Wednesday - December 17, 2014

Vividness (December 17)


Trusty, dusky, vivid, true, With eyes of gold and bramble dew, Steel-true and blade-straight The great artificer Made my mate. (Robert Louis Stevenson) WHO ARE THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE MOST NOTICEABLE IMPACT ON US? No two people are exactly the same, of course, and there are many different kinds of influence, but I want to suggest that “vividness” is ... Read More »

Where Is the Promise of His Coming? (December 17)


“. . . knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation'” (2 Peter 3:3-4). FAITH MEANS BELIEVING THAT THE LORD IS TELLING THE TRUTH WHEN ... Read More »

Openness (December 16)


“Sincerity is an openness of heart; we find it in very few people” (Francois de la Rochefoucauld). EMBARRASSMENT IS ONE OF THE COMMONEST EXPERIENCES IN THE WORLD. There are many things about ourselves that we’re too shy to share, and when some of these things work their way to the surface, we feel the flush of embarrassment. It’s not really ... Read More »

The Highest Desire of Love (December 16)


“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9). LOVE MEANS MANY THINGS TO MANY PEOPLE. It can mean a casual “crush.” It can mean true romance. It can mean marital commitment. It can mean sexual ... Read More »

Grace Teaches Us to Say No (December 15)


“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age” (Titus 2:11-12). GOD’S GRACE MEANS THAT WE’VE BEEN LIBERATED FROM THE GUILT OF OUR PAST SINS AND MADE FREE TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT IN THE PRESENT. It ... Read More »