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Masonry Detail, Bethesda

Masonry Detail, Bethesda

‎Masonry detail of an arch over the Pool of Bethesda (John 5:2-9).

Alexandria in the Early Twentieth Century

Alexandria in the Early Twentieth Century
‎Alexander the Great founded Alexandria in 331 B.C. The Septuagint translators here translated the Hebrew scriptures into Greek. There were so many people from Alexandria in first-century Jerusalem that they had, at least, one synagogue of their own, probably holding services at least partly in Greek as opposed to the Aramaic of the Judeans. ‎Acts 6:9, Acts 18:24, Acts 27:6, Acts 28:11

Aqueduct at Ephesus

Aqueduct at Ephesus




‎One of the most wonderful cities of ancient times was Ephesus. It is a heap of ruins to-day, but it was once the glory of the plain on which it rose, and of the mountains that overshadowed it, and to the sides of which it clung. A beautiful sea stretched out from its presence toward the setting sun. The whole land that lay back of it, the islands that dotted the classic sea in front of it, the distant cities and shores that sent their rich and varied commerce to its gates—all these knew and praised and patronized it. Splendid city! Rich and busy, crowded with peoples of all lands and tongues, full of pomp and pleasure, full of sin and idolatry! Caravans of camels came from afar into its gates from the east, and fleets of ships passed into its ample harbor on the west. To-day silence reigns over the empty plain. The desolate hills echo to the cry of wild birds and wild beasts. The ruins of houses and temples are buried under the surface, and but for the enterprise…

Purposes of His Prayer

Purposes of His Prayer

Philippians 1:10

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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.

The Greatest Prayer Ever Prayed

The Greatest Prayer Ever Prayed

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‎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 pre…

Beware of Personal Favoritism

Beware of Personal Favoritism

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James taught the strongest possible connection between faith in the LordJesus Christ and impartiality.5 God does not play favorites, yet we do (cf. 2:9),sinners that we are. The world’s love shows its true nature in its lack of love for the many who suffer under desperate circumstances. Just as James earlier demonstrated the incompatibility of double-mindedness and prayer, he here showed the impossibility of combining faith and the approval of the world.

Can favoritism or partiality coexist with the glorious Christ of faith? Impossible. God does display preferential treatment, but toward the poor (2:5) with the intent to demonstrate the greatness of his grace. Special respect of persons based on their high social standing is antithetical to faith in God. Believers must never mix faith with partiality. If they do, it is just another case of double-mindedness. When favoritism dominates, the obedience of faith is compromised and undermined. More


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Sarah and Abraham

Sarah and Abraham

Sarah and Abraham. Sarah’s remarkable conception of a son in her old age (Genesis 17:15–19) was a continuation of God’s promise to Abraham, regarded as the father of the Israelite people, that his descendants would be a blessing for the world. Detail of a Russian icon
Achtemeier, Paul J., Harper & Row and Society of Biblical Literature. Harper’s Bible dictionary 1985 : 1168. Print.

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

March 17

  They rest not day and night
Rev. 4:8
O blessed rest! When we rest not day and night, saying, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!” When we shall rest from sin, but not from worship; from suffering and sorrow, but not from joy! O blessed day, when I shall rest with God; when I shall rest in knowing, loving, rejoicing, and praising; when my perfect soul and body shall together perfectly enjoy the perfect God; when God, who is love itself, shall perfectly love me, and rest in His love to me, and I shall rest in my love to Him; when He shall rejoice over me with joy, and joy over me with singing, and I shall rejoice in Him!

Baxter

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

Connect the Testaments

March 17: Letting Evil Burn
Numbers 19:1–20:13;1 Corinthians 2:1–16; Psalm 18:13–30

“And Yahweh spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying … ‘let them take to you a red heifer without a physical defect …. And you will give it to Eleazar the priest, and it will … be slaughtered in his presence. Then Eleazar the priest will take some of its blood on his finger and [scatter]it toward the mouth of the tent of assembly seven times. The heifer will be burned in his sight; its skin, its meat, and its blood, in addition to its offal, will burn’ ” (Num 19:1–4).

This passage is so strange and gruesome, it is clearly symbolic. The heifer represents the perfect, unblemished sacrifice—which takes care of some (not all) of the purification associated with things Yahweh deemed unclean for the purpose of teaching His people obedience, and some of the results of sin (Num 19:9).

Also, the heifer is burned because it has to be made into ashes. This beautiful creature becomes ashes. That’s the cost of an impure life…

Morning and Evening

Morning, March 17      Go To Evening Reading
“Remember the poor.”  — Galatians 2:10
Why does God allow so many of his children to be poor? He could make them all rich if he pleased; he could lay bags of gold at their doors; he could send them a large annual income; or he could scatter round their houses abundance of provisions, as once he made the quails lie in heaps round the camp of Israel, and rained bread out of heaven to feed them. There is no necessity that they should be poor, except that he sees it best. “The cattle upon a thousand hills are his”—he could supply them; he could make the richest, the greatest, and the mightiest bring all their power and riches to the feet of his children, for the hearts of all men are in his control. But he does not choose to do so; he allows them to suffer want, he allows them to pine in penury and obscurity. Why is this? There are many reasons: one is, to give us, who are favored with enough, an opportunity of showing our love to Jesus. We show…

My Utmost for His Highest

March 17th
The worker’s ruling passion


Wherefore we labor, that, … we may be accepted of Him. 2 Cor. 5:9.

“Wherefore we labor …” It is arduous work to keep the master ambition in front. It means holding one’s self to the high ideal year in and year out, not being ambitious to win souls or to establish churches or to have revivals, but being ambitious only to be “accepted of Him.” It is not lack of spiritual experience that leads to failure, but [the] lack of laboring to keep [it] right. Once a week, at least, [taking] stock before God, and see whether you are keeping your life up to the standard He wishes. Paul is like a musician who does not heed the approval of the audience if he can catch the look of approval from his Master.

Any ambition which is in the tiniest degree away from this central one of being “approved unto God” may end in our being castaways. Learn to discern where the ambition leads, and you will see why it is so necessary to live [in] facing the Lord Jesus Christ. Pa…