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Need of Endurance

Need of Endurance

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The sacrifices which the Hebrews once made proved their confidence—confidence in an unseen future—which they boldly proclaimed; and at the same time, they confirmed it. The lesson of the past, therefore, encouraged them to still further endurance. And such endurance God claims from His people.


Westcott, Brooke Foss, ed. The Epistle to the Hebrews the Greek Text with Notes and Essays. 3d ed. London: Macmillan, 1903. Print. Classic Commentaries on the Greek New Testament.

Through Christ’s Death, We Were Rescued from Satan

Through Christ’s Death, We Were Rescued from Satan

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These children, however, were once held in servitude by their enemy, Satan. Since they were human, their Captain had to become human and die for them, in order to rescue them. But by doing so He was able to destroy … the devil. The author did not mean that Satan ceased to exist or to be active. Rather the word he used for destroy” (katargēsē) indicates the annulment of his power over those whom Christ redeems. In speaking of the devil as wielding the power of death, the writer meant that Satan uses people’s fear of death to enslave them to his will. Often people make wrong moral choices out of their intense desire for self-preservation. The readers were reminded that they were no longer subject to such slavery and that they could face death with the same confidence in God their Captain had.


Hodges, Zane C. “Hebrews.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Whea…

Luke's Reference to Census

Luke's Reference to Census

Luke’s reference to the census under Quirinius serves two purposes in his Gospel. First, it provides a date for the birth of Jesus. Second, it explains why Joseph and Mary were in Bethlehem at that time. The census under Quirinius was probably for purposes of taxation since the Romans exempted the Jews from military service. The requirement to return to one’s hometown, reflecting the patriarchal element in Hebrew religion, probably also reflects the general willingness of Caesar Augustus to let the Jews follow their own customs.

Elwell, Walter A., and Philip Wesley Comfort. Tyndale Bible dictionary 2001 : 260. Print. Tyndale Reference Library.

Corinth excavations from Acrocorinth

Corinth excavations from Acrocorinth

Corinth excavations from Acrocorinth

Metal workers

Metal workers

‎The picture shows the finishing work on the already shaped metal objects. The surface cleaning (at top) intends to give the vessel an attractive appearance. At the end, the vessel is decorated by punching a special decor in the outside of the metal. ‎Prov 25:4; Jer 10:9

The Princely Reception Room of a Mohammedan Pasha, Damascus, Syria

The Princely Reception Room of a Mohammedan Pasha, Damascus, Syria

A Winepress in Ancient Israel

A Winepress in Ancient Israel


‎An ancient winepress was a rock-hewn open-air system. Grapes were pressed by being trodden underfoot in a treading floor. The juice would pour through a channel into a vat, where it would ferment. It would then be collected in jars.

Morning and Evening

Morning, January 12      Go To Evening Reading
 “Ye are Christ’s.”  — 1 Corinthians 3:23
“Ye are Christ’s.” You are his by donation, for the Father gave you to the Son; his by his bloody purchase, for he counted down the price for your redemption; his by dedication, for you have consecrated yourself to him; his by relation, for you are named by his name, and made one of his brethren and joint-heirs. Labour practically to show the world that you are the servant, the friend, the bride of Jesus. When tempted to sin, reply, “I cannot do this great wickedness, for I am Christ’s.” Immortal principles forbid the friend of Christ to sin. When wealth is before you to be won by sin, say that you are Christ’s, and touch it not. Are you exposed to difficulties and dangers? Stand fast in the evil day, remembering that you are Christ’s. Are you placed where others are sitting down idly, doing nothing? Rise to the work with all your powers; and when the sweat stands upon your brow, and you are tempted…

My Utmost for His Highest

January 12th
Have you ever been alone with God?


When they were alone, He expounded all things to His disciples. Mark 4:34.

Our Solitude with Him. Jesus does not take us alone and expound things to us all the time; He expounds things to us as we can understand them. Other lives are parables. God is making us spell out our own souls. It is slow work, so slow that it takes God all time and eternity to make a man and woman after His own purpose. The only way we can be of use to God is to let Him take us through the crooks and crannies of our own characters. It is astounding how ignorant we are about ourselves! We do not know envy when we see it, or laziness, or pride. Jesus reveals to us all that this body has been harbouring before His grace began to work. How many of us have learned to look in with courage?

We have to get rid of the idea that we understand ourselves, it is the last conceit to go. The only One Who understands us is God. The greatest curse in spiritual life is conceit. I…

Connect the Testaments

January 12: Fear God
Genesis 21:22–23:20; Matthew 15; Ecclesiastes 5:1–7

In Ecclesiastes 5, the author stops to consider God’s place in the heavens and our place on earth. He acknowledges that there is a great gulf of understanding between who God is and who we think He is. This realization should affect our entire posture before Him.
“Guard your steps when you go to the house of God,” he says. “Do not be rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth.” Don’t attempt to offer the “sacrifice of fools” with your lips, or even your heart, he adds. Instead, we should come prepared to listen (Eccl 5:1–3).

Coming to God ready to listen doesn’t mean neglecting to bring our troubles or needs before Him. He wants us to do this—but not rashly. Rather, we should offer acknowledgement that He guides our lives. Like Rachel and Leah, in Genesis 30, we may sometimes use God to justify the pursuit of our own goals, rather than see…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

January 12

Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed
John 20:29
The seen are shadows: the substance is found in the unseen.… No doubt, in Christ, the foundation of our faith is unseen; but so is that of yonder tower that lifts us all erect form among the waves over which it throws a saving light. It appears to rest on the rolling billows; but, beneath these, invisible and immovable, lies the solid rock on which it stands securely: and when the hurricane roars above, and breakers roar below, I could go calmly to sleep in that lone sea tower. Founded on a rock, and safer than the proudest palace that stands on the sandy, surf-beaten shore, it cannot be moved. Still less the Rock of Ages! Who trusts in that is fit for death, prepared for judgment, ready for the last day’s sounding trumpet, since, “The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants, and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.”


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