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The Trinity

The Trinity1 Peter 1:2 Excerpt Peter laid the theological foundations for this letter of encouragement. “God” the Father in His grace had chosen them and God the “Spirit” had sanctified them through the atoning blood of God the Son, Jesus Christ.(All three Persons of the Trinity are mentioned in this verse.) Thus Peter greeted his readers with the prayerful wish that they might experience in abundance God’s grace(charis) and peace (eirēnē, equivalent of the Heb. šālôm; cf. 5:14). More Raymer, Roger M. “1 Peter.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 840. Print.

Do Not be a Drunkard

Do Not be a DrunkardExcerpt Next there is the demand for the elder’s temperance —“not given to drunkenness” (v. 3)—literally, “not lingering beside wine.” Anyone who longs for the halcyon days of the apostolic church longs for an illusion. It was rough and tumble. Drunkenness was an ancient blight. In Corinth some Christians were even in the habit of getting drunk at the Lord’s Supper (cf. Corinthians 11:21)! Paul repeats this warning to deacons in verse 8(“not indulging in much wine”) and again to elders in Titus 1:7 (“not given to drunkenness”). More Hughes, R. Kent, and Bryan Chapell.1 & 2 Timothy and Titus: To Guard the Deposit. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2000. Print. Preaching the Word.

The Will of God

The Will of GodExcerpt The phrase, “the will of God,” has two significations in Scripture: the one is the determination of God—his decree; the other is his desire, that in which he delights—a will, however, which may be frustrated by the perversity of his creatures. It is in this latter sense that the word is here employed. Even your sanctification; complete consecration; holiness taken in its most general sense. Our holiness is the great design of Christ’s death, and is the revealed will of God. Some (Olshausen, Lünemann) restrict the term to moral purity, and consider the next clause as its explanation (oomp. Rom. 12:1). That ye should abstain from fornication; a vice fearfully prevalent among the heathen, and which, indeed, they hardly regarded as wrong. Especially it was the great sin of Corinth, from which the apostle wrote, the patron goddess of which city was Venus. More Spence-Jones, H. D. M., ed. 1 Thessalonians. London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1909. Print. The P…

The Seven Churches

The Seven ChurchesExcerpt All seven were in the Roman province of Asia, now Asia Minor. They are listed in 1:11, and a message directed to each is found in Rev. 2and 3More Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.

Catholic Daily Readings

From Monday of the 19th Week in Ordinary Time First ReadingDeuteronomy 10:12–22 ResponsePsalm 147:12a PsalmPsalm 147:12–15, 19–20 Gospel Acclamation2 Thessalonians 2:14 GospelMatthew 17:22–27 Or from the Proper of Saints First ReadingWisdom of Solomon 3:1–9 or 1 John 3:14–18 ResponsePsalm 116:15 PsalmPsalm 116:10–13, 16a, 16c–17 Gospel AcclamationJohn 12:25 GospelJohn 15:12–16 Or from the Common of Martyrs, or the Common of Pastors.

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

Connect the Testaments

August 14: Being Busy Isaiah 29:1–30:17; Luke 10:1–42; Job 7:1–10 Sometimes it’s difficult to deal with quiet. For most people, chaos, deadlines, managing multiple schedules, and being “so busy” are a way of life. And if we’re honest with ourselves, we like it. Busyness implies we are special and valued and the work we’re doing is necessary. And we have a desperate need to be valued. When others failed to recognize Martha’s work—when Mary didn’t hold to the same values—she complained to Jesus. He responded by rebuking her: “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things! But few things are necessary, or only one thing, for Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:41–42). What is the “better part”? Mary “sat at the feet of Jesus and was listening to his teaching” (Luke 10:39), and Jesus praised her desire to listen and learn. Mary was captivated by the “one thing” that would change the world: Jesus and the kingdom He was ushering in. …

Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, August 14Go To Evening Reading
“Thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy work.” —Psalm 92:4
Do you believe that your sins are forgiven, and that Christ has made a full atonement for them? Then what a joyful Christian you ought to be! How you should live above the common trials and troubles of the world! Since sin is forgiven, can it matter what happens to you now? Luther said, “Smite, Lord, smite, for my sin is forgiven; if thou hast but forgiven me, smite as hard as thou wilt”; and in a similar spirit you may say, “Send sickness, poverty, losses, crosses, persecution, what thou wilt, thou hast forgiven me, and my soul is glad.” Christian, if thou art thus saved, whilst thou art glad, be grateful and loving. Cling to that cross which took thy sin away; serve thou him who served thee. “I beseech you therefore, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” Let not your zeal evaporate in some li…

My Utmost for His Highest

August 14th Chastening Despise not the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of Him.Hebrews 12:5. It is very easy to quench the Spirit; we do it by despising the chastening of the Lord, by fainting when we are rebuked by Him. If we have only a shallow experience of sanctification, we mistake the shadow for the reality, and when the Spirit of God begins to check, we say—‘Oh, that must be the devil.’ Never quench the Spirit, and do not despise Him when He says to you—‘Don’t be blind on this point any more; you are not where you thought you were. Up to the present, I have not been able to reveal it to you, but I reveal it now.’ When the Lord chastens you like that, let Him have His way. Let Him relate you rightly to God. “Nor faint when thou art rebuked of Him.” We get into sulks with God and say—‘Oh well, I can’t help it; I did pray and things did not turn out right, and I am going to give it all up.’ Think what would happen if we talked like this in any other domain of lif…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

August 14 Leaving you an example, that ye should follow his steps 1 Peter 2:21 (R.V.) I have long since ceased to pray, “Lord Jesus, have compassion on a lost world!” I remember the day and the hour when I seemed to hear the Lord rebuking me for making such a prayer. He seemed to say to me, “I have had compassion upon a lost world, and now it is for you to have compassion.” A. J. Gordon

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