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EvilRomans 12:91721 Excerpt EVIL (Heb.ra’; Gk. kakos,ponēros,phaulos). Evil has a broader meaning than *sin. The Heb. word comes from a root meaning ‘to spoil’, ‘to break in pieces’: being broken and so made worthless. It is essentially what is unpleasant, disagreeable, offensive. The word binds together the evil deed and its consequences. In the NTkakos andponēros mean respectively the quality of evil in its essential character, and its hurtful effects or influence. It is used in both physical and moral senses. While these aspects are different, there is frequently a close relationship between them. Much physical evil is due to moral evil: suffering and sin are not necessarily connected in individual cases, but human selfishness and sin explain much of the world’s ills. Though all evil must be punished, not all physical ill is a punishment of wrongdoing (Lk. 13:24Jn. 9:3; cf. Job). More Howley, G. C. D. “Evil.” Ed. D. R. W. Wood et al. New Bible dictionary 1996 : 348. Print.

The Hope of Righteousness

The Hope of RighteousnessExcerpt For we (ἡμειςγαρ [hēmeis gar]). We Christians as opposed to the legalists. Through the Spirit by faith (πνευματιἐκπιστεως[pneumati ek pisteōs]). By the Spirit (Holy Spirit) out of faith (not law). Clear-cut repetition to make it plain. More Robertson, A.T. Word Pictures in the New Testament. Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, 1933. Print.

Standing to Pray

Standing to PrayExcerpt The standing posture in prayer was the ancient practice, alike in the Jewish and in the early Christian Church. But of course, this conspicuous posture opened the way for the ostentatious. More Jamieson, Robert, A. R. Fausset, and David Brown. Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible. Vol. 2. Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997. Print.

Paul’s Commitment to the Gospel

Paul’s Commitment to the GospelExcerpt It was Paul’s custom to write about his own missionary labors and personal involvement with his readers, most naturally after the opening Thanksgiving (Rom. 1:11–151 Thes. 2:17–3:11; cf. the lengthy narratio in Gal. 1:10–2:21), but elsewhere also (Rom. 15:14–321 Cor. 16:1–11Phm. 21–22). The irregularity of such features is simply a reminder that Paul treated matters of structure and format as completely adaptable to what he wanted to say. So after the lengthy thanksgiving (cf. 1 Thes. 1:2–2:16), Paul picks up the final clause of the last section (“of which I Paul became a minister”) and fills it out. More Dunn, James D. G. The Epistles to the Colossians and to Philemon: A Commentary on the Greek Text. Grand Rapids, MI; Carlisle: William B. Eerdmans Publishing; Paternoster Press, 1996. Print. New International Greek Testament Commentary.

Connect the Testaments

July 12: Eternal Hope 1 Samuel 20:1–21:15; 1 Peter 1:1–12; Psalm 121:1–122:9 We don’t often realize where we put our hope. We can seek sustenance, energy, or relief in the most transient, innocuous things—from our morning coffee to a vacation we’ve been anticipating for months. These things are not bad in themselves, but if they constantly serve as minor fixes in our daily lives, they can shift our focus. We can end up trading God’s help for caffeine and a few days in the sun. The trouble arises when we fail to see the complexity in our motives. The psalmist helps us look beyond what seems comforting and shielding: “I lift up my eyes to the mountains; whence will my help come? My help is from Yahweh, maker of heaven and earth” (Psa 121:1). The psalmist uses the hills and mountains to point us beyond what we can see to the true source of help and protection. These stationary shields seem to offer protection, but God is the true source of help and refuge in our often chaotic circumstances.…

Morning and Evening

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“Sanctified by God the Father.” —Jude 1 “Sanctified in Christ Jesus.” —1 Corinthians 1:2 “Through sanctification of the Spirit.” —1 Peter 1:2
Mark the union of the Three Divine Persons in all their gracious acts. How unwisely do those believers talk who make preferences in the Persons of the Trinity; who think of Jesus as if he were the embodiment of everything lovely and gracious, while the Father they regard as severely just, but destitute of kindness. Equally wrong are those who magnify the decree of the Father, and the atonement of the Son, so as to depreciate the work of the Spirit. In deeds of grace none of the Persons of the Trinity act apart from the rest. They are as united in their deeds as in their essence. In their love towards the chosen they are one, and in the actions which flow from that great central source they are still undivided. Specially notice this in the matter of sanctification. While we may without mistake speak of sanctificatio…

My Utmost for His Highest

July 12th The spiritual society Till we all come … unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.Eph. 4:13. Rehabilitation means the putting back of the whole human race into the relationship God designed it to be in, and this is what Jesus Christ did in Redemption. The Church ceases to be a spiritual society when it is on the look-out for the development of its own organization. The rehabilitation of the human race on Jesus Christ’s plan means the realization of Jesus Christ in corporate life as well as in individual life. Jesus Christ sent apostles and teachers for this purpose—that the corporate Personality might be realized. We are not here to develop a spiritual life of our own, or to enjoy spiritual retirement; we are here so to realize Jesus Christ that the Body of Christ may be built up. Am I building up the Body of Christ, or am I looking for my own personal development only? The essential thing is my personal relationship to Jesus Christ—“That I may know Him. “ To ful…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

July 12 Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out Song of Sol. 4:16 Sometimes God sends severe blasts of trial upon His children to develop their graces. Just as torches burn most brightly when swung violently to and fro; just as the juniper plant smells sweetest when flung into the flames; so the richest qualities of a Christian often come out under the north wind of suffering and adversity. Bruised hearts often emit the fragrance that God loveth to smell. Almost every true believer’s experience contains the record of trials which were sent for the purpose of shaking the spice tree. Theodore Cuyler

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