Wednesday - July 23, 2014

Awed by God’s Grandeur (July 23)

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“How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!” (Genesis 28:17). ON SOME LEVEL, EVERY HUMAN BEING CAN UNDERSTAND THE AMAZEMENT OF JACOB WHEN HE REALIZED WHAT HE WAS SEEING. As he slept that night at Bethel, fleeing from his brother’s wrath and with a stone as his ... Read More »

Planning (July 23)

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“Our lives are not totally random. We make commitments, we cause things to happen” (Wendy Wasserstein). THINGS DON’T ALWAYS TURN OUT AS WE PLAN, BUT IF WE DON’T PLAN, WE DOOM OURSELVES TO NOTHING MORE THAN DRIFTING. Planning is the process in which we decide what we’re going to do and how we’re going to do it. If we couldn’t ... Read More »

Jeremiah (July 23)

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“I would comfort myself in sorrow; my heart is faint in me” (Jeremiah 8:18). JEREMIAH, THE GREAT PROPHET, OUGHT TO BE AN ENCOURAGEMENT TO THOSE WHO SUFFER AND THOSE WHO SORROW. He was the “brokenhearted” prophet, the man who drew the assignment of delivering God’s message of doom to Jerusalem in its last days. Jeremiah loved God, but he also ... Read More »

On Being Battle-Ready (July 22)

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“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ . . .” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5). LIFE IN CHRIST CAN BE DESCRIBED AND DISCUSSED IN MANY WAYS. Many ... Read More »

The Ideal Life (July 22)

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“. . . strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy” (Colossians 1:11). WHEN WE ENVISION THE KIND OF LIFE WE WOULD MOST LIKE TO HAVE IN THIS WORLD, WHAT KIND OF LIFE IS IT THAT WE IMAGINE? In a culture where “feeling good” is the unquestioned criterion by which all things ... Read More »

Power (July 22)

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“All power is of one kind, a sharing of the nature of the world. The mind that is parallel with the laws of nature will be in the current of events, and strong with their strength” (Ralph Waldo Emerson). IF WE WISH TO BE POWERFUL (AT LEAST IN THE GOOD SENSE), THERE IS SOMETHING THAT WE MUST UNDERSTAND. Power comes ... Read More »

Getting the Right Answers (July 21)

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“The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved” (2 Thessalonians 2:9-10). NOT ONLY IS OBEDIENCE MORE IMPORTANT THAN UNDERSTANDING, IT ALSO HAPPENS TO BE ... Read More »

Transformation (July 21)

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“The future enters into us, in order to transform itself in us, long before it happens” (Rainer Maria Rilke). AREN’T YOU GLAD THAT WE CAN CHOOSE TO BE CHANGED? If we couldn’t envision a better future and then decide to do things that result in a transformation from one quality of life to another, we’d be stuck right where we ... Read More »