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The Children of God

The Children of God The Children of God (3:1–3)*  Three important ideas are inherent in the assertion that we are God’s children: First, it is by God’s initiative and power that we are born as the children of God. We do not bring about this relationship any more than a newborn baby caused its own birth and gave itself life.
Second, that God calls us children of God inaugurates a reality that will be brought to its fruition at a future time. Again, as a newborn baby lies in its parents’ arms, they see it with eyes of hope, possibility and promise. A newborn’s birth is not the goal of its existence; its growth and maturity are. Third, that we are God’s children is evidence of God’s active and creative love for us. 
In its translation of 3:1 (how great is the love …), the NIV stresses the amount or extent of God’s love for us. But we should not overlook the fact that it is the way that God has loved us which shows us how great that love is. The kind of love God demonstrates is active an…

Sennacherib Besieges Lachish

Sennacherib Besieges Lachish ‎

Here, Sennacherib (reigned 705–681 B.C.) sits on a throne outside Lachish in the kingdom of Judah, modern Tell ed-Duweir, Israel. He inspects the captives and spoil taken from the city. The cuneiform inscription reads, “Sennacherib, king of multitudes, king of Assyria, sits on a lofty throne and the spoil of the city of Lachish passes before him.” The original bas-relief of this image came from Sennacherib’s palace at Nineveh and is now on display at the British Museum in London.
‎2 Kgs 18:13, 2 Kgs 19:16–36

The Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem

The Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem


Age Matthew 28:20

AGE Long, but indefinite, period of time, past or future. The ages, past and future, make up the whole of time. God is spoken of as existing and planning “before the ages” (1 Cor 2:7, RSV). He is the King of ages (1 Tm 1:17) and has a purpose that embraces the ages (Eph 3:11). The Bible speaks of what God will do at the close or consummation of the age(s) (Mt 13:39–49).
The NT, following on from earlier Jewish writings, speaks of the contrast between “the present age” (an “evil age,” Gal 1:4) and “the age(s) to come” when, in God’s judgment, wrongs will be righted, and his people will come into their full inheritance (Mk 10:30). There is a sense, however, in which it can be said that we are both living now in “the end of the ages” (1 Cor 10:11, RSV) and that we experience “the powers of the age to come” (Heb 6:5, RSV) and its life.
Two other words are sometimes connected with the word “age.” One is “generation.” Colossians 1:26 speaks of the mystery hidden “for ages…

Ancient Bows and Arrows

Ancient Bows and Arrows

The Last Sermon

The Last Sermon
‎“And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.” After those weeks of teaching in Galilee, the apostles by Jesus’ command returned again to Jerusalem. Either there or in Galilee, he gave them their final commission, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” ‎He assured them also of their power: “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay han…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

August 25

Nevertheless, at thy word
Luke 5:5
Oh, what a blessed formula for us! This path of mine is dark, mysterious, perplexing; nevertheless, at Thy word I will go forward. This trial of mine is cutting, sore for flesh and blood to bear. It is hard to breathe through a broken heart, Thy will be done. But, nevertheless, at Thy word I will say, Even so, Father! This besetting habit, or infirmity, or sin of mine, is difficult to crucify. It has become part of myself—a second nature; to be severed from it would be like the cutting off of a right hand, or the plucking out of a right eye; nevertheless, at Thy word I will lay aside every weight; this idol I will utterly abolish. This righteousness of mine it is hard to ignore; all these virtues, and amiabilities, and natural graces, it is hard to believe that they dare not in any way be mixed up in the matter of my salvation; and that I am to receive all from first to last as the gift of God, through Jesus Christ my Lord. Nevertheless, at T…

Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan.

August 25: Riddle Me This
Isaiah 50:1–51:23; Luke 20:1–40; Job 11:12–20

Jesus’ enemies regularly attempted to make Him look foolish or to disprove His authority. The absurd questions they concocted to discredit Him are rather amusing. The Sadducees posed one of the most preposterous questions about the resurrection of the dead and its relevance to divorce (Luke 20:27–33): If a woman has been married seven times, whose wife will she be when the dead are resurrected?
This scene is especially humorous in light of rabbis’ habit of playing mind games to outsmart (or “outwise”) one another and the Sadducees’ belief that resurrection does not exist. Jesus’ opponents thought they had rigged the game: Any answer to their riddle would be incorrect. It was an attempt to trap Jesus into agreeing that the resurrection of the dead is a myth. Jesus, however, offered an answer that put them in their place (Luke 20:34–40). His response made the Sadducees look even more foolish in light of larger biblic…

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

August 25th
The fruitfulness of friendship

I have called you friends. John 15:15.

We never know the joy of self-sacrifice until we abandon in every particular. Self-surrender is the most difficult thing—‘I will if …!’ ‘Oh well, I suppose I must devote my life to God.’ There is none of the joy of self-sacrifice in that.
As soon as we do abandon, the Holy Ghost gives us an intimation of the joy of Jesus. The final aim of self-sacrifice is laying down our lives for our Friend. When the Holy Ghost comes in, the great desire is to lay down the life for Jesus; the thought of sacrifice never touches us because sacrifice is the love passion of the Holy Ghost.
Our Lord is our example in the life of self-sacrifice—“I delight to do Thy will, O My God.” He went on with His sacrifice with exuberant joy. Have I ever yielded in absolute submission to Jesus Christ? If Jesus Christ is not the lodestar, there is no benefit in the sacrifice; but when the sacrifice is made with the eyes on Him, slowly and …

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, August 25      Go To Evening Reading

         “His fruit was sweet to my taste.”
         — Song of Solomon 2:3

Faith, in the Scripture, is spoken of under the emblem of all the senses. It is sight: “Look unto me and be ye saved.” It is hearing: “Hear, and your soul shall live.” Faith is smelling: “All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia”; “thy name is as ointment poured forth.” Faith is spiritual touch. By this faith the woman came behind and touched the hem of Christ’s garment, and by this we handle the things of the good word of life. Faith is equally the spirit’s taste. “How sweet are thy words to my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my lips.” “Except a man eat my flesh,” saith Christ, “and drink my blood, there is no life in him.”

This “taste” is faith in one of its highest operations. One of the first performances of faith is hearing. We hear the voice of God, not with the outward ear alone, but with the inward ear; we hear it as God’s Word, and we belie…