In II Thessalonians, the Apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Thessalonica who were enduring a cauldron of persecution and affliction. Instead of yielding to the intense suffering and retreating into a hardened, loveless protectionism,
Judas Iscariot’s betrayal alerts us to the fact that no one is exempt from the possibility of betraying Jesus. As the disciples sat together with Jesus at the last supper, Jesus made an announcement: “Behold,
Missionaries, like other servants of God, face the temptation of discouragement. Some things that contribute to discouragement include working among an unresponsive or hostile people group; frequent ministry trips away from spouses and family; trying
“(Heb. `ahalim), a fragrant wood (Num. 24:6; Ps. 45:8; Prov.” “7:17; Cant. 4:14), the Aquilaria agallochum of botanists, or, as” “some suppose, the costly gum or perfume extracted from the wood.” “It is found in China, Siam, and Northern India, and grows to the” height sometimes of 120 feet. This species is of great rarity “even in India. There is another and more common species, called” “by Indians aghil, whence Europeans have given it the name of” “Lignum aquile, or eagle-wood. Aloewood was used by the Egyptians” for embalming dead bodies. Nicodemus brought it (pounded aloe-wood) to embalm the body of Christ (John 19:39); but whether this was the same as that mentioned elsewhere is uncertain. “The bitter aloes of the apothecary is the dried juice of the leaves Aloe vulgaris.
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