Tuesday - July 22, 2014

On Being Battle-Ready (July 22)

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“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ . . .” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5). LIFE IN CHRIST CAN BE DESCRIBED AND DISCUSSED IN MANY WAYS. Many ... Read More »

The Ideal Life (July 22)

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“. . . strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy” (Colossians 1:11). WHEN WE ENVISION THE KIND OF LIFE WE WOULD MOST LIKE TO HAVE IN THIS WORLD, WHAT KIND OF LIFE IS IT THAT WE IMAGINE? In a culture where “feeling good” is the unquestioned criterion by which all things ... Read More »

Power (July 22)

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“All power is of one kind, a sharing of the nature of the world. The mind that is parallel with the laws of nature will be in the current of events, and strong with their strength” (Ralph Waldo Emerson). IF WE WISH TO BE POWERFUL (AT LEAST IN THE GOOD SENSE), THERE IS SOMETHING THAT WE MUST UNDERSTAND. Power comes ... Read More »

Getting the Right Answers (July 21)

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“The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved” (2 Thessalonians 2:9-10). NOT ONLY IS OBEDIENCE MORE IMPORTANT THAN UNDERSTANDING, IT ALSO HAPPENS TO BE ... Read More »

Transformation (July 21)

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“The future enters into us, in order to transform itself in us, long before it happens” (Rainer Maria Rilke). AREN’T YOU GLAD THAT WE CAN CHOOSE TO BE CHANGED? If we couldn’t envision a better future and then decide to do things that result in a transformation from one quality of life to another, we’d be stuck right where we ... Read More »

The Wealth of God’s Wisdom (July 21)

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“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!” (Romans 11:33). GOD’S WISDOM IS AN INEXHAUSTIBLE STOREHOUSE OF RICHES. The wealth of what God knows is simply incalculable. It is “marvelous” in the literal sense of the word: it causes us to marvel. Think ... Read More »

The Day of Our Death Is Coming (July 20)

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“So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). NOT MANY THINGS IN THIS WORLD ARE CERTAIN, BUT DEATH IS ONE THAT IS. For every one of us who is living today, the day of our death is coming. We may delay it, but we can’t avoid it. There is one exception, ... Read More »

What Are We Seeking? (July 20)

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“. . . always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 3:7). THERE IS A CERTAIN SATISFACTION IN COMING TO KNOW THINGS THAT WE’VE NEVER UNDERSTOOD BEFORE. Whether it’s pride (the perverse pleasure that comes from knowing things not widely known by others) or it’s simply the natural pleasure we feel when we ... Read More »