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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

November 21 - Evening

"Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take
hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.
 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which
God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

- Philippians 3:12-14

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Pressing On    

While Paul sat in Rome under house arrest in 61 AD, he had time to think about lost opportunities and mistakes he had made. As he considers his loses Paul writes to the Philippians that there is one thing he must do:

"But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead."

Paul considered himself called by Jesus for a purpose, and Paul considers his role is to pursue the fulfillment of the purpose Jesus called him to:

"I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me."

Paul had done incredible things by 61 AD which would include his ministry in Antioch, the Jerusalem Council, his work and letter for Galatia, three years at the Ephesian church, starting churches in Macedonia and Achaia, Greece and much more. But, even with that record of successes Paul is still considering his life and ministry far short of what Jesus could expect and what Jesus had planned for Paul. Paul writes:

"Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me."

Paul saw his Christian life as a race with a reward at the end. In a race a person can get tired, distracted, injured or, even, quit. Paul plans to continue disciplining himself for the prize that Jesus has prepared for him as a reward for having fulfilled the purpose for which Paul was called. In fact, Paul says he is "straining" and "pressing" for opportunities that are yet ahead of him:

"Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."

For sure, Paul says he has made mistakes, but he can only learn from them and then foget what is behind, because the only opportunities he has to finish his race, fulfill his call and achieve the reward is in the future. So, Paul forgets about the past and presses on into the future determined to make the most of each opportunity God will yet give him in order to complete the purpose that Paul was called to for.

  Christian Quote from Church History
"Even a child can understand basic Bible truths as did Timothy: 'from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures' (2 Tim. 3:15).
So, the average believer is able to understand Scripture’s basic meaning and message. And the more difficult passages must be interpreted in light of the clearer ones – Scripture interprets Scripture."
-John Thompson
Something to Ponder??

According to the Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey in 2000 the most accurate predictor of a person giving to charity is if they participate in a worship service. The Gallup Organization found that the 38% of Americans (these are also the religious ones) donate 67% ($184 billion) of the total $280 billion given to charities. Foundations gave $25 billion and corporations $9 billion.
(support articles:
here and here and here)

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information




Hupomone (Gr) - Patience (Eng) - hupomone is a compound word from 
meno meaning "to remain in one place" and hupo a preposition meaning "under." 
In Classical Greek it appears often in a military context to communicate the
idea of "holding ground" or "digging in to hold ground." New Testament uses 
of hupomone are translated with the word "patience." The concept behind the 
New Testament usage of hupomone absolutely does not involve passiveness 
or lack of passion; instead it is very active passion that will be manifest. 

The New Testament usage includes these meanings:
- to stay behind after others have left
- to remain under a burden longer than ability to endure
- to stand one's ground in the face of insurmountable odds
- to remain faithful when hope is gone
- to survive until the victory is secure





The Babylonian Talmud says that Jesus was "hanged" on Passover eve for being a sorcerer and that the Jewish officials waited 40 days for someone to come to his defense. (b.Sanhedrin 43a)

Josephus mentions Jesus by 93 AD (Antiquities 18:63-64) and his brother James.

In 120 AD Suetonius describes Jewish riots in Rome in 49 AD that were caused by "Chrestus" (christ) or Jewish conflicts concerning Christ. (Claudius 25.4, The Lives of the Caesars)

Many people and episodes from ancient history are brought to us by one single historical testimony in the form of a document or an inscription. Evidence from the ancient world is so limited that there are many, many gaps. Yet the existence and life of Jesus and the events that followed are attested historically by both Jewish and Roman scholars and historians from 50-150 AD. Then, of course, there is the whole issue of the support from New Testament documents that agree with the secular testimonies.

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I spend too much time looking back? I can learn from the past, but I must realize my
only opportunities are before me in the future. I will press on into my future to seek the
calling God has for me there.
  "A wise man attacks the city of the mighty and pulls down the stronghold in which
they trust."
Proverbs 21:22
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(morning only) Acts 27 Acts 14
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Success in what you do Commitment to the truth of scripture Budget Togo
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Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem



One of the twelve original clay storage jars, or pithoi, found on the floor of the royal building next to the gate house built by Solomon on the Ophel south of the Temple Mount. They were used to hold oil or wine. This one had the inscription that indicated it belonged to the royal supply.
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From the days of the Maccabees: Syrian General Lysias meets Judas Macabeus outside Beth-zur.
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