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Be Subject to the Elders

Be Subject to the EldersExcerpt Here as earlier in this letter Peter calls for voluntary submission. But this is interpersonal rather than situational submission. What makes interpersonal submission easy, whether in marriage or in the church, is the respect won by husband or leader through love and example. If we are sure a leader loves us, it is far easier for us to be responsible to his guidance. If we are also confident the leader is a godly person, whose example has won our respect, it is easier still. More Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.

Be Aware of the Dynamics of Group Communication

Be Aware of the Dynamics of Group CommunicationExcerpt ‎Understanding the dynamics of communication in groups and learning to orchestrate and affect those dynamics are tremendous assets for a leader. Being able to recognize the signs that indicate that communication is breaking down and to know how to intervene effectively when the group climate begins to sour, can save a meeting, a program, and perhaps future relationships among participants. ‎Social scientists have observed that people usually express ideas and information through their words, but their feelings are expressed through subtle body language, tone of voice, facial expression, and so on. The group leader does well to listen with the eyes as well as the ears, to both the person who is talking and to those who are reacting in one way or another. These group dynamics are especially relevant for anyone who is conducting a meeting. … More Vassallo, Wanda. Church Communications Handbook: A Complete Guide to Developing a Strategy,…

Purposes of His Prayer

Purposes of His PrayerPhilippians 1:10 Excerpt Paul stated two purposes for his prayer. The first is a near purpose: to discern what is best; and the second is a remote one: to be pure and blameless until the day of Christ.The idea of testing is clearly in view in the Greek word dokimazō, translated “discern.” The testing is with a view to approving. The word was used in testing metals and coins, to determine whether they met the specified standards. More Lightner, Robert P. “Philippians.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 650. Print.

A Pool Called Bethesda

A Pool Called BethesdaExcerpt Jesus is back in Jerusalem at an unspecified feast. He visits a pool at the northeast corner of the city where people with various illnesses gathered to seek healing.* This pool was actually two large trapezoid-shaped pools with a twenty-one-foot-wide space between them. The whole structure was enclosed by porches on each side, with a fifth porch over the area dividing the two pools. The water was occasionally disturbed, perhaps from an underground source such as a spring with irregular flow or drainage from another pool. People believed one could be healed by getting into the pool when this disturbance occurred. It is implied that at least some of those who got into the pool when it was stirred actually were healed (5:7).*More Whitacre, Rodney A. John. Vol. 4. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999. Print. The IVP New Testament Commentary Series.

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Catholic Daily Readings

Monday, May 29, 2017 | Easter Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter Years 1 & 2 | Roman Missal | Lectionary


First Reading Acts 19:1–8 Response Psalm 68:33a Psalm Psalm 68:2–3b, 4–5a, 5c–7b Gospel Acclamation Colossians 3:1 Gospel John 16:29–33

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

Connect the Testaments

May 29: Blessed Sticky Notes 1 Chronicles 24:1–25:31; 2 Timothy 3:10–17; Psalm 89:1–22 A great friend of mine keeps sticky notes with prayer requests on a bathroom mirror. They serve as a reminder of the needs of others. This friend never seems to have an “off day” or feel sad about their particular situation. Maybe these notes play a part in that attitude, but that’s not why I find the practice remarkable. What astounds me is the effort to pray for others constantly. This person reminds me of God’s faithfulness in my life whenever things get tough, for me or others, and I’m grateful my name is on one of those notes. Otherwise, I think I would have lost my way several times already. First Chronicles presents story after story of God’s faithfulness. The book records how God kept His people alive in the face of powerful adversaries, and it tells how God led David in his great appointment as king. Paul’s journey has several parallels with David’s. Just as the chronicler watches David’s narr…

Morning and Evening

Morning, May 29Go To Evening Reading
“Thou hatest wickedness.” —Psalm 45:7
“Be ye angry, and sin not.” There can hardly be goodness in a man if he be not angry at sin; he who loves truth must hate every false way. How our Lord Jesus hated it when the temptation came! Thrice it assailed him in different forms, but ever he met it with, “Get thee behind me, Satan.”He hated it in others; none the less fervently because he showed his hate oftener in tears of pity than in words of rebuke; yet what language could be more stern, more Elijah-like, than the words, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer.” He hated wickedness, so much that he bled to wound it to the heart; he died that it might die; he was buried that he might bury it in his tomb; and he rose that he might for ever trample it beneath his feet. Christ is in the Gospel, and that Gospel is opposed to wickedness in every shape. Wickedness arrays itself in fair …

. Morning and Evening

Morning, May 29Go To Evening Reading
“Thou hatest wickedness.” —Psalm 45:7
“Be ye angry, and sin not.” There can hardly be goodness in a man if he be not angry at sin; he who loves truth must hate every false way. How our Lord Jesus hated it when the temptation came! Thrice it assailed him in different forms, but ever he met it with, “Get thee behind me, Satan.” He hated it in others; none the less fervently because he showed his hate oftener in tears of pity than in words of rebuke; yet what language could be more stern, more Elijah-like, than the words, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer.” He hated wickedness, so much that he bled to wound it to the heart; he died that it might die; he was buried that he might bury it in his tomb; and he rose that he might for ever trample it beneath his feet. Christ is in the Gospel, and that Gospel is opposed to wickedness in every shape. Wickedness arrays itself in fair…

My Utmost for His Highest

May 29th Undisturbed relationship At that day ye shall ask in My name … The Father Himself loveth you.John 16:26, 27. “At that day ye shall ask in My name,” i.e., in My nature. Not—‘You shall use My name as a magic word,’but—‘You will be so intimate with Me that you will be one with Me.’ “That day”is not a day hereafter, but a day meant for here and now. “The Father Himself loveth you”—the union is so complete and absolute. Our Lord does not mean that life will be free from external perplexities but that just as He knew the Father’s heart and mind, so by the baptism of the Holy Ghost He can lift us into the heavenly places where He can reveal the counsels of God to us. “Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in My name …” “That day” is a day of undisturbed relationship between God and the saint. Just as Jesus stood unsullied in the presence of His Father, so by the mighty efficacy of the baptism of the Holy Ghost, we can be lifted into that relationship—“that they may be one, even as We are o…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

May 29 Our Lord Jesus Christ … gave himself for our sins that he might deliver us from this present evil world Gal. 1:4 Attachment to Christ is the only secret of detachment from the world. A. J. Gordon

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