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November 10 - Evening

"As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive
God’s grace in vain.
 For he says,

“In the time of my favor I heard you,
    and in the day of salvation I helped you."

I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the
day of salvation.

- Second Corinthians 6:1-2

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As Our Co-worker, Please, Do Not Receive God's Grace for Serving in Vain    

When Paul talks about grace he could be talking about the grace of salvation offered to us through faith in Jesus. But, Second Corinthians 6:1 Paul is referring to the grace each believer receives in order to serve God. The context in Second Corinthians to "receive God's grace" is in reference to the gifting of believers just as Paul spoke of in Romans 12:3-6 where he says:

"By the grace given me...we have different gifts according to the grace given us."
- Romans 12:3, 6

Peter speaks of this grace of being gifted for service in First Peter 4:10-11:

"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms." - 1 Peter 4:10

In Second Corinthians 6 Paul quotes from Isaiah 49:8 where God says he will hear "in the time of my favor" and God will help "in the day of salvation." Isaiah writes of waiting for God's "time of favor" and God's "day of salvation." The impression is great things will happen when it is "time" and when that great "day of salvation" comes. Isaiah spoke of a time when God would hear prayers and would respond in supernatural ways. Isaiah foresaw a day when God would bring deliverance and provide salvation for people who were seeking his help.

Paul uses Isaiah's verse to set the stage to encourage the Corinthians "not to receive God's grace in vain," or, as Peter calls it, "God's grace in its various forms." The Corinthians had been gifted to work as God directed because "the time of God's favor" and "the day of salvation" that Isaiah spoke of was "now" according to Paul. Paul did not want the Corinthians to miss this day of salvation and hour of power. Through the Holy Spirit empowered people called the church God was to bringing salvation to a generation in 56 AD.

To fail to understand this or to continue to wait for God was to squander the grace that the Old Testament prophets could only say was coming sometime in the future. We are living in the "time of God's favor" and in "the day of salvation." As believers we have been empowered to bring our gifts to our generation. Do not receive your gift in vain! Now is your time to serve God in power according to the gift you have received.

"As God's co-workers we urge you not to receive God's grace in vain...I tell you, now is the is the day!" - Second Corinthians 6:1-2

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Something to Ponder??

Since the Constitution in
the US forbid the establishment
of an official Christian church, America became
the seed bed for
Christian entrepreneurs.

Churches only survived
by competing and
promoting their “product”
in this free religious market void of a denominational monopoly set up by the state.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Themelioo (Gr) - Grounded (Eng) - the Greek word themelioo means "to lay the foundation"
and refers to anything from a house to a term paper. The English word "theme" comes from
, the root word for themelioo. This root word, thema, refers to something that is laid
down to serve as a fundamental.

Themelioo is used in Ephesians 3:17 where Paul says,
"I pray that you, being rooted and established (themelioo) in love, may have power,
together with all the Lord's holyi people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep
is the love of Christ."


The Jewish synagogue in Ephesus where Paul spoke for three months (Acts 19:8) has not been found because the Jewish quarter of Ephesus has not been excavated. But, a stone block inscribed with a menorah and the inscription “the altar” has been found in Ephesus.

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I know what my gift is?
Do I have excuses and reasons for not pursuing the use of the gift God has entrusted me with?
I will not have it said that God gave me a gift in vain because I did not recognize it or use it.
  "The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, and he adds
no trouble to it."
- Proverbs 10:22
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Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC

Location of Calvary and Jesus' Tomb in reference to the
west wall of the city of Jerusalem in 30 AD.

This is the left (west) side, or jamb, or the Triple Gate. This stone is part of the New Testament gate called. There is a Hebrew inscription on the carved molding of the jamb of the Triple Gate. The inscription, possibly a memorial, consists of the names of two Jews who had died.
The inscription is dated at around 750 AD when the
Muslim Abassid dynasty ruled, and Jews could only
worship at the gates of the Temple Mount.

This is all that remains of Herod's original gate (this could be the Beautiful Gate) that served as an entrance to the tunnel and staircase that still exist behind this blocked gate. This ashlar is 48 inches long. Eighteen inches are decorated with a classical gate profile, and the remaining 30 inches are carved in a style typical of Herodian ashlars. The Triple Gate was rebuilt during the Umayyad Dynasty (661-750). The Crusaders blocked it shut to protect themselves from the Muslims around 1100.
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