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In My Name

In My NameJohn 14:13–1421–24 Excerpt In the biblical period, one’s name represented the person; it was a summary statement of someone’s character or reputation (14:14). The name of Jesus pointed to his attributes, his person, and all that he had accomplished. It was no mere magical formula, but a confession of dependence, trust, and confidence in the person and work of Jesus the Messiah. Again the obedient saint would be the one who experiences God in this earthly life (14:21). Jesus’ answer to Judas’ questions (14:22–24) brings the discussion around full-circle back to 13:34 (cf. 14:23). More Hughes, Robert B., and J. Carl Laney. Tyndale Concise Bible Commentary. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2001. Print. The Tyndale Reference Library.

Paul’s Concern for His Own People

Paul’s Concern for His Own PeopleExcerpt ‎It is obvious that, while Paul was writing to these believers in Rome, he at the same time continually displays a great concern for his own wayward people, the people of the nation of Israel. It is clear that he also writes to help them to overcome some of their errant ideas about how a man may become righteous before God. These are ideas which actually are keeping them from receiving the righteousness which God Himself would provide. As a result, the reader can observe two elements in the book. The initial theme of the book, which continues to show up throughout the book, is directed through these saints in Rome who have believed. It concerns their own ministry which they should have among the Jews who were depending upon their own devices for salvation. … More Northrup, Bernard E. True Evangelism: Paul’s Presentation of the First Five Steps of the Soul-Winner in Romans. N. p., 1997. Print.

I Am the Gate

I Am the GateJohn 10:9 Excerpt It is obvious from this verse that Jesus is the gate by which one enters into the Kingdom. In the Greek sentence construction, the phrase by me is emphatic, thus emphasizing that Jesus is the only one through whom one enters the Kingdom. The one who enters through Jesus is saved, and he has freedom, which is expressed by the phrase come in and go out. More Newman, Barclay Moon, and Eugene Albert Nida. A Handbook on the Gospel of John. New York: United Bible Societies, 1993. Print. UBS Handbook Series.

God’s Promise is the Psalmist’s Hope

God’s Promise is the Psalmist’s HopeExcerpt God’s word of promise has given the psalmist hope, and he pleads that God will not forget it. Past experience of the sustaining power of God’s promise is his comfort in the present affliction. Though proud scoffers ridicule his faith, he does not swerve from his adherence to God’s law. Divine ordinances handed down from ancient times are true and sure in spite of all the ridicule of the scoffers. He becomes extremely angry over those who forsake God’s law. God’s statutes form the theme of his songs; they calm his mind and refresh his spirit in this transitory life of trial. The constant recollection of the Lord and all that he has revealed himself to be is the most powerful motive to the observance of his laws. Whatever advantages others may have had which the psalmist did not enjoy, this supreme privilege had been his, viz., the keeping of God’s precepts. More Smith, James E. The Wisdom Literature and Psalms. Joplin, MO: College Press Pub. C…

Connect the Testaments

February 7: Bread from Heaven and Water from a Rock Exodus 16–18; John 3:22–36; Song of Solomon 2:8–13 For many years, I said that I believed God would provide for me, but I’m not sure I actually did. Somewhere inside I was still convinced that I was on my own. It wasn’t until recently that I felt convicted about this, and God began working in me to make the necessary changes. As I was dealing with this, I started contemplating what trust issues might’ve looked like for the ancients. Of nearly all biblical characters, Noah must have seemed the craziest to his friends. But I think Moses faced some of the greatest interpersonal struggles involving trust. Over and over again, the people Moses is leading blame him for all their problems. And they rarely give him credit for his good attributes. God is faithful, though. It’s Moses who sees bread come from heaven (Exod 16) and water from a rock (Exod 17:1–7). And this really puts it in perspective: if God is capable of this kind of deliverance, …

Morning and Evening

Morning, February 7Go To Evening Reading
“Arise, and depart.” —Micah 2:10
The hour is approaching when the message will come to us, as it comes to all—Arise and go forth from the home in which thou hast dwelt, from the city in which thou hast done thy business, from thy family, from thy friends. Arise, and take thy last journey.” And what know we of the journey? And what know we of the country to which we are bound? A little we have read thereof, and somewhat has been revealed to us by the Spirit; but how little do we know of the realms of the future! We know that there is a black and stormy river called “Death.” God bids us cross it, promising to be with us. And, after death, what cometh? What wonder-world will open upon our astonished sight? What scene of glory will be unfolded to our view? No traveler has ever returned to tell. But we know enough of the heavenly land to make us welcome our summons thither with joy and gladness. The journey of death may be dark, but we may go forth on…

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest

February 7th The discipline of dejection But we trusted … and beside all this, to-day is the third day … Luke 24:21. Every fact that the disciples stated was right; but the inferences they drew from those facts were wrong. Anything that savors of dejection spiritually is always wrong. If depression and oppression visit me, I am to blame; God is not, nor is anyone else. Dejection springs from one of two sources—I have either satisfied a lust or I have not. Lust means—I must have it at once. Spiritual lust makes me demand an answer from God, instead of seeking God Who gives the answer. What have I been trusting God would do? And to-day—the immediate present—is the third day, and He has not done it, therefore I imagine I am justified in being dejected and in blaming God. Whenever the insistence is on the point that God answers prayer, we are off the track. The meaning of prayer is that we get hold of God, not of the answer. It is impossible to be well physically and to be dejected. Dejectio…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

February 7 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord Hosea 6:3 The Lord has brought us into the pathway of the knowledge of Him and bids us pursue that path through all its strange meanderings until it opens out upon the plain where God’s throne is. Our life is a following on to know the Lord. We marvel at some of the experiences through which we are called to pass, but afterward, we see that they afforded us some new knowledge of our Lord.… We have not to wait for some brighter opportunity; but by improvement of the present are to build for ourselves a bridge to that future. G. Bowen

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