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
Luke 1:26-42 is a very interesting account of a women who willingly rendered herself to God’s service, to God’s plan, to God’s program, and to God’s proposal. It challenges me when I read Mary’s humble response to
“(1.) Of form or person (Prov. 1:9; 3:22; Ps. 45:2). (2.) Favour,” “kindness, friendship (Gen. 6:8; 18:3; 19:19; 2 Tim. 1:9). (3.)” God’s forgiving mercy (Rom. 11:6; Eph. 2:5). (4.) The gospel as distinguished from the law (John 1:17; Rom. 6:14; 1 Pet. 5:12). “(5.) Gifts freely bestowed by God; as miracles, prophecy,” tongues (Rom. 15:15; 1 Cor. 15:10; Eph. 3:8). (6.) Christian virtues (2 Cor. 8:7; 2 Pet. 3:18). (7.) The glory hereafter to be revealed (1 Pet. 1:13).
“An expression not used in Scripture, but employed (1) to denote” those institutions ordained by God to be the ordinary channels “of grace to the souls of men. These are the Word, Sacraments,” and Prayer. “(2.) But in popular language the expression is used in a wider sense to denote those exercises in which we engage for the “purpose of obtaining spiritual blessing; as hearing the gospel,” “reading the Word, meditation, self-examination, Christian” “conversation, etc.”
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