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Jerusalem: Church of the Visitation- Arcade

Jerusalem: Church of the Visitation- Arcade ‎ Jerusalem. Ein Karem. A vaulted arcade next to the Crusader wall in the Church of the Visitation. The architect Antonio Barluzzi, who designed the modern church (as well as the churches on Mount Tabor and at Gethsemane), combined the new with the old. According to tradition, the Church of the Visitation was built by St. Helena, who dedicated it to the priest Zechariah, father of John the Baptist. In the 12th century the Crusaders rebuilt the church over the remains of the Byzantine church and dedicated it to Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth. The Franciscans repaired it in the 17th century and the upper church dates from 1891.

Love and Fear

Love and Fear1 John 4:17–18Love and fear (4:17–18). Love and fear are not compatible. When we experience God’s love for us our whole attitude toward Him is transformed. We still stand in awe of Him, but that awe is without terror or fear of punishment. The more we live in love—and living in love means expressing as well as receiving love—the more confident we become in our relationship with the Lord.
Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.


‎The fortress-like structure of the King David Hotel dominates Jerusalem’s skyline when photographed from the western wall of the Old City. Another hotel bearing the name of a great king, Solomon, looks from here like a block of stone piercing the sky. The Yemin Moshe neighborhood with its red tiled roofs tumbles down the hillside, engulfed in green.

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

October 12: Kingdom Politics Ezekiel 24:1–25:17;Revelation 11:15–12:17; Job 36:1–12

We sometimes jump on the bandwagon with politics. Yet if we put our full trust in political candidates, or believe their rise to power is an indication of our future—a common campaign platform—we’re putting our hope in something transitory. No earthly person or kingdom has absolute rule. The book of Revelation portrays this in a surprising way.
In the last book of the Bible, God’s judgment is loosed, and it can be overwhelming to read and interpret. Six trumpets, blown consecutively by angels, unleash God’s judgment. When the seventh trumpet blows, we expect judgment to be set in motion yet again. Instead, a loud voice from heaven announces a different, glorious event: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign forever and ever” (Rev 11:15).
This seems like a strange turn of events, but it’s the culmination of plans and actions that have been happen…

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

October 12th
Getting into God’s stride

Enoch walked with God. Genesis 5:24.

The test of a man’s religious life and character is not what he does in the exceptional moments of life, but what he does in the ordinary times, when there is nothing tremendous or exciting on. The worth of a man is revealed in his attitude to ordinary things when he is not before the footlights. (Cf. John 1:36.) It is a painful business to get through into the stride of God, it means getting your ‘second wind’ spiritually. In learning to walk with God there is always the difficulty of getting into His stride; but when we have got into it, the only characteristic that manifests itself is the life of God. The individual man is lost sight of in his personal union with God, and the stride and the power of God alone are manifested.
It is difficult to get into stride with God, because when we start walking with Him we find He has outstripped us before we have taken three steps. He has different ways of doing things…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

October 10
  O Lord God, thou knowest
Ezek. 37:3
Here is the response of faith. “Thou knowest!” What a pillow for the heart to repose upon! “Thou knowest!” What few but comprehensive words to sum up and express the heart’s difficulties and perplexities and trials. “Thou knowest!” What an inexpressibly sweet resting-place in the midst of life’s tumultuous heaving; in the midst of a sea that knows no calm; in the midst of a scene in which tossing to and fro are the hourly history! What an answer they contain for every heart that can find no words to express its big emotions; for a heart whose sorrows are too deep for language to find its way to God! Oh, that they were ever uppermost in the soul, as the response to every difficulty in our path! They are God’s answer to everything we cannot fathom; God’s answer for our hearts to rest upon, and our lips to utter, when every way is hedged up so that we cannot pass. “O Lord God, thou knowest!” Rest here, believer. Lean thy soul on these words…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, October 12      Go To Evening Reading
“I will meditate in thy precepts.”          — Psalm 119:15
There are times when solitude is better than society, and silence is wiser than speech. We should be better Christians if we were more alone, waiting upon God, and gathering through meditation on his Word spiritual strength for labour in his service. We ought to muse upon the things of God, because we thus get the real nutriment out of them. Truth is something like the cluster of the vine: if we would have wine from it, we must bruise it; we must press and squeeze it many times. The bruiser’s feet must come down joyfully upon the bunches, or else the juice will not flow; and they must well tread the grapes, or else much of the precious liquid will be wasted. So we must, by meditation, tread the clusters of truth, if we would get the wine of consolation therefrom. Our bodies are not supported by merely taking food into the mouth, but the process which really supplies the muscle, an…