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December 16 - Evening

"With the help of Silas, whom I regard as a
faithful brother, I have written to you briefly,
encouraging you and testifying that this is
the true grace of God. Stand fast in it."

- First Peter 5:12

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Stand Fast! Now is No Time to Quit


At this point in the letter Peter would have taken Silas’ stylus (pen) in his own hand to write the part of the letter that we call the salutation and signature.  Silas was the scribe who wrote the letter for Peter. A scribe could provide good penmanship, correct spelling, proper grammar and the professional appearance that official documents would have been expected to have (even margins, vertically aligned columns, consistent size and formation of letters, etc.). Many of the letters that make up the New Testament where written this way. In fact, in the closing of the book of Romans the scribe who wrote the letter for Paul identifies himself as Tertius (Romans 16:22). Silas may also have been the one to carry the letter and to answer any questions the recipients would have had, so it was important for Paul to recognize Silas’ credibility as an interpreter of the document. (Silas is a believing Jewish prophet from Jerusalem, Acts 15:22, 27, 34-33, who has experience in church leadership and replaced Barnabas, Acts 15:40, as Paul’s traveling companion, Acts 16:19, 25, 29; 17:4, 10, 14-15; 18:5.)

Ancient letters were to be brief and to the point, so Peter identifies his letter as such. Of course, even the author of the 13 chapter in the book of Hebrews calls his book “brief.” (Hebrews 13:22).

Peter states his purpose of the book:

  1. Encourage the readers (which he also said in 2:11 and 5:1), which was to live righteously even in the face of persecution.
  2. Testify to what is the “true grace of God” (identified three times in 1:13, 5:5, 5:10 as God’s grace) which, in this letter deals with the future reward when Christ returns and the present fellowship with God if we continue to grow and produce.

This letter has been Peter’s words of encouragement and Peter’s testimony of God’s grace that promises to strengthen these believers with the truth and, then, reward them for their production. Peter closes his purpose statement with a command, “Stand fast in it.” In other words, with this encouragement and this grace of strength and reward, now is no time to give up!

  Christian Quote from Church History

"A man becomes a Christian; he is not born one."
- Tertullian, 200 AD




Something to Ponder??
In 2000 years there have
been 70,000,000 Christians martyred in all 238 countries. That averages out to 35,000 Christians have died each
year for their faith since the church started. Or, about
100 believers die
each day for Christ.
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information


Auxano (Gr) - Grow (Eng) - auxano is Greek word meaning "grow," "growth,"
"become greater" and "increase." In every case there is something causing the growth of the flower, of the infant, of the crops, etc. Auxano is used 23 times in the GNT and in every case when it us used to refer to the growth of the believer the cause of growth is the Word of God.

"You have already heard in the true message of the gospel that has come to you.
In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and
growing (auxano) throughout the whole world—
just as it has been doing among you since the day
you heard it and truly understood God’s grace.

- Colossians 1:5-6

  In 1845 a young English scholar named Austen Henry Layard began digging some mounds in the land of ancient Assyria without permission from the Ottoman government. Within two years Layard had discovered Calah (or, Nimrud) two miles east of the Tigris River and Assyrian King Assurnasipal's (884-860 BC) palace. During that same time he also uncovered ancient Nineveh and Sennacherib's (705-681 BC) palace.
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I feel like quiting or giving up? Do I wonder if faithfully living the Christian life is worth the effort?
I will allow the word of God to encourage me and I will embrace the promise in the Word that says,
I will be rewarded by the Lord for maturing in my faith and living a productive life.
With that knowledge I realize that now is no time to give up!
  "Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the
soul and healing to the bones." - Proverbs 16:24
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Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem



Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC

An olive press at Hazor. (click on image for larger size)

The inscription on the stone that fell from the top of the SW corner of the Temple Mount and served as a railing and as a place to stand to sound the trumpet. This inscription says, "For [or to] the place of trumpeting to...."
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