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Start From Here

Good Morning Start From Here By: Shirley Thomas

“… Lord, what do You want me to do?” (Acts 9:6, NKJV)

Are you paralyzed by your past? Have you drifted away from Christ? Or perhaps never met Him? Today is the day to begin anew with Christ, even if you've tried and failed before.

God always leads us to where we need to be, not where we want to be.

The Ark Brought to Jerusalem

The Ark Brought to Jerusalem
‎For three months the dread and mysterious ark remained in the house of Obed-edom. At first, perchance, the household had been most unwilling to give it shelter; but as time went on all men began to note that Obed’s house prospered most marvelously. The fact was everywhere discussed, and attributed to the presence of the ark. So David and his priesthood considered carefully of the matter, and humbly recognized their former fault of insufficient reverence to the holy ark. Once more they resolved that the ark and its accompanying prosperity must centre in Jerusalem.
‎Again therefore a great procession set forth; and this time the ark was handled according to all ancient laws. Now there was no disaster. To the intense joy of David and all his people, the ark advanced in safety and in splendor, as in the days of Moses and of Joshua. It entered the gates of the city; and at once a great jubilation broke forth. David himself set his people the example, singing …

The Building of God's House

The Building of God's House
‎With the cedars of Lebanon, with enormous stones quarried from the mountains about Jerusalem, and with marble and metal and precious jewels gathered from all the known world, King Solomon began his wondrous temple. No sound of axe or hammer was heard as the work progressed. Such was the feeling of reverence, of the sanctity of this house of God, that all the rougher, ruder work of the building was carried on at a distance from Jerusalem. Stones and beams were brought thither already measured and prepared; and the walls of the temple rose, according to tradition, amid no sounds but those of music and the singing of hymns of joy.
‎While the work progressed, there came to Solomon another vision, another light from God, approving of the work and promising that He would indeed make this temple a Holy Place, and would Himself abide there with the children of Israel, so long as they followed Him and obeyed His commandments.

Difficulty with the Concept of Personified Wisdom

Difficulty with the Concept of Personified Wisdom
Proverbs 8:22–36

A special problem is the personification of wisdom in Pr. 8:22ff. Job. 28 anticipates this personification by depicting wisdom as a mystery inscrutable to men but apparent to God. In Pr. 1:20-33 wisdom is likened to a woman crying in the streets for men to turn from their foolish ways and to find instruction and security in her (cf. also Pr. 3:15-20). The personification continues in Pr. 8:1-28 and reaches its climax in Proverbs 8:22ff., where wisdom claims to be the first creation of God and, perhaps, an assistant in the work of creation (Proverbs 8:30; cf. Proverbs 3:19; the difficult ’āmôn, ‘as one brought up’ in AV, should be translated ‘master workman’, as in RV, RSV; see W. F. Albright in Wisdom in Israel and in the Ancient Near East, p. 8). The purpose of wisdom’s recitation of her credentials is to attract men to pay her rightful heed, as Proverbs 8:32-36 indicates. Therefore, caution must be exercised in…

Denarius of Faustus Cornelius Sulla

Denarius of Faustus Cornelius Sulla ‎Faustus Cornelius Sulla issued this Roman silver denarius in 62 B.C. to commemorate the bloodless victory of his father, Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix, over Jugurtha of Numidia (modern Algeria) in 106 B.C. The coin portrays the goddess Diana with Faustus’ name in front of her (obverse) and Sulla Felix, enthroned, with an ally kneeling before him and Jugurtha, bound, kneeling behind him below Felix’s inscribed name (reverse). Sulla Felix later became dictator of Rome twice, and was the only person ever to conquer both Rome and Athens. ‎Acts 2:10, Acts 3:6, Acts 17:15–16, Rom 1:7, Rom 1:15, 1 Macc 8:17–19

Beth She’an: Corinthian Columns

Beth She’an: Corinthian Columns ‎Washed by the rain, two columns of a temple that crashed onto the basalt stones during the massive earthquake of 749 A.D. The Corinthian capital of the column looks as if it had toppled off just yesterday. Four huge columns, 9.5 meters high, stood on 2-meter high pedestals at the facade of the temple. The sight of the columns lying helplessly like this in the excavations at the Beth She’an National Park reminds the visitor how small is man and his works, even the mightiest and most splendid of them, in face of nature’s wrath.

Rooms or Mansions?

Rooms or Mansions?
John 14:2

The Greek word monai was rendered in the Vulgate by the Latin mansiones, which came down through the Tyndale version to the KJV as “mansions.” The use of the word “mansions” here is unfortunate because it has become infused into popular Christian culture so that one can hear some Christians speaking about the fact that they have “a mansion just over the hilltop.” Such a concept, unfortunately, supports the Western economic notion that following Jesus will lead to economic prosperity either in this life or in the life to come, especially if one must suffer in this life. But such a concept fails for several reasons. First, God does not promise economic prosperity. Second, the idea is a typical Semitic word describing a relationship of God with the people of God like the picture of heaven in Revelation 21–22. Third, and most importantly, monai does not mean a castle-like home anymore than mansiones in the Vulgate is to be interpreted in that manner. The…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

January 26

  Despising the shame
Heb. 12:2
And how is that to be done? In two ways. Go up the mountain, and the things in the plain will look very small; the higher you rise the more insignificant they will seem. Hold fellowship with God, and the threatening foes here will seem very, very unconformable. Another way is, pull up the curtain and gaze on what is behind it. The low foothills that lie at the base of some Alpine country may look high when seen from the plain, as long as the snowy summits are wrapped in mist; but when a little puff of wind comes and clears away the fog from the lofty peaks, nobody looks at the little green hills in front. So the world’s hindrances and the world’s difficulties and cares look very lofty till the cloud lifts. But when we see the great white summits, everything lower does not seem so very high after all. Look to Jesus, and that will dwarf the difficulties.

Alexander Maclaren

Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. …

Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan.

January 26: A Little Folly
Genesis 41:38–42:28; Hebrews 3:1–5:10; Ecclesiastes 10:1–9

Like dead flies in perfumer’s oil, the writer of Ecclesiastes aptly proclaims that a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor. Sometimes fools are elevated to positions of power, while those who are fit for the position are given no influence. The Preacher says, “I have seen slaves on horses, and princes walking on the ground like slaves” (Eccl 10:7).

It’s not difficult to nod our heads and say “Amen” when we come to this example of an “evil under the sun.” We probably all have a story to tell about a leader who wasn’t fit for a position and about the injustices we endured under their authority. When a fool is set up as an authority figure, everyone suffers.

The Preacher gives a suggestion, though: “If the anger of the ruler rises against you, do not leave your place, for calmness will lay great offenses to rest” (Eccl 10:4). This doesn’t just tell us we should have a posture of humility and obedience …

My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year

January 26th
Look again and consecrate

If God so clothe the grass of the field, … shall He not much more clothe you?Matthew 6:30.

A simple statement of Jesus is always a puzzle to us if we are not simple. How are we going to be simple with the simplicity of Jesus? By receiving His Spirit, recognizing and relying on Him, obeying Him as He brings the word of God, and life will become amazingly simple. ‘Consider,’says Jesus, ‘how much more your Father Who clothes the grass of the field will clothe you, if you keep your relationship right with Him.’ Every time we have gone back in spiritual communion it has been because we have impertinently known better than Jesus Christ. We have allowed the cares of the world to come in, and have forgotten the ‘much more’ of our Heavenly Father.

“Behold the fowls of the air”—their one aim is to obey the principle of life that is in them and God looks after them. Jesus says that if you are rightly related to Him and obey this Spirit that is in you, God wi…

Morning and Evening: Daily Readings.

Morning, January 26      Go To Evening Reading

         “Your heavenly Father.”
         — Matthew 6:26

God’s people are doubly his children, they are his offspring by creation, and they are his sons by adoption in Christ. Hence they are privileged to call him, “Our Father which art in heaven.” Father! Oh, what precious word is that. Here is authority: “If I be a Father, where is mine honour?” If ye be sons, where is your obedience? Here is affection mingled with authority; an authority which does not provoke rebellion; an obedience demanded which is most cheerfully rendered—which would not be withheld even if it might. The obedience which God’s children yield to him must be loving obedience. Do not go about the service of God as slaves to their taskmaster’s toil, but run in the way of his commands because it is your Father’s way. Yield your bodies as instruments of righteousness, because righteousness is your Father’s will, and his will should be the will of his child. Father!—Here i…