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Pergamum Aesculapium north stoa with theater

Pergamum Aesculapium north stoa with theater


Acts 9:2, 3, 8, 10


Damascus, one of the oldest continuously inhabited sites known to archaeologists, figured long and often in biblical awareness. It was a reference place for Abraham’s rescue of his kinsmen (Gen. 14:15). David brought it within Israelite control (2 Sam. 8:5-6), but during Solomon’s reign the first of a series of Aramaean kings made Damascus his capital city, continuing to intervene in the life of Israel and Judah until the Assyrian conquest in 732 b.c. In this series of local dynastic politics, biblical traces occur of the founder Rezon (1 Kings 11:23-25); Tabrimmon, ally of the Judean Abijam against Israel (1 Kings 15:19); his father Hezion (same verse); his son Ben-hadad (I, 900-875 b.c.), who was allied with Baasha of Israel, but later with Asa of Judah (1 Kings 15:18-19); Ben-hadad II (1 Kings 20) and his son Hadadezer who fought Ahab of Israel; and Ben-hadad III who was killed by Hazael (843-797 b.c.; 2 Kings 8:7-15) who then succeeded him. The de…

Paul’s Epistles from Captivity

Paul’s Epistles from Captivity ‎ After the close of the Book of“Acts,” the Bible gives us no definite information as to the career of any of the Apostles. From the later Epistles of Paul we can gather some information as to his fate. He seems to have been released from his first captivity at Rome, and to have made many further journeys. Then he was arrested again, perhaps at the time of the terrible persecution of the Christians by Nero. This second captivity seems to have been rigorous and to have ended in the great preacher’s martyrdom.
‎While imprisoned in a solitary cell he wrote calmly and cheerfully to his various friends and churches. His Epistles to his beloved disciple Timothy speak especially of his own predicament, telling that many have “swerved aside,” and that he stood alone before his judges. “Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the m…

The Greatest Prayer Ever Prayed

The Greatest Prayer Ever Prayed

‎The very manner in which Jesus prayed reveals that He is God. He did not begin "Our Father" but simply, "Father." Jesus never prayed, "Our Father." Jesus told Mary Magdalene on that first Easter morning,"...go to My brethren, and say to them, ’I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God’ " (John 20:17). God is our Father by grace, but He is Jesus’ Father by nature. And the word that Jesus used for "pray" (verses 9, 15, 20) is not the common word for "pray" in the New Testament. The word means "to request from an equal." You and I could not use this word because we are not equal with God. But Jesus used it three times! Why? Because He is eternal God.

‎In verse 24, Jesus boldly said, "Father, I will..." (KJV). It was not a request; it was a command. Believers today cannot pray with that kind of authority. Such praying would not be faith, it would be p…

Milkweed Plants and Bugs-Male and Female

Milkweed Plants

Milkweed Bug

  milkweed bug noun 1905: a large black and reddish-orange bug (Oncopeltus fasciatus) that feeds chiefly on milkweed

Mish, Frederick C. “Preface.” Merriam-Webster’s collegiate dictionary. 2003 : n. pag. Print.

Purposes of His Prayer

Purposes of His Prayer
Philippians 1:10


Paul stated two purposes for his prayer. The first is a near purpose: to discern what is best; and the second is a remote one: to be pure and blameless until the day of Christ. The idea of testing is clearly in view in the Greek word dokimazō, translated “discern.” The testing is with a view to approving. The word was used in testing metals and coins, to determine whether they met the specified standards.

Lightner, Robert P. “Philippians.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 650. Print.

Socoh and Azekah

Socoh and Azekah

Socoh and Azekah were located about thirty kilometers (about eighteen miles) southwest of Jerusalem. Socoh was one of three towns by this name in the Old Testament. To indicate which of these towns is intended, the writer adds which belongs to Judah, that is, this Socohwas located in the lowlands of Judah. The name Socoh comes from a root meaning “to hedge” or “to shut in.” nbe translates this name as Vallado, that is, “Enclosure.”

Azekah: another town in the lowlands of Judah, about five kilometers (three miles) north of Socoh. The name means “hoed ground.” nbetranslates this name as Cavada, that is, “Dug out.” More

Omanson, Roger L., and John Ellington. A Handbook on the First Book of Samuel. New York: United Bible Societies, 2001. Print. UBS Handbook Series.

Saving Testimony

During my thirty five plus years of ministry, I personally have seen and heard of what God can do to those on their death beds of languishing, and to those surrounding them. I received a testimony of a dear Christian sister Ms. Shirley Thomas of whom her brother is on his bed of languishing near death. The doctor’s gave up hope and notified the family. Sister Thomas and her sister traveled by air to California some 3,000 miles to be with their last brother’s bedside. Here God had a Spirit pouring and awakening in the hospital room! I do not want to take away from Sister Shirley Thomas’ Face Book post. I have incorporated the Face Book video post URL. Have some tissues or a handkerchief in hand. “Face Book family, God sent us to California for a reason. We did not know, but God did. My brother nor his wife was saved according to them. We asked my brother did he want to be saved, he said, “YES”! And so did his wife, Janice. We read Scriptures to them and asked them to repeat the “Sinner’s …

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

February 1

  Continue in prayer
Col. 4:2
Dost thou want nothing? Then I fear thou dost not know thy poverty. Hast thou no mercy to ask of God? Then may the Lord’s mercy show thee thy misery. A prayerless soul is a Christ-less soul. Prayer is the lisping of the believing infant, the shout of the fighting believer, the requiem of the dying saint falling asleep in Jesus.


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

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

February 1: God’s Ideas: More than Good
Exodus 1–3;John 1:1–18; Song of Solomon 1:1–4

It’s exciting to see ideas take shape and then become reality. Even more exciting, though, is when God’s ideas take form. The Bible shows us these events repeatedly. As the reader, we’re given glimpses into what God isreally doing—events the characters are unaware of. Or we have a hint all along that God is up to something unexpected, and that He will make good out of the evil that’s happening.

The story of Moses is like this. God’s people are terribly oppressed, but they are many (Exod 1). And we all know there is power in numbers. When baby Moses comes along, we’re ready for something amazing to happen. It will be from this unassuming moment that God will do the least expected (Exod 2:1–10): He will help those on the underside of power. Our suspicion is confirmed when Moses is willing to kill for justice (Exod 2:11–12). Moses flees, and then God hears Israel’s complaints about the pain they’re endur…

My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year

February 1st
The call of God

For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel. 1 Cor. 1:17.

Paul states here that the call of God is to preach the gospel; but remember what Paul means by “the gospel” viz., the reality of Redemption in our Lord Jesus Christ. We are apt to make sanctification the end-all of our preaching. Paul alludes to personal experience by way of illustration, never as the end of the matter. We are nowhere commissioned to preach salvation or sanctification; we are commissioned to lift up Jesus Christ (John 12:32). It is a travesty to say that Jesus Christ travailed in Redemption to make me a saint. Jesus Christ travailed in Redemption to redeem the whole world, and place it unimpaired and rehabilitated before the throne of God. The fact that Redemption can be experienced by us is an illustration of the power of the reality of Redemption, but that is not the end of Redemption. IfGod were human, how sick to the heart and weary He would be of the constant re…

Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, February 1      Go To Evening Reading
 “They shall sing in the ways of the Lord.”           — Psalm 138:5
The time when Christians begin to sing in the ways of the Lord is when they first lose their burden at the foot of the Cross. Not even the songs of the angels seem so sweet as the first song of rapture which gushes from the inmost soul of the forgiven child of God. You know how John Bunyan describes it. He says when poor Pilgrim lost his burden at the Cross, he gave three great leaps, and went on his way singing—

   “Blest Cross! blest Sepulchre! blest rather be
         The Man that there was put to shame for me!”

Believer, do you recollect the day when your fetters fell off? Do you remember the place when Jesus met you, and said, “I have loved thee with an everlasting love; I have blotted out as a cloud thy transgressions, and as a thick cloud thy sins; they shall not be mentioned against thee any more for ever.”Oh! what a sweet season is that when Jesus takes away the p…