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Paul Greets the Philippians

Paul Greets the PhilippiansExcerpt Paul greets his readers with ‘grace and peace’. ‘Grace’ is the Greek word for God’s overwhelming goodness towards us. ‘Peace’ is the Hebrew word for the harmony God gives to our lives and relationships. More Knowles, Andrew. The Bible Guide. 1st Augsburg books ed. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg, 2001. Print.

John the Baptist’s Final Testimony

John the Baptist’s Final TestimonyExcerpt These verses, in placing the activities of Jesus and John alongside each other, provide the setting which will lead to the dialogue introducing John’s testimony. Jesus moves with his disciples from Jerusalem, where the conversation with Nicodemus has been set, into the Judaean countryside and there he baptized. For those familiar with the Synoptic tradition, this description of Jesus’ activity would strike a surprising note, since nowhere in the Synoptics is Jesus said to have baptized. For the historical issues raised by such a statement and its later qualification in 4:2, see the discussion below after the comments on this pericope. John’s similar activity is next introduced. He also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water there. John’s baptizing in Bethany on the other side of the Jordan was mentioned earlier in 1:25–8. Now he has moved north, leaving Jesus baptizing in the general area of the lower Jordan valley…

Ephes-dammin

Ephes-damminExcerpt Ephes-dammim was located about six kilometers (about four miles) northeast of Socoh. The meaning of this name is uncertain. But it refers to the same place that is called “Pas Dammim” in 1 Chr 11:13 (and, in some versions that are based on the Septuagint, in 2 Sam 23:9). Since the reference is to the same place, translators would be justified in using the same spelling here and in the other passages where this place is referred to. More Omanson, Roger L., and John Ellington. A Handbook on the First Book of Samuel. New York: United Bible Societies, 2001. Print. UBS Handbook Series.

The Greatest Prayer Ever Prayed

The Greatest Prayer Ever PrayedExcerpt ‎The very manner in which Jesus prayed reveals that He is God. He did not begin "Our Father" but simply, "Father."Jesus never prayed, "Our Father." Jesus told Mary Magdalene on that first Easter morning, "...go to My brethren, and say to them, ’I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God’ " (John 20:17). God is our Father by grace, but He is Jesus’ Father by nature. And the word that Jesus used for "pray" (verses 91520) is not the common word for "pray" in the New Testament. The word means "to request from an equal." You and I could not use this word because we are not equal with God. But Jesus used it three times! Why? Because He is eternal God. ‎In verse 24, Jesus boldly said, "Father, I will..." (KJV). It was not a request; it was a command. Believers today cannot pray with that kind of authority. Such praying would not be faith, it would be pr…

Connect the Testaments

April 10: Tent Making for Eternity Deuteronomy 18:1–20:20; 2 Corinthians 5:1–10; Psalm 37:23–40 Paul, the tent maker, knew the temporal nature of human-made structures. For someone who made and probably repaired tents, he knew all their flaws and tendencies for wear. So it’s not a stretch for him to draw the connection from tents to mortality: “For we know that if our earthly house, the tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made by hands, eternal in the heavens” (2 Cor 5:1). Paul is also making a connection to the tabernacle, the tent where the Israelites first regularly experienced God. Like the tents that Paul made, these earthly homes for God would eventually break down and be destroyed. But the Spirit and the heavens, where God actually dwelled, would live on. While temporal tent worship would fall apart, eternal worship in God’s heavenly “building” will remain. Paul contrasts the art of tent-making and the beautiful worship places of Yahweh with God’s work (what…

Morning and Evening

Morning, April 10Go To Evening Reading
“The place which is called Calvary.” —Luke 23:33
The hill of comfort is the hill of Calvary; the house of consolation is built with the wood of the cross; the temple of heavenly blessing is founded upon the riven rock—riven by the spear which pierced his side. No scene in sacred history ever gladdens the soul like Calvary’s tragedy.
“Is it not strange, the darkest hour That ever dawned on sinful earth, Should touch the heart with softer power, For comfort, then an angel’s mirth? That to the Cross the mourner’s eye should turn, Sooner than where the stars of Bethlehem burn?”
Light springs from the midday-midnight of Golgotha and every herb of the field blooms sweetly beneath the shadow of the once accursed tree. In that place of thirst, grace hath dug a fountain whichever gusheth with waters pure as crystal, each drop capable of alleviating the woes of mankind. You who have had your seasons of conflict will confess that it was not at Olivet that you ever fo…

My Utmost for His Highest

April 10th Moral decision about sin Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.Romans 6:6. Co-Crucifixion. Have I made this decision about sin—that it must be killed right out in me? It takes a long time to come to a moral decision about sin, but it is the great moment in my life when I do decide that just as Jesus Christ died for the sin of the world, so sin must die out in me, not be curbed or suppressed or counteracted, but crucified. No one can bring anyone else to this decision. We may be earnestly convinced, and religiously convinced, but what we need to do is to come to the decision which Paul forces here. Haul yourself up, take a time alone with God, make the moral decision and say—‘Lord, identify me with Thy death until I know that sin is dead in me.’ Make the moral decision that sin in you must be put to death. It was not a divine anticipation on the part of Paul, but a very radical and de…