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God’s Grace

God’s GraceExcerpt Here begins the digression. The words, “if ye have heard,” etc., do not denote an uncertainty, but are a delicate reminder. Doubtless they had heard of the matter when he was at Ephesus, and, as he remarks in ver.3, he had already written briefly on it. Grace is here used in a more restricted sense than in ch.1:2—in the sense of Divine favour, honour, privilege —the same as in ver.8, “To me … is this favour given.” Which is given me to you-ward. The grace or favour meant is that whereby Paul was constituted the apostle of the Gentiles. Deeply though he felt his being sent away from preaching to his countrymen (Acts 22:18), he took kindly to the new sphere allotted to him, and magnified his office (Rom. 11:13). More Spence-Jones, H. D. M., ed. Ephesians. London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1909. Print. The Pulpit Commentary.


DemonJames 2:19 Excerpt The English transliteration of a Greek term (daimōn) originally referring to any one of numerous, vaguely defined spirit beings, either good or bad. In the ntthey are understood as evil spirits, opposed to God and God’s people. In thekjv, the term is regularly translated ‘devil,’ a word that appears in the rsvonly as the translation of a different Greek term meaning ‘accuser’ or ‘slanderer’ (diabolos). It is used as a virtual synonym for ‘Satan.’ In the ancient world, there was widespread belief in spiritual powers or beings that existed in addition to the well-known gods and goddesses. These beings were not understood as necessarily evil, though some might be. The idea that many or even all such beings were allied with the forces of darkness and wickedness only came into focus, probably under the influence of Persian thought, during the intertestamental period of Judaism. More Achtemeier, Paul J., Harper & Row and Society of Biblical Literature. Harper’s Bible…

Brother’s Keeper

Brother’s KeeperExcerpt In keeping with its literary, sermonic nature, the letter of James closes not with a series of greetings or personal notes, but with a call for action. James has given many commands in the course of his appeal; now he encourages every reader to intervene to help others obey these commands. When we see a brother who has “wander[ed] from the truth,” we are to “bring him back” (5:19). In doing so, we will be saving that sinner from spiritual death, the ultimate destination on that road that the sinner has chosen to follow (see 1:15). He will also “cover over a multitude of sins” (cf. Prov. 10:121 Pet. 4:8). It is possible that this phrase refers to the sins of the one who does the turning back—an idea which is not unbiblical. But it is more likely that this is a further description of the forgiveness of sins granted to the sinner who has turned back from his way. More Moo, Douglas. “James.” Evangelical Commentary on the Bible. Vol. 3. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book …

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.

Catholic Daily Readings

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 | Easter Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter Years 1 & 2 | Roman Missal | Lectionary

First Reading Acts 17:15, 22–18:1 Response Text Psalm Psalm 148:1–2, 11–14 Gospel Acclamation John 14:16 Gospel John 16:12–15

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

Morning and Evening

Morning, May 24Go To Evening Reading
“Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer.” —Psalm 66:20
In looking back upon the character of our prayers, if we do it honestly, we shall be filled with wonder that God has ever answered them. There may be some who think their prayers worthy of acceptance—as the Pharisee did; but the true Christian, in a more enlightened retrospect, weeps over his prayers, and if he could retrace his steps he would desire to pray more earnestly. Remember, Christian, how cold thy prayers have been. When in thy closet thou shouldst have wrestled as Jacob did; but instead thereof, thy petitions have been faint and few—far removed from that humble, believing, persevering faith, which cries, “I will not let thee go except thou bless me.” Yet, wonderful to say, God has heard these cold prayers of thine, and not only heard, but answered them. Reflect also, how infrequent have been thy prayers, unless thou hast been in trouble, and then thou hast gone often to th…

My Utmost for His Highest

May 24th The delight of despair And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead.Rev. 1:17. It may be that like the apostle John you know Jesus Christ intimately, when suddenly He appears with no familiar characteristic at all, and the only thing you can do is to fall at His feet as dead. There are times when God cannot reveal Himself in any other way than in His majesty, and it is the awfulness of the vision which brings you to the delight of despair; if you are ever to be raised up, it must be by the hand of God. “He laid His right hand upon me.” In the midst of the awfulness, a touch comes, and you know it is the right hand of Jesus Christ. The right hand not of restraint nor of correction nor of chastisement, but the right hand of the Everlasting Father. Whenever His hand is laid upon you, it is ineffable peace and comfort, the sense that “underneath are the everlasting arms,” full of sustaining and comfort and strength. When once His touch comes, nothing at all can cast you into fear a…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

May 24 His kingdom ruleth over all Ps. 103:19 His kingdom ruleth over all—therefore thou canst find nothing which is not matter for praise, since there is nothing which is not the matter of thy Lord’s gracious permission, or planning, or control. Over all—nowhere canst thou step outside His realm, nor in anything get beyond His care and government. Over all—therefore take all as from God; hold all as from God; and by thy gratitude give all back to God again, and thus complete the circle, making Him the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending of all things. Mark Guy Pearse

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