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An Introduction to Paul’s Presentation of the Gospel

An Introduction to Paul’s Presentation of the Gospel How many steps does it take to lead a person to Christ? That is not an easy question, for there is so much that enters into the receptiveness of the counselee which may hinder him from grasping the details of the gospel. Or on the other hand the primary Soul-winner, the Holy Spirit, already may have prepared him and enabled him to grasp and respond to the gospel readily. For that matter, no single passage in Scripture gives a final answer to the question. Indeed, I suspect that the answer is one which must be answered by the Holy Spirit as the one who is witnessing cooperates with the work of the Holy Spirit in drawing that man or woman to Christ. This seems to be suggested by Christ’s words in that great Upper Room Discourse. In it He marvelously prepared the disciples for the coming of the Holy Spirit after His own resurrection and departure for heaven 40 days later. In part He said: “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will s…

Hadad-rimmon

Hadad-rimmon ‎Hadad or Hadad-rimmon was an important Semitic weather gods. On this basalt stele found in Arslan Tash, and dating back to the time of Tiglath-Pilesers III (744–727 BCE), the weather god is depicted on a bull, his symbolic animal. The deity holds thunderbolts in his hands. ‎2 Kings 5:18; Zech 12:11

Silver Stater Coin of Augustus

Silver Stater Coin of Augustus
‎This silver stater coin commemorating Augustus Caesar was struck in Antioch of Syria in 5 B.C. On the obverse, ringed by the inscription “Sebastou Kaisaros” (“of Augustus Caesar”), Augustus’ laurel-crowned head faces right. The Tyche (“Fortune”) of Antioch, the city’s protective deity, sits on a rock on the reverse holding a palm branch as the River Orontes swims at her feet. The stater, worth four drachmas, was the coin denomination that Jesus said Peter would find inside a fish (Matt 17:27). ‎Matt 27:27, Luke 2:1, Luke 15:8

Athletæ

Athletæ

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

October 5

  Happy is the man whom God correcteth
Job 5:17
    Happy, because the correction is designed to bring him into paths of blessedness and peace.
    Happy, because there is no unnecessary severity in it.
    Happy, because the chastisement is not so much against us, as against our most cruel enemies—our sins.
    Happy, because we have abundant words of consolation.
    Happy, because whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth.
    Happy, because our light affliction is but for a moment.
George Bowen


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

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

October 4th
The vision and the verity


Called to be saints. 1 Cor. 1:2.

Thank God for the sight of all you have never yet been. You have had the vision, but you are not there yet by any means. It is when we are in the valley, where we prove whether we will be the choice ones, that most of us turn back. We are not quite prepared for the blows which must come if we are going to be turned into the shape of the vision. We have seen what we are not, and what God wants us to be, but are we willing to have the vision “batter’d to shape and use” by God? The batterings always come in commonplace ways and through commonplace people.
There are times when we do know what God’s purpose is; whether we will let the vision be turned into actual character depends upon us, not upon God. If we prefer to loll on the mount and live in the memory of the vision, we will be of no use actually in the ordinary stuff of which human life is made up. We have to learn to live in reliance on what we saw in the visio…

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

October 5: Words and Actions
Ezekiel 12:1–13:23; Revelation 3:14–4:11; Job 33:19–28

Leading by example is a simple principle to understand, but it’s a very difficult one to live. The prophets were often called to lead by example, though doing so usually meant enduring suffering for others.
“And the word of Yahweh came to me [Ezekiel], saying, ‘Son of man, you are dwelling in the midst of the house of rebellion who has eyes to see and they do not see; they have ears to hear, and they do not hear, for they are a house of rebellion. And you, son of man, prepare for yourself the baggage of an exile, and go into exile by day before their eyes. And you must go into exile from your place to another place before their eyes; perhaps they will see that they are a house of rebellion’ ” (Ezek 12:1–3).
By witnessing God’s servant suffering, the people would be reminded of their rebellion and understand the gravity of God’s displeasure. In this situation, God prescribes exile as their punishment for …

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, October 5      Go To Evening Reading
 “He arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights.” 
         — 1 Kings 19:8
All the strength supplied to us by our gracious God is meant for service, not for wantonness or boasting. When the prophet Elijah found the cake baked on the coals, and the cruse of water placed at his head, as he lay under the juniper tree, he was no gentleman to be gratified with dainty fare that he might stretch himself at his ease; far otherwise, he was commissioned to go forty days and forty nights in the strength of it, journeying towards Horeb, the mount of God. When the Master invited the disciples to “Come and dine” with him, after the feast was concluded he said to Peter, “Feed my sheep”; further adding, “Follow me.” Even thus it is with us; we eat the bread of heaven, that we may expend our strength in the Master’s service. We come to the Passover, and eat of the paschal lamb with loins girt, and staff …