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How Has Archaeology Corroborated the Bible?

How Has Archaeology Corroborated the Bible?Excerpt The real role of archaeology is not to “prove” the Bible, for that kind of “proof” is available only in certain deductive sciences such as mathematics and logic. On the contrary, the role of archaeology is: (1) to supply cultural, epigraphic, and artifactual materials that provide the background for accurately interpreting the Bible, (2) to anchor the events of the biblical text in the history and geography of the times, and (3) to build confidence in the revelation of God where the truths of Scripture impinge on historical events. Over the last century or so, archaeology has strengthened the case for biblical reliability. Missing individuals, peoples, places, and obscure customs, historical, and political settings have been helpfully identified. More Kaiser Jr., Walter C. “How Has Archaeology Corroborated the Bible?” The Apologetics Study Bible: Real Questions, Straight Answers, Stronger Faith. Ed. Ted Cabal et al. Nashville, TN: Holman…

Walk Carefully

Walk CarefullyEphesians 5:15–16 Excerpt The NIV‘s Be very careful, then, how you live is literally, “Look therefore carefully how you walk.” Does the adverb “carefully” (akribōs, lit. “accurately”) modify “look”? If so the first clause in verse15 could be translated, “Therefore look carefully how you walk.” (This is the rendering in the ASV, NASB, and NIV.) Or does “careful” modify “walk”? If so, the idea is, “Therefore look that you tread” (cf. KJV). This second alternative is preferred because better Greek manuscripts place akribōs closer to the Greek word “walk” and because in the New Testament the Greek imperative “look” (blepete) is never modified by an adverb. Believers then, are to walk (live) carefully, so as to be wise or skillful and thus please the Lord. The manner for this particular, precise turn is making the right use of every opportunity (cf. Col.4:5), and the reason for this careful walk is that the days are evil.Many are walking in sin, and since the time is short beli…

Aquinas: The Trinity in the Transfiguration

Aquinas: The Trinity in the TransfigurationExcerpt Just as in the Baptism, where the mystery of the first regeneration was proclaimed, the operation of the whole Trinity was made manifest, because the Son Incarnate was there, the Holy Ghost appeared under the form of a dove, and the Father made Himself known in the voice; so also in the transfiguration, which is the mystery of the second regeneration, the whole Trinity appears—the Father in the voice, the Son in the man, the Holy Ghost in the bright cloud; for just as in baptism He confers innocence, signified by the simplicity of the dove, so in the resurrection will He give His elect the clarity of glory and refreshment from all sorts of evil, which are signified by the bright cloud. More Thomas Aquinas. Summa Theologica. Trans. Fathers of the English Dominican Province. London: Burns Oates & Washbourne. Print.

The Migrations of Abraham

The Migrations of AbrahamExcerpt ‎The route Abraham’s clan took from Haran to Canaan is uncertain, although it seems logical they took one of several available trade routes. The most direct led across the desert to Damascus by way of the Tadmor Oasis. A less dangerous but longer route followed the main branch of the International Coastal Highway through Carchemish past Aleppo and Qatna to Damascus. From Damascus, the King’s Highway led southward into Transjordan. ‎Abraham and his clan entered Canaan from the east, descending from the Transjordan Plateau via the Jabbok River. An alternative crossing near Hazor on the Upper Jordan also was possible, though less likely. … More Brisco, Thomas V. Holman Bible Atlas. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1998. Print. Holman Reference.

Connect the Testaments

April 17: It’s Actually Quite Simple Deuteronomy 31:30–32:52; 2 Corinthians 8:8–15; Psalm 45:1–17 “May my teaching trickle like the dew, my words like rain showers on tender grass … For I will proclaim the name of Yahweh; ascribe greatness to our God! The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are just; he is a faithful God, and without injustice; righteous and upright is he” (Deut 32:2–4). We all teach in some way. Some of us teach at church, others teach co-workers or employees. Some teach the children in their household, and others teach simply by doing (although we don’t always acknowledge these roles). If all of us lived by Moses’ prayer, things would be entirely different. Imagine the world where we proclaimed Yahweh’s greatness in all we say and do. Moses’ words also teach us something about God. If we’re looking for perfection in what we do, we should look to the one who actually manifests it. If we’re seeking to be faithful, we should rely on the one who is faithful in all H…

Morning and Evening

Morning, April 17Go To Evening Reading
“We are come to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.” —Hebrews 12:24
Reader, have you come to the blood of sprinkling? The question is not whether you have come to a knowledge of doctrine, or an observance of ceremonies, or to a certain form of experience, but have you come to the blood of Jesus? The blood of Jesus is the life of all vital godliness. If you have truly come to Jesus, we know how you came—the Holy Spirit sweetly brought you there. You came to the blood of sprinkling with no merits of your own. Guilty, lost, and helpless, you came to take that blood, and that blood alone, as your everlasting hope. You came to the cross of Christ, with a trembling and an aching heart; and oh! what a precious sound it was to you to hear the voice of the blood of Jesus! The dropping of his blood is the music of heaven to the penitent sons of earth. We are full of sin, but the Saviour bids us lift our eyes to him, and as …

My Utmost for His Highest

April 17th Neck or nothing Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher’s coat unto him …, and did cast himself into the sea.John 21:7. Have you ever had a crisis in which you deliberately and emphatically and recklessly abandoned everything? It is a crisis of will. You may come up to it many times externally, but it amounts to nothing. The real profound crisis of abandonment is reached internally, not externally. The giving up of external things may be an indication of being in total bondage. Have you deliberately committed your will to Jesus Christ? It is a transaction of will, not of emotion; the emotion is simply the gilt-edge of the transaction. If you allow emotion first, you will never make the purchase. Do not ask God what the transaction is to be, but make it regarding the thing you do see, either in the shallow or the deep place. If you have heard Jesus Christ’s voice on the billows, let your convictions go to the winds, let your consistency go to the winds…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

April 17 It is God which worketh in you, both to will and to do of his good pleasure Phil. 2:13 Full salvation is to realize that everything we see in Christ, our Example, may be ours, not by imitation, but by reproduction. Selected

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