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Oil and Wine

Oil and Wine

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In the ancient world oil and wine were commonly used to soften wounds and as an antiseptic.


Elwell, Walter A. Evangelical Commentary on the Bible. Vol. 3. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1995. Print. Baker Reference Library.

Coin of Sidé, Galatia

Coin of Sidé, Galatia

‎The Romans took Galatia in 67 B.C. but left it semi-autonomous until 25 B.C., when Amyntas, Galatia’s last king, died. Augustus then integrated Sidé, a Mediterranean port now in Turkey, and surrounding Pamphylia into Roman Galatia. This silver stater, minted in Sidé about 30 B.C., depicts Athena (obverse), and Nike with issuing magistrate’s name or title, wreath, and pomegranate (reverse); Sidé is Anatolian for “pomegranate.” This basic coin design was used for nearly 200 years. Paul visited Galatia at least three times (Acts 13:14, Acts 16:6, Acts 18:23). ‎Luke 12:58, Acts 13:14, Acts 14:1–23, Acts 16:6, Acts 18:23, 1 Cor 16:1, Gal 1:1–2, 2 Tim 4:10, 1 Pet 1:1,1 Macc 15:23

Treated as Impostors

Treated as Impostors

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Friends had failed him, converts had turned upon him, and his works were threatened by wicked men. “But,” as Philip Hughes explains, “no sorrow, no disappointment, however severe, could ever interrupt, let alone extinguish, the joy of his salvation with its vision of unclouded glory to come, for this joy was founded upon the sovereign supremacy of God, who overrules all things and causes them to work together for good to those He has called” (cf. Romans. 8:18, 28).


Hughes, R. Kent. 2 Corinthians: Power in Weakness. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2006. Print. Preaching the Word.

Jerusalem: Church of Our Lady of Mt. Zion—Tomb of King David

Jerusalem: Church of Our Lady of Mt. Zion—Tomb of King David

‎Jerusalem. The ground floor, below the Coenaculum, according to Jewish tradition, houses the tomb of King David. On its velvet covering people have placed silver crowns and silver Arks of Torah Scrolls, brought from synagogues of Jewish communities throughout the world. After the destruction of the Second Temple Mount Zion was identified in the Jewish tradition with the Temple Mount, and the first to report on the finding of David’s tomb there was the famous Jewish traveler, Benjamin of Tudela, who visited the country in 1170. Many believers come to the tomb to pray and weep, especially during the Feast of Weeks, the date of King David’s death.

The Shaduf, an Ancient Egyptian Watering System

The Shaduf, an Ancient Egyptian Watering System

‎The shaduf, an ancient irrigation device still in use, consists of an upright frame on which is suspended a long pole. At the long end of this pole hangs a water container, while the short end carries a counterweight. With an almost effortless swinging and lifting motion, the waterproof vessel is used to scoop up and carry water from a water source to an irrigation channel or another vessel. A shaduf can raise over 660 gallons (2,500 l) per day. ‎Gen 13:10, Prov 11:25, Isa 58:11, 1 Cor 3:6–8

Kishon brook

Kishon brook

Ancient Oak of Palestine

Ancient Oak of Palestine

Morning and Evening

Morning, June 20                                     Go To Evening Reading

         “For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth.”
—Amos 9:9
Every sifting comes by divine command and permission. Satan must ask and leave before he can lay a finger upon Job. Nay, more, in some sense our siftings are directly the work of heaven, for the text says, “I will sift the house of Israel.” Satan, like a drudge, may hold the sieve, hoping to destroy the corn; but the overruling hand of the Master is accomplishing the purity of the grain by the very process which the enemy intended to be destructive. Precious, but much-sifted corn of the Lord’s floor, be comforted by the blessed fact that the Lord directeth both flail and sieve to his own glory, and to thine eternal profit.

The Lord Jesus will surely use the fan which is in his hand, and will divide the precious from the vile. All…

Connect the Testaments

June 20: Man vs. Nature
Ezra 9:1–10:44; 1 John 4:7–12; Psalm 107:23–43

As a teenager, I devoured stories about men and women at odds with nature. These men vs. nature struggles always told of a battle of wills. Nature was always at its most magnificent and most frightening: untamed, unwieldy, and heartless. The characters seemed to be living on the edge of human experience—they were not focused and resolute, anticipating the next turn of events like a typical Hollywood action film, but frightened and helpless before an uncaring force.
If we read Psa 107, we’ll find this genre isn’t unique to contemporary novels. Biblical writers also used the man vs. nature theme to show battling wills. Psalm 107 reads like a riveting short story: “Those who went down to the sea in ships, doing business on the high seas; they saw the works of Yahweh and his wonderful deeds in the deep. For he spoke and raised up a stormy wind, and it whipped up its waves. They rose to the heavens; they plunged to the d…

My Utmost for His Highest

June 20th
Have you come to “when” yet?


And the Lord turned the captivity of Job when he prayed for his friends. Job 42:10.

The plaintive, self-centred, morbid kind of prayer, a dead-set that I want to be right, is never found in the New Testament. The fact that I am trying to be right with God is a sign that I am rebelling against the Atonement. ‘Lord, I will purify my heart if You will answer my prayer; I will walk rightly if You will help me.’ I cannot make myself right with God, I cannot make my life perfect; I can only be right with God if I accept the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ as an absolute gift. Am I humble enough to accept it? I have to resign every kind of claim and cease from every effort, and leave myself entirely alone in His hands, and then begin to pour out in the priestly work of intercession. There is much prayer that arises from real disbelief in the Atonement. Jesus is not beginning to save us, He has saved us, the thing is done, and it is an insult to ask …

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

June 20

  Whosoever doth not bear his cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple
Luke 14:27
There is always the shadow of the cross resting upon the Christian’s path. Is that a reason why you should avoid or not undertake the duty? Have you made up your mind that you will follow your Master everywhere else, save when He ascends the path that leads to the cross? Is that your religion? The sooner you change it, the better. The religion of the Lord Jesus Christ is the religion of the cross, and unless we take up our cross, we can never follow Him.

W. Hay Aitken

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