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The Holy Spirit

The Holy SpiritExcerpt V. 2 is interesting on several accounts. First, it suggests that Jesus instructed the disciples “through the Holy Spirit.” The matter is perhaps put this way because hereafter the Spirit is also the means of instruction in the church—designated spokesmen and spokeswomen will speak through the Holy Spirit.12 Secondly, we are told that the instructions are given “to the apostles whom he had chosen.” This is a clear link back to the Gospel, where the term αποστολοι refers to the Twelve whom Jesus chose and commissioned (cf. Luke 6:139:1011:49; and cf. 17:522:1424:10). Acts 1:21–22 will make clear that the term is used of those who had witnessed the ministry of Jesus up to and including the resurrection appearances. More Witherington, Ben, III. The Acts of the Apostles: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1998. Print.

The Son of Man

The Son of ManJohn 3:13 Excerpt The purpose of this verse is to emphasize the heavenly origin of the Son of Man. John is the only one of the Gospel writers to emphasize this truth; it is basic to his theology. What gives the Son of Man his authority is his heavenly origin. The Son of Man… came down from heaven to tell men on earth about the things of heaven(verse12). That is, the coming of the Son of Man is an act of divine revelation. But more than revelation is involved, as can be seen from the following verses - it is also an act of self-giving which leads to the death of the Son of Man. 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.

Evidence for the Unique Inspiration of the Bible

Evidence for the Unique Inspiration of the BibleExcerpt ‎How then can we know God or His will for our lives? Only if He reveals Himself to us! Unless He Himself tells us, we can never know for sure the answers to those questions which matter most to us as human beings. At this point, it is important to observe that the Bible presents itself to us as the written revelation of God. This purports to be a book in which God gives us the answers to the great questions which concern our soul, and which all the wisdom and science of man are powerless to solve with any degree of certainty. The Bible asserts of itself that it is the special revelation from God; it must, therefore, be acknowledged as claiming to be the right kind of source from which to derive a trustworthy knowledge of religious truth. … More Archer, Gleason, Jr. A Survey of Old Testament Introduction. 3rd. ed. Chicago: Moody Press, 1994. Print.

The Pentateuch

The PentateuchExcerpt ‎Authorship of the Pentateuch has traditionally been attributed to Moses in religious Jewish and Christian communities, but since the Middle Ages, some interpreters have questioned that association. The Pentateuch may have been compiled over a period of centuries as multiple authors or religious communities produced distinct versions of Israel’s early history and laws. Julius Wellhausen articulated the most influential version of this theory, identifying four source documents in the Pentateuch called J, E, D, and P. This model for the origin of the Pentateuch is called the “Documentary Hypothesis.” ‎The Documentary Hypothesis asserts that distinctions in style and content can be used to identify the material originating in each source document. For example, the creation narrative of Gen 1:2–2:4 is believed to derive from P, and the stories of Adam and Eve, and Cain and Abel (Gen 2:4b-4:16) are from J). Most of Genesis through Numbers is believed to come from P, wit…

Catholic Daily Readings

Friday, April 28, 2017, | Easter Friday of the Second Week of Easter Years 1 & 2 | Roman Missal | Lectionary

On the same date: Saint Peter Chanel, Priest, and Martyr; Saint Louis Mary de Montfort, Priest First Reading Acts 5:34–42 Response Psalm 27:4a–c Psalm Psalm 27:1, 4, 13–14 Gospel Acclamation Matthew 4:4b Gospel John 6:1–15

Catholic Daily Readings. Bellingham, WA: Faithlife, 2009. Print.

Book of Common Prayer (1928) Daily Office Lectionary

Friday, April 28, 2017, | Eastertide Friday of the Second Week of Easter Morning Prayer

On the same date: Friday of the Second Week of Easter, Evening Prayer PsalmPsalm 40:1–16 First ReadingExodus 16:1–7, 13–15 Second ReadingHebrews 4:1–13

 Episcopal Church. Book of Common Prayer (1928) Daily Office Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Faithlife, 2016. Print.

Connect the Testaments

April 28: The Subtle Sinner Joshua 19:10–20:9; 2 Corinthians 12:11–21; Psalm 57:1–58:11 Some sins slip through the cracks—the ones that emerge in hushed tones between like-minded Christians. Sometimes these sins seem respectable because they occur out of supposed concerns for the Church or others. But they can leave deep gashes in the life of a community because they often go unchecked. And it’s these sins that Paul addresses shortly before closing his letter to the Corinthians: “For I am afraid lest somehow when I arrive, I will not find you as I want, and I may be found by you as you do not want. I am afraid lest somehow there will be strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, slander, gossip, pride, disorder” (2 Cor 12:20). While the Corinthians were guilty of flagrant sins like impurity, sexual immorality, and licentiousness, they were also sinning in ways that subtly undermined Paul’s authority. Slander and gossip created deep divisions in the Corinthian church, just as …

Morning and Evening

Morning, April 28Go To Evening Reading
“Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.” Psalm 119:49
Whatever your especial need may be, you may readily find some promise in the Bible suited to it. Are you faint and feeble because your way is rough and you are weary? Here is the promise—“He giveth power to the faint.” When you read such a promise, take it back to the great Promiser, and ask him to fulfil his own word. Are you seeking after Christ, and thirsting for closer communion with him? This promise shines like a star upon you—“Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.” Take that promise to the throne continually; do not plead anything else, but go to God over and over again with this—“Lord, thou hast said it, do as thou hast said.” Are you distressed because of sin, and burdened with the heavy load of your iniquities? Listen to these words—“I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions, and will no m…

My Utmost for His Highest

April 28th What you will get Thy life will I give thee for a prey in all places whither thou goest.Jeremiah 45:5. This is the unshakable secret of the Lord to those who trust Him—‘I will give thee thy life.’ What more does a man want than his life? It is the essential thing. ‘Thy life for a prey’ means that wherever you may go, even if it is into hell, you will come out with your life, nothing can harm it. So many of us are caught up in the shows of things, not in the way of property and possessions, but of blessings. All these have to go; but there is something grander that never can go—the life that is “hid with Christ in God.” Are you prepared to let God take you into union with Himself, and pay no more attention to what you call the ‘great things’? Are you prepared to abandon entirely and let go? The test of abandonment is in refusing to say—‘Well, what about this?’ Beware of suppositions. Immediately you allow—‘What about this?’ it means you have not abandoned, you do not really trus…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

April 28 To him be glory both now and forever 2 Peter 3:18 Believer, you are anticipating the time when you shall join the saints above in ascribing all glory to Jesus; but are you glorifying Him now? The apostle’s words are, “To him be glory both now and forever.” C. H. Spurgeon

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