Monday, September 29, 2014

advisable & peddle

Quotations:
1 Corinthians 16:4
If it seems advisable for me to go also, they will accompany me.

2 Corinthians 2:17
Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, like men sent from God.

Definitions:
advisable:
sensible and a good idea in order to achieve something;

peddle:
1. to spread an idea or story in order to get people to accept it;
2. to try to sell goods by going from house to house or from place to place;

Sunday, September 28, 2014

self-seeking & note

Quotations:
1 Corinthians 13:5
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

1 Corinthians 14:7
Even in the case of lifeless things that make sounds, such as the flute or harp, how will anyone know what tune is being played unless there is a distinction in the notes?

Definitions:
self-seeking:
interested only in your own needs and interests rather than thinking about the needs of other people.

note:
1. in written or printed music, a symbol representing a specific sound;
2. a sound of a distinct pitch, quality, or duration produced by a musical instrument or by the voice;
3. a black or white key of a piano or other keyboard instrument;
4. a tone in the voice or in writing, or an attitude or atmosphere, that indicates feelings or mood;
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Saturday, September 27, 2014

gong & clang

Quotations:
1 Corinthians 13:1
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

Definitions:
gong:
1. a round piece of metal that hangs in a frame and makes a loud deep sound when it is hit with a stick. Gongs are used as musical instruments or to give signals, for example that a meal is ready.
2. (informal) an award or medal given to somebody for the work they have done;

clang:
to make a loud ringing

Friday, September 26, 2014

indispensible & unpresentable

Quotations:
1 Corinthians 12:22
On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment.

Definitions:
indispensible:
1. difficult or impossible to exist without or to do something;
2. something that is essential and can not be dispensed with.

unpresentable:
not clean, smart, or decent enough to be seen in public.
presentable:
1. looking clean and attractive and suitable to be seen in public;
2. acceptable


Thursday, September 25, 2014

somehow or other & cease to be

Quotations:
1 Corinthians 12:2
You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols.

1 Corinthians 12:15
If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body;

Definitions:
somehow or other:
in a way you don't know;

cease to be:
no longer to be;
cease to exist:
no longer to exist;

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

directive & to some extent

Quotations:
1 Corinthians 11:17
In the following directive I have no praise for you, for your meetings do more harm than good.

1 Corinthians 11:18
In the first place, I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you, and to some extent I believe it.

Definitions:
directive:
an official instruction;

to some extent:
partly, but not completely;

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

contentious & practice

Quotations:
1 Corinthians 11:16
If anyone wants to be contentious about this, we have no other practice -- nor do the churches of God.

Definitions:
contentious:
1. causing or likely to cause disagreement and disputes between people with differing views;
2. frequently engaging in and seeming to enjoy arguments and disputes;


practice:
1. a thing that is done regularly; a habit or a custom;
2. way of doing something;
3. actions not ideas;
4. of doctor or lawyer;

Monday, September 22, 2014

disqualify & partake

Quotations:
1 Corinthians 9:27
No, I beat my body and make it my slave to that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

1 Corinthians 10:17
Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.

Definitions:
disqualify:
to prevent somebody from doing something because they have broken a rule or are not suitable;

partake:
1. partake of something: to eat or drink something, especially something that is offered to you;
2. partake in something: to take part in

swindler & engross

Quotations:
1 Corinthians 5:10
not at all meaning the people of this world who are immortal, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world.

1 Corinthians 7:31
those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away.

Definitions:
swindler:
the person who obtains money by fraud;

engross:
1. to take up somebody's whole attention; if something engrosses you, you think about nothing else;
2. to buy all of a commodity or enough of it to control its market;
3. to write or print the final version of a legal document;

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Corinthians & frustrate

Quotations:
​1 Corinthians 1:19
For it is written:
"I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate."

Definitions:
Corinthians
either of two books of the Bible, originally letters addressed to the church at Corinth and traditionally attributed to St. Paul.

frustrate:
1. to prevent somebody from doing something; to prevent something from happening;
2. to make somebody feel annoyed or impatient because they cannot do or achieve what they want.



Friday, September 19, 2014

edification & priestly

Quotations:
Romans 14:19
Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.

Romans 15:16
to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles with the priestly duty of proclaiming the gospel of God, so that the Gentiles might become an offering acceptable to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

Definitions:
edification:
the improvement of somebody's mind or character;

priestly:
relating to the life and work of a priest;

Thursday, September 18, 2014

orgy & debauchery

Quotations:
Romans 13:13
Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.

Definitions:
orgy:
a party in which there is a lot of eating, drinking and sexual activity.

debauchery:
immoral behavior involving sex, alcohol or drugs;

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

doxology & submission

Quotations:
Romans 11:33
Doxology
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!

Romans 13:1
Submission to the Authorities
Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

Definitions:
doxology:
in Christian worship, a short text that can be sung which praises God.

submission:
1. the act of accepting that somebody has defeated you and that you must obey them;
2. the act of giving a document, proposal, etc. to somebody in authority so that they can study or consider it;

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

predestine & graft

Quotations:
Romans 8:29
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

Romans 11:17
If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root,

Definitions:
predestine:
1. to decide in advance what is going to happen;
2. in some religious beliefs, to select in advance who will go to heaven after death and who will not;

graft:
1. a piece cut from a living plant and fixed in a cut made in another plant, so that it grows there; the process or result of doing this;
2. a piece of skin, bone, etc. removed from a living body and placed in another part of the body which has been damaged;

Monday, September 15, 2014

forbearance & covetous

Quotations:
Romans 3:25
God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished -- 

Romans 7:8
But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of covetous desire. For apart from law sin is dead.

Definitions:
forbearance:
1. the quality of being patient and sympathetic towards other people, especially when they have done sth wrong;
2. the fact of deliberately not doing or saying something when you could do or say it;
covetous:
having a strong desire for the things that other people have

Sunday, September 14, 2014

embodiment & outwardly

Quotations:
Romans 2:20
an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of infants, because you have in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth --

Romans 2:28
A man is not a Jew if he is only one outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical.

Definitions:
embodiment:
a person or thing that represents or is a typical example of an idea or a quality;

outwardly:
1. in appearance rather than in reality;
2. on or toward the outside;

Saturday, September 13, 2014

worthwhile & depravity

Quotations:
Romans 1:28
Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile  to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done.

Romans 1:29
They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. 

Definitions:
worthwhile:
1. if something is worthwhile, it  is worth the time, money or effort that you spend on it;
2. worthwhile to do something, worthwhile doing something: important, enjoyable, interesting, etc.; worth spending time on;
3. rewarding or beneficial enough to justify the time taken or the effort made;

depravity:
1. a state of moral corruption;
2. behaviour that is immoral or evil;

Friday, September 12, 2014

Romans & mutually

Quotations:
Romans 1:12
that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith.

Definitions:
Romans:
a book of the Bible, originally a letter addressed to the church in Rome and traditionally attributed to St. Paul. Written in about 58, it explains his theory of religious thinking.

mutually:
felt or done equally by two or more people.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

dysentery & figurehead

Quotations:
Acts 28:8
His father was sick in bed, suffering from fever and dysentery. Paul went in to see him and, after prayer, placed his hands on him and healed him.

Acts 28:11
After three months we put out to sea in a ship that had wintered in the island. It was an Alexandrian ship with the figurehead of the twin gods Castor and Pollux.

Definitions:
dysentery:
an infection of the bowels that causes severe diarrhoea with loss of blood;

​figurehead:
1. a large wooden statue, usually representing a woman, that used to be fixed to the front end of a ship;
2. a person who is in a high position in a country or an organization but who has no real power or authority;

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

aground & rudder

Quotations:
Acts 27:26
Nevertheless, we must run aground on some island.

Acts 27:40
Cutting loose the anchors, they left them in the sea and at the same time untied the ropes that held the rudders. Then they hoisted the foresail to the wind and made for the beach.

Definitions:
aground:
if a ship runs/goes aground, it touches the ground in shallow water and cannot move;

rudder:
a piece of wood or metal at the back of a boat or an aircraft that is used for controlling its direction

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

sandbar & tackle

Quotations:
Acts 27:17
When the men had hoisted it aboard, they passed ropes under the ship itself to hold it together. Fearing that they would run aground on the sandbars of Syrtis, they lowered the sea anchor and let the ship be driven along.

Acts 27:19
On the third day, they threw the ship's tackle overboard with their own hands.

Definitions:
sandbar:
a long ridge of sand formed in a body of water by currents or tides

tackle:
1. the equipment used for a specialized activity such as fishing, angling or rock climbing;
2. equipment consisting of ropes and pulleys used for lifting heavy weights through increased mechanical advantage;
3. an attempt to take the ball from an opponent in a game such as football;
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Monday, September 8, 2014

Fwd: disastrous & northeaster

Quotations:
Acts 27:10
Men, I can see that our voyage is going to be disastrous and bring great loss to ship and cargo, and to our own lives also.

Acts 27:14
Before very long, a wind of hurricane force, called the "northeaster," swept down from the island.


Definitions:
disastrous:
1. having seriously damaging results;
2. very unsuccessful;

northeaster:
a storm or wind that blows from the northeast;

Sunday, September 7, 2014

lee & headway

Quotations:
Acts 27:4
From there we put out to sea again and passed to the lee of Cyprus because the winds were against us.

Acts 27:7
We made slow headway for many days and had difficulty arriving off Cnidus. When the wind did not allow us to hold our course, we sailed to the lee of Crete, opposite Salmone.

Definitions:
lee:
the side or part of something that provides shelter from the wind;

headway:
1. movement or rate of progress forwards;
2. progress towards achieving something;
3. the interval or distance between two vehicles, trains or ships travelling in the same direction along the same route;


Saturday, September 6, 2014

at a loss & obsession

Quotations:
Acts 25:20
I was at a loss how to investigate such matters; so I asked if he would be willing to go to Jerusalem and stand trial there on these charges.

Acts 26:11
Many a time I went from one synagogue to another to have them punished, and I tried to force them to blaspheme. In my obsession against them, I even went to foreign cities to persecute them.

Definitions:
at a loss:
uncertain what to say or do;

obsession:
an emotional state in which someone or something is so important to you that you are always thinking about them, in a way that seems extreme to other people;

Friday, September 5, 2014

adjourn & proceeding

Quotations:
Acts 24:22
Then Felix, who was well acquainted with the Way, adjourned the proceedings. "When Lysias the commander comes," he said, "I will decide your case."

Definitions:
adjourn:
to stop a meeting or an official process, especially a trial, for a period to time.

proceeding: 
1. the process of using a court to settle a disagreement or to deal with a complaint;
2. an even or a series of actions;
3. the official written report of a meeting, etc.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

excellency & ringleader

Quotations:
Acts 23:26
Claudius Lysias, 
To His Excellency, Governor Felix:
Greetings.

Acts 24:5
"We have found this man to be a trouble-maker, stirring up riots among the Jews all over the world.  He is a ringleader of the Nazarene sect and even tried to desecrate the temple; so we seized him.

Definitions:
excellency:
a title and form of address for some high officials such as governors, ambassadors, and high-ranking Roman Catholic clergy.

ringleader:
a person who leads others in crime or in causing troubles.

ringe:
an organized group of people who work together in a dishonest or unethical way

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

martyr & pretext

Quotations:
Acts 22:20
And when the blood of your martyr Stephen was shed, I stood there giving my approval and guarding the clothes of those who were killing him.

Acts 23:15
Now then, you and Sanhedrin petition the commander to bring him before you on the pretext of wanting more accurate information about his case. We are ready to kill him before he gets here.

Definitions:
martyr:
a person who suffers very much or is killed because of their religious or political beliefs;

pretext:
a false reason that you give for doing something, usually something bad, in order to hide the real reason;

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

barrack & brilliance

Quotations:
Acts 21:34
Some in the crowd shouted one thing and some another, and since the commander could not get at the truth because of the uproar, he ordered that Paul be taken into the barracks.

Acts 22:11
My companions led me by the hand into Damascus, because the brilliance of the light had blinded me.

Definitions:
barrack:
1. a building or group of buildings for lodging soldiers, especially in garrison.
2. temporary accommodations for nonmilitary personnel such as people working away from home;

brilliance:
extreme brightness and radiance;

Monday, September 1, 2014

evangelist & rite

Quotations:
Acts 21:8
Leaving the next day, we reached Caesarea and stayed at the house of Philip the evangelist, one of the Seven.

Acts 21:24
Take these men, join in their purification rites and pay their expenses, so that they can have their heads shaved. Then everybody will know there is no truth in these reports about you, but that you yourself are living in obedience to the law.

Definitions:
evangelist:
1. a person who tries to persuade people to become Christians, especially by travelling around the country holding religious meetings or speaking on radio or television;
2. one of the four writers (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) of the books called the Gospels in the Bible;

rite:
a ceremony performed by a particular group of people, often for religious purpose.