Sunday - September 21, 2014

Don’t Miss This Moment’s Grace (September 21)


“Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving . . .” (Colossians 4:2). IF GOD LIVES IN AN ETERNAL “NOW,” THERE IS A SENSE IN WHICH WE SHOULD ALSO LIVE IN THE PRESENT MOMENT. The past is something we should learn from and the future is something we should plan for, but the present is the only chance ... Read More »

Harvests (September 21)


Who loves a garden still his Eden keeps, Perennial pleasures plants, and wholesome harvests reaps. (Amos Bronson Alcott) IN BYGONE DAYS, WHEN MORE OF US LIVED ON FARMS, THE FALL OF THE YEAR WAS ALWAYS ASSOCIATED WITH THE HARVESTING OF CROPS. There is much to be gained from still thinking of autumn that way. Life consists of doing positive, productive ... Read More »

Nothing Between Us? (September 21)


“Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear” (Isaiah 59:1-2). IF ANYTHING AT ALL STANDS BETWEEN US AND THE FULLNESS OF OUR FATHER’S FELLOWSHIP, THE ... Read More »

Change (September 20)


“Change starts when someone sees the next step” (William Drayton). THE SEEING OF POSSIBILITIES IS ONE OF OUR MOST VALUABLE HUMAN ENDOWMENTS. When the status quo is undesirable or unacceptable, we are capable of envisioning other scenarios. We can see other steps that might be taken. And, as William Drayton says, that’s when change starts: “when someone sees the next ... Read More »

God, the Eternal ‘I AM’ (September 20)


“Then the Jews said to Him, ‘You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM’” (John 8:57-58). THE “ETERNITY” OF GOD IS A DIFFICULT CONCEPT, BUT I BELIEVE IT’S ALSO A VERY IMPORTANT ONE. God has always existed, and He always will ... Read More »

Cast Your Bread Upon the Waters (September 19)


“Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days” (Ecclesiastes 11:1). TOMORROW IS UNCERTAIN, BUT THAT SHOULD NOT STOP US FROM DOING WHAT WE CAN DO TODAY. Our judgment of what we should do may not be the best sometimes, and even when our plans are well laid, unforeseen events may alter their outcome. Nevertheless, ... Read More »