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Christ Answers Thomas, Ministry Blog Post

Christ Answers Thomas By: Shirley Thomas
5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. 7 “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him (John 14:5-7; NKJV).”
Thomas one of the twelve Aramaic-speaking disciples, chosen by Jesus to be one of his twelve disciples who saw the Incarnate of God, Son of God, Son of Man, King of kings, Rabbi (Teacher), Healer and Resurrector of the Dead would ask what some would think preposterous, silly, outrageous, absurd, ludicrous, unbelievable, and laughable to ask Jesus, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way? (v. 5)” Jesus as only he, the Son of God, could respond to Thomas’ question in a true spiritual way. First, Jesus announces who he is by Yahweh’s name to Moses, “I Am Who I Am”, but giving humility to his Father…

Milepost at Start of Appian Way

Milepost at Start of Appian Way ‎Appius Claudius started building the Appian Way in 312 B.C. Paul reached it at Capua, 20 miles (32 km) from Puteoli. Traveling the 132 miles (212 km) from Capua to Rome normally took about six days. Some Roman Christians met Paul at the Three Taverns, 11 miles (18 km) from Rome on the Appian Way, others traveled 43 miles (69 km) to meet him at the Forum of Appius. To traverse the 19 miles (30.6 km) of Pontine Marshes before this Forum, Paul took the road or a parallel canal. ‎Jer 31:21, Matt 5:41, Luke 11:18, Luke 24:13, Acts 28:13–15 ‎Image by user Lalupa, from Wikimedia Commons. License: Public Domain

The Dispersal of the Nations

The Dispersal of the Nations
‎God read the hearts of the wicked people of Babel, and punished them in the very way that they had feared. He made their might of no avail, took from them their power, and destroyed them as a nation, scattering them over the face of the earth. The huge tower and great walled city by which they had hoped to perpetuate their strength, plunged them into dissension. They quarreled over their work, and grew mutually suspicious. Falsehood was bred in the world, and a man’s tongue no longer spoke the language of his heart. “Let us go down,” God is represented as saying, “and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” They fled from one another. Thus the descendants of Ham lost their early power. ‎Then came the days of the “Semites,” the descendants of Shem, whose names are carefully recorded, at least in the line of the “first-born,” an ascendancy regarded as highly important among the Hebrews.Shem had been the first-born …


‎Masada. The fortified cliff casts a dark shadow over the surroundings lit up by the merciless sun of the Judean desert. The shadow accents and sharpens the remains of the magnificent northern palace that Herod built for himself on Masada. From the rounded upper terrace of the palace we can see Ein Gedi and—on a clear day—the plain of Jericho.

St. Augustine on Ephesians 5:16

St. Augustine on Ephesians 5:16
Ephesians 5:16

But as concerning these days which we are passing now, the Apostle says, “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Are not these days indeed evil which we spend in this corruptible flesh, in or under so heavy a load of the corruptible body, amid so great temptations, amid so great difficulties, where there is but false pleasure, no security of joy, a tormenting fear, a greedy covetousness, a withering sadness? Lo, what evil days! yet no one is willing to end these same evil days, and hence men earnestly pray God that they may live long. Yet what is it to live long, but to be long tormented? What is it to live long, but to add evil days to evil l days? When boys are growing up, it is as if days are being added to them; whereas they do not know that they are being diminished; and their very reckoning is false. For as we grow in up, the number of our days rather diminishes than increases. Appoint for any man at his birth, for ins…


Romans 5:12

“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. More

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

Storage for metal pieces

Storage for metal pieces
‎Metal objects were stored in this kind of vessel until there was an opportunity to melt them down.

Which Herod?

Which Herod?

Herod the Great, king of the Jews 40–4 bc, born c. 73 bc. His father Antipater, a Jew of Idumaean descent, attained a position of great influence in Judaea after the Roman conquest and was appointed procurator of Judaea by Julius Caesar in 47 bc. He in turn appointed his son Herod military prefect of Galilee, and Herod showed his qualities by the vigour with which he suppressed brigandage in that region; the Roman governor of Syria was so impressed by his energy that he made him military prefect of Coele-Syria. After the assassination of Caesar and subsequent civil war Herod enjoyed the goodwill of Antony. When the Parthians invaded Syria and Palestine and set the Hasmonaean Antigonus on the throne of Judaea (40–37 bc) the Roman senate, advised by Antony and Octavian, gave Herod the title ‘king of the Jews’. It took him 3 years of fighting to make his title effective, but when he had done so he governed Judaea for 33 years as a loyal ‘friend and ally’ of Rome.


Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

December 8

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits … who crowneth thee with loving-kindness and tender mercies
Ps. 103:2, 4
We talk about the telescope of faith, but I think we want even more the microscope of watchful and grateful love. Apply this to the little bits of our daily lives, in the light of the Spirit, and how wonderfully they come out!

Frances Ridley Havergal

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

Connect the Testaments

December 9: Self-Evident Hope
Jeremiah 16:1–17:27; Romans 1:18–2:11; Proverbs 16:1–11

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all impiety and unrighteousness of people, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what can be known about God is evident among them, for God made it clear to them” (Rom 1:18–19). A statement like this could easily be taken out of context if we leave off everything after “people.” But when we contextualize this message, we find hope instead of hopelessness.
Paul goes on to tell us that creation itself reveals God and His goodness to humanity, so there is no excuse for failing to understand God and the salvation He offers: “For from the creation of the world, his invisible attributes, both his eternal power and deity, are discerned clearly, being understood in the things created, so that they are without excuse” (Rom 1:20).
We have all heard people who are concerned that salvation seems unfair: What about the people who won’t ever hear abo…

My Utmost for His Highest

December 8th
The impartial power of God

For by one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Hebrews 10:14.

We trample the blood of the Son of God under foot if we think we are forgiven because we are sorry for our sins. The only explanation of the forgiveness of God and of the unfathomable depth of His forgetting, is the Death of Jesus Christ. Our repentance is merely the outcome of our personal realization of the Atonement which He has worked out for us. “Christ Jesus … is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.” When we realize that Christ is made all this to us, the boundless joy of Godbegins; wherever the joy of God is not present, the death sentence is at work.
It does not matter who or what we are, there is absolute reinstatement into God by the death of Jesus Christ and by no other way, not because Jesus Christ pleads, but because He died. It is not earned, but accepted. All the pleading which deliberately refuses to rec…

Morning and Evening

Morning, December 8      Go To Evening Reading
“Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.”           — Revelation 3:4
We may understand this to refer to justification. “They shall walk in white”; that is, they shall enjoy a constant sense of their own justification by faith; they shall understand that the righteousness of Christ is imputed to them, that they have all been washed and made whiter than the newly-fallen snow.

Again, it refers to joy and gladness: for white robes were holiday dresses among the Jews. They who have not defiled their garments shall have their faces always bright; they shall understand what Solomon meant when he said “Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart. Let thy garments be always white, for God hath accepted thy works.” He who is accepted of God shall wear white garments of joy and gladness, while he walks in sweet communion with t…