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Gold Stater of Philippi

Gold Stater of Philippi
‎Alexander the Great's father Philip II of Macedon founded Philippi in 356 B.C., naming it after himself. This gold stater, worth four drachmas, was minted between 356 and Philip’s assassination in 336. The obverse features the head of Heracles, the Roman Hercules, wearing a lion’s head cap. On the reverse is a ceremonial tripod with an olive branch above it and the legend “[coin] of Philippi.” Philippi thrived for over 1,600 years until it was abandoned after the Ottoman conquest. ‎Acts 16:12, Phil 1:1, 1 Macc 1:1

Stone Arch Detail, Pergamum

Stone Arch Detail, Pergamum

Stairs and Columns, “Temple A,” Laodicea

Stairs and Columns, “Temple A,” Laodicea

‎Partly restored ornate fluted columns line the top of the stairs in Laodicea’s “Temple A.” Archeologists don’t know yet which deity this temple honored.

Site of Abila, Modern Suq Wadi Barada, Syria

Site of Abila, Modern Suq Wadi Barada, Syria
‎ At the beginning of John the Baptist’s ministry, Lysanias the tetrarch ruled Abilene. This regional tetrarchy, named for its capital city Abila, was northwest of Damascus in the watershed of the Abana River. The Lysanias of Luke chapter 3 has been confused with Lysanias son of Ptolemy. This Ptolemy, unrelated to the Egyptian Ptolemies, ruled Abilene from about 85 B.C to 40 B.C. When he died his son Lysanias became tetrarch there, ruling until 33 B.C. The Lysanias that Luke mentions ruled about 62 years later. ‎Luke 3:1

Outline of Proverbs 3:1-4

Outline of Proverbs 3:1-4

Proverbs 3:1–4


How to Live a Long Life (vv. 1–4)

A. The key

1. “Forget not My law”

2. “Let thy heart keep My commandments”

3. “Let not mercy and truth forsake thee”

4. In other words: internalize your beliefs

B. The benefit

1. Quantity of life — length of days and long life

2. Quality of life

a. Peace

b. Favor with God and man

c. Good understanding with God and man More

Wood, Charles R. Sermon Outlines on the Book of Proverbs. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1984. Print.

Semeion in the Gospel of John

Semeion in the Gospel of John

John 3:2


In the Gospel there is general reference to the σημεῖα of Jesus (2:23; 3:2; 6:2,26; 9:16) and sometimes there is summary mention of their great number (11:47; 12:37; 20:30). But a few are emphasized. In general, they are the kind of miracles expected with the dawn of the Messianic age, cf. the saying in Is. 35:5 (Mt. 11:5/Lk. 7:22).309 No matter how one computes the number of σημεῖα of Jesus which were particularly important for the Evangelist,310 those miracles which he records bear Messianic features and are thus in some sense Messianic epiphany-miracles. The miracle at the wedding in Cana of Galilee in Jn. 2:11, the second miracle at Cana (the healing of the son of the βασιλικός) in 4:54, the feeding of the multitude in 6:14 and the raising of Lazarus in 12:18 are all explicitly called σημεῖα. In relation to theσημεῖα mentioned in 9:16 the healing of the man born blind (9:1ff.) is to the fore, while the healing of the lame man on the Sabb…

Bearing One Another’s Burdens

Bearing One Another’s Burdens


Paul addressed his advice to “those who are spiritual,” the pneumatikoi. Again, there has been much scholarly debate about who these “spirituals” were. W. Schmithals, among others, has argued on the basis of this word that Paul was addressing here an incipient party of Gnostics whose disruptive activities among the Galatians had occasioned Paul’s letter in the first place.115 Although later Gnostics did use the word pneumatikoi as a term of self-designation, there is no reason to believe that Paul was here addressing such a self-conscious heretical group. Another, more plausible interpretation has been set forth by those who detect a note of irony and sarcasm in Paul’s use of this term in the Galatian context. Given the picture that has already emerged of a group of fractious Christians consumed by arrogance, conceit, and selfish ambition, we can well imagine that a group of “Holy Joes” and “Pious Polly's” had formed themselves into a cadre of m…

Connect the Testaments

March 15: The Power Struggle
Numbers 16:1–50; John 21:1–25; Psalm 17:1–15

Every leader faces power struggles—from those who follow the leader and from those the leader follows. If there isn’t some sort of struggle, the leader probably isn’t doing his or her job well. It’s simple: those who make everyone happy probably aren’t pushing people to be better, and pushing will—at times—frustrate both the leaders and the followers.

Moses regularly experienced leadership struggles. In Numbers 16, Korah—accompanied by 250 men who were leaders in Israel—calls Moses and Aaron’s leadership into question, saying, “You take too much upon yourselves! All of the community is holy, every one of them, and Yahweh is in their midst, so why do you raise yourselves over the assembly of Yahweh?” (Num 16:3). They’re using Moses’ words, spoken on behalf of Yahweh, against him here: “you will belong to me as a kingdom of priests and a holy nation” (Exod 19:6). But they made one faulty assumption in doing so. Yah…

Morning and Evening

Morning, March 15      Go To Evening Reading
 “Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.”  — 2 Timothy 2:1
Christ has grace without measure in himself, but he hath not retained it for himself. As the reservoir empties itself into the pipes, so hath Christ emptied out his grace for his people. “Of his fulness have all we received and grace for grace.” He seems only to have in order to dispense to us. He stands like the fountain, always flowing, but only running in order to supply the empty pitchers and the thirsty lips which draw nigh unto it. Like a tree, he bears sweet fruit, not to hang on boughs, but to be gathered by those who need. Grace, whether its work to pardon, to cleanse, to preserve, to strengthen, to enlighten, to quicken, or to restore, is ever to be had from him freely and without price; nor is there one form of the work of grace which he has not bestowed upon his people. As the blood of the body, though flowing from the heart, belongs equally to every member, so …

My Utmost for His Highest

March 15th
The discipline of dismay

And as they followed, they were afraid. Mark 10:32.

At the beginning we were sure we knew all about Jesus Christ, it was a delight to sell all and to fling ourselves out in a hardihood of love, but now we are not quite so sure. Jesus is on in front and He looks strange. “Jesus went before them: and they were amazed.”
There is an aspect of Jesus that chills the heart of a disciple to the core and makes the whole spiritual life gasp for breath. This strange Being with His face set like a flint and His striding determination strikes terror into me. He is no longer Counsellor and Comrade, He is taken up with a point of view I know nothing about, and I am amazed at Him. At first, I was confident that I understood Him, but now I am not so sure. I begin to realize there is a distance between Jesus Christ and me; I can no longer be familiar with Him. He is ahead of me and He never turns round; I have no idea where He is going, and the goal has become stran…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

March 15

  I sought him, but I found him not
Song of Sol. 3:1
Tell me where you lost the company of Christ, and I will tell you the most likely place to find Him. Have you lost Christ in the closet by restraining prayer? Then it is there you must seek and find Him. Did you lose Christ by sin? You will find Him in no other way than by the giving up of the sin, and seeking by the Holy Spirit to mortify the member in which the lust doth dwell. Did you lose Christ by neglecting the Scriptures? You must find Him in the Scriptures. It is a true proverb, “Look for a thing where you dropped it; it is there.” So look for Christ where you lost Him, for He has not gone away.


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