Thursday - December 18, 2014

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 »

Tolerance (December 18)


“The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority” (Ralph W. Sockman). LEARNING WHAT TOLERANCE IS AND HOW TO PUT IT INTO PRACTICE IS ONE OF THE MORE CHALLENGING REQUIREMENTS OF WISDOM. It’s not easy to distinguish the good kinds of tolerance from the bad kinds, and ... Read More »

Vividness (December 17)


Trusty, dusky, vivid, true, With eyes of gold and bramble dew, Steel-true and blade-straight The great artificer Made my mate. (Robert Louis Stevenson) WHO ARE THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE MOST NOTICEABLE IMPACT ON US? No two people are exactly the same, of course, and there are many different kinds of influence, but I want to suggest that “vividness” is ... Read More »

Where Is the Promise of His Coming? (December 17)


“. . . knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation'” (2 Peter 3:3-4). FAITH MEANS BELIEVING THAT THE LORD IS TELLING THE TRUTH WHEN ... Read More »

Openness (December 16)


“Sincerity is an openness of heart; we find it in very few people” (Francois de la Rochefoucauld). EMBARRASSMENT IS ONE OF THE COMMONEST EXPERIENCES IN THE WORLD. There are many things about ourselves that we’re too shy to share, and when some of these things work their way to the surface, we feel the flush of embarrassment. It’s not really ... Read More »