Wednesday - August 20, 2014

Today and Tomorrow (August 20)

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“I made haste, and did not delay to keep Your commandments” (Psalm 119:60). WHATEVER TASKS THE LORD SENDS OUR WAY TODAY, WE NEED TO TAKE CARE OF THOSE THINGS TODAY. The Psalmist’s remark about not delaying to obey God should make us think soberly. Strictly speaking, there is no such thing as tomorrow’s obedience. This book is about “reaching forward,” ... Read More »

Yesterday and Today (August 19)

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“Forgetting those things which are behind . . .” (Philippians 3:13). A FAMOUS MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER USED TO SAY THAT WE SHOULD LIVE IN “DAY-TIGHT COMPARTMENTS.” He wasn’t speaking in a religious context, but I believe what he said is true for religious people. Having learned from the past, we need to forget it . . . and seize the fresh ... Read More »

Innocence (August 19)

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“It is part of the kindness of God that amid all the change there are things we can always count on. The unfailing regularity of the seasons and the reliability of nature; the glory of the stars, the innocence of the morning; the healing power of time and the sustaining power of hope; the heart’s yearning for love and the ... Read More »

Learning to Worship God (August 19)

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“Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips. When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches” (Psalm 63:4-6). IF WE ARE SEEKING GOD, WE WILL ... Read More »

Sympathy (August 18)

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“There is no greater loan than a sympathetic ear” (Frank Tyger). IF EMPATHY MEANS UNDERSTANDING SOMEONE ELSE, THEN SYMPATHY MEANS FEELING WHAT THEY FEEL. It is “a fellow-feeling” (Robert Burton). Or in the words of Charles H. Parkhurst’s familiar definition: “Sympathy is two hearts tugging at one load.” To sympathize is TO OPEN OUR HEARTS TO ANOTHER PERSON’S FEELINGS. And ... Read More »

Bondage to Self (August 18)

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“But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there” (James 3:14-16). AS OUR LIVES UNFOLD, WE WILL EITHER ENJOY THE FREEDOM OF SEEKING GOD OR ... Read More »

Truth for the Time to Come (August 18)

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“But you, beloved, remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude 17). THE CENTRAL TENET OF CHRISTIANITY IS THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST, AND THAT IS A TRUTH THAT DOES NOT CHANGE. The resurrection is an unchangeable historical fact. So the gospel of Christ is not only true; it is true for ... Read More »

Zerrissenheit (August 17)

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“But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd” (Matthew 9:36). LIFE IN A BROKEN WORLD EXACTS A PAINFUL TOLL ON US EMOTIONALLY. We long to feel whole, but we feel torn apart. We desire integrity and oneness of mind and character, but we are ... Read More »