Thursday - November 27, 2014

The Open Way (November 27)

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“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me'” (John 14:6). JESUS CHRIST CLAIMED TO BE THE “WAY” THROUGH WHICH WE CAN COME TO GOD. As beings who are alienated from God by our own rebellion, the “here” of our present condition is separated by a great ... Read More »

All Is Vanity (November 27)

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“‘Vanity of vanities,’ says the Preacher; ‘Vanity of vanities, all is vanity'” (Ecclesiastes 1:2). LIFE IN THIS WORLD IS “VAIN.” That does not mean it is unimportant; it only means that it is temporary. Whatever we accomplish of a this-worldly nature, it will not last. Whatever work we do while we live, it will be forgotten after we’re gone, if ... Read More »

Gravity (November 27)

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“The most profound joy has more of gravity than of gaiety in it” (Michel de Montaigne). SOMETIMES WE ERR BY BEING TOO SERIOUS, BUT AT OTHER TIMES WE’RE NOT SERIOUS ENOUGH. Prone to extremes, we struggle to get the balance right from day to day. On other pages, we have dealt with the problem of being too dour or gloomy. ... Read More »

Eternal Glory (November 26)

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“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (2 Corinthians 4:17). IF THERE IS ANY HARDSHIP TO BE ENDURED AS WE SEEK GOD, THAT HARDSHIP IS NOTHING COMPARED TO THE GLORY THAT WAITS FOR US WHEN THE HARDSHIP IS OVER. It would be dishonest to ... Read More »

Seeking and Losing (November 26)

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“Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it” (Luke 17:33). MANY PEOPLE REACH “FORWARD,” BUT THEY REACH FOR THE WRONG THINGS — AND END UP LOSING THE BETTER THINGS THEY COULD HAVE REACHED FOR. And there is no sadder fate in life than to get what we wanted and discover that, ... Read More »

Transcendence (November 26)

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“Humanity could only have survived and flourished if it held social and personal values that transcended the urges of the individual . . . and these stem from the sense of a transcendent good” (Arthur Peacocke). IN YESTERDAY’S READING, WE CONSIDERED “ETERNITY,” SO TODAY LET’S THINK ABOUT “TRANSCENDENCE.” To transcend means to “be greater than” or to “go beyond.” If ... Read More »

Choosing Our Focus (November 25)

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“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:8). WE ARE COMMANDED TO CENTER OUR THOUGHTS ON THINGS THAT ARE VIRTUOUS AND PRAISEWORTHY. ... Read More »