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He is the God of Everyone

He is the God of EveryoneRomans 16:12-1316:12–13. Paul sent greetings jointly to Tryphena and Tryphosa, identifying them as those women who work hard (“toil”) in the Lord. Some believe they were sisters, possibly even twins. Then Persis, addressed as my dear friend (lit., “the one loved”), was another woman who has worked very hard (“toiled much”) in the Lord. Interestingly four women were said to have “worked hard” (cf. Mary, v. 6).
Whether Rufus is the same person mentioned in Mark 15:21 or not is uncertain. If so, then he, as a son of Simon of Cyrene, was a North African.   V 2, p 501  Paul said Rufus was chosen in the Lord, a statement true of every believer (cf. Eph. 1:4). Consequently the word translated “chosen” may mean “eminent,” since it was given to Rufus as a statement of distinction. The greeting included Rufus’ mother who, Paul said, had also been a mother to him. Paul obviously did not say she was his actual mother, but he had been the recipient of her motherly care.

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God guided David

God guided David David was up very early that day and heard the morning challenge that Goliath gave to Saul and his army. If the Israelites could provide a champion who was able to defeat Goliath, the Philistines would submit to the Jews and be their servants, but if not, the Israelites must consider themselves defeated and become the servants of the Philistines (vv. 8–9). Unfortunately, nobody in the Jewish army volunteered, including King Saul, who stood head and shoulders above his men. Since Israel had come to a crisis in this confrontation, Saul made a generous offer to the man who would silence Goliath: he would marry one of the king’s daughters, receive great riches from the king, and take his father’s house off the tax rolls. Saul hoped that somebody would be tempted by the offer and try to defeat Goliath.
David’s response to Goliath’s arrogant speech was that of total disgust. Who was this uncircumcised Philistine to blaspheme the name of the God of Israel? Keep in mind that …

Jonah Repining at God’s Mercy

Jonah Repining at God’s Mercy
‎So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city. ‎Jonah 4:5

The Angel Gabriel

The Angel Gabriel
Luke 1:19

GABRIEL (Heb. gaḇrɩ̂ʾēl; Gk. Gabriḗl)
A prominent angel. Gabriel reveals eschatological mysteries in Dan. 8:15–26; 9:21–27 and announces the births of John the Baptist and Jesus in Luke 1:11–20, 26–38. The etymology of the name is disputed, meaning “God is my Warrior” or perhaps “Man of God.” Gabriel and Michael are the only two angels explicitly named in the OT. In the more developed angelology of Jewish apocalyptic traditions, they appear regularly together with Raphael and others as prominent archangels who stand in the presence of God (1 En. 9:1; 10:1–12; 1QM 9:14–16; Luke 1:19; cf. Rev. 8:2, 6).
In Daniel Gabriel serves primarily as interpreter of visions and mysteries; in later apocalyptic sources his functions are more varied. In 1 Enoch he is identified as one of the holy angels whose role is to oversee the garden of Eden, the serpents and the cherubim (1 En. 20:7); in 10:9–10 he is sent in judgment against the children born from the “Watchers” (fall…

What is a Vat?

What is a Vat?
Proverbs 3:10 And your vats will be bursting with wine: Vats refers to large containers, sometimes cisterns carved out of stone, tubs, or wooden vessels for holding the juice of grapes as it ferments into wine. In Matt 9:17 wine is stored in skins. The word rendered vats may also refer to the wine press. The picture presented in this line is of wine vats or presses running over because they cannot contain the abundance of wine. Wine translates a word that refers to new wine, that is, grape juice in the early stages of fermentation. The wine crop is mentioned along with olive oil and grain as one of the major crops of the land of Canaan (Deut 7:13; Neh 5:11). The abundance of grain and wine is a symbol of prosperity throughout the Old Testament.
In the translation of verse 10, particularly where grapes are not grown and wine making is unknown, it may be necessary to supply the name of another fermented drink or use a borrowed word and explain the significance of wine mak…

Capernaum

Capernaum ‎ Capernaum—“the village of Nahum”—at the north of the Sea of Galilee, the fishing port where Jesus lived after he left Nazareth around 28 A.D. Here He preached in the synagogue, cured the sick and performed miracles. The first group of disciples was formed among the fishermen of Capernaum. Matthew called it “his own city” (Matthew 9:1). The synagogue stands out in white limestone opposite the reconstruction of the octagonal church built in the mid-5th century over St. Peter’s house.

The Righteous and the Wicked Person Compared / The Way of Folly

The Righteous and the Wicked Person Compared By: Reverend Lynwood F. Mundy Proverbs 10:6-32 (with Prepositional Outline)

                        6      a      Topic            Blessings  Supplied      are                              b      Location      on the head of the righteous,

                              c      Topic (d)      But                              d      Action      violence covers 

                              c      Topic (d)      the mouth of the wicked.

                        7      a      Topic (b)            The memory of the righteous                                      Supplied      is                              b      Characterization      blessed,

                              c      Topic (d)      But the name of the wicked                              d      Prediction      will rot.

                        8      a      Topic (b)            The wise in heart                              b      Pronouncement      will receive commands,

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Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

November 23
  Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it
1 Thess. 5:24
Earthly faithfulness is possible only by the reception of heavenly gifts. As surely as every leaf that grows is mainly water that the plant has got from the clouds, and carbon that it has got out of the atmosphere, so surely will all our good be mainly drawn from Heaven and Heaven’s gifts. As certainly as every lump of coal that you put upon your fire contains in itself sunbeams that have been locked up for all these millenniums that have passed since it waved green in the forest, so certainly does every good deed embody in itself gifts from above. And no man is pure except by impartation; and every good thing and every perfect thing cometh from the Father of lights.

Alexander Maclaren

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

Connect the Testaments

November 23: The Games We Play
2 Kings 11:1–12:21; Galatians 3:1–29;Proverbs 7:10–20

We live in the age of online résumés, with pages dedicated to us and our faces. We can broadcast our thoughts in seconds and republish ideas that make us look smart by association. And we do it all in an effort to earn recognition or acceptance. We want to be heard in the midst of the noise—to earn a spot in the spotlight. The works of the law that drove Judaism in the first century AD weren’t much different; they were pitched as a way to obtain God’s favor as well as the favor of others.

Paul responds to the ideals of his age: “Who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as having been crucified? I want only to learn this from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?” (Gal 3:1–2). Paul’s questions are rhetorical. We’re not saved by works, but by the graciousness of God. It is not through works that the Spirit dwells among us,…

My Utmost for His Highest

November 23rd
Distraction of antipathy


Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us: for we are exceedingly filled with contempt. Psalm 123:3.

The thing of which we have to beware is not so much damage to our belief in God as damage to our Christian temper. “Therefore take heed to thy spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.” The temper of mind is tremendous in its effects, it is the enemy that penetrates right into the soul and distracts the mind from God. There are certain tempers of mind in which we never dare indulge; if we do, we find they have distracted us from faith in God, and until we get back to the quiet mood before God, our faith in Him is nil, and our confidence in the flesh and in human ingenuity is the thing that rules.

Beware of “the cares of this world,” because they are the things that produce a wrong temper of soul. It is extraordinary what an enormous power there is in simple things to distract our attention from God. Refuse to be swamped with the cares of this …

Morning and Evening

Morning, November 23      Go To Evening Reading
 “Fellowship with him.” 1 John 1:6
When we were united by faith to Christ, we were brought into such complete fellowship with him, that we were made one with him, and his interests and ours became mutual and identical. We have fellowship with Christ in his love. What he loves we love. He loves the saints—so do we. He loves sinners—so do we. He loves the poor perishing race of man, and pants to see earth’s deserts transformed into the garden of the Lord—so do we. We have fellowship with him in his desires. He desires the glory of God—we also labour for the same. He desires that the saints may be with him where he is—we desire to be with him there too. He desires to drive out sin—behold we fight under his banner. He desires that his Father’s name may be loved and adored by all his creatures—we pray daily, “Let thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, even as it is in heaven.” We have fellowship with Christ in his sufferings. We are no…