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October 28 - Evening

"For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith"

- Romans 12:3-6

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
The Grace and Responsibility of a Spiritual Gift    

When Paul says, “By the grace given me,” he is referring to the grace God showed him by calling
him to be an apostle. Paul is referring to his spiritual gift, not the grace of salvation, in this case.
As an apostle, Paul writes, “I say to every one of you,” to introduce an apostolic command or direction to every believer, since each believer has a spiritual gift and a responsibility to use that gift.

Paul says,

“Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.”

Each believer (not merely the clergy or the professional minister) is gifted in order to advance the cause of the kingdom of God in time and to serve the body of Christ (the church). Each person
should think soberly about their gift, which is a supernatural bestowment of ability. A casual, insensitive recognition of their gift could cause the thoughtless, self-centered believer to think of themselves in a prideful way. But, if they take a serious second look at themselves and their
gift they would realize their gifting is a loan from God who is holding them accountable for a comparable amount of production. So, the serious believer will realize that the greater their gift,
the greater the expected harvest. The immature believer will merely consider their gift as a
source of pride and self-promotion.

Paul then encourages every believer to recognize their gift, to identify the purpose and to start exploiting the potential they have according to the measure of faith God gave them to use their
gift. The gifts vary, but so does the faith given to operate the gift. The variables concerning how,
when, where and the size, amount and effect of the gift will vary from person to person based
on the faith and vision God has placed in that individual person’s heart. Some will minister their gift
at work, some in church, some in foreign lands, some to a few people, some to entire countries.

  Christian Quote from Church History

"Prayer is a strong wall and fortress of the church; it is a goodly Christian weapon."
– Martin Luther




Something to Ponder??
In Israel there is 100 miles between the arctic climate
at the top of Mount Hermon
in north Israel  (9,400 feet above sea level) to the tropical climate at the Dead Sea (1,388 feet below sea level;
a two mile drop in elevation
in 100 miles).
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information


Kopiao (Gr) - Labor (Eng) - the Greek word kopiao means "to grow weary" with toil,
"exhausted" with burdens," or "exertion and toil." It is used 24 times in the
Greek New Testament (GNT). Three examples are:

1 - Peter kopiao all night fishing but caught nothing (Luke 5:5)
2 - Paul recognizes Mary, Tryphena, Tryphosa and Persis for their
kopiao in the church in Rome (Romans 16:6, 12)
3 - Leaders in the church are to kopiao in the preaching and
teaching (1 Timothy 5:17)


There is a tomb in Cairo, Egypt on the east side of the Nile in a village called Beni-Hasan that has a wall mual in vivid colors with scenes from daily Egyptian life from 1890 BC. This particuar mural is 8 feet long and 1 foot wide and shows a procession of 8 men, 4 women and three children with their animals being led by Egyptian officals into Egypt to trade.  The hieroglyphic text at the top of the mural says these people are part of a group of 37 people from Shut (southern Canaan) being led by Abishai, their cheif, into Egypt to trade. From this mural we can see the physical features, clothing, weapons, musical instruments, hairstyles and means of tranportation of the Canaan people around the time that Isaac was born.
(image here and here.)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do say that I don't know what my spiritual gift is?
Do I neglect the use and development of my gift?
I will boldly identify my spiritual gift from God and begin to use it so that
I might develop my gift and be productive with it.
  "A faithful man will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished."
- Proverbs 28:20
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
(morning only) First Corinthians 5 Luke 17:1-10
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns
To be a good friend Maturity in understanding and life Minorities Solomon Islands - training for pastors and leaders
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram

Fallen ashlar in gutter below the street under Robinson's Arch


The large ashlar stone which protrudes into the gutter under the road along the Western Wall must have fallen from the temple mount during construction of Robinson's Arch around 10 BC.  (click on image for larger size)

In 1873 Charles Warren found this same hanging ashlar stone in this gutter
over a century before it was rediscovered. Below, Charles Warren (left)
in 1873 under the fallen ashlar stone, and Galyn Wiemers (right)
in 2012 under the same ashlar (click image for larger size):

Details of Hezekiah's Tunnel, which was cut through the bedrock in 701 BC under the City of David. It curves and weaves for 1,750 feet to bring water from the
Gihon Springs to the west side of the city.
See 2 Chronicles 32:1-5, 30 and 2 Kings 20:20.
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