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Jerusalem: Mount of Olives—Church of St. Lazarus—Garden

Jerusalem: Mount of Olives—Church of St. Lazarus—Garden
‎Bethany. The garden of the Church of St. Lazarus in full bloom. The Catholic church was built in 1952–3 over the remains of a 4th century church. Six days before Passover Jesus visited Bethany for the last time. At the house of Simon the leper a woman anointed his head with precious oil. When his disciples complained that at the price of oil they could have helped the poor, Jesus answered that the woman’s act was a sign of his approaching death, saying: “She did it for my burial” (Matthew 26:6–13). From Bethany Jesus and his disciples went on to Jerusalem, on the last path of suffering that ended in his crucifixion and resurrection.

Caravan of Semites (1)

Caravan of Semites (1) ‎The caravan of Semites is depicted on an Egyptian tomb painting of the 19th century BCE. The added inscription mentions that the Semites delivered eye make-up to Egypt, where it was very popular. The section of the picture shows a group bringing two gazelles as a gift to the monarch. The nomads are armed with bow and arrow, as well as with boomerangs. The Egyptian monarchs surely loved the gazelles as much as Solomon, at least according to the report in 1 Kings 4:22–23. ‎1 Kings 4:23

Ancient Bronze Doors, Tiberias

Ancient Bronze Doors, Tiberias ‎ While we were getting photographs of the historic remains in Tiberias our dragoman insisted upon our visiting an old building in the southern portion of the town. Here he said we could see some bronze doors very ancient and very interesting. We followed our guide and found the doors. Just how old they are no one can say. They are certainly of superior workmanship and unlike anything produced in modern times in Palestine. There is little doubt that they belong to the time of the Romans. They would fit well into the character of Tiberias as it has been graphically and elegantly pictured by Walter Besant. A number of people were standing in the opening of the building and were very much amused at our artist when he undertook to photograph the same. Two of the women turned their faces sideways as though they did not care to be photographed. The one in the center, however, seems to have “posed” with as much care as would any woman in an American photograph…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

October 14

  I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me
Gal. 2:20
The man who lives in God knows no life except the life of God.

Phillips Brooks

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

October 14: Persist, Don’t Just Exist Ezekiel 28:1–29:21; Revelation 13:11–14:13; Job 36:24–33

The phrase “patient endurance” brings to mind the pasted-on smile of a parent regarding a misbehaving child—a parent clinging to the hope that someday this stage will pass. In Revelation the term is used in a much different way.
“Here is the patient endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and the faith in Jesus” (Rev 14:12). The statement is set in the context of judgment. Here the phrase requires more than simply sitting still and enduring persecution. It’s intended to encourage first-century believers to actively abandon the sins of the day: idolatry, pride, oppression.
Encouraging patient endurance was a call for early Christians to persevere by pursuing righteousness—to follow Christ faithfully even while enduring a period of suffering (Rev 14:12). Patient endurance is active persistence, loyalty, and discernment. We get this sense as John continues: “And I heard a …

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, October 14      Go To Evening Reading
 “I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord.”           — Philippians 3:8
Spiritual knowledge of Christ will be a personal knowledge. I cannot know Jesus through another person’s acquaintance with him. No, I must know him myself; I must know him on my own account. It will be an intelligent knowledge—I must know him, not as the visionary dreams of him, but as the Word reveals him. I must know his natures, divine and human. I must know his offices—his attributes—his works—his shame—his glory. I must meditate upon him until I “comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge.” It will be an affectionate knowledge of him; indeed, if I know him at all, I must love him. An ounce of heart knowledge is worth a ton of head learning. Our knowledge of him will be a satisfying knowledge. When I know my Saviour, my mind w…

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

October 14th
The key to the missionary

All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations. Matthew 28:18–20.

The basis of missionary appeals is the authority of Jesus Christ, not the needs of the heathen. We are apt to look upon Our Lord as One Who assists us in our enterprises for God. Our Lord puts himself as the absolute sovereign supreme Lord over His disciples. He does not say the heathen will be lost if we do not go; He simply says—“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations.” Go on the revelation of My sovereignty; teach and preach out of a living experience of Me.
“Then the eleven disciples went … into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them” (v. 16). If I want to know the universal sovereignty of Christ, I must know Him for myself, and how to get alone with Him; I must take time to worship the Being Whose Name I bear. “Come unto Me”—that is the place to meet Jesus. Are you weary and heavy laden? How many missionaries are! We banish those ma…