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The Race

The Race By: Reverend Lynwood F. Mundy
11 I returned iand saw under the sun that— The race is not to the swift, Nor the battle to the strong, Nor bread to the wise, Nor riches to men of understanding, Nor favor to men of skill; But time and jchance happen to them all. 12   For kman also does not know his time: Like fish taken in a cruel net, Like birds caught in a snare, So the sons of men arelsnared in an evil time, When it falls suddenly upon them. (Ecclesiastes 9:11-12, NKJV)
The Scripture of Ecclesiastes 9:11-12 brings two forms of winners to mind in this world of today: A reminder of the Roman soldier that won his race and was given a crown of olive branches to signify his crowning achievement of winning his race under enduring circumstances of: hills, dusty roads, rocks and enduring all types of weather conditions. Although his glorying of winning, partying, dancing, drinking of wine and other celebrations were short lived, he continued to serve Roman gods which were…

Seeing God

Seeing GodIsaiah 55:8-11 Four reasons are given for seeking the Lord. (1) Man’s thoughts and ways are not those of God. Man therefore cannot evaluate his own spiritual condition nor can he dictate the terms of his acceptance before the Lord (55:8f.). (2) As moisture accomplishes its purpose in the physical realm, so the word of God will fulfill God’s purpose in the hearts of those who humble themselves before him (55:10f.). (3) Those who answer God’s invitation “will go out with joy,” they will be “led forth with peace.”
Freedom awaits those who reject sin and embrace the Lord. Even nature is depicted celebrating the redemption of man. Happiness and contentment (“cypress” and “myrtle”) replace bitterness and sorrow (“thorn bush” and “nettle”) in the lives of obedient believers. These transformed lives would be an everlasting testimony to the power and compassion of the Lord (55:12f.)
Smith, James E. The Major Prophets. Joplin, MO: College Press, 1992. Print. Old Testament Survey Seri…

Two-Edged Dagger

Two-Edged Dagger

Making Yarn From Wool

Making Yarn From Wool
‎This design on a Greek “lekythos,” a vessel of a shape often used for storing olive oil, shows a woman in an intermediate stage of making yarn from wool. She pulls the fibers from a basket called a “kalathos” and starts to orient them together into a rough strand. In a subsequent stage, she will spin the strand tightly and store it on a spindle. The spinning wheel wasn’t invented until the eleventh century A.D. ‎Exod 35:25–26, Prov 31:13, 19, 21, Isa 1:18, Ezek 34:3, Hos 2:5 ‎Image by user Marsyas, from Wikimedia Commons. License: CC BY-SA 2.5

Tyndale Concise Bible Commentary

The Twofold Curse
Genesis 3:15
3:8–21 THE TWOFOLD CURSE Each curse was twofold. The serpent was directly cursed; it received a physical curse and the promise that it would ultimately be crushed by the seed of the woman (3:15). God promised that he would execute his rule through the seed of the woman and Christ came as a fulfillment of that promise. The victory of Christ was a direct crushing of Satan in fulfillment of this curse, for Satan was behind the serpent in Eden (Rom. 16:20; Rev. 12:9; 20:2).
The woman received the consequences of her actions, though they were not called a curse. The conflict between the man and the woman, foretold in the words “desire” and “master” in Genesis 3:16, is seen in the same Hebrew words used in 4:7. The strain that would occur between man and woman was in regard to the man’s ruling and supremacy over the woman. The world of man-woman relationships specifically and all relationships generally had fallen prey to the upside-down chaos that resulted fro…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

September 21

  Serve the Lord with gladness; come before his presence with singing
Ps. 100:2
God wants our life to be a song. He has written the music for us in His Word and in the duties that come to us in our places and relations in life. The things we ought to do are the notes set upon the staff. To make our life beautiful music we must be obedient and submissive. Any disobedience is the singing of a false note, and yields discord.

J. R. Miller

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 21: Throwing Caution to the Flood
Zephaniah 1:1–3:20;Acts 19:1–41; Job 27:1–23

Words are powerful. They can restore and heal; they can also be used as deadly weapons. When we interact with one another, we know to choose our words carefully to avoid being misinterpreted or inadvertently causing harm. But Yahweh speaks words of daunting ambiguity—proclamations that can easily be misunderstood or that are frightening beyond measure.

Consider Zephaniah 1:2–3: “ ‘I will surely destroy everything from the face of the earth’—a declaration of Yahweh. ‘I will destroy humanity and beast; I will destroy the birds of the sky and the fish of the sea, and the stumbling blocks with the wicked. And I will cut off humankind from the face of the earth’—a declaration of Yahweh.” Does Yahweh actually intend to destroy everything on the earth? Why is He speaking so boldly?
The phrase “face of the earth” appears twice in this passage; it encloses a miniature narrative that references the story of …

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

September 21st
Missionary predestination

And now, saith the Lord, that formed me from the womb to be His servant. Isaiah 49:5.

The first thing that happens after we have realized our election to God in Christ Jesus is the destruction of our prejudices and our parochial notions and our patriotisms; we are turned into servants of God’s own purpose. The whole human race was created to glorify God and enjoy Him for ever. Sin has switched the human race on to another tack, but it has not altered God’s purpose in the tiniest degree; and when we are born again we are brought into the realization of God’s great purpose for the human race, viz., I am created for God, He made me. This realization of the election of God is the most joyful realization on earth, and we have to learn to rely on the tremendous creative purpose of God. The first thing God will do with us is to “force thro’ the channels of a single heart” the interests of the whole world. The love of God, the very nature of God, is i…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, September 21      Go To Evening Reading
 “I will rejoice over them to do them good.”           — Jeremiah 32:41
How heart-cheering to the believer is the delight which God has in his saints! We cannot see any reason in ourselves why the Lord should take pleasure in us; we cannot take delight in ourselves, for we often have to groan, being burdened; conscious of our sinfulness, and deploring our unfaithfulness; and we fear that God’s people cannot take much delight in us, for they must perceive so much of our imperfections and our follies, that they may rather lament our infirmities than admire our graces. But we love to dwell upon this transcendent truth, this glorious mystery: that as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so does the Lord rejoice over us. We do not read anywhere that God delighteth in the cloud-capped mountains, or the sparkling stars, but we do read that he delighteth in the habitable parts of the earth, and that his delights are with the sons of men. We…