Saturday - April 19, 2014
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Instruction (April 9)

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“Learn from others what to pursue and what to avoid, and let your teachers be the lives of others” (Dionysius Cato). IT’S A SIMPLE THING, BUT IT’S VERY HARD TO ADOPT: THE WILLINGNESS TO BE INSTRUCTED. If any instruction needs to take place, it’s more satisfying to our pride to be the instructor than it is to be the instructee. ... Read More »

Putting Pain Into Perspective (April 9)

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“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:6-7). PAINFUL CIRCUMSTANCES, ... Read More »

Carefulness in Speaking of God (April 8)

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“And so it was, after the Lord had spoken these words to Job, that the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite, ‘My wrath is aroused against you and your two friends, for you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has’” (Job 42:7). JOB’S FRIENDS, WHO HAD PRESUMED TO SPEAK ON GOD’S BEHALF, FOUND THEMSELVES ... Read More »

Being ‘Human’ Requires No Apology (April 8)

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“For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor” (Psalm 8:5). DAVID MARVELED AT THE MAJESTY OF GOD’S CREATION AND WAS AMAZED THAT GOD GAVE HUMAN BEINGS SUCH A GLORIOUS AND HONORABLE PLACE IN THAT CREATION. “You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands,” ... Read More »

Godliness (April 8)

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“The difference between worldliness and godliness is a renewed mind” (Erwin W. Lutzer). IF IDEAS HAVE CONSEQUENCES, AND THEY CLEARLY DO, THE MOST CONSEQUENTIAL OF ALL OUR IDEAS IS THE IDEA OF GOD. Once we choose how we’re going to deal with this idea, a very different kind of life begins to unfold than any that would have unfolded from ... Read More »

Fairness (April 7)

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“Fair play is primarily not blaming others for anything that is wrong with us” (Eric Hoffer). FAIRNESS CAN’T BE SEPARATED FROM PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. It would be unfair of me, for example, to blame you for something that was my responsibility. In fairness, I can’t ask you to accept any more responsibility than is actually yours. And, of course, the converse ... Read More »

Lifelong Learning About God (April 7)

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“For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge ... Read More »