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Paul’s Message to Believers

Paul’s Message to BelieversExcerpt ‎The Book of Romans not only contains repeated references to the gospel but it also is clear that Paul, as He was writing to the Roman church, was seeking to build up those who already had become believers in their faith, the obedience, and service to the Lord. Paul had never been to Rome when he wrote the Romanepistle. He did not know most of the hordes of people who lived there. Primarily he was writing to a people who already had become saints, that is, a people set apart through their faith in Christ. Now it must be clear that these “saints” to whom he addresses the book in chapter one are not people who have been so appointed by other people or so honored by a church. These are people who have been made “saints” by God through His work on their behalf. That is to say, they are a people who have been “set apart”in holiness by an act of God Himself. … More Northrup, Bernard E. True Evangelism: Paul’s Presentation of the First Five Steps of the Soul-…

Serpent in the Ancient World

Serpent in the Ancient WorldGenesis 3:1241314 Excerpt serpent, a reptile, in the Bible another term for a snake. In the ancient world, there was a general respect for, revulsion at, and fear of serpents, most being assumed to be poisonous and therefore dangerous. The serpent thus came to be understood symbolically with both positive and negative connotations. In some ancient cultures, the serpent was associated with deity and was depicted in statues and paintings of various gods and goddesses. Serpents also played various roles in ancient mythological stories (e.g., the Babylonian Gilgamesh Epic). Some even linked the serpent with the process of healing, as in the case of the Greek god Asclepius. In Canaanite religion, which the early Hebrew people encountered upon their arrival in the area, the serpent was associated with the fertility worship of Baal, his consort Astarte (also known as Anath or Asherah) being depicted with a serpent. More Achtemeier, Paul J., Harper & Row a…

Bread and Our Physical Needs

Bread and Our Physical NeedsExcerpt ‎When all our needs are met and all is well in our lives, we tend to take the credit for what we have, to feel that we carry our own load. We work hard to earn the money we need to buy food and clothes, pay our rent or mortgage. But even the hardest-working individual owes all he earns to God’s provision. Moses reminded Israel that God “is giving you power to make wealth” (Deut. 8:18). ‎Our life, breath, health, possessions, talents, and opportunities all originate from resources God has created and made available to man. Everything we have is from God: It is He who brings the rain to make things grow, causes the seasons to change, produces the minerals that make the soil fertile, provides the natural resources we use to propel ourselves around, and provides the animals and plants from which we make our clothing and food. Our daily bread—the necessities of physical life—are all from God. … More MacArthur, John F., Jr. Alone with God. Wheaton, IL: Victo…

Identification with Christ’s Life

Identification with Christ’s LifeExcerpt Paul concludes his first words on sin and the believer by reinforcing the model of Christ (6:10)—dead to sin, alive to God (6:10–11). The word “consider” (6:11; “count,”NIV) is a mathematician’s term and means “to add up” or “calculate.” Paul is saying, “Add up the facts and live accordingly.” More Hughes, Robert B., and J. Carl Laney. Tyndale Concise Bible Commentary. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 2001. Print. The Tyndale Reference Library.

Connect the Testaments

March 3: It May Seem Bland Numbers 3:1–39; John 12:1–19; Psalm 3–4 Let’s just admit it: genealogies and lists, like the one in Num 3:1–39, are the most boring elements of the Bible. But they do something for us that other formats cannot—they give us a sense of history and lineage. With a genealogy, we can do more than just trace people; we can map their relationships to others and to the events that happen through those relationships. We can also determine who was involved in those major events. Genealogies and lists give us a small glimpse into God’s providential work, even though we may not recognize them as such. God worked among the people in those lists. He chose to use them. They didn’t deserve to be used by God in mighty ways, but they were. Some of the people in Num 3:1–39 were given seemingly insignificant tasks: “The responsibility of the sons of Merari was the supervision of the frames of the tabernacle, its bars, pillars, bases, and all its vessels and all its service,” among …

Morning and Evening

Morning, March 3 Go To Evening Reading
“I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.” Isaiah 48:10
Comfort thyself, tried believer, with this thought: God saith, “I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.” Does not the word come like a soft shower, assuaging the fury of the flame? Yea, is it, not an asbestos armor, against which the heat hath no power? Let affliction come—God has chosen me. Poverty, thou mayst stride in at my door, but God is in the house already, and he has chosen me. Sickness, thou mayst intrude, but I have a balsam ready—God has chosen me. Whatever befalls me in this vale of tears, I know that he has “chosen” me. If, believer, thou requirest still greater comfort, remember that you have the Son of Man with you in the furnace. In that silent chamber of yours, there sitteth by your side One whom thou hast not seen, but whom thou lovest; and ofttimes when thou knowest it not, he makes all thy bed in thy affliction, and smooths thy pillow for thee. Thou art in…

My Utmost for His Highest

March 3rd The unrelieved quest Feed My sheep.John 21:17. This is love in the making. The love of God is un-made, it is God’s nature. When we receive the Holy Spirit He unites us with God so that His love is manifested in us. When the soul is united to God by the indwelling Holy Spirit, that is not the end; the end is that we may be one with the Father as Jesus was. What kind of oneness had Jesus Christ with the Father? Such a oneness that the Father sent him down here to be spent for us, and He says—“As the Father hath sent Me, even so, send I you.” Peter realizes now with the revelation of the Lord’shurting question that he does love Him; then comes the point—Spend it out. Don’t testify how much you love Me, don’t profess about the marvelous revelation you have had, but—“Feed My sheep.” And Jesus has some extraordinarily funny sheep, some bedraggled, dirty sheep, some awkward butting sheep, some sheep that have gone astray! It is impossible to weary God’s love, and it is impossible to we…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

March 3 There are eleven days’ journey from Horeb, by the way of mount Seir, unto Kadesh-barnea Deut. 1:2 Eleven days, and yet it took them forty years! How was this? Alas! we need not travel far for the answer. It is only too like ourselves. How slowly we get over the ground! What windings and turnings! How often we have to go back and travel over the same ground, again and again. We are slow travelers because we are slow learners. Our God is a faithful and wise, as well as a gracious and patient Teacher. He will not permit us to pass cursorily over our lessons. Sometimes, perhaps, we think we have mastered a lesson and we attempt to move on to another, but our wise Teacher knows better, and He sees the need of deeper ploughing. He will not have us mere theorists or smatterers; He will keep us if need be, year after year at our scales until we learn to sing. C. H. M.

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