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December 8 - Morning

"Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God. But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned.

Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are confident of better things in your case—things that accompany salvation."

- Hebrews 6:7-9

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Productive Things that Accompany Salvation    

The image of land is used by the writer of Hebrews to illustrate the Christian life. Just like land receives rain to produce the seeds that are sown, a believer will use the spiritual provisions received at salvation to produce a fruitful life. In the illustration a cultivated field will use the rain to produce a useful crop, while the same rain will produce useless thorns and thistles in a neglected field.

For each believer God provides "rain" in the form of the presence of the Holy Spirit, the teaching of the Word of God, the spiritual gifts, fellowship and encouragement through other believers, and much more, to assist the believer in the production of a fruitful and useful life. But, if these same spiritual provisions are neglected the believer will produce dead rituals, artificial application, religious activity and works of the flesh instead of the renewed mind, fruit of the spirit, manifestations of spiritual gifts and the advancement of the kingdom of God. This last list includes the "things that accompany salvation."

The believer is not being threatened with the loss of their salvation and eternity in the fires of hell. The believer is being warned that they are wasting their life and if they continue neglecting the provisions of God they will produce useless "thorns and thistles. This worthless crop, "In the end it will be burned." This teaching is similar to Paul's in First Corinthians:

"For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames."
- First Corinthians 3:11-14:

  Christian Quote from Church History
"Where Christ is truly preached, there is the gospel; and where the gospel is truly believed, there is the church."
- Mark E. Ross

Something to Ponder??
The Wise Men came from
the East from the land of Parthia in the area of Iran
and Iraq where cities such
as Babylon and Susa where known for their skill in astronomy. Jews who had lived in that area, which included Daniel, may have added information and Old Testament prophecy to the already great knowledge
of the East.
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information



Karath (Hb) - Cut Off (Eng) - the Hebrew verb karath means "cut" and "cut off." Karath is used 283 times in the Old Testament to refer to such things as "cutting of material from a garment, decapitation, dismemberment, cutting a covenant, cutting down a tree.

  The oldest complete (almost complete) manuscript of the New Testament are Codex Vaticanus (written 325-350 AD) and Codex Sinaiticus (written between 325-360 AD and likely one of the 50 copies order to be written by Constantine.). There are a total of 67 manuscripts of portions of the text of the New Testament from the 300's AD or earlier. The earliest portion is the John Ryland fragment from around 110-115 AD. Because there are so many early manuscripts available it is possible to determine the exact text of the original documents.
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I take advantage of the provisions God has given me such as fellowship with believers, the presence of the Holy Spirit and Bible teaching?
I will use the "rain" that God sends to produce things that are useful and have eternal value.
  "Listen to my instruction
and be wise; do not ignore it. Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors,
waiting at my doorway."
- Proverbs 8:33-34
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Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem

Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC

Details concerning the Gihon Springs from a sign by the Gihon Springs in Jerusalem. (click on image for larger size)

This is a view of a model of the topography of Israel as seen from Mount Hermon in the north looking south. The Sea of Galilee is the first body of water and the Dead Sea is in the upper left corner. The coast of the Mediterranean Sea can be seen to the right, or to the "west." (click on image for larger size)  
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