Wednesday - October 22, 2014

Heedless Hearing (October 22)

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“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven” (Matthew 7:21). WHATEVER WE KNOW OF GOD’S WORD, WE MUST CARRY OUT THAT KNOWLEDGE IN OUR ACTUAL DEEDS. That may sound like a worn-out cliche, but all of us need to be reminded about the ... Read More »

Mission (October 22)

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“He who wishes to fulfill his mission in the world must be a man of one idea, that is, of one great overmastering purpose, overshadowing all his aims, and guiding and controlling his entire life” (William Bate). NOT EVERYONE HAS GONE THROUGH THE EXERCISE OF WRITING OUT A “MISSION STATEMENT,” BUT EVERYONE HAS A MISSION NEVERTHELESS. Our mission is our ... Read More »

The Dead of the Night (October 22)

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“For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life” (2 Corinthians 1:8). LIKE PAUL, WE OCCASIONALLY PASS THROUGH ORDEALS SO SERIOUS AND SEEMINGLY HOPELESS THAT WE “DESPAIR EVEN OF LIFE.” It is not that our ... Read More »

Energy (October 21)

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“The real difference between men is energy. A strong will, a settled purpose, an invincible determination, can accomplish almost anything; and in this lies the distinction between great men and little men” (Alfred Carl Fuller). ENERGY IS CERTAINLY ONE OF THE PRIME DETERMINANTS OF ACHIEVEMENT. Those who are energetic achieve greater deeds than those who aren’t. Alfred Carl Fuller may ... Read More »

What Is the Biggest Problem You Have? (October 21)

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“While he was still speaking, another also came and said, ‘Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, and suddenly a great wind came from across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people, and they are dead; and I alone have escaped to tell ... Read More »

No Successful Defiance (October 21)

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“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life” (Galatians 6:7-8). MOCKERY IS SERIOUS BUSINESS, AND TO MOCK GOD BY DEFYING THE MORAL LAW ... Read More »

To Live Is Christ, To Die Is Gain (October 20)

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“For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). THIS WORLD IS NOT ALL THERE IS. In addition to the world that we can see, there is also an unseen realm of spiritual reality (2 Corinthians 4:16-18). This spiritual “world” is no less real than the one we live in; if anything, it is more ... Read More »