Thursday - October 23, 2014

Apologies (October 23)


“An apology is saying the right thing after doing the wrong thing” (Anonymous). IN A PERFECT WORLD, APOLOGIES WOULD BE UNHEARD OF. But, of course, ours isn’t a perfect world. It’s a world of inadvertence, error, and, all too often, outright evil. Apologies are the statements that we make to others when we recognize that we’ve erred, especially when our ... Read More »

Endure Hardship (October 23)


“You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ” (2 Timothy 2:3). AS WE REACH FORWARD TO HEAVEN, THERE IS A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF HARDSHIP THAT WE HAVE TO ENDURE. Given the business that he is in, a soldier wouldn’t expect anything other than hardship, and if he is a good soldier, he will simply endure it. ... Read More »

Heedless Hearing (October 22)


“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven” (Matthew 7:21). WHATEVER WE KNOW OF GOD’S WORD, WE MUST CARRY OUT THAT KNOWLEDGE IN OUR ACTUAL DEEDS. That may sound like a worn-out cliche, but all of us need to be reminded about the ... Read More »

Mission (October 22)


“He who wishes to fulfill his mission in the world must be a man of one idea, that is, of one great overmastering purpose, overshadowing all his aims, and guiding and controlling his entire life” (William Bate). NOT EVERYONE HAS GONE THROUGH THE EXERCISE OF WRITING OUT A “MISSION STATEMENT,” BUT EVERYONE HAS A MISSION NEVERTHELESS. Our mission is our ... Read More »

The Dead of the Night (October 22)


“For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life” (2 Corinthians 1:8). LIKE PAUL, WE OCCASIONALLY PASS THROUGH ORDEALS SO SERIOUS AND SEEMINGLY HOPELESS THAT WE “DESPAIR EVEN OF LIFE.” It is not that our ... Read More »

Energy (October 21)


“The real difference between men is energy. A strong will, a settled purpose, an invincible determination, can accomplish almost anything; and in this lies the distinction between great men and little men” (Alfred Carl Fuller). ENERGY IS CERTAINLY ONE OF THE PRIME DETERMINANTS OF ACHIEVEMENT. Those who are energetic achieve greater deeds than those who aren’t. Alfred Carl Fuller may ... Read More »

What Is the Biggest Problem You Have? (October 21)


“While he was still speaking, another also came and said, ‘Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, and suddenly a great wind came from across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people, and they are dead; and I alone have escaped to tell ... Read More »