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Romans 5:12“Death” (5:11–12).“Death” is a complex term in both Testaments. Here it is not so much biological as a description of man’s spiritual condition, powerless in the grasp of an inner moral corruption that alienates human beings from God and makes final judgment a dread certainty. Adam’s sin insinuated both biological and spiritual death into our race, making both our present and future dark and grim. In contrast, Jesus interjects life, the opposite of death, making us alive to God and guaranteeing a bright eternal future.
Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.

Date Palm in the Desert

Date Palm in the Desert
‎The date palm (Phoenix dactylifera) is prized for its sweet fruit. Cultivated since prehistoric times, it probably originated near the Persian Gulf. Excavations at Herod I’s palace at Masada, Israel revealed a cache of date palm seeds, radiocarbon dated to between 155 B.C. and A.D. 64. In 2005, three of these, pretreated with fertilizer and hormones, were planted in Israel. In November 2011, the sapling from the seed that sprouted was transplanted from its growing pot to the ground. It stood about 8.2 feet (2.5 m) high. ‎Exod 15:27, Judg 1:16, Judg 4:5, 1 Kgs 6:29

Zechariah Exhorteth to Repentance

Zechariah Exhorteth to Repentance ‎ Therefore say unto them, thus saith the Lord of hosts; Turn ye unto me, saith the Lord of hosts, and I will turn unto you, saith the Lord of hosts. ‎Zechariah 1:3

The Mosque of Amr

The Mosque of Amr
‎This lofty and solitary ruin on the west side of Old Cairo is the Mosque of Amr, the earliest Saracenic edifice in Egypt. It was built by Amr ibn el-Asi, the Arab conquerer of Egypt in the twenty-first year of the Hegira (A. D. 642), ten years after the death of Mohammed. It was constructed on the plan of a single quadrangle two hundred and twenty-five feet square, surrounded by a covered colonnade, one range of pillars in depth on the west side, four on the north, three on the south and six on the east, which is the place of prayer. The columns, two hundred and forty-five in number, were brought from earlier Roman and Byzantine buildings, which had been overthrown by earthquakes. The heterogeneous nature of the columns is accounted for by the fact that they were brought from other buildings in Cairo, ruined by the same earthquake, and were adapted to their new functions by rude procrustean methods of lengthening and shortening. This is called “The Crown of the Mos…

Outline of Proverbs 3:7-8 Proverbs 3:7–8

Outline of Proverbs 3:7-8
Proverbs 3:7–8

Understanding Life
Proverbs 3

Proverbs 3 contains ten practical lessons that Christians need to know to help them understand life and to avoid the pitfalls along the way of life.
I.      How to Live a Long Life (vv. 1–4) A.      The key          1.      “Forget not My law”          2.      “Let thy heart keep My commandments”          3.      “Let not mercy and truth forsake thee”          4.      In other words: internalize your beliefs     B.      The benefit          1.      Quantity of life—length of days and long life          2.      Quality of life            a.      Peace            b.      Favor with God and man            c.      Good understanding with God and man
  II.      How to Know the Guidance of God (vv. 5, 6)       A.      “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart”       B.      “Lean not to own understanding”       C.      “In all thy ways acknowledge Him”       D.      “He shall direct thy paths”
III.      How to Av…

Lower Section Ruins, Reef Palace

Lower Section Ruins, Reef Palace
‎Ruins of the lower section of Caesarea’s “Reef” or “Promontory Palace” complex, probably the site of Paul’s hearing and trial (Acts 25:1–26:32).

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

November 11

  And when the vessel that he made of the clay was marred in the hand of the potter, he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it
Jer. 18:4 (R.V.)
God’s fairest, highest place of service in the land that lies beyond will be filled by the men and women who have been broken upon the wheel on earth.

G. Campbell Morgan

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

Connect the Testaments

November 11: Traditions and Miracles
1 Kings 14:1–15:24; Mark 9:2–37; Proverbs 3:23–35

In the face of perplexing situations, we naturally respond with what we know and understand—we even take refuge in familiar traditions. This is precisely how Jesus’ disciples respond when Jesus is transfigured before them.

After Jesus is transformed and Moses and Elijah appear, Peter says, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here! And let us make three shelters, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah” (Mark 9:5). Peter is drawing on the Festival of Tabernacles (or Booths), which celebrated God’s dwelling among His people (Lev 23:42–43). Peter isn’t certain how to respond, so he evokes a tradition. At least Peter understands that this confusing event shows God at work among His people.

But is Peter’s response the correct one? Mark gives us a hint in an aside: “For [Peter] did not know what he should answer, because they [Peter, James, and John] were terrified” (Mark 9:6). It’s not surprising that…

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

November 11th
The supreme climb

Take now thy son … Genesis 22:2.

God’s command is—Take now, not presently. It is extraordinary how we debate! We know a thing is right, but we try to find excuses for not doing it at once. To climb to the height God shows can never be done presently, it must be done now. The sacrifice is gone through in will before it is performed actually.

“And Abraham rose up early in the morning, … and went unto the place of which God had told him” (v. 3). The wonderful simplicity of Abraham! When God spoke, he did not confer with flesh and blood. Beware when you want to confer with flesh and blood, i.e., your own sympathies, your own insight, anything that is not based on your personal relationship to God. These are the things that compete with and hinder obedience to God.

Abraham did not choose the sacrifice. Always guard against self-chosen service for God; self-sacrifice may be a disease. If God has made your cup sweet, drink it with grace; if He has made it bitt…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, November 11      Go To Evening Reading
“Underneath are the everlasting arms.”  — Deuteronomy 33:27
God—the eternal God—is himself our support at all times, and especially when we are sinking in deep trouble. There are seasons when the Christian sinks very low in humiliation. Under a deep sense of his great sinfulness, he is humbled before God till he scarcely knows how to pray, because he appears, in his own sight, so worthless. Well, child of God, remember that when thou art at thy worst and lowest, yet “underneath” thee “are everlasting arms.” Sin may drag thee ever so low, but Christ’s great atonement is still under all. You may have descended into the deeps, but you cannot have fallen so low as “the uttermost”; and to the uttermost he saves. Again, the Christian sometimes sinks very deeply in sore trial from without. Every earthly prop is cut away. What then? Still underneath him are “the everlasting arms.” He cannot fall so deep in distress and affliction but what the cov…