Sunday - December 21, 2014

Rest (December 21)

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“O rest! thou soft word! autumnal flower of Eden! moonlight of the spirit!” (Jean Paul Richter). AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR, AS AUTUMN TURNS TO WINTER, IT IS A TIME FOR THE LAND TO REST. The fields have done their work, the harvest has been gathered in, and now comes the time of rest. The days are short, and ... Read More »

Ears That Do Not Hear (December 21)

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“But they refused to heed, shrugged their shoulders, and stopped their ears so that they could not hear. Yes, they made their hearts like flint, refusing to hear the law and the words which the Lord of hosts had sent by His Spirit through the former prophets” (Zechariah 7:11-12). HOW DO WE ACCOUNT FOR THE FACT THAT MANY DO NOT ... Read More »

Don’t Devalue What You Purchased (December 21)

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“But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings . . . Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward” (Hebrews 10:32-35). THE HEBREW WRITER SAID THAT AFTER HIS READERS HAD BECOME CHRISTIANS THEY “ENDURED A GREAT STRUGGLE WITH SUFFERINGS.” But he encouraged them not to give up ... Read More »

Not Only New But Different (December 20)

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“Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3:13). THE PROMISE OF THE GOSPEL IS THE PROMISE OF A NEW HEAVENS AND A NEW EARTH. Peter said that this new reality is something we “look for.” Indeed we do! This new state of things, beyond the confines of ... Read More »

Words (December 20)

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“Words were medicine; they were magic and invisible. They came from nothing into sound and meaning. They were beyond price; they could neither be bought nor sold” (Navarre Scott Momaday). LIFE TEACHES TWO THINGS TO THOSE WHO ARE WILLING TO LEARN: WORDS ARE POWERFUL AND WORDS ARE VALUABLE. The value of words, in fact, comes from their power to do ... Read More »