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RepentanceMark 6:12 Excerpt In the NT repentance primarily relates to the Greek words metanoéō and metńoia,meaning to understand something differently after thinking it over. This change of mind necessarily leads to changed actions, in keeping with the Greek view that the mind (noús) controlled the body. Repentance comprises a central theme in the preaching of Jesus, Peter, and Paul. Jesus began his ministry with a call to repentance as the prerequisite for entering the kingdom of God (Mark 1:15Matt. 4:17). Mark 6:12–13 summarizes Jesus ministry by saying that Jesus preached repentance, cast our demons, and healed sick people. At the conclusion of his earthly ministry Jesus commissioned his disciples to preach repentance and forgiveness to all nations in his name (Luke 24:47). A call to repentance characterizes the content of his preaching. More Garrett, Linda Oaks. “Repentance.” Ed. David Noel Freedman, Allen C. Myers, and Astrid B. Beck. Eerdmans dictionary of the Bible 2000 : 1118. P…


DoxaExcerpt ‎Doxa essentially describes manifestations of supernatural splendor or divine glory. In the Greek translation of the ot (LXX), doxa is the usual translation for the Hebrew wordkabod, whose primary meaning relates to weight (being heavy, weighty, or impressive). God’s presence was manifested by a visible, luminous phenomenon referred to as His doxa, which rested in particular in the tabernacle or temple (Exod 40:34–351 Kgs 8:11Hag 2:7lxx). ‎In the nt, doxacan also refer to the visible splendor or brightness of God’s presence (e.g. Rev 15:821:11). Writing to the Romans, Paul uses doxa to describe the direct presence of God and the communion with Him that was forfeited by humanity at the fall (Rom 3:23). … More Seal, David. “Doxa.”Faithlife Study Bible. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2012, 2016. Print.

The Power of the Word for Testimony

The Power of the Word for TestimonyExcerpt The psalmist prays for the lovingkindness of the Lord to be manifested in deliverance, according to God’s word. This will enable him to render a decisive answer to those who taunt him with the uselessness of serving God. If he fails to experience this deliverance, then he will be deprived of the power to bear witness to the truth before his tormentors. If God will give him this grace, he resolves to send the rest of his life observing his law. In so doing he will be walking “in a broad place,” i.e., he will know true freedom. Should the opportunity present itself, he is prepared to confess his love for God’s word before rulers. He “lifts up his hands” to God’s commandment, i.e., he shows them the utmost reverence. More Smith, James E. The Wisdom Literature and Psalms. Joplin, MO: College Press Pub. Co., 1996. Print. Old Testament Survey Series.

An Early Description of Paul

An Early Description of PaulGalatians 1:1 Excerpt The word “Paul” in Greek literally means “small,” or “little.”2 The earliest physical description we have of Paul comes from The Acts of Paul and Thecla, a second-century apocryphal writing that describes the apostle as “a man of small stature, with a bald head and crooked legs, in a good state of body, with eyebrows meeting and nose somewhat hooked, full of friendliness; for now he appeared like a man, and now he had the face of an angel.”3 Although written many years after his death, these words may well reflect an authentic tradition about Paul’s actual likeness. More George, Timothy. Galatians. Vol. 30. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1994. Print. The New American Commentary.

The Royal Law

The Royal LawExcerpt The alternatives are clear. Love is right. Favoritism is sin. James was optimistic; the “if-clause,” if you really keep the royal law, was written in Greek in such a way that an obedient response was anticipated. The “royal law” was given in Leviticus 19:18 and affirmed by Christ (Matt. 22:39): Love your neighbor as yourself. The law is royal or regal (basilikon, from basileus“king”) because it is decreed by the King of kings, is fit for a king, and is considered the king of laws. The phrase reflects the Latin lex regia known throughout the Roman Empire. Obedience to this law, nonpreferential love, is the answer to the evident disobedience to God’s Law, prejudicial favoritism. More Blue, J. Ronald.James.” The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck. Vol. 2. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985. 824. Print.

Connect the Testaments

August 17: Anxiety and the Wilderness Isaiah 35:1–37:13; Luke 12:22–59; Job 8:11–22 Anxiety has a way of ruling over us. Although many of our concerns are legitimate—like having money to pay the rent and buy food—some of them are nonsensical. We envision future catastrophes and spend our days worrying about what might never happen, creating an emotional wilderness for ourselves. Anxiety isn’t new. The prophet Isaiah addresses the problem: “Wilderness and dry land shall be glad, and desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus.… Say to those who are hasty of heart, ‘Be strong; you must not fear! Look! your God will come with vengeance, with divine retribution. He is the one who will come and save you’ ” (Isa 35:1, 4). Isaiah realizes that there is a time and season for everything. He proclaims that God will bring the people out of the wilderness (their exile in Babylon) and back into their land. There is an answer to the anxiety, pain and worry that they feel about the future. His word…

Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, August 17Go To Evening Reading
“The mercy of God.” —Psalm 52:8
Meditate a little on this mercy of the Lord. It is tender mercy. With gentle, loving touch, he healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. He is as gracious in the manner of his mercy as in the matter of it. It is great mercy. There is nothing little in God; his mercy is like himself—it is infinite. You cannot measure it. His mercy is so great that it forgives great sins to great sinners, after great lengths of time, and then gives great favours and great privileges, and raises us up to great enjoyments in the great heaven of the great God. It is undeserved mercy, as indeed all true mercy must be, for deserved mercy is only a misnomer for justice. There was no right on the sinner’s part to the kind consideration of the Most High; had the rebel been doomed at once to eternal fire he would have richly merited the doom, and if delivered from wrath, sovereign love alone has found a cause, for there was none…

My Utmost for His Highest

August 17th Are you discouraged in devotion? Yet lackest thou one thing; sell all that thou hast … and come, follow Me.Luke 18:22. “And when he heard this …” Have you ever heard the Master say a hard word? If you have not, I question whether you have heard Him say anything. Jesus Christ says a great deal that we listen to, but do not hear; when we do hear, His words are amazingly hard. Jesus did not seem in the least solicitous that this man should do what He told him, He made no attempt to keep him with Him. He simply said—‘Sell all you have, and come, follow Me.’ Our Lord never pleaded, He never cajoled, He never entrapped; He simply spoke the sternest words mortal ears ever listened to, and then left it alone. Have I ever heard Jesus say a hard word? Has He said something personally to me to which I have deliberately listened? Not something I can expound or say this and that about, but something I have heard Him say to me? This man did understand what Jesus said, he heard it and he size…

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

August 17 Serving the Lord with all humility of mind Acts 20:19 There is a legend of an artist who long sought for a piece of sandalwood, out of which to carve a Madonna. He was about to give up in despair, leaving the vision of his life unrealized, when in a dream he was bidden to carve his Madonna from a block of oak wood, which was destined for the fire. He obeyed, and produced a masterpiece from a log of common fire-wood. Many of us lose great opportunities in life by waiting to find sandalwood for our carvings, when they really lie hidden in the common logs that we burn. Orison Swett Marden

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

Catholic Daily Readings

Thursday, August 17, 2017 | Ordinary Time Thursday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time Year 1 | Roman Missal | Lectionary

First Reading Joshua 3:7–10a, 11, 13–17 Response Text Psalm Psalm 114:1–6 Gospel AcclamationPsalm 119:135 GospelMatthew 18:21–19:1

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