Monday - July 28, 2014

Captivated (July 28)


“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). IN THE WARFARE BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL, IT IS THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD THAT IS ... Read More »

Favorites (July 28)


“I know what I like” (Henry James). OUR “FAVORITES” ARE THE THINGS, THE OCCASIONS, AND THE PEOPLE WHOM WE REGARD WITH SPECIAL FAVOR. Like Henry James, most of us know what we like, and our favorites are the things we like especially well. To have favorites is simply to have, as Henry David Thoreau put it, “a sincere love for ... Read More »

Faith, Hope, and Patience (July 28)


“These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth . . . But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has ... Read More »

Continuance (July 27)


“. . . eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality” (Romans 2:7). PATIENT ENDURANCE IS AN UNDERRATED VIRTUE. Qualities like love and courage and wisdom get most of the attention, but the simple willingness to keep on moving ahead is no less grand. And continuance — that plain, workmanlike ability ... Read More »

Verve (July 27)


“One of the final challenges for human beings is to get old with as much verve and gumption as possible. Old parents who keep on being interested in life give a subtle kind of sustenance to their children; they are givers of hope and affirmers of life” (Alison Judson Ryerson). VERVE AND GUMPTION. How much of these are you going ... Read More »

As the Days Go By (July 27)


“The glory of young men is their strength, and the splendor of old men is their gray head” (Proverbs 20:29). EACH DAY THAT PASSES LEAVES US ONE DAY OLDER. Life happens to move in one direction only: from younger to older. But is that good or bad? Contrary to the assumptions of our youth-centered culture, I believe that advancing age ... Read More »

Professionalism (July 26)


“A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn’t feel like it” (Alistair Cooke). ARE YOU A PROFESSIONAL? The American Heritage Dictionary defines a “profession” as “an occupation or vocation requiring training in the liberal arts or the sciences and advanced training in a specialized field.” By that definition, medicine and law would be professions. There ... Read More »