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The Significance of the Sender

The Significance of the SenderGalatians 1:1 Excerpt The significance of a messenger depended not on his own status, but on the status of the one who sent him. Paul claims the highest status of all, for he was sent “by Jesus Christ and God the Father.” Two prepositions further emphasize Paul’s position. His apostleship is neither from (apo) or through (dia) men. Not “from men” sets Paul apart from the false apostles, who were never commissioned by God at all. Not “through men” sets him with the Twelve, directly commissioned by Jesus. More Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.


Perge ‎This port city, located at the southern coast of Turkey, was the first station of Paul’s first mission journey. The picture shows Perge’s ancient theater that, for the most part, is still extant. ‎Acts 13:13–14; 14:25

“You Also Have a Master in Heaven”

“You Also Have a Master in Heaven” Excerpt You who are masters of others have a Masteryourself, and are servants of another Lord. You are not lords of yourselves, and are accountable to one above you. Deal with your servants as you expect God should deal with you, and as those who believe they must give an account. You are both servants of the same Lord in the different relations in which you stand, and are equally accountable to him at last. Knowing that your Master also is in heaven, neither is there respect of persons with him,’ ’Eph. 6:9More Henry, Matthew. Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible: Complete and Unabridged in One Volume. Peabody: Hendrickson, 1994. Print

One Has Died For All

One Has Died For All Excerpt How many people are covered by the “all”? Texts such as Col 1:20, which speaks of God reconciling “to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on thecross,” and Rom 8:32 which affirms, “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all,” suggest that God intended that the benefits of Christ’s death reach everyone (see also Heb 2:91 John 2:2). The “all” would encompass all humanity. The benefits of Christ’s death are not limited to his fellow Jews but extend beyond accepted boundaries to include male and female, slave and free, Jew and Gentile.753 But those who stubbornly refuse to submit to Christ and rebuff God’s reconciliation choose to remain in condemnation. Consequently, only believers profit from Christ’s death.More Garland, David E. 2 Corinthians. Vol. 29. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1999. Print. The New American Commentary

Jerusalem: Church of the Assumption - Festival

Jerusalem: Church of the Assumption - Festival
‎Jerusalem. On the festival of the Virgin Mary gladiolus flowers are strewn at the sides of the place that marks her tomb, the lamps are polished and lit, and candles burn above the tomb.

Pumpkin, melon

Pumpkin, melon
‎Pumpkin and melon are important supplements of the daily food. From the seeds of the pumpkin one made a kind of coarse bread, or one mixed it with wheat flour in order to improve the taste of the bread. The fleshy pulp was used laxative. The honeydew melon with its refreshing pulp was especially popular as nourishment in the heat of the summer season. ‎Num 11:5; 2 Kings 4:39–40

Scene at the well

Scene at the well ‎Holes were dug in the ground until the water level was reached. The water could then be used in the dry month of the summer. In order to prevent pollution of the water and sediment collecting in the well, a large stone was placed over its opening. ‎Gen 16:14; 21:30; 24:16–45; 26:15–32; Num 21:16–18; Deut 6:11

Wall of the Synagogue at Capernaum

Wall of the Synagogue at Capernaum ‎ After the marriage in Cana of Galilee He, with members of His family and with His disciples, went down to Capernaum. Here He lived after leaving Nazareth. It was an important center of travel on the highway between Rome and Greece in the West, and Damascus and the Euphrates in the East. There was a custom house at Capernaum and Matthew was a collector of customs. It had a garrison also, because a centurion, a Roman officer of rank, lived here. The best authority regards Tell Hum as the site of Capernaum. The view we see is of large stones which are said to have been part of the synagogue which stood in this city. A new monastery has just been erected here. The place is thickly set in briars and weeds, and it is with difficulty that we manage to get our horses through the fields down to the place of the ruins. In 1887 the writer sailed from Tiberias to Tell Hum when the sun was near its setting. We remained for a time at this place of ruins. Lizard…

It Is Well with My Soul: An Our Daily Bread Devotional Video

If Your Brother Sins Against You, Tell Him Immediately with Agape Love

If Your Brother Sins Against You, Tell Him Immediately with Agape Love 15aCondition (15b-15c)                              “Moreover oif your brother sins against you, bCommand                                       go and cCommand                                       tell him his fault between you and him alone. (Matthew 18:15) [1]

oLev. 19:17; [Luke 17:3, 4; Gal. 6:1]; 2 Thess. 3:15; [James 5:19] [1]The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982. Print.

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

May 11

  Whatsoever he sayeth unto you, do it
John 2:5
If I could give you information of my life, it would be to show how a woman of very ordinary ability has been led by God in strange and unaccustomed paths to do in His service what He has done in her. And if I could tell you all, you would see how God has done all, and I nothing. I have worked hard, very hard, that is all: and I have never refused God anything.

Florence Nightingale

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

Connect the Testaments

May 11: Being Good at What Matters
Judges 20:1–21:25; Philippians 4:21–23; Psalm 72:1–20

Though prayer is important, it’s an area of our faith lives that we often neglect. But people of great faith in the Bible relied on prayer—and not just for difficult situations. From general direction to specific details, they turned everything over to prayer. God spoke to them directly, they listen, and then they act.

Maybe you don’t believe God speaks directly to you. If that’s the case, consider why you think this way. Why wouldn’t He want to speak to you? He chose you by sending His own son to die for you. Jesus, that son, said that God would come and speak to you (John 17). You’re important to God, and He wants to talk to you—to know you.

In Judges, we find a situation where people relied on God not just for direction, but for details. The Israelites rose up against the tribe of Benjamin because they refused to address the wickedness among them (Judg 20:12–14). But before entering battle, they…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening

Morning, May 11                                                Go To Evening Reading

         “I am with you alway.”
— Matthew 28:20

It is well there is One who is ever the same, and who is ever with us. It is well there is one stable rock amidst the billows of the sea of life. O my soul, set not thine affections upon rusting, moth-eaten, decaying treasures, but set thine heart upon him who abides for ever faithful to thee. Build not thine house upon the moving quicksands of a deceitful world, but found thy hopes upon this rock, which, amid descending rain and roaring floods, shall stand immovably secure. My soul, I charge thee, lay up thy treasure in the only secure cabinet; store thy jewels where thou canst never lose them. Put thine all in Christ; set all thine affections on his person, all thy hope in his merit, all thy trust in his efficacious blood, all thy joy in his presence, and so thou mayest laugh at loss, and defy destruction. Remember that all the flowers in the world’s g…

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest

May 11th

You won’t reach it on tiptoe

Add to your brotherliness … love. 2 Peter 1:7.

Love is indefinite to most of us, we do not know what we mean when we talk about love. Love is the sovereign preference of one person for another, and spiritually Jesus demands that that preference be for Himself (cf. Luke 14:26). When the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost, Jesus Christ is easily first; then we must practise the working out of these things mentioned by Peter.

The first thing God does is to knock pretense and the pious pose right out of me. The Holy Spirit reveals that God loved me not because I was lovable, but because it was His nature to do so. ‘Now,’He says to me, ‘show the same love to others’—“Love as I have loved you.” ‘I will bring any number of people about you whom you cannot respect, and you must exhibit My love to them as I have exhibited it to you.’ You won’t reach it on tiptoe. Some of us have tried to, but we were soon tired.

“The Lord suffereth l…