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đđšđźđ„ đšđ„đŹđš đ©đšđąđ§đ­đŹ 𝐹𝐼𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 đ­đĄđžđ«đž 𝐱𝐬 đŠđšđ«đž 𝐭𝐹 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐞đȘ𝐼𝐚𝐭𝐱𝐹𝐧 𝐹𝐟 𝐣𝐼𝐬𝐭𝐱𝐟𝐱𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐱𝐹𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐣𝐼𝐬𝐭 𝐟𝐚𝐱𝐭𝐡 𝐱𝐧 (𝐑𝐹𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝟐:𝟏𝟑): "đ…đšđ« 𝐧𝐹𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đĄđžđšđ«đžđ«đŹ 𝐹𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ„đšđ° đšđ«đž 𝐣𝐼𝐬𝐭 đ›đžđŸđšđ«đž 𝐆𝐹𝐝,... Show more

đđšđźđ„ đšđ„đŹđš đ©đšđąđ§đ­đŹ 𝐹𝐼𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 đ­đĄđžđ«đž 𝐱𝐬 đŠđšđ«đž 𝐭𝐹 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐞đȘ𝐼𝐚𝐭𝐱𝐹𝐧 𝐹𝐟 𝐣𝐼𝐬𝐭𝐱𝐟𝐱𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐱𝐹𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐣𝐼𝐬𝐭 𝐟𝐚𝐱𝐭𝐡 𝐱𝐧 (𝐑𝐹𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝟐:𝟏𝟑): "đ…đšđ« 𝐧𝐹𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đĄđžđšđ«đžđ«đŹ 𝐹𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ„đšđ° đšđ«đž 𝐣𝐼𝐬𝐭 đ›đžđŸđšđ«đž 𝐆𝐹𝐝, 𝐛𝐼𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐹𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ„đšđ° đŹđĄđšđ„đ„ 𝐛𝐞 𝐣𝐼𝐬𝐭𝐱𝐟𝐱𝐞𝐝."𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 đ„đšđŹđ­ 𝐭𝐰𝐹 đŹđœđ«đąđ©đ­đźđ«đžđŹ 𝐬𝐡𝐹𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 đ„đąđŻđąđ§đ  𝐟𝐚𝐱𝐭𝐡 𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐹𝐭 𝐛𝐞 đŹđžđ©đšđ«đšđ­đžđ đŸđ«đšđŠ 𝐹𝐛𝐞𝐝𝐱𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞, đŸđ«đšđŠ đ°đšđ«đ€đŹ. 𝐅𝐚𝐱𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐧𝐝 đ°đšđ«đ€đŹ 𝐠𝐹 đ­đšđ đžđ­đĄđžđ«; đ°đĄđžđ«đž đ­đĄđžđ«đž 𝐱𝐬 𝐟𝐚𝐱𝐭𝐡, đ­đĄđžđ«đž đ°đąđ„đ„ đšđ„đ°đšđČ𝐬 𝐛𝐞 𝐠𝐹𝐹𝐝 đ°đšđ«đ€đŹ. 𝐈𝐟 𝐧𝐹 đ°đšđ«đ€đŹ đšđ«đž đ©đ«đšđđźđœđžđ, đ­đĄđžđ«đž 𝐱𝐬 𝐧𝐹 đ„đąđŻđąđ§đ  𝐟𝐚𝐱𝐭𝐡. 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐞 đ­đ«đźđ„đČ 𝐚𝐧𝐝 đđžđžđ©đ„đČ đ›đžđ„đąđžđŻđž đ°đąđ„đ„ đđžđ­đžđ«đŠđąđ§đž 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐱𝐹𝐧𝐬 𝐰𝐞 đ­đšđ€đž 𝐱𝐧 đšđźđ« đ„đąđŻđžđŹ. 𝐈𝐟 𝐰𝐞 đ­đ«đźđ„đČ đ›đžđ„đąđžđŻđž 𝐬𝐹𝐩𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐧𝐠, đšđźđ« "đ°đšđ«đ€đŹ" 𝐝𝐹 𝐱𝐧 đšđźđ« đ„đąđŻđžđŹ, đ°đąđ„đ„ đšđ„đ°đšđČ𝐬 đ©đšđąđ§đ­ 𝐭𝐹 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭. "đ…đšđ« 𝐚𝐬 𝐡𝐞 đ­đĄđąđ§đ€đŹ 𝐱𝐧 𝐡𝐱𝐬 đĄđžđšđ«đ­, 𝐬𝐹 𝐱𝐬 𝐡𝐞" (đđ«đšđŻđžđ«đ›đŹ 𝟐𝟑:𝟕) 𝐚 𝐩𝐚𝐧 đ„đąđŻđžđŹ 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐬 đšđœđœđšđ«đđąđ§đ  𝐭𝐹 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐱𝐬 đœđšđ«đž 𝐱𝐬.𝐀𝐬 𝐝𝐱𝐬𝐜𝐼𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐝 đ©đ«đžđŻđąđšđźđŹđ„đČ (đ†đšđ„đšđ­đąđšđ§đŹ 𝟐:𝟏𝟔), 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 đŻđžđ«đŹđžđŹ đšđ«đž 𝐱𝐧 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐭 đœđšđŠđ©đ„đžđŠđžđ§đ­đšđ«đČ, 𝐧𝐹𝐭 đœđšđ§đ­đ«đšđđąđœđ­đšđ«đČ. 𝐄𝐚𝐜𝐡 𝐹𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 đ©đšđŹđŹđšđ đžđŹ 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐚 đđąđŸđŸđžđ«đžđ§đ­ đœđšđ§đ­đžđ±đ­ 𝐚𝐧𝐝 đ©đźđ«đ©đšđŹđž, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐹 𝐰𝐞 𝐝𝐹 𝐧𝐹𝐭 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ°đĄđšđ„đž đšđ§đŹđ°đžđ« đŸđ«đšđŠ 𝐚𝐧đČ 𝐹𝐧𝐞 𝐹𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐩 đąđ§đđąđŻđąđđźđšđ„đ„đČ. 𝐉𝐚𝐩𝐞𝐬' đ©đźđ«đ©đšđŹđž 𝐱𝐬 𝐭𝐹 𝐬𝐡𝐹𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 đ­đĄđžđ«đž đšđ«đž 𝐭𝐰𝐹 đ€đąđ§đđŹ 𝐹𝐟 𝐟𝐚𝐱𝐭𝐡, đ„đąđŻđąđ§đ  𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐝𝐞𝐚𝐝, 𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐼𝐱𝐧𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 đ©đ«đšđŸđžđŹđŹđąđ§đ .𝐉𝐚𝐩𝐞𝐬 𝐬𝐚đČ𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚 đ©đžđ«đŹđšđ§'𝐬 𝐟𝐚𝐱𝐭𝐡 𝐱𝐬 đ©đžđ«đŸđžđœđ­đžđ đšđ« đœđšđŠđ©đ„đžđ­đžđ 𝐛đČ 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ€đąđ§đ 𝐹𝐟 đ°đšđ«đ€đŹ 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐚𝐱𝐭𝐡 đ©đ«đšđđźđœđžđŹ. 𝐇𝐞 𝐬𝐡𝐹𝐰𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐱𝐭 𝐱𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ€đąđ§đ 𝐹𝐟 𝐟𝐚𝐱𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 đ€đ›đ«đšđĄđšđŠ 𝐡𝐚𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐩𝐚𝐝𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ«đžđšđ„ đđąđŸđŸđžđ«đžđ§đœđž 𝐚𝐧𝐝 đ›đ«đšđźđ đĄđ­ 𝐚𝐛𝐹𝐼𝐭 𝐣𝐼𝐬𝐭𝐱𝐟𝐱𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐱𝐹𝐧. 𝐉𝐼𝐬𝐭𝐱𝐟𝐱𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐱𝐹𝐧 𝐱𝐬 đžđ§đ­đąđ«đžđ„đČ 𝐚𝐧 𝐚𝐜𝐭 𝐹𝐧 𝐆𝐹𝐝'𝐬 đ©đšđ«đ­, 𝐛𝐼𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ€đąđ§đ 𝐹𝐟 𝐟𝐚𝐱𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 đ›đ«đąđ§đ đŹ 𝐚𝐛𝐹𝐼𝐭 𝐣𝐼𝐬𝐭𝐱𝐟𝐱𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐱𝐹𝐧 𝐱𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐩𝐞 đ€đąđ§đ 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 đšđ„đŹđš đ›đ«đąđ§đ đŹ 𝐚𝐛𝐹𝐼𝐭 𝐠𝐹𝐹𝐝 đ°đšđ«đ€đŹ. 𝐈𝐭 𝐱𝐬 𝐧𝐹𝐭 đšđźđ« đ°đšđ«đ€đŹ 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐬𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐼𝐬, 𝐛𝐼𝐭 đšđ§đ„đČ 𝐭𝐡𝐹𝐬𝐞 𝐰𝐡𝐹 đšđ«đž "đ°đšđ«đ€đąđ§đ " 𝐱𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ«đąđ đĄđ­ 𝐰𝐚đČ đ°đąđ„đ„ 𝐛𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐼𝐬𝐞 đ­đĄđžđąđ« đ°đšđ«đ€đŹ đ°đąđ„đ„ 𝐛𝐞 𝐱𝐧𝐝𝐱𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐱𝐯𝐞 𝐹𝐟 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞đČ đ­đ«đźđ„đČ đ›đžđ„đąđžđŻđž 𝐱𝐧. 𝐋𝐱𝐯𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐚𝐱𝐭𝐡, 𝐰𝐡𝐱𝐜𝐡 𝐉𝐚𝐩𝐞𝐬 đ­đšđ„đ€đŹ 𝐚𝐛𝐹𝐼𝐭, 𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐹𝐭 𝐛𝐞 đŹđžđ©đšđ«đšđ­đžđ đŸđ«đšđŠ đ°đšđ«đ€đŹ.đ’đĄđšđ„đšđŠ đŒđšđ«đœđąđš
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For background let’s review Luke’s mention of the Roman ruler in chapter 2

Luke 2:1-note Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus,...
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For background let’s review Luke’s mention of the Roman ruler in chapter 2    Luke 2:1-note  Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth.    COMMENT: Caesar Augustus (Caius Octavius, grand-nephew, adopted son, and primary heir to Julius Caesar who died in 44 BC) was the founder of the Roman Principate and considered the first Roman emperor. Before and after Julius’ death in 44 B.C., the Roman government was constantly torn by power struggles. Octavius (Caesar Augustus) ascended to undisputed supremacy in 31 B.C. by defeating his last remaining rival, Antony, in a military battle at Actium. In 29 B.C., the Roman senate declared Octavius (Caesar Augustus) Rome’s first emperor. Two years later (27 BC) they honoured him with the title “Augustus” (“exalted one”—a term signifying religious veneration). Rome’s republican government was effectively abolished, and Augustus (Caesar Augustus) was given supreme military power. Caesar Augustus reigned over the Roman Empire from 27 BC until his death at age 76 in AD 14. He was succeeded by Tiberius Caesar who his adopted son (Lk 2:1) and he reigned from A.D. 14-37.    Under the rule of Caesar Augustus, the Roman Empire dominated the Mediterranean region (see the map of Roman domination under Caesar Augustus), ushering in a period of great prosperity and relative peace (the Pax Romana). Caesar Augustus ordered a census of “all the inhabited earth” (Lk 2:1-note), that is the world of the Roman Empire. This census decree actually established a cycle of enrollments that were to occur every 14 years. Palestine had previously been excluded from the Roman census, because Jews were exempt from serving in the Roman army, and the census was designed primarily to register young men for military service (as well as account for all Roman citizens). This new, universal census was ostensibly to number each nation by family and tribe (hence Joseph, a Judean, had to return to his ancestral home to register—see Lk 2:3-note). Property and income values were not recorded in this registration, but later the statistics gathered in this census were used for levying poll taxes (Mt 22:17 – the annual fee of one denarius per person). The Jews came to regard the census itself as a distasteful symbol of Roman oppression because the funds were used to finance the occupying armies. However, the poll tax was the most hated of all because it suggested that Rome owned even the people, while they viewed themselves and their nation as possessions of God. Another reason the Jews may have hated this tax was because of what the coin itself symbolized to the Romans. On one side of the silver denarius was a profile of Tiberius Caesar, with the Latin inscription “Tiberius Caesar, son of the divine Augustus” around the coin’s perimeter. On the opposite side was a picture of the Roman goddess of peace, Pax, with the Latin inscription “High Priest.”Shalom MarciaDisciples Of Truth – Israel – USA  – UKhttp://www.disciplesoftruth.net
Jaakko I do enjoy getting these in email! Very indepth. Shalom my sister!!! 1 hour 51 minutes ago
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Marcia (Proverbs 3:5-6) Shalom Brother Jaakko!! Thanks to Jerry and Gods word 58 minutes ago
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picked some Olive leaves this morning and I will be cleaning and dehydrating to make some tea.
Our olive trees in park are about 40 year's old. I am...
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Marcia (Proverbs 3:5-6) I will look into this soon Sister, please explain more as I see a picture above and pictures you've shared previously? Maybe its not showing on your... Show more 6 hours 47 minutes ago
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Jaakko I see the picture Eelia
And I have tried them. They have an ingredient called oleuropein. Which is an inflammatory and antioxidant. Olive leaf tea is good for...
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Pete Wow, I really must try it!!! we only ever drink coffee here If we were to use more of what God created like this; then maybe there wouldn't have... Show more 1 hour 20 minutes ago
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Genesis 26:17–35

So Yitz’chak left, set up camp in Vadi G’rar and lived there. 18 Yitz’chak reopened the wells which had been dug during the...
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Genesis 26:17–35So Yitz’chak left, set up camp in Vadi G’rar and lived there. 18 Yitz’chak reopened the wells which had been dug during the lifetime of Avraham his father, the ones the P’lishtim had stopped up after Avraham died, and called them by the names his father had used for them. 19 Yitz’chak’s servants dug in the vadi and uncovered a spring of running water. 20 But the herdsmen of G’rar quarreled with Yitz’chak’s herdsmen, claiming, “That water is ours!” So he called the well ‘Esek [quarrel], because they quarreled with him. 21 They dug another well and quarreled over that one too. So he called it Sitnah [enmity]. 22 He went away from there and dug another well, and over that one they didn’t quarrel. So he called it Rechovot [wide open spaces] and said, “Because now Adonaihas made room for us, and we will be productive in the land.”(iv) 23 From there Yitz’chak went up to Be’er-Sheva. 24 Adonai appeared to him that same night and said, “I am the God of Avraham your father. Don’t be afraid, because I am with you; I will bless you and increase your descendants for the sake of my servant Avraham.” 25 There he built an altar and called on the name of Adonai. He pitched his tent there, and there Yitz’chak’s servants dug a well.26 Then Avimelekh went to him from G’rar with his friend Achuzat and Pikhol the commander of his army. 27 Yitz’chak said to them, “Why have you come to me, even though you were unfriendly to me and sent me away?” 28 They answered, “We saw very clearly that Adonai has been with you; so we said, ‘Let there be an oath between us: let’s make a pact between ourselves and you 29 that you will not harm us, just as we have not caused you offense but have done you nothing but good and sent you on your way in peace. Now you are blessed by Adonai.’”(v) 30 Yitz’chak prepared a banquet for them, and they ate and drank. 31 The next morning, they got up early and swore to each other. Then Yitz’chak sent them on their way, and they left him peacefully. 32 That very day Yitz’chak’s servants came and told him about the well they had dug, “We have found water.” 33 So he called it Shiv‘ah [oath, seven], and for this reason the name of the city is Be’er-Sheva [well of seven, well of an oath] to this day.34 When ‘Esav was forty years old, he took as wives Y’hudit the daughter of Be’eri the Hitti and Basmat the daughter of Elon the Hitti. 35 But they became a cause for embitterment of spirit to Yitz’chak and Rivkah.Mark 8:1–38 It was during that time that another large crowd gathered, and they had nothing to eat. Yeshua called his talmidim to him and said to them, 2 “I feel sorry for these people, because they have been with me three days, and now they have nothing to eat. 3 If I send them off to their homes hungry, they will collapse on the way; some of them have come a long distance.” 4 His talmidim said to him, “How can anyone find enough bread to satisfy these people in a remote place like this?” 5 “How many loaves do you have?” he asked them. They answered, “Seven.” 6 He then told the crowd to sit down on the ground, took the seven loaves, made a b’rakhah, broke the loaves and gave them to his talmidim to serve to the people. 7 They also had a few fish; making a b’rakhah over them he also ordered these to be served. 8 The people ate their fill; and the talmidim took up the leftover pieces, seven large basketsful. 9 About four thousand were there. 10 After sending them away, Yeshua got into the boat with his talmidim and went off to the district of Dalmanuta.11 The P’rushim came and began arguing with him; they wanted him to give them a sign from Heaven, because they were out to trap him. 12 With a sigh that came straight from his heart, he said, “Why does this generation want a sign? Yes! I tell you, no sign will be given to this generation!” 13 With that, he left them, got into the boat again and went off to the other side of the lake.14 Now the talmidim had forgotten to bring bread and had with them in the boat only one loaf. 15 So when Yeshua said to them, “Watch out! Guard yourselves from the hametz of the P’rushim and the hametz of Herod,” 16 they thought he had said it because they had no bread. 17 But, aware of this, he said, “Why are you talking with each other about having no bread? Don’t you see or understand yet? Have your hearts been made like stone? 18 You have eyes — don’t you see? You have ears — don’t you hear? And don’t you remember? 19 When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you collect?” “Twelve,” they answered him. 20 “And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you collect?” “Seven,” they answered. 21 He said to them, “And you still don’t understand?”22 They came to Beit-Tzaidah. Some people brought him a blind man and begged Yeshua to touch him. 23 Taking the blind man’s hand, he led him outside the town. He spit in his eyes, put his hands on him and asked him, “Do you see anything?” 24 He looked up and said, “I see people, but they look like walking trees.” 25 Then he put his hands on the blind man’s eyes again. He peered intently, and his eyesight was restored, so that he could see everything distinctly. 26 Yeshua sent him home with the words, “Don’t go into town.”27 Yeshua and his talmidim went on to the towns of Caesarea Philippi. On the way, he asked his talmidim, “Who are people saying I am?” 28 “Some say you are Yochanan the Immerser,” they told him, “others say Eliyahu, and still others, one of the prophets.” 29 “But you,” he asked, “who do you say I am?” Kefa answered, “You are the Mashiach.” 30 Then Yeshua warned them not to tell anyone about him. 31 He began teaching them that the Son of Man had to endure much suffering and be rejected by the elders, the head cohanim and the Torah-teachers; and that he had to be put to death; but that after three days, he had to rise again. 32 He spoke very plainly about it. Kefa took him aside and began rebuking him. 33 But, turning around and looking at his talmidim, he rebuked Kefa. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said, “For your thinking is from a human perspective, not from God’s perspective!”34 Then Yeshua called the crowd and his talmidim to him and told them, “If anyone wants to come after me, let him say ‘No’ to himself, take up his execution-stake, and keep following me. 35 For whoever wants to save his own life will destroy it, but whoever destroys his life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News will save it. 36 Indeed, what will it benefit a person if he gains the whole world but forfeits his life? 37 What could a person give in exchange for his life? 38 For if someone is ashamed of me and of what I say in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man also will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.
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Jaakko Amen. 1 hour 38 minutes ago
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I have been filled with a multitude of thoughts (ideas) for the next devotional but ultimately I wait for God's guidance through prayers. I finally... Show more

I have been filled with a multitude of thoughts (ideas) for the next devotional but ultimately I wait for God's guidance through prayers. I finally know what subject I am going to be writing about. I Praise the Most High! I hope to have it written and posted soon. I hope everyone is well and that you are having a good day! For those observing Shabbat Shalom.
Marcia (Proverbs 3:5-6) Bless you Sister, I look forward to your share, Blessings in Yeshua Shalom Shalom 2 days ago
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Jaakko Amen, looking forward to your shares sister. May God bless you and improve your health. 1 hour 37 minutes ago
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(2 Peter 2:2-3)
And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. (3) And through...
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Eelia there's never a shortage of these snake oil salesmen, sadly 2 days ago
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Marcia (Proverbs 3:5-6) Yep, I find it so annoying how they mock and use God for self gain Eelia 2 days ago
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Pete They are accountable like so many others who have bought disgrace and shame to the body of Christ. 50 minutes ago
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For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God, and the Lord hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the...
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Luke Chapter Three.

Darrell Bock – Luke 3:1–20 contains much uniquely Lucan material. Only Luke details the content of John the Baptist’s teaching (Luke...
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Luke Chapter Three.Darrell Bock – Luke 3:1–20 contains much uniquely Lucan material. Only Luke details the content of John the Baptist’s teaching (Luke 3:10–14). Only Luke cites Isa. 40:4–5 (Luke 3:4–6). The lengthened citation (Matthew and Mark cite only Isa. 40:3) means that Jesus’ coming offers the opportunity of salvation for all. Only Luke mentions the imprisonment of John so early in the account (Luke 3:19–20). But there are also traditional materials that have clear parallels elsewhere. The warning about judgment to the Jewish leaders has a clear parallel (Luke 3:7–9; Matt. 3:7–10). The promise of the Mightier One to come has conceptual parallels (Luke 3:15–17; Matt. 3:11–12; Mark 1:7–8). Both old and fresh material describe John’s ministry of preparation
.This pericope (Lk 3:1-6) has a twofold purpose: to place Jesus’ ministry in the midst of world history (Lk 3:1–2a) and to set the ministry of John the Baptist in the midst of OT hope (Lk 3:4–6). The word of God comes to John in the wilderness as his ministry renews God’s direct activity for people (Lk 3:2b–3). By beginning in the wilderness, the account picks up where the infancy section left off with John (Lk 1:80). (Baker Exegetical Commentary).Henry Burton eloquently introduces Luke 3 with these comments
   WHEN the Old Testament closed, prophecy had thrown upon the screen of the future the shadows of two persons, cast in heavenly light. Sketched in outline rather than in detail, still their personalities were sufficiently distinct to attract the gaze and hopes of the intervening centuries; while their differing, though related missions were clearly recognized. One was the Coming ONE, who should bring the “consolation” of Israel (Luke 2:25-note), and who should Himself be that Consolation; and gathering into one august title all such glittering epithets as Star (Nu 24:17), Shiloh (Ge 49:10-note), and Emmanuel (Isaiah 7:14-note), prophecy reverently saluted Him as “the Lord,” paying Him prospective homage and adoration. The other was to be the herald of another Dispensation, proclaiming the new King, running before the royal chariot, even as Elijah ran from Ahab to the ivory palace at Jezreel, his Voice then dying away in silence, as he himself passes out of sight behind the throne. Such were the two figures that prophecy, in a series of dissolving views, had thrown forward from the Old into the New Testament; and such was the signal honor accorded to the Baptist, that while many of the Old Testament characters appear as reflections in the New, his is the only human shadow thrown back from the New into the Old. (Expositor’s Bible Commentary).ShalomMarciaDisciples Of Truth – Israel – USA  – UKhttp://www.disciplesoftruth.net
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Every tear you shed is preparing for you “an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” (2 Corinthians 4:17). Every drop of agony and heartache... Show more

Every tear you shed is preparing for you “an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” (2 Corinthians 4:17). Every drop of agony and heartache sinks down into the ground like a seed, waiting to sprout up into an oak of laughter.<br /><br />“The same one who raises the dead stops to linger with us in our sorrow, to climb down into our valley of tears.” <br /><br />Maybe that sounds impossible. Maybe you wonder, “How could this sorrow, this heartache, this grief ever give way to joy?” That’s alright if you can’t understand how right now. God’s ways are often too high and too marvellous for us to grasp. But can you believe — in hope against hope — that what is impossible with man is possible with God (Luke 18:27; Romans 4:18)?<br /><br />Believing that God will turn our tears into shouts of joy does not mean that we no longer grieve. But it does mean that we cling to him through the pain, and let every calamity crash us into his arms. And that we learn to lament to God instead of a curse his name.<br /><br />We’ll keep reading our Bibles, even when we feel dead to God’s word. We’ll keep on crying out to God, even when he feels deaf to us. We’ll keep on gathering with God’s people, even when they don’t understand what we’re going through. We’ll keep on serving others, even while we carry our sorrow wherever we go. And we’ll keep on sowing the seeds of truth and grace into our barren souls, waiting for the day when God takes us home.<br /><br />In the end, . . .<br />We’ll see how the tears that have fallen<br />Were caught in the palms of the Giver of love and the Lover of all.<br />And we’ll look back on these tears as old tales.<br /><br />Our weeping may tarry for a long, long night. As long as we journey through this valley, we will be vulnerable to the assaults of loss and disappointment and death. But joy will come in the morning when God turns this valley of tears into a city of everlasting joy.<br /><br />In that day, God himself will stoop down to each of his grieving children and — somehow, someway — he will dry up tears forever. “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things, have passed away” (Revelation 21:4).<br /><br />And then your cracked and weary voice will swell to a shout as you testify with heaven’s multitudes, “You have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling; I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living” (Psalm 116:8–9).
Marcia (Proverbs 3:5-6) Very heartfelt share Dad, sometimes we can't comprehend the great healing of our Father, especially when we're hurting! But I look back on the tears... Show more 2 days ago
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Eelia Amen! What a comforting message @Pete 2 days ago
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Eliahu Amen, AMEN. 3 days ago
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Pete Amen!!!! 3 days ago
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