered unclean; therefore it is not allowed to be eaten. ‎Lev 11:19; Deut 14:18; Ps 104:17; Jer 8:7; Zech 5:9

The Components of the Byzantine Church

The Components of the Byzantine Church The components of the the Byzantine church on the eastern hill of Mt. Berenice appear in this top plan: 1 atrium; 2 cistern;3 prayer hall; 4 presbytery; 5 altar; 6 apses.

Aerial view of the church at the end of the excavation, looking east.
The prayer hall of the church was built in the common form of the Byzantine period. Three entrances led from the atrium to the interior of the church: a wide central doorway and two narrow side ones. Opposite them, in the eastern wall of the church, were three apses, of which the central one was the largest and most important. Two lines of columns supported the wooden ceiling beams. The floor of the aisles was decorated with beautiful colored mosaics depicting birds and fruit (like grapes and pomegranates), while the nave was covered by fine marble tiles in the opus sectile style.
Hirschfeld, Yizhar. “The Anchor Church at the Summit of Mt. Berenice, Tiberias.” Biblical Archaeologist: Volume 57 1-4 2001 : 127. P…

Menorah

Menorah
‎The name menorah originally referred to every candlestick, but now one means by it the seven-branched candelabrum that today even is an emblem of Israel. Whereas in the pre-exilic period the menorah was only a stand on which one put an oil lamp, became the seven-branched candlestick a symbol of Judaism in the postexilic period. ‎Exod 25:31–39; 27:20–21; Num 3:31; 8:2–4; 1 Kings 7:49; Zech 4:2; Heb 9:2

Roadway Along the Abana, Damascus

Roadway Along the Abana, Damascus ‎ The Abana River has four sources; one is from Fijeh, under the Lebanon cliff; another from near Amri el-Hamar, north of Zebdany; another west of Zebdany; and the fourth west of Ruklah, under Hermon. The first reference to Abana is in the fifth chapter of 2 Kings, where we find the story of Naaman. There are some charming glimpses of roadway and river—the turn of the road, the shadow of the bridge, the overhanging trees, the crowding of the shrubbery to the very water’s edge, the variety of leafage—that are peculiarly beautiful. To me Damascus looked like a vision of paradise when I first saw it—all peace and beauty. It looks so rapturous in its evergreen bower, far removed from the din of commerce and the rude whirl of modern life and the jarring turmoil of the world’s politics, that one would think that it had never felt the shock of war, that its soil had never been polluted by crime, or that Abana and Pharpar had never been red with the blood of…

In Prayer …

In Prayer …6aCommand (Neg.)iBe anxious for nothing, bMandatebut in everything by prayer and supplication, with jthanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7Subsequentand kthe peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6–7)[1]


iPs. 55:22; Matt. 6:25; 1 Pet. 5:7 j [1 Thess. 5:17, 18] k [Is. 26:3; John 14:27]; Phil. 4:9; Col. 3:15 [1]The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982. Print.

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

May 5

  We glory in tribulations
Rom. 5:3
Have you ever thought that some day you will never have anything to try you or anybody to vex you again?

A. B. Simpson

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

Connect the Testaments

May 5: Believing in the Impossible
Judges 8:1–9:21; Philippians 2:12–18; Psalm 67:1–7

Too often, we’re cynical about circumstances. When people come to us for advice, we want to list all the reasons why they shouldn’t take a certain course of action. We want to dissuade them. But what if we had a little faith instead?

In Judges, we find someone who is surprisingly idealistic. When the men of Ephraim oppose Gideon, he says, “What have I done now in comparison to you? Are not the gleanings of Ephraim better than the grape harvest of Abiezer? God has given into your hand the commanders of Midian, Oreb, and Zeeb. What have I been able to do in comparison with you?” (Judg 8:2–3).

Gideon cleverly couches his request in the middle of compliments; he places positives on either side of it. He wins back their favor: “And their anger against him subsided when he said that” (Judg 8:3).

Gideon’s motives were flawed, theologically or interpersonally, but his actions do teach us something fascinating…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening

Morning, May 5                                                 Go To Evening Reading

         “I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”
         — 2 Corinthians 6:16
What a sweet title: “My people!” What a cheering revelation: “Their God!” How much of meaning is couched in those two words, “My people!” Here is specialty. The whole world is God’s; the heaven, even the heaven of heavens is the Lord’s, and he reigneth among the children of men; but of those whom he hath chosen, whom he hath purchased to himself, he saith what he saith not of others—“My people.” In this word there is the idea of proprietorship. In a special manner the “Lord’s portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.” All the nations upon earth are his; the whole world is in his power; yet are his people, his chosen, more especially his possession; for he has done more for them than others; he has bought them with his blood; he has brought them nigh to himself; he has set his great heart upon …

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest

May 5th
Judgment on the abyss of love


For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God. 1 Peter 4:17.

The Christian worker must never forget that salvation is God’s thought, not man’s; therefore it is an unfathomable abyss. Salvation is the great thought of God, not an experience. Experience is only a gateway by which salvation comes into our conscious life. Never preach the experience; preach the great thought of God behind. When we preach we are not proclaiming how man can be saved from hell and be made moral and pure; we are conveying good news about God.
In the teachings of Jesus Christ the element of judgment is always brought out, it is the sign of God’s love. Never sympathize with a soul who finds it difficult to get to God; God is not to blame. It is not for us to find out the reason why it is difficult, but so to present the truth of God that the Spirit of God will show what is wrong. The great sterling test in preaching is that it brings everyone to judgmen…