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Plan, Roman Freedmen’s Funerary Estate

Plan, Roman Freedmen’s Funerary Estate

‎This first-century A.D. marble diagram details plans for memorial buildings and an ornamental garden in a funerary estate in Rome belonging to freed slaves. The inscription reads, “Claudia Peloris, freedwoman of [Emperor] Claudius’ daughter Octavia, and Tiberius Claudius Eutychus, [Emperor Nero’s] freedman and procurator, left the care of this … monument to their sisters and freedmen and freedwomen and their descendants.” Peloris and Eutychus apparently pleased their imperial patrons, who freed them and gave them money and property. Peloris and Eutychus owned—and freed—slaves. ‎Acts 6:9, 1 Cor 7:22
‎Image by Giovanni Dall’Orto, from Wikimedia Commons. License: Free use, attribution required




Apparently some time elapsed between gifts from the Philippian church. It may have been years between the gifts mentioned in 2 Cor 8 and the one delivered by Epaphroditus. Perhaps Paul had despaired of their love for him since so much time elapsed and since they were the ones who remembered him financially and a financial gift uniquely expressed love. Their gift was a cause of joy in the Lord. Perhaps they expected Paul to be joyful because of the gift but, as the context clearly reveals, his joy was in the Lord.
Spiritual relationships brought the most satisfaction: their love for him because of Christ’s love and his love for the Lord. Thus, it was natural for a material gift to become an occasion for Christian joy. The Christian nature of this relationship is supported by the word Paul used for “concern.” It is the key verb of the epistle, phroneō. Paul used it consistently to point out proper Christian attitudes in following the mind of Christ. He must have consc…



Boswellia thurifera, a source of frankincense.
Sweeney, Marvin A. “Frankincense.” Ed. Mark Allan Powell. The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated) 2011 : 300. Print.

Overview of Psalm 139

Overview of Psalm 139

Psalm 139


David meditates on the omniscience (139:1–6), omnipresence (vv. 7–12), and omnipotence (vv. 13–18) of God. He then applies these truths to the wicked, whom he calls on God to slay (vv. 19–22), and to himself, whom he calls on God to examine and to lead (vv. 23–24).

Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.

Stand Firm in Freedom

Stand Firm in Freedom


If Galatians is the Magna Carta of Christian liberty, then Gal 5:1 has reason to be considered one of the key verses of the epistle. With the language of freedom and slavery still ringing in their ears from the analogy of Hagar andSarah, the Galatians are now told by Paul: “Plant your feet firmly therefore within the freedom that Christ has won for us, and do not let yourselves be caught again in the shackles of slavery” (Phillips). This verse contains both an assertion, “For freedom … Christ has set us free,” and a command based upon it, “Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

George, Timothy. Galatians. Vol. 30. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1994. Print. The New American Commentary.

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The Mosque of Omar, Jerusalem

The Mosque of Omar, Jerusalem
‎ This beautiful mosque has a meaning within and above its beauty that no other edifice can claim. It is the shelter or inclosure of the great altar of the world. It has a post of sublime interest, and one always asks oneself, “What will be the next great event in its history?” Away back in the childhood of the world Abraham climbed these heights, yet untouched by man, and laid his son, Isaac, there for an offering to the Lord, who had claimed it. After the trial was over it became the “Mount of the Lord,” and the Messiah was then promised. Later the great plague that fell upon Israel was stayed at this spot—“the threshing-floor of Oman, or Araunah—and here David saw the great angel stand between the heaven and the earth, having a drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem. And another altar was built by David, upon which the Lord sent holy fire. A few years later Solomon laid the foundation of the Lord’s house around the rock altar, and the g…

Connect the Testaments

April 27: Walking in Circles
Joshua 18:1–19:9; 2 Corinthians 12:1–10; Psalm 56:1–13

I often wish things were more obvious. I ask God to help me understanding His timing so that I can easily act. I ask for everything to happen at the right moments. I ask Him to give me such clear directions that I can’t fail in following them. I used to think this was a good thing, but I realize now that all my questions could indicate a lack of faith. It seems that my questions lead to more questions. Like a man losing his memory in old age, I end up walking in circles around the block rather than finding my way home.

Maybe it’s not the lack of knowing that disturbs me, but that when I really know what God wants, I will have to act. In general, this seems to be the problem with faith in western Christianity. We say we don’t know what God wants. However, if we’re honest with ourselves, perhaps we don’t really want to know what God wants. In our hearts, we’re certain that knowing will mean uncomfortable …

Morning and Evening

Morning, April 27      Go To Evening Reading
 “God, even our own God.”   — Psalm 67:6
It is strange how little use we make of the spiritual blessings which God gives us, but it is stranger still how little use we make of God himself. Though he is “our own God,” we apply ourselves but little to him, and ask but little of him. How seldom do we ask counsel at the hands of the Lord! How often do we go about our business, without seeking his guidance! In our troubles how constantly do we strive to bear our burdens ourselves, instead of casting them upon the Lord, that he may sustain us! This is not because we may not, for the Lord seems to say, “I am thine, soul, come and make use of me as thou wilt; thou mayst freely come to my store and the oftener the more welcome.” It is our own fault if we make not free with the riches of our God. Then, since thou hast such a friend, and he invites thee, draw from him daily. Never want whilst thou hast a God to go to; never fear or faint whilst thou h…

My Utmost for His Highest

April 27th

What do you want?

Seekest thou great things for thyself? Jeremiah 45:5.

Are you seeking great things for yourself? Not exploring to be a great one, but asking great things from God for yourself. God wants you in a closer relationship to Himself than receiving His gifts; He wants you to get to know Him. A great thing is accidental, it comes and goes. God never gives us anything accidental. Nothing is easier than getting into a right relationship with God except when it is not God Whom you want but only what He gives.

If you have only come to the length of asking God for things, you have never come to the first strand of abandonment; you have become a Christian from a standpoint of your own. ‘I did ask God for the Holy Spirit, but He did not give me the rest and the peace I expected.’ Instantly God puts His finger on the reason—you are not seeking the Lord at all, you are seeking something for yourself. Jesus says—“Ask, and it shall be given you.” Ask God for what you want, a…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

April 27

  He … said … I … hid thy talent in the earth.… His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant
Matt. 25:24–26
Between the great things we cannot do and the small things we will not do, the danger is that we shall do nothing.


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