Monday - October 20, 2014

To Live Is Christ, To Die Is Gain (October 20)


“For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). THIS WORLD IS NOT ALL THERE IS. In addition to the world that we can see, there is also an unseen realm of spiritual reality (2 Corinthians 4:16-18). This spiritual “world” is no less real than the one we live in; if anything, it is more ... Read More »

Relationships (October 20)


“I sincerely believe that the word ‘relationships’ is the key to the prospect of a decent world. It seems abundantly clear that every problem you will have — in your family, in your business, in your nation, or in this world — is essentially a matter of relationships” (Clarence Francis). OUR LIVES ARE EITHER BLESSED OR CURSED BY THE QUALITY ... Read More »

What Did You Expect? (October 19)


“Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you” (1 Peter 4:12). PETER ENCOURAGED HIS CHRISTIAN FRIENDS TO EXPECT HARDSHIP, AND EVEN PERSECUTION, IN THIS WORLD. “Do not think it strange,” he wrote, “concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange ... Read More »

Vitality (October 19)


“Human vitality is so exuberant that in the sorriest desert it still finds a pretext for glowing and trembling” (Jose Ortega y Gasset). IT’S EASY TO ADMIRE THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE GREAT “VITALITY.” It is an attractive quality. Coming from the Latin vita (“life”), vitality is the trait of those who, whether young or old, seem to have more life ... Read More »

Blessed Are the Pure in Heart (October 19)


“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8). THERE ARE MANY THINGS THAT MUST BE PURGED FROM OUR HEARTS IF WE ARE TO SEE GOD. Some of these things must be eliminated because they are impure. Others, while not morally unclean, must be removed simply because they draw our affections away from God. We must ... Read More »

God Knows We Need Some Storms (October 18)


“If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?” (Hebrews 12:7). STRANGE AS IT SEEMS, THE DIFFICULTIES IN OUR LIVES ARE EVIDENCE OF GOD’S LOVE. He knows that we need some storms in our lives, and He loves us too much to give us only what we ... Read More »