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    1. Insight from Butler's Daily Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:17–21—Message. The message was one of reconciliation for the sinner with God through Christ. •Change by Christ: a new creature which is what being “born again” is all about. •Cost for Christ: He had to be made sin for us on Calvary that we might gain His righteousness.
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      A. God's special ministry (2 Co 5:14-15, 18-19, 21a) 1. He has reconciled all sinners (2 Co 5:14-15): This he has accomplished by the death of Christ on the cross. 2. He has regenerated all repenting sinners (2 Co 5:18-19, 21a): Each new believer receives a new nature. B. Our special ministry (2 Co 5:11-13, 16-17, 20, 21b) 1. The task (2 Co 5:11-13, 21b): We have been given the ministry of reconciliation. 2. The title (2 Co 5:16-17, 20): God looks upon us as his earthly ambassadors
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    1. Insight from Butler's Daily Bible Reading: John 13—Supper. Some important incidences at the observance of the Passover supper by Christ with the disciples. •Feet: the foot washing incident at the supper. The practice (a common work done in those days because of sandals and dirt from walking); the person (Christ washed the disciples’ feet); the protest (Peter did not want Christ washing his feet, for he saw the fact that others should have done the foot washing); the plea (Christ’s response caused Peter to plea to be entirely washed); the portrayal (Christ said what He did in the foot washing was an example). •Foretelling: two important predictions by Christ. First, foretelling of the betrayal (this included the predicting of the betrayal, the perplexity of the disciples about who the betrayer was, the prodding about who the betrayer was, the pointing to the betrayer by Christ in giving him a sop, and the parting of the betrayer from the supper). Second, foretelling of the denial (this included the promise of Peter to be loyal and the prediction that Peter would deny Christ three times).
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    1. Insight from Butler's Daily Bible Reading: 1 John 2:12–27—Conflicts. •Conflicts of the past: compliments for the overcomers. •Conflicts of the present: love not the world. •Conflicts of the future: the foe is antichrist. The character of the antichrist (departed from truth and God’s people); the creed of antichrist (deny the Father and the Son); the craftiness of antichrist (seducing people to do evil).
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    1. Insight from Butler's Daily Bible Reading: Philippians 3—Perspective. Paul gives perspective in three areas. •Flesh: the warning against the flesh (fleshly deeds are to be avoided); the worthlessness of the flesh (Paul cites his fleshly achievements and says how worthless they were compared to Christ). •Faith: the desire of faith (knowledge, power, fellowship of Christ); the dedication of faith (“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” [v. 14]). •Followers: involves who to follow (Paul); who not to follow (enemies of the Gospel and those given to fleshly appetites); why to follow (citizenship is in heaven, and changes of body in future to that like Christ’s).
  • Happy New Year 2022!
    1. Here's this week's Scripture passage!
      1. Insight from Butler's Daily Bible Reading: 2 Timothy 1—Encouragement for Service. From various ways this chapter encourages Timothy’s service. •From compassion: Paul’s compassion for Timothy. •From care: Paul’s care and also the care of Timothy’s mother and grandmother in raising him with the Word of God. •From calling: he is called of God and given gifts to enable his service. •From comfort: he need not fear. •From cruelty: Paul is still steadfast to the Gospel and unashamed of the Gospel in spite of the cruelty of imprisonment. •From consecration: Paul’s faithfulness though most turned against him.
      2. Also good: same chapter (2 Timothy 1) by Harold Wilmington: SECTION OUTLINE ONE (2 TIMOTHY 1) Paul opens his second letter to Timothy with encouragement and some news. I. PAUL SPEAKS CONCERNING HIS SON (2 Timothy 1:1-8, 13-14): The apostle regards Timothy as his spiritual son. A. The reassurance by Paul (1:1-3): He tells Timothy that he is praying for him night and day. B. The remembrance by Paul (1:4-5) 1. He is aware of Timothy's tears (1:4). 2. He is aware of Timothy's testimony (1:5). a. The faith of Timothy (1:5a) b. The faith of Timothy's family (1:5b) C. The requests by Paul (1:6-8, 13-14): The apostle urges Timothy to: 1. Stir up his gift (1:6) 2. Be fearless, strong, and loving (1:7) 3. Be unashamed of Jesus or of Paul (1:8a) 4. Be ready to suffer for Jesus (1:8b) 5. Guard the great body of scriptural truth that has been given him (1:13-14)
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        Also good: same chapter (2 Timothy 1) by Harold Wilmington: SECTION OUTLINE ONE (2 TIMOTHY 1) Paul opens his second letter to Timothy with encouragement and some news. I. PAUL SPEAKS CONCERNING HIS SON (2 Timothy 1:1-8, 13-14): The apostle regards Timothy as his spiritual son. A. The reassurance by Paul (1:1-3): He tells Timothy that he is praying for him night and day. B. The remembrance by Paul (1:4-5) 1. He is aware of Timothy's tears (1:4). 2. He is aware of Timothy's testimony (1:5). a. The faith of Timothy (1:5a) b. The faith of Timothy's family (1:5b) C. The requests by Paul (1:6-8, 13-14): The apostle urges Timothy to: 1. Stir up his gift (1:6) 2. Be fearless, strong, and loving (1:7) 3. Be unashamed of Jesus or of Paul (1:8a) 4. Be ready to suffer for Jesus (1:8b) 5. Guard the great body of scriptural truth that has been given him (1:13-14)
    2. Have a blessed Christmas!
      1. Here's this week's Scripture passage! Have a blessed Christmas!
        1. Insight from Butler's Daily Bible Reading: Isaiah 9:1–10:4—Ruler. There are two parts to this passage. •Prophesy of the Ruler: it includes the illumination by the Ruler (repeated in Matthew 4:15, 16); the incarnation of the Ruler (child born, son given); the increase of the Ruler (His government and peace shall increase). •Punishment before the Ruler: before He comes, Samaria (northern Israel) will be punished; a fourfold description each ending with “For all this …” (9:12, 17, 21, 10:4)—the scorn in the punishment (rebellion in spite of judgment); the superiors in the punishment (leaders cause people to err); the severity of the punishment (great); the sinning for the punishment (cruelty).
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          Merry Christmas, to you, too, Nathan! Here's another view of the context of Isaiah 9:6 -- SECTION OUTLINE FIVE (ISAIAH 9-10) Isaiah gives a message of hope concerning Israel's future and foretells the Assyrians' invasion of Immanuel's land. I. GOD'S SON (Isa 9:1-7) A. The twofold ministry of the Messiah (Isa 9:1-5, 7) 1. Christ's first coming (Isa 9:1-2): He displays his glory to both Jews and Gentiles living in Israel at that time. 2. Christ's second coming (Isa 9:3-5, 7): He ushers in universal peace and rules the world in righteousness. B. The twofold nature of the Messiah (Isa 9:6): "For a child is born to us, a son is given to us." 1. The Messiah will be born as a human baby (Isa 9:6a). 2. The Messiah will be sent as a gift from heaven (Isa 9:6b). --Harold Wilmington's [PDF] The Chapters of Isaiah - Liberty University
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        1. Insight From Butler's Daily Bible Reading: Luke 2—Coming of Christ. Luke gives some valuable details of Christ’s birth not in the other Gospels. •Advent in Bethlehem: this involved the decree of Caesar (a census); the dislodgement of citizens (the decree forced Joseph and Mary to go from Nazareth to Bethlehem); the delivery of Christ (in a manger, no room elsewhere). •Announcement by angels: the shepherds for the announcement (angels came to them); the statements in the announcement (about the scare, Savior, and sign); the song in the announcement (message of praise). •Action of shepherds: they believed the truth (believed what the angels said and visited Christ); they broadcast the truth (told others what they had seen and heard). •Adoration in the Temple: prompting of the adoration (an offering was made at the Temple because of the birth); prophet in the adoration (Simeon the saint); prophetess in the adoration (Anna the aged). •Astonishment in the Temple: at the age of twelve, Christ amazed the religious teachers with His wisdom.
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        1. Insight from Butler's Daily Bible Reading: Acts 17:1–18:22—Finish of Second Missionary Journey. Four locations give the finish of Paul’s second journey. •Thessalonica: the time (just three weeks of ministry there); the teaching (taught the Word and it was well received); the trauma (unbelieving Jews caused trouble and Paul had to leave). •Berea: the nobleness of the Bereans (they received the Word and examined the Word); the naughtiness of the belligerents (evil men of Thessalonica came to Berea and caused trouble forcing Paul to leave). •Athens: the paganism in Athens (filled with idols); the preaching in Athens (Paul’s sermon on Mars Hill). •Corinth: the associations of Paul (Aquila and Priscilla, fellow tent-makers); the action of Paul (he taught in the synagogue on the Sabbath until the Jews rejected him; then he taught the Gentiles in a man’s house); the attack on Paul (Jewish unbelievers stirred up much animosity towards Paul which resulted in a court session and cruelty to the believers); the avowal of Paul (he wanted to be in Jerusalem for a religious feast).