Wisdom Wednesday, The Beatitudes, 102721

Beholding Him Ministries

“Blessed arethe poor in spirit, fortheirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3

Blessings today! Glory to God! Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Oh What a Savior!Today is Wisdom Wednesday and I pray you will find a blessing in the Beatitude Scriptures and quotes from my older friends. Grace and peace to you as you walk through your day!

5 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.
And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
“Blessed are the…

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Isaiah 12:2-3 – The Well of Salvation

A Tried Stone

Isaiah 12:2-3
Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

-In Scripture, Salvation is more than once likened to water which is an appropriate picture considering some of water’s qualities. Water can go everywhere and can be found all over the world. Likewise, there is no place on Earth beyond the reach of God’s saving power. Water can be found free for the taking, yet none but God can truly claim to own it. Similarly, Salvation can be freely had by all (Revelation 22:17), but only God Himself truly holds it. Perhaps the most compelling reason is this: regardless of a person’s race, gender, heritage, or background, everyone needs water, or they will…

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We Regard No One From a Human Point of View: Part 2, Kata Sarka — Experimental Theology

One of the first things J. Louis Martyn tackles in his seminal work on Paul’s apocalyptic theology “Epistemology at the Turn of the Ages” is the meaning of the Greek phrase kata sarka in 1 Corinthians 5.16-17. In English translations kata sarka is translated as “according to the flesh” (ESV), “from a human point of view” (NRSV,…

We Regard No One From a Human Point of View: Part 2, Kata Sarka — Experimental Theology

Weekly Bible Study Notes: October 27, 2021

Life Project Blog

Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house. Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself. For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.  “Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house,” bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future.  But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.

Hebrews 3:1-6

Chapter 3 begins with a summing up from the previous chapter: Fix your thoughts on Jesus!  We acknowledge Him as our “apostle and high priest.” The next sentence is the…

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Feeling Used

Steve A. Wiggins

It may be perverse of me, but it makes me happy that used copies of all my books can be found on Bookfinder.com.  I discovered Bookfinder many years ago and it is a wonderful site for cash-strapped ex-academics, or anybody who loves books.  There is almost nothing you can’t find here.  Some of the books are very expensive (if they’re rare), but generally you choose the condition you’re willing to accept and how much you’re willing to spend.  The other day I was looking for a research book there and decided to type my own name in, just for fun.  I suppose some authors, having received next to no royalties, might be upset to find themselves on the used market.  For others it’s a kind of validation that their books are overpriced.

I’m a book keeper. (Not, I hasten to add a bookkeeper.) If I read a book I…

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How to Become a Mature Believer


Hebrews 6:1-2 (NLT)So let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding. Surely we don’t need to start again with the fundamental importance of repenting from evil deeds and placing our faith in God. You don’t need further instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.

The writer of Hebrews gives an expectation of the concepts that the Christian (who has been in the faith for a while) should already have a handle on. In other words, the things listed are of the “basic teachings,” which should be a part of the believer’s understanding to the point that they do not need to go over them “again and again.” The writer is not saying that repentance, faith, baptism, giving blessing (or ordination), resurrection, and judgement…

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11 Notable Quotes from Missional Motherhood — Crossway Articles

October 27, 2021 by: Gloria Furman This article is part of the Notable Quotes series. Motherhood Matters in Eternity There is eternal value in even the most mundane moments if the Great Commission informs how we’re thinking about all of life, including what it means to be a mom. Be encouraged in the far-reaching significance…

11 Notable Quotes from Missional Motherhood — Crossway Articles

Wednesday, 27 Oct 2021: Psalm 119:17-24; Jeremiah 33:1-11; Matthew 20:29-34 ~ in compassion Jesus opened their eyes

The Peanut Gallery

Wednesday, 27 Oct 2021:

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Almighty and everlasting God,
you govern all things both in heaven and on earth:
Mercifully hear the supplications of your people,
and in our time grant us your peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Jesus called them and said,
“What do you want me to do for you?”
They said to him, “Lord, let our eyes be opened.”
And Jesus in pity touched their eyes,
and immediately they recovered their sight and followed him.

(Matthew 20:32-34)


Psalms: Psalm 119 (Gimel)
Deal Bountifully With Your Servant – Charles Ciepiel


OT Reading: Jeremiah 33:1-11 (ESV)

The Lord Promises Peace

33:1  The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah a second time, while…

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Rereading Genesis 22:8: The Sacrifice of Isaac and the Preacher

Dr. Claude Mariottini - Professor of Old Testament

Preaching good and effective sermons from the Old Testament requires hard work. In preparing their sermons, ministers must read good commentaries, consult different translations, and use the best scholarship available to them in order to gain a better understanding of the biblical text.

A biblical sermon is the proclamation of God’s truth, thus, before preaching from any text, ministers must go through the most rigorous study of the text in order to understand the historical and cultural backgrounds of the passage they are using, as well as the precise meaning of the words used in the text.

The success of a good sermon depends on the proper interpretation of the text.  In interpreting a text, the minister must look at the historical context of the passage and the language used by the writer. The most pressing issue faced by those who preach from the Old Testament is how to interpret the…

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