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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 for 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.

Power over Unclean Spirits (Mark 5:1–20)

Power over Unclean Spirits (Mark 5:1–20)Mark 5:1–20 Excerpt ‎Having crossed over to the other side of what Mark calls the ‘lake’, Jesus enters the pagan country. We may ask ourselves the question, ‘What is a good kosher boy like Jesus doing in such a place—a graveyard, peopled with pigs, pagans and a naked, wild man who is possessed?’ All of this is completely off-limits for a law-abiding Jew. In this second miracle, the authority of Jesus and the kingdom he represents is extended both over the ragings of nature and the unnatural deranged demoniac. The common factor is that both the forces of nature and the unnatural demoniac recognize the authority Jesus represents. This is in sharp contrast to the vacillations of fearful disciples. … More McFadyen, Phillip. Open Door on Mark: His Gospel Explored. London: Triangle, 1997. Print.

Public Shame

Public ShameHebrews 6:6 Excerpt Exposing him to public shame means either (1)“holding him up as a warning to others,” (2) “causing others to look down on Christ,” or (3) “causing others to ridicule Christ.” Here (2) or (3) fits the context better than (1). Criminals were exposed in this way by being crucified or otherwise punished in public. More Ellingworth, Paul, and Eugene Albert Nida. A Handbook on the Letter to the Hebrews. New York: United Bible Societies, 1994. Print. UBS Handbook Series.

God Makes a Covenant with Abram

God Makes a Covenant with AbramExcerpt Chapter 15 consists of a series of dialogues or conversations between God and Abram in which the narrator pauses at certain points to address the reader or to describe events. The chapter is divided into two parts. In the first part God promises Abram a son and many descendants (verses 1–6). In the second God promises Abram the land (verses 15.7–21). In the first section God is the speaker in verses14, and 5; and Abram is the speaker in verses2 and 3. The narrator closes the first episode by addressing the reader in verse6. In the second episode God speaks in verses 79131415, and 16, and Abram in verse 8. In verses 1011, and 12, the narrator describes for the reader what Abram does and what happens to him. Beginning with verse 13 and continuing through verse16, the action is interrupted as God foretells what will happen to Abram’s descendants and how he will die. The narrator then concludes the account by picking up the action left off …

Connect the Testaments

July 20: Serving the Glory of God 2 Samuel 5:1–6:23; 1 Peter 4:1–11; Psalm 136:1–26 When we avoid community, we may develop an inflated opinion of our own character. It’s easy to think we’re kind people when we’re not held accountable to others. It’s easy to think we’re always right when no one disagrees with us. Conversely, it’s in our relationships that our true selves are often revealed. When we’re actively involved in a community, we face hundreds of instances where we need to make choices. These choices either serve others, or they serve our own desires. When Peter states, “Above all, keep your love for one another constant, because love covers a large number of sins” (1 Pet 4:8), he’s saying that choosing to love often sets all motives in the right place. It dispels our own pride and puts issues into perspective. When we are truly loving others, it’s not about our pride or “being right.” It’s about helping others grow in faith by using our God-given gifts. Peter goes on to show just…

Morning and Evening

Morning, July 20Go To Evening Reading
“The earnest of our inheritance.” —Ephesians 1:14
Oh! what enlightenment, what joys, what consolation, what delight of heart is experienced by that man who has learned to feed on Jesus, and on Jesus alone. Yet the realization which we have of Christ’s preciousness is, in this life, imperfect at the best. As an old writer says, “’Tis but a taste!” We have tasted “that the Lord is gracious,” but we do not yet know how good and gracious he is, although what we know of his sweetness makes us long for more. We have enjoyed the firstfruits of the Spirit, and they have set us hungering and thirsting for the fulness of the heavenly vintage. We groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption. Here we are like Israel in the wilderness, who had but one cluster from Eshcol, there we shall be in the vineyard. Here we see the manna falling small, like coriander seed, but there shall we eat the bread of heaven and the old corn of the kingdom. We are but beginners …

My Utmost for His Highest

July 20th Dependent on God’s presence They that wait upon the Lord … shall walk and not faint.Isaiah 40:31. There is no thrill in walking; it is the test of all the stable qualities. To “walk and not faint” is the highest reach possible for strength. The word “walk” is used in the Bible to express the character—“John looking on Jesus as He walked, said, Behold the Lamb of God!” There is never anything abstract in the Bible, it is always vivid and real. God does not say—‘Be spiritual,’ but—“Walk before Me.” When we are in an unhealthy state physically or emotionally, we always want thrills. In the physical domain this will lead to counterfeiting the Holy Ghost; in the emotional life it leads to inordinate affection and the destruction of morality; and in the spiritual domain if we insist on getting thrills, on mounting up with wings, it will end in the destruction of spirituality. The reality of God’s presence is not dependent on any place, but only dependent upon the determination to set t…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

July 20 Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy Matt 8:6 We, in this age of the church, are in the position of that sick servant at Capernaum. To the eye of sense, we are separated from the Saviour. We see Him not—we can touch Him not—the hand cannot steal amid the crowd to catch His garment hem—we cannot hear His loved footsteps as of old on our threshold; but faith penetrates the invisible; the messenger—prayer—meets Him in the streets of the New Jerusalem; and faith and prayer together, the twin delegates from His church below, He has never yet sent empty away. Macduff

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