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Nazareth from Mount Precipice

Nazareth from Mount Precipice

‎View of Nazareth from Mount Precipice, the traditional site from which the people of Nazareth intended to throw Jesus down (Luke 4:28–29).


The Medieval Period, 476–1500

The Medieval Period, 476–1500

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‎Late medieval sermons were characterized by allegorical interpretation with its faulty exegetical method just as it was employed by the interpreters of Homer and introduced into the church by the second- and third-century fathers.30 While the period produced some famous preachers, such as Peter the Hermit, Bernard of Clairvaux, and Thomas Aquinas, none handled the text in an expository fashion. Faint hints of Bible exposition have been detected among independent groups such as the Paulicians, Waldenses, and Albigenses, despite the fact that these groups are commonly dismissed as “heretics.”31

‎As the medieval period drew to a close, several pre-Reformation leaders rekindled the fire of expository preaching. Among these was John Wyclif (1330–1384), who was deeply concerned about proclaiming the Word. He denounced the preaching of his day, stating that all sermons that did not treat the Scripture should be rejected.32William Tyndale (1494–1536) held a…

Dead Sea southern end and Masada

Dead Sea southern end and Masada

‎Dead Sea southern end and Masada aerial

First century street

First-century street

‎First century street underneath Robinson’s Arch

A Man of Vast Bulk: Goliath’s Height

A Man of Vast Bulk: Goliath’s Height

The Elders and Virgins Lament

The Elders and Virgins Lament

‎In the second of the songs of lamentation, God is regarded with awe; the weight and terror of His anger becomes the central thought. The dirge opens, “How hath the Lord covered the daughter of Zion with a cloud in his anger, and cast down from heaven unto the earth the beauty of Israel, and remembered not his footstool in the day of his anger!” The wailing of the women is then described, and the horrors of their desolation in the ruined city. ‎In the third lament the poet depicts his own suffering, or that of the nation personified in him: “He hath turned aside my ways, and pulled me in pieces: he hath made me desolate.” ‎The fourth and fifth songs look to the tremendous weight of the punishment, and contrast the drear present with the splendid past. The poet then closes with a prayer for mercy, “Turn thou us unto thee, O Lord, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old,” and a final drooping in despair, “But thou hast utterly rejected us; thou ar…

“Joy Cometh in the Morning”

“Joy Cometh in the Morning”

‎With the twenty-ninth psalm we reach again an outburst of highest joy. “Give unto the Lord, O ye mighty, give unto the Lord glory and strength. ‎“Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. ‎“The voice of the Lord is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the Lord is upon many waters. ‎“The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.” ‎This mood continues through the next following psalms. They are full of a great and overflowing joy, which soon surges up again into the divine thought of a resurrection. “O Lord, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. ‎“Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. ‎“For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”

Connect the Testaments

July 6: Faith
1 Samuel 12:1–13:23; James 2:19–26; Psalm 119:81–96

Sometimes it’s difficult to view our lives as a whole. We fulfill different roles as we interact with different people at school, home, work, and even church. In the natural donning and discarding of these roles, we might be tempted to compartmentalize our lives, yet we do so to the detriment of our faith. Even as we read our Bibles with intellectual vigor at home and participate in a small group at church, we might miss the mark of application. We forget to connect the dots, neglecting to treat our co-workers with kindness and our peers with love. We can know our faith intellectually but still miss out on the call to action and the response of obedience in our lives.
But James shows us that belief and action are inextricably linked. When we think about them as separate entities, we develop a deep-rooted problem: “But do you want to know … that faith apart from works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by wo…

Morning and Evening

Morning, July 6Go To Evening Reading

         “Whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.”  —Proverbs 1:33
Divine love is rendered conspicuous when it shines in the midst of judgments. Fair is that lone star which smiles through the rifts of the thunder clouds; bright is the oasis which blooms in the wilderness of sand; so fair and so bright is love in the midst of wrath. When the Israelites provoked the Most High by their continued idolatry, he punished them by withholding both dew and rain, so that their land was visited by a sore famine; but while he did this, he took care that his own chosen ones should be secure. If all other brooks are dry, yet shall there be one reserved for Elijah; and when that fails, God shall still preserve for him a place of sustenance; nay, not only so, the Lord had not simply one “Elijah,” but he had a remnant according to the election of grace, who were hidden by fifties in a cave, and though the whole land was sub…

My Utmost for His Highest

July 6th
Vision and reality


And the parched ground shall become a pool. Isaiah 35:7.

We always have visions before a thing is made real. When we realize that although the vision is real, it is not real in us, then is the time that Satan comes in with his temptations, and we are apt to say it is no use to go on. Instead of the vision becoming real, there has come the valley of humiliation.

‘Life is not as idle ore,
But iron dug from central gloom,
And battered by the shocks of doom
To shape and use.’

God gives us the vision, then He takes us down to the valley to batter us into the shape of the vision, and it is in the valley that so many of us faint and give way. Every vision will be made real if we will have patience. Think of the enormous leisure of God! He is never in a hurry. We are always in such a frantic hurry. In the light of the glory of the vision we go forth to do things, but the vision is not real in us yet; and God has to take us into the valley, and put us through fires …

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

July 6

  Judas Iscariot … was a thief, and had the bag, and bore what was put therein.… Freely ye have received, freely give
John 12:4, 6; Matt 10:8
Ah, but if we should go thoroughly into this matter, should we not probably find that many of us are guilty, in some modified and yet sufficiently alarming sense, of treachery to the poor? Are we not, some of us, sent to them with benefactions which never reach them, and are only unconscious of guilt because so long accustomed to look upon the goods as bestowed on us, whereas the light of God’s Word would plainly reveal upon those goods the names of the poor and needy?

George Bowen

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