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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…


Ephes-dammin Ephes-dammim was located about six kilometers (about four miles) northeast of Socoh. The meaning of this name is uncertain. But it refers to the same place that is called “Pas Dammim” in 1 Chr 11:13 (and, in some versions that are based on the Septuagint, in 2 Sam 23:9). Since the reference is to the same place, translators would be justified in using the same spelling here and in the other passages where this place is referred to.
Omanson, Roger L., and John Ellington. A Handbook on the First Book of Samuel. New York: United Bible Societies, 2001. Print. UBS Handbook Series.


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Martyrs of the Faith

Martyrs of the Faith The expression “time will fail me” or “the day will fail” is a rhetorical commonplace by which one segues into a peroration.85 The author calls to mind a host of examples even as he protests that he has not the time to do so.86 Hebrews 11:32–35a, beginning with a list of names spanning Judges through potentially Malachi,87 at least provides a summary of the achievements of faith through 2 Kings; Hebrews 11:35b–38 takes in the fates of the prophets and the Maccabean martyrs as well, thus rounding out the canonical history in addition to making reference to several legends about the deaths of the great prophets of Israel. The survey is structured cleanly in two parts. The first half (Heb. 11:32–35a) speaks of those figures who, through trust in God, achieved what any person in the world would consider marvelous or miraculous things (military prowess, timely deliverance from death, resuscitation of corpses). The second half (Heb. 11:35b–38) speaks of those who are, …

Altar of burned offering and coin

Altar of burned offering and coin ‎The coin on the left (217 BCE) shows the shrine of Byblos. Next to the temple there is a courtyard with a holy standing stone surrounded by a wall. At the right is a reconstruction of the portable altar of burned offering constructed according the priestly code. ‎Exod 27:1–3

Pharaoh Ramses Is “Crushing” One Enemy While Holding One beneath His Feet

Pharaoh Ramses Is “Crushing” One Enemy While Holding One beneath His Feet
In this relief from Abu Simbel in Egypt, Pharaoh Ramses is “crushing” one enemy while holding one beneath his feet (seePs 18:37–38)
Dockery, David S. et al. Holman Bible Handbook. Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers, 1992. Print.

Citadel in Jerusalem

Citadel in Jerusalem

‎The palace where Jesus was convicted by Pilate, with all probability, was located in the area of the present-day citadel in Jerusalem near the Jaffa Gate. The foundation walls of the Tower of David pictured here date back to the time of Herod, but were razed by the Romans. The distinctly different younger wall is clearly visible in the upper parts of the tower. ‎Matt 27:2, 27:11–26; Mark 15:1–15; Luke 23:1–7, 23:13–25; John 18:28–19:11

Tower of David and Walls of Jerusalem—From Jaffa Gate

Tower of David and Walls of Jerusalem—From Jaffa Gate

‎Solomon’s Song 4:4“Thy neck is like the tower of David, builded for an armoury, whereon there hang a thousand bucklers, all shields of mighty men.” ‎The only castle of any importance in modern Jerusalem is that at the Jaffa Gate, commonly called the Tower of David. The lower part of it is built of huge stones, roughly cut and with a deep bevel around the edges. They are undoubtedly ancient but the interspersed patchwork proves that they are not in their original positions. ‎“The Tower was the last point in Jerusalem to yield when the city was captured by the Crusaders, and when the other turrets were destroyed by the Moslems in the thirteenth century, this admirable specimen of mural masonry was spared.”—(Stoddard).
The Tower of David (Hebrew: מגדל דוד‎, Migdal DavidArabic: برج داود‎, Burj Daud), also known as the Jerusalem Citadel, is an ancient citadel located near the Jaffa Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem. The cita…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

November 9

  So he arose, and went to Zarephath
1 Kings 17:10
Let it be equally said of you to whatever duty the Lord may call you away, “He arose and went.” Be the way ever so laborious or dangerous, still arise, like Elijah, and go. Go cheerfully, in faith, keeping your heart quietly dependent on the Lord, and in the end you will surely behold and sing of His goodness. Though tossed on a sea of troubles you may anchor on the firm foundation of God, which standeth sure. You have for your security His exceeding great and precious promises, and may say with the Psalmist, “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God, for I shall yet praise him who is the health of my countenance, and my God.”

F. W. Krummacher

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

Connect the Testaments

November 9: Fear Not What’s Outside but Inside
1 Kings 11:9–12:33; Mark 7:14–8:10; Proverbs 3:6–3:12

How should we respond to a miraculous experience? Worshiping God for His goodness is the right place to start, but our ongoing response is every bit as important as our initial reaction. We see this play out in Solomon’s life.

“Yahweh was angry with Solomon, for he had turned his heart from Yahweh, the God of Israel who had appeared to him twice. And [Yahweh] commanded [Solomon] concerning this matter not to go after other gods, but he did not keep that which Yahweh commanded” (1 Kgs 11:9–10).

Despite Solomon’s experience with Yahweh, he chose to deny Him. This angered Yahweh—not just because of the general disobedience, but also because, after Solomon’s miraculous experience, he had more reason than anyone to stay devoted. Solomon’s refusal of the opportunity to turn back to Yahweh only aggravated the situation.

We don’t know exactly what led Solomon to disobey, although selfish desire,…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, November 9      Go To Evening Reading
 “So walk ye in him.”  — Colossians 2:6
If we have received Christ himself in our inmost hearts, our new life will manifest its intimate acquaintance with him by a walk of faith in him. Walking implies action. Our religion is not to be confined to our closet; we must carry out into practical effect that which we believe. If a man walks in Christ, then he so acts as Christ would act; for Christ being in him, his hope, his love, his joy, his life, he is the reflex of the image of Jesus; and men say of that man, “He is like his Master; he lives like Jesus Christ.” Walking signifies progress. “So walk ye in him”; proceed from grace to grace, run forward until you reach the uttermost degree of knowledge that a man can attain concerning our Beloved. Walking implies continuance. There must be a perpetual abiding in Christ. How many Christians think that in the morning and evening they ought to come into the company of Jesus, and may then give the…

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

November 9th
Sacramental service

Who now rejoice in My sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ.… Col. 1:24.
The Christian worker has to be a sacramental ‘go-between,’ to be so identified with his Lord and the reality of His Redemption that He can continually bring His creating life through him. It is not the strength of one man’s personality being superimposed on another, but the real presence of Christ coming through the elements of the worker’s life. When we preach the historic facts of the life and death of Our Lord as they are conveyed in the New Testament, our words are made sacramental; God uses them on the ground of His Redemption to create in those who listen that which is not created otherwise. If we preach the effects of Redemption in human life instead of the revelation regarding Jesus, the result in those who listen is not new birth, but refined spiritual culture, and the Spirit of God cannot witness to it because such preaching i…