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The Promise of the Father

The Promise of the FatherExcerpt Jesus particularly urges his disciples to wait in Jerusalem until God the Father sends them his Holy Spirit. They won’t have the grace or power to preach the gospel unless they are first plunged into the Holy Spirit, just as John the Baptist used to plunge people into water. They must wait — prayerful and ready — for the Holy Spirit. Once they have received the Spirit they will be able to preach the Gospel not only in Jerusalem, but in the rest of Judea, among their old enemies the Samaritans and to the whole world. More Knowles, Andrew. The Bible Guide. 1st Augsburg books ed. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg, 2001. Print.

God’s Righteousness Imputed (Justification)

God’s Righteousness Imputed (Justification)Excerpt Because salvation is by grace through faith in Christ, no one can claim to have done anything to earn it (3:27–28). This applies to both Jew and Gentile (3:29–30). Rather than making the law void, however, grace actually establishes it, since the law’s purpose was to show the need for grace (3:31; see 3:20). More Willmington, H. L. Willmington’s Bible Handbook. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1997. Print.

Wilberforce, William

Wilberforce, WilliamExcerpt ‎WILBERFORCE, WILLIAM (1759–1833) ‎English philanthropist; antislavery crusader ‎Born in Hull, Wilberforce studied in desultory fashion at Cambridge, then in 1780 entered Parliament and became a strong supporter of William Pitt, who persuaded Wilberforce to devote himself to the abolition of the slave trade. In this cause he opposed many in the empire who had powerful vested interests, and he opposed those who regarded slavery as “a natural and scriptural institution.” The reformers finally triumphed in 1807 when the slave trade was done away with, though abolition of slavery itself had to wait until 1833. ‎Wilberforce, who had been converted at twenty–five, was the most famous figure associated with the Clapham Sect, which sought to do for the upper classes what Wesley had done for the lower. They used their wealth and influence in Christian outreach. … More Douglas, J.D. “Wilberforce, William.” Ed. J.D. Douglas and Philip W. Comfort. Who’s Who in Christian his…

Hades

HadesRevelation 1:18 Excerpt In the nt ... Hades appears both as a place (Acts 2:31) and as a being (Rev. 6:8). As a place, it is the abode of the dead (Acts 2:27, 31). The notion that the realm of the dead had one or more gates controlling movement into and out of it is a very ancient one. It appears in the OT (Isa. 38:10) and in the NT (Matt. 16:18). In Rev. 1:18 the risen Christ says that he has ‘the keys of Death and Hades.’ The saying implies that Christ is able to unlock and lock the gates of Hades, that he has power over life and death. The saying in Matt. 16:18 means that the powers of death and other God-opposing forces will not triumph over the church (the community of believers in Jesus as the Christ). More Achtemeier, Paul J., Harper & Row and Society of Biblical Literature. Harper’s Bible dictionary 1985: 365. Print.

Barry, John D., and Rebecca Kruyswijk. Connect the Testaments

January 11: The Kingdom of Heaven is Like … Genesis 19:30–21:21; Matthew 13:44–14:36; Ecclesiastes 4:8–16 Few in the world have sold everything to pursue an idea. Yet Jesus claims those who discover the kingdom of heaven are willing to do so. “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, that a man found and concealed, and in his joy he goes and sells everything that he has and buys that field” (Matt 13:44). It seems that hardly any of us are equally willing to give up everything for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. The realization that Jesus has brought the kingdom of heaven to earth presents us with a choice. Will we decide that His kingdom is worth more than all things, or will we devalue it by equating it with worldly treasures? There are many types of currency, not just money: reputation, occupational status, and social media popularity are just a few. But the kingdom is much more than material or monetary ideas. It’s about giving our gifts, thoughts, and wealth. It’s …

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening

Morning, January 11                   Go To Evening Reading
“These have no root.” —Luke 8:13
My soul, examine thyself this morning by the light of this text. Thou hast received the word with joy; thy feelings have been stirred and a lively impression has been made; but, remember, that to receive the word in the ear is one thing, and to receive Jesus into thy very soul is quite another; superficial feeling is often joined to inward hardness of heart, and a lively impression of the word is not always a lasting one. In the parable, the seed in one case fell upon ground having a rocky bottom, covered over with a thin layer of earth; when the seed began to take root, its downward growth was hindered by the hard stone and therefore it spent its strength in pushing its green shoot aloft as high as it could, but having no inward moisture derived from root nourishment, it withered away. Is this my case? Have I been making a fair show in the flesh without having a corresponding inner life? Good gr…

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest

January 11th What my obedience to God costs other people They laid hold upon one Simon, … and on him they laid the cross Luke 23:26. If we obey God it is going to cost other people more than it costs us, and that is where the sting comes in. If we are in love with our Lord, obedience does not cost us anything, it is a delight, but it costs those who do not love Him a good deal. If we obey God it will mean that other people’s plans are upset, and they will gibe us with it—‘You call this Christianity?’ We can prevent the suffering; but if we are going to obey God, we must not prevent it, we must let the cost be paid. Our human pride entrenches itself on this point, and we say—‘I will never accept anything from anyone.’ We shall have to, or disobey God. We have no right to expect to be in any other relation than our Lord Himself was in (see Luke 8:2–3 ). Stagnation in spiritual life comes when we say we will bear the whole thing ourselves. We cannot. We are so involved in the universal purpos…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

January 11 Count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations James 1:2 We cannot be losers by trusting God, for He is honored by faith, and most honored when faith discerns His love and truth behind a thick cloud of His ways and providence. Happy those who are thus tried! Let us only be clear of unbelief and a guilty conscience. We shall hide ourselves in the rock and pavilion of the Lord, sheltered beneath the wings of everlasting love till all calamities be overpast. Selected

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