Monday - September 1, 2014

What the Tempest Can Teach Us (September 1)


“And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, ‘Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?’” (Mark 4:37-38). MOST OF US ARE TOO QUICK TO CHARGE GOD WITH “DOING NOTHING.” When ... Read More »

The Hazard of the Headlines (September 1)


“Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen” (1 Timothy 1:17). WE ARE LIVING IN WHAT HAS COME TO BE CALLED THE “INFORMATION AGE.” The sum total of human knowledge is growing exponentially. The industrial age has come to an end, and the principle product of our ... Read More »

Perfection? (August 31)


“Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2 Corinthians 7:1). WHEN PAUL TALKED ABOUT “PERFECTING HOLINESS IN THE FEAR OF GOD,” HE SET BEFORE US THE MAIN GOAL OF THE CHRISTIAN’S LIFE IN THIS WORLD. Having been created in God’s image, we have ... Read More »

Necessity (August 31)


“The beautiful rests on the foundation of the necessary” (Ralph Waldo Emerson). VERY MANY OF THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE COME FROM OUR EFFORT TO DEAL RIGHTLY, WISELY, AND HONORABLY WITH “NECESSITY.” When there is something that has to be done, that need provides an opportunity for the human spirit to soar. If, for example, human beings had never had ... Read More »

Managing Multiple Priorities (August 31)


“And Jesus answered and said to her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things’” (Luke 10:41). EVEN IN THE SIMPLEST LIFE THAT ONE CAN LIVE, THERE ARE STILL MANY THINGS TO BE DONE. Those who would grow strong spiritually must learn to work energetically and productively without being eaten up by the time pressures that characterize so ... Read More »

Awake! (August 30)


“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God . . .” (1 Thessalonians 4:16). WHEN THE MOMENT ARRIVES AND THE LORD RETURNS, THERE WILL BE NO DOUBT AS TO WHAT IS HAPPENING. As Paul described it, the Lord will descend from heaven with a shout. ... Read More »

Harmony (August 30)


Dust as we are, the immortal spirit grows Like harmony in music; there is a dark Inscrutable workmanship that reconciles Discordant elements, makes them cling together In one society. (William Wordsworth) IT IS AMAZING THAT THERE CAN BE ANY SEMBLANCE OF HARMONY IN THIS WORLD. Since there are so many “discordant elements” in the world, both outside and inside of ... Read More »