We live in a culture that is deteriorating partly because of its loss of a moral standard. Since its inception, Christianity has provided a true moral standard by promoting and being committed to the biblical
The entry this week focuses on the trials and afflictions of believers. Often these times turn out to be blessings in disguise. In the very beginning of his epistle, James described his relationship to the
The book of Acts provides biblical source material for challenging congregations to use prayer as a primary ingredient to experience joy in their missions ministries. First, Acts 2:42 reveals that prayer was a vital part
Among the Jews was suited to the climate and conditions of the country. They probably adopted the kind of architecture for their dwellings which they found already existing when they entered Canaan (Deut. 6:10; Num. 13:19). Phoenician artists (2 “Sam. 5:11; 1 Kings 5:6, 18) assisted at the erection of the” royal palace and the temple at Jerusalem. Foreigners also assisted at the restoration of the temple after the Exile (Ezra 3:7). “In Gen. 11:3, 9, we have the first recorded instance of the erection of buildings. The cities of the plain of Shinar were “founded by the descendants of Shem (10:11, 12, 22).” “The Israelites were by occupation shepherds and dwellers in tents (Gen. 47:3); but from the time of their entering Canaan “they became dwellers in towns, and in houses built of the native” limestone of Palestine. Much building was carried on in “Solomon’s time. Besides the buildings he completed at Jerusalem,” “he also built Baalath and Tadmor (1 Kings 9:15, 24). Many of the” kings of Israel and Judah were engaged in erecting various buildings. “Herod and his sons and successors restored the temple, and built fortifications and other structures of great magnificence in Jerusalem (Luke 21:5). “The instruments used in building are mentioned as the plumb-line “(Amos 7:7), the measuring-reed (Ezek. 40:3), and the saw (1” Kings 7:9). “Believers are “God’s building” (1 Cor. 3:9); and heaven is “called “a building of God” (2 Cor. 5:1). Christ is the only” “foundation of his church (1 Cor. 3:10-12), of which he also is” the builder (Matt. 16:18).
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