Saturday - December 20, 2014

Not Only New But Different (December 20)


“Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3:13). THE PROMISE OF THE GOSPEL IS THE PROMISE OF A NEW HEAVENS AND A NEW EARTH. Peter said that this new reality is something we “look for.” Indeed we do! This new state of things, beyond the confines of ... Read More »

Words (December 20)


“Words were medicine; they were magic and invisible. They came from nothing into sound and meaning. They were beyond price; they could neither be bought nor sold” (Navarre Scott Momaday). LIFE TEACHES TWO THINGS TO THOSE WHO ARE WILLING TO LEARN: WORDS ARE POWERFUL AND WORDS ARE VALUABLE. The value of words, in fact, comes from their power to do ... Read More »

Hastening the Coming (December 19)


“Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?” (2 Peter 3:11-12). THE EARLIEST CHRISTIANS WERE KNOWN FOR ... Read More »

Motivation (December 19)


“It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger for them” (George Eliot). IS “MOTIVATION” SOMETHING THAT WE OURSELVES HAVE ANY CONTROL OVER? Some people apparently believe that it is not; they wait around hoping to “be motivated,” ... Read More »

One Pearl of Great Price (December 18)


“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it” (Matthew 13:45-46). IF WE HAVE ANY UNDERSTANDING OF GOD’S GOODNESS, WE WILL BE GLAD TO SEEK HIM DILIGENTLY. The passion with which we seek God comes from our ... Read More »