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Be Subject to the Elders

Be Subject to the Elders
Excerpt


Here as earlier in this letter Peter calls for voluntary submission. But this is interpersonal rather than situational submission. What makes interpersonal submission easy, whether in marriage or in the church, is the respect won by husband or leader through love and example. If we are sure a leader loves us, it is far easier for us to be responsible to his guidance. If we are also confident the leader is a godly person, whose example has won our respect, it is easier still.


Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.

Pergamum Asclepeion from Acropolis

Pergamum Asclepeion from Acropolis
‎Ruins of an ancient Pergamum healing shrine, called Asclepeion in honor of Asclepius, the Greek god of healing. Galen, the renowned physician of several second-century AD Roman emperors, was trained here.

The Scroll Fed to Ezekiel

The Scroll Fed to Ezekiel “As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of One that spake.”
‎“And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day.” This was the mission given to Ezekiel by the wondrous Presence which he saw, borne by the cherubim. He was forewarned that his words would not be readily received: “And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.”
‎Ezekiel then proceeds by his favorite method of allegory. The vision commands…

No Fellowship with the Unfruitful

No Fellowship with the Unfruitful
Excerpt


And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness. The point of this exhortation is in the adjective “unfruitful.” The works of darkness are unfruitful: they produce no goodness, give rise to no satisfaction, to no moral results that are “a joy for ever;” or, its fruit they have, it is shame, remorse, despair. Contrast this with the renovating, satisfying, joy-producing, fruits of righteousness. But rather even reprove them. Do not be content with a passive attitude towards them, but take the aggressive and expose their wickedness, whether in public or in the domestic circle. A testimony has to be lifted up against ways that are so shameful and that bring down the wrath of God.


Spence-Jones, H. D. M., ed. Ephesians. London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1909. Print. The Pulpit Commentary.

Sea of Galilee from northwest

Sea of Galilee from northwest

Forum, Agora, and Basilica in Philippi

Forum, Agora, and Basilica in Philippi  ‎A Roman era forum (foreground) by Philippi’s agora, or public marketplace, and tall ruins of a fifth-century AD basilica.


Beth Shean theater

Beth Shean theater ‎Beth Shean theater from tell

The Last Day, Ministry Post

The Last Day By: Shirley Thomas 36 But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. … 42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming (Matthew 24:36, 42; NKJV). Comp. Mark 13:32–37; Luke 21:34–36. We’ve heard many accounts from Christians as well as secular people talking about the last day. At times their unlearned Biblical rationale is totally incorrect, or partially correct making God’s word incorrect—God’s word is true. They are correct at times not actually knowing the Biblical wisdom of God’s word, thus leaving doubt of end time prophecy, because of their past inconsistencies of lack of Biblical truth and soundness. Today’s Scripture is given in part to the complete descriptive theological soundness of Matthew 24:36-44. Expository teaching is given as follows: Jesus speaks of concern: “But of that day and hour”, denial: “no one knows, not even the angels of heaven”, list-item and qualifications: “but My Father only. But(…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

December 7

  And they came unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy
Mark 2:3
Had it not been for the palsy, this man might never have seen Christ!

Selected

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

Connect the Testaments

December 7: Relationship Will Change Us
Jeremiah 12:1–13:27; Philemon 1:8–25; Proverbs 14:15–35

Although God has granted us complete access to Him through Christ, we struggle at times to live this reality (John 17:15–17). The stale or frightening depictions of God in stained glass and Renaissance paintings have convinced us that He is distant, quick to anger, or disinterested. Nothing could be further from the truth; the Psalms remind us that He is caring, close, and listening (e.g., Pss 22; 23; 26), and He yearns for a relationship with us.

Sometimes it helps to hear the words of others who have struggled with the same thing. Jeremiah provides us with such an example. He remarks, “You will be in the right, O Yahweh, when I complain to you. Even so, let me speak my claims with you. Why does the way of the wicked succeed? All those who deal treacherously with treachery are at ease” (Jer 12:1). Jeremiah knows that Yahweh is right in all He does, but this does not prevent him from freely …

My Utmost for His Highest

December 7th
Repentance


For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation. 2 Cor. 7:10.

Conviction of sin is best portrayed in the words—

‘My sins, my sins, my Saviour.
How sad on Thee they fall.’

Conviction of sin is one of the rarest things that ever strikes a man. It is the threshold of an understanding of God. Jesus Christ said that when the Holy Spirit came He would convict of sin, and when the Holy Spirit rouses a man’s conscience and brings him into the presence of God, it is not his relationship with men that bothers him, but his relationship with God—“against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Thy sight.” Conviction of sin, the marvel of forgiveness, and holiness are so interwoven that it is only the forgiven man who is the holy man, he proves he is forgiven by being the opposite to what he was, by God’s grace. Repentance always brings a man to this point: ‘I have sinned.’ The surest sign that God is at work is when a man says that and means it. Anything less…

Morning and Evening

Morning, December 7      Go To Evening Reading
 “Base things of the world hath God chosen.”   — 1 Corinthians 1:28
Walk the streets by moonlight, if you dare, and you will see sinners then. Watch when the night is dark, and the wind is howling, and the pick-lock is grating in the door, and you will see sinners then. Go to yon jail, and walk through the wards, and mark the men with heavy over-hanging brows, men whom you would not like to meet at night, and there are sinners there. Go to the Reformatories, and note those who have betrayed a rampant juvenile depravity, and you will see sinners there. Go across the seas to the place where a man will gnaw a bone upon which is reeking human flesh, and there is a sinner there. Go where you will, you need not ransack earth to find sinners, for they are common enough; you may find them in every lane and street of every city, and town, and village, and hamlet. It is for such that Jesus died. If you will select me the grossest specimen of humani…