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Latrun Monastery

Latrun Monastery ‎The Latrun Monastery on the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem highway. The name Latrun is a Hebrew distortion of Le Toron de Chevaliers (Tower of the Knights), the name of the Crusader castle that stood here in the 12th century. In the 15th century it was identified as the birthplace of the good thief who was crucified next to Jesus. Hence the name Castrum Boni Latronis, the Castle of the Good Thief. The present monastery, built in 1890, belongs to Sisterian Trappist monks of the Benedictine Order. They advocate a life of humility and physical work, contemplation and prayer, and they speak only when necessary. The monastery is surrounded by olive groves and citrus trees, a vegetable garden and vineyards for production of the famous Latrun wines.


Samaria ‎In Roman times, Samaria was a flourishing city. The enormous staircase that was discovered during excavations is an example for the monumental building policy that was prevalent here. ‎Acts 1:8; 8:1, 8:5, 8:9, 8:14

The Suffering Servant

The Suffering ServantIsaiah 52:13–53:12 Redeemed Israel spoke in retrospect and explained why they rejected the Messiah, Jesus (Isa 53:1–3). The Messiah bore the consequences of Israel’s sin although they did not realize it at the time. Sin is pictured here in terms of its results or consequences in people’s lives—sickness and pain. Matthew used this text with reference to Jesus’ healing ministry (see note onMatt. 8:17). The emphasis in Isa 53:5 is on substitution. What Christ suffered, he suffered for believers (“our sins,” “peace,” and “healed”). The figure of straying sheep was used to describe the spiritual apostasy of Israel and all people (Isa 53:6; cf. Rom. 3:23). The Messiah Servant suffered willingly and silently (cf. Matt. 26:63; Matt.27:11–14; Luke 23:9). The unjust judicial proceedings Christ was subjected to were reflected in Isa 53:8. The Jewish Sanhedrin violated their own laws by (1) convening at the house of Caiaphas rather than the regular meeting place, (2) meeting …

Biblical Theology

Biblical TheologyBiblical theology is theology drawn from the Bible rather than theology imposed onto the Bible. Biblical theology helps Christians understand the broad biblical message, discern developments in the canon, and see how each particular text fits in with the larger story of Scripture. In studying biblical theology, interpreters try to determine what the authors of the Bible thought or believed in their own historical contexts and on their own distinctive terms.
Historical research plays a significant role in biblical theology. Interpreters focus on understanding what the biblical texts meant for the original author and readers, rather than on the development of doctrine over time (historical theology). Before Christians can apply Scripture accurately to the present or systematize it around various topics, they must first interpret it correctly in its historical context and with its original intended meaning.Biblical theology lays a foundation upon which systematic theolo…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

September 11

  Now are we the sons of God: and it doth not yet appear what we shall be; but we know that when he shall appear, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is
1 John 3:2
“Now are we the sons of God.” That is the pier upon one side of the gulf. “It doth not yet appear what we shall be, but when he shall appear we shall be like him.” That is the pier on the other. How are the two to be connected? There is only one way by which the present sonship will blossom and fruit into the future perfect likeness, and that is, if we throw across the gulf, by God’s help day by day, the bridge of growing likeness to Himself, and purity there from.

Alexander Maclaren

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

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

September 11: Bad Things, Good People, and Grace
Amos 6:1–7:17; Acts 10:1–33; Job 20:12–29

We often wonder why God allows bad things to happen. We’re not unique in this; people have asked this same question since the beginning of time. Job struggled with this question after he lost everything. Job’s friends strove to answer it as they sought to prove that Job had somehow sinned against God and brought his terrible fate upon himself.

At one point, Job’s friend Zophar offers up the common wisdom of the time: “Did you know this from of old, since the setting of the human being on earth, that the rejoicing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the godless lasts only a moment?… [The wicked man] will suck the poison of horned vipers; the viper’s tongue will kill [the wicked man]” (Job 20:4–5, 16). Zophar is right about one thing: Eventually the wicked will be punished.

The rest of Zophar’s words prove his short-sightedness. The wicked are not always punished immediately. And God does not al…

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

September 11th
Missionary munitions

Ministering as Opportunity Surrounds us. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. John 13:14.

Ministering as opportunity surrounds us does not mean selecting our surroundings, it means being very selectively God’s in any haphazard surroundings which He engineers for us. The characteristics we manifest in our immediate surroundings are indications of what we will be like in other surroundings.

The things that Jesus did were of the most menial and commonplace order, and this is an indication that it takes all God’s power in me to do the most commonplace things in His way. Can I use a towel as He did? Towels and dishes and sandals, all the ordinary sordid things of our lives, reveal more quickly than anything what we are made of. It takes God Almighty Incarnate in us to do the meanest duty as it ought to be done.
“I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.” Watch the kind…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, September 11      Go To Evening Reading

         “Be ye separate.”
         — 2 Corinthians 6:17

The Christian, while in the world, is not to be of the world. He should be distinguished from it in the great object of his life. To him, “to live,” should be “Christ.” Whether he eats, or drinks, or whatever he does, he should do all to God’s glory. You may lay up treasure; but lay it up in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, where thieves break not through nor steal. You may strive to be rich; but be it your ambition to be “rich in faith,” and good works. You may have pleasure; but when you are merry, sing psalms and make melody in your hearts to the Lord. In your spirit, as well as in your aim, you should differ from the world. Waiting humbly before God, always conscious of his presence, delighting in communion with him, and seeking to know his will, you will prove that you are of heavenly race. And you should be separate from the world in your actions. If a thin…