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A Syriac Gospel page as pastedown

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Pages don’t always turn up where we expect them to. The image above is of a pastedown at the end of a Syriac liturigical manuscript (SMMJ 68), a Beth Gazo missing its beginning and end, dated 1580; according to a note on f. 186v, it was repaired in October, 1910 as part of Saint Mark’s collection, and it was probably at that time bound in the cover of an English Bible published much later by the British and Foreign Bible Society (see below)! (Incidentally, the original binder of the Bible was Watkins, as can be seen from the emblem at the top left of the photo above, on the inside of the original front cover; a search reveals other known copies of English Bibles bound by Watkins in the 19th century.) The page above is from an older (and prettier) manuscript, a Gospel lectionary containing Jn 5:29 and Mt 24:36-39…

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Dare One: Love Hard

The Red Words

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DARE: Do something kind you would not ordinarily do for someone you wouldn’t ordinarily help.

“Love one another as I have loved you.”

John 13:34

Spouses, children, best of friends . . .

This kind of love comes so easily.

This kind of love is special but it does not make us any more special than anyone else. The most exceptional kind of love . . . Is the kind that loves the exception.

Jesus loved his friends and family too but He also went out of His way to be kind to others.When He healed on the Sabbath and took the backlash for it, when He became the distraction between the stones and Mary Magdalene, when He took the cup the Father had given Him upon Himself . . .

That kind of love was HARD. But to Jesus it came so easily.

Today let’s strive to love HARD. We were once the exception too …

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for someone in particular …

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Most of these posts are just spawned out of my daily walk with God. Sometimes I’ll sense that it’s also for one or more people who I know read this blog.

But today, I woke up KNOWING that there is someone who’s reading this post right now and is having thoughts that you’re going insane. Tormented – like your mind, everything about you, is bursting. Feeling like you can’t control yourself … going mad. And, that all this has been growing in intensity.

I want you to know that Jesus and I have, and are praying for you. I’m thinking you’re born again. God lives in you, but you haven’t been real hooked in with Him.

I want you to do this. Stop. Just stop and begin saying His name, nothing else, just His name, “Jesus”, till peace begins to blanket your mind.

Then, begin talking to Him. Begin saying…

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Biblica

Eight is Enough

A few months ago I spoke at chapel for Biblica, the publishers of the NIV Bible.  Here is a short article/AD on chapel that Biblica ran in their magazine/newsletter called InDepth.

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Pleasing God vs following a rule book

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Knowing God through His Word ... Day by Day

Bob Deffinbaugh, “When a Right May Be Wrong,”  at Bible.org:

Paul’s teaching in 1 Corinthians 9 sheds new light on the matter of pleasing God. Pleasing God does not result from merely keeping the rules. Pleasing God comes from personal sacrifice, for the glory of God, the good of others, and the advance of the gospel. Many Christians talk about “knowing the will of God.” What they really want is a rule book, much like that of the scribes and Pharisees of Jesus’ day. They want to know what is right and what is wrong. They want to avoid only what is sin and to enjoy everything else. They want the Christian life all spelled out in terms of do’s and don’ts. They want to know all the don’ts, so that they can indulge themselves in the do’s.

Paul informs us that God is pleased when we “just say no”…

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Pleasing God vs following a rule book

oui ou non

Knowing God through His Word ... Day by Day

Bob Deffinbaugh, “When a Right May Be Wrong,”  at Bible.org:

Paul’s teaching in 1 Corinthians 9 sheds new light on the matter of pleasing God. Pleasing God does not result from merely keeping the rules. Pleasing God comes from personal sacrifice, for the glory of God, the good of others, and the advance of the gospel. Many Christians talk about “knowing the will of God.” What they really want is a rule book, much like that of the scribes and Pharisees of Jesus’ day. They want to know what is right and what is wrong. They want to avoid only what is sin and to enjoy everything else. They want the Christian life all spelled out in terms of do’s and don’ts. They want to know all the don’ts, so that they can indulge themselves in the do’s.

Paul informs us that God is pleased when we “just say no”…

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Frames of Motivational Scriptural Encouragement: Number 8