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January 22

  There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God
  Heb. 4:9
How sweet the music of this first heavenly chime floating across the waters of death from the towers of the New Jerusalem. Pilgrim, faint under thy long and arduous pilgrimage, hear it! It is REST. Soldier, carrying still upon thee blood and dust of battle, hear it! It is REST. Voyager, tossed on the waves of sin and sorrow, driven hither and thither on the world’s heaving ocean of vicissitude, hear it! The haven is in sight; the very waves that are breaking on thee seem to murmur, So He giveth His belovedREST. It is the long drawn sigh of existence at last answered. The toil and travail of earth’s protracted week is at an end. The calm of its unbroken Sabbath is begun. Man, weary man, has found at last the long-sought-for rest in the bosom of his God!

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

Do Not Turn Away from God

Do Not Turn Away from God
Hebrews 3:12–13
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In verses Hebrews 3:12–13, this example is now applied to all who read Hebrews. The writer’s argument is: If unbelief kept Israelites out of the land of Canaan (a picture of God’s rest), how much more serious is it today to give way to unbelief and thus miss the greater rest (the rest of justification and salvation). The warning is addressed to the whole assembly (See to it, brothers, … encourage one another daily). These phrases recognize individual responsibility to act (that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart, … none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness) and describe accurately the terrible result of sin’s hardening (turns away from the living God).


Stedman, Ray C. Hebrews. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1992. Print. The IVP New Testament Commentary Series.

Samuel Rescues Israel

Samuel Rescues Israel ‎ The return of the ark brought to Israel a disaster not unlike that which the Philistines had suffered. The over-curious people handled the ark with little reverence, and because of this profanation a great plague smote Israel. After that the people submitted themselves wholly to the commands of Samuel. The prophet was raised to Eli’s double position acting as both priest and judge, the “last of the judges.” As Shiloh, the ancient seat of the tabernacle, had been utterly destroyed by the Philistines, Samuel erected a shelter for the ark at Kirjath-jearim, a town near to where the ark had been brought by the cows. Here for twenty years the prophet preached and taught, until he had brought Israel back to a knowledge of the true God. He reformed and changed the people as no man had done since Joshua’s day.
‎When at length Samuel thought his followers were ready, he marshaled them once more against the Philistines; but instead of trusting to Israel’s military prowe…

Teaching of the N.T.

Teaching of the N.T.
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‎The ideas included in the word Shalam are prominent in the N.T. There is one remarkable passage in which perfection and oneness are combined together, namely, John 17:23, where the Lord Jesus prays, with respect to His disciples, that they may be ‘perfected in one,’ or, more literally, ‘completed into one.’The same idea runs through the N.T.; the perfection of each part of the body depends upon the completeness of the whole, and vice versa (1 John 4:2). Christ is ‘our peace’ because He has made both (i.e. both Jew and Gentile) one, and has done away with the middle wall of the partition; the twain He has created in Himself into one new man, so making peace, and has reconciled both in one body to God by means of the Cross (Eph. 2:14–16). There is one body, the Church, and one Spirit, in whom both Jew and Gentile have access to the Father through Christ. …


Girdlestone, Robert Baker. Synonyms of the Old Testament: Their Bearing on Christian Doctrine. Oak Harbo…

How Good Are the Sermons You Preach to Yourself?

How Good Are the Sermons You Preach to Yourself? Even if you’ll never preach a single sermon in your entire life, you should still know what good preaching is. And not just so you can spot (and avoid) bad preaching; not even so you can seek out goodpreaching. You need to understand what makes a good sermon because every time you interpret the Bible, practically speaking, you’re preaching the Bible to yourself. How good are your self-sermons?

Much of the process of preparing a sermon is indistinguishable from the process of simply reading the Bible and applying it to your life. You may not have to pay attention to your gestures and vocal projection as a preacher does, but you will have to do almost everything else. Faithful Christians should give attention even to the rhetorical structure of their arguments about a passage—in evangelistic discussions, in small-group Bible studies, even in Facebook comments.

Early Athena and Owl Coin

Early Athena and Owl Coin ‎For over 700 years, Athenians made coins depicting their patron deity Athena, goddess of wisdom, and her owl. This silver tetradrachma, minted about 510 B.C., is an early example. This type of coin was called a “glaukes,” from a Greek word meaning “bright” or “glaring”; one of Athena’s epithets was “the bright-eyed,” and her wide-eyed owl could see at night. Scholars now believe Athena was named after Athens, not vice versa. In Athens, Paul would have used “Athena and owl” coins (Acts 17:15). ‎Deut 14:12–16, Zeph 2:13–14, Acts 17:15–18:1, 1 Thess 3:1, 2 Macc 6:1, 2 Macc 9:15

Michal’s Stratagem

Michal’s Stratagem
‎Like the true-hearted wife she was, Michal, when left alone after David’s flight to shelter herself from her father’s wrath, did not think first of her own danger. She wanted to secure her husband from pursuit. So she made use of an “image,” apparently a life size figure of some god, the presence of which in Saul’s household hints strongly at his waning faith in the Lord. This image she arranged in David’s bed; and, when Saul’s messengers came for her husband, she pointed to the figure and told them David was too ill to go with them. When they reported this to Saul, the fierce king bade them drag the sick man to him on the bed, that he might slay him with his own hand. When they came to do this, the trick was discovered; but so much time had been gained that David was safe.
‎Michal, being confronted by her angry father, escaped his wrath by further deception. Though strong for those she loved, she was not strong in truth for truth’s own sake. She pretended that sh…

Wilberforce, William

Wilberforce, William

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‎WILBERFORCE, WILLIAM (1759–1833)

‎English philanthropist; antislavery crusader

‎Born in Hull, Wilberforce studied in desultory fashion at Cambridge, then in 1780 entered Parliament and became a strong supporter of William Pitt, who persuaded Wilberforce to devote himself to the abolition of the slave trade. In this cause he opposed many in the empire who had powerful vested interests, and he opposed those who regarded slavery as “a natural and scriptural institution.” The reformers finally triumphed in 1807 when the slave trade was done away with, though abolition of slavery itself had to wait until 1833.

‎Wilberforce, who had been converted at twenty–five, was the most famous figure associated with the Clapham Sect, which sought to do for the upper classes what Wesley had done for the lower. They used their wealth and influence in Christian outreach. …


Douglas, J.D. “Wilberforce, William.” Ed. J.D. Douglas and Philip W. Comfort. Who’s Who in Christian history…

Barry, John D., and Rebecca Kruyswijk. Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan

January 21: Power, Authority, and Its Result
Genesis 34:1–35:15; Matthew 25:14–26:13; Ecclesiastes 8:1–9

“For there is a time and a way for everything, although man’s trouble lies heavy on him. For he does not know what is to be, for who can tell him how it will be?” (Eccl 8:6).

We all struggle with the future and the vast uncertainty it creates in our minds. It’s rarely the present that keeps us awake at night; it’s our concerns about what will happen if the present changes for better or worse.

But unlike other places in the Bible when we’re told not to worry, the words of Ecclesiastes 8:6 are set in the context of a request to obey the king of the land. This is not because the king is offered as a solution to the problems, although he could potentially help, but because like many other things, there is nothing that can be done about him. Why worry about that which you cannot change?
This situation is equated to life and death itself: “No man has power to retain the spirit, or power ov…

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

January 21st
Recall what God remembers


I remember … the kindness of thy youth. Jeremiah 2:2.

Am I as spontaneously kind to God as I used to be, or am I only expecting God to be kind to me? Am I full of the little things that cheer His heart over me, or am I whimpering because things are going hardly with me? There is no joy in the soul that has forgotten what God prizes. It is a great thing to think that Jesus Christ has need of me—“Give Me to drink.” How much kindness have I shown Him this past week? Have I been kind to His reputation in my life?

God is saying to His people—‘You are not in love with Me now, but I remember the time when you were.’ “I remember … the love of thine espousals.” Am I as full of the extravagance of love to Jesus Christ as I was in the beginning, when I went out of my way to prove my devotion to Him? Does He find me recalling the time when I did not care for anything but Himself? Am I there now, or have I become wise over loving Him? Am I so in love with Him…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, January 21      Go To Evening Reading
 “And so all Israel shall be saved.”           — Romans 11:26
Then Moses sang at the Red Sea, it was his joy to know that all Israel were safe. Not a drop of spray fell from that solid wall until the last of God’s Israel had safely planted his foot on the other side the flood. That done, immediately the floods dissolved into their proper place again, but not till then. Part of that song was, “Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed.” In the last time, when the elect shall sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and of the Lamb, it shall be the boast of Jesus, “Of all whom thou hast given me, I have lost none.” In heaven there shall not be a vacant throne.

“For all the chosen race
         Shall meet around the throne,
         Shall bless the conduct of his grace,
         And make his glories known.”

As many as God hath chosen, as many as Christ hath redeemed, as many as the Spirit hath called, as many as bel…