Monday - December 22, 2014

Commonwealth (December 22)


“That which is not good for the beehive cannot be good for the bees” (Marcus Aurelius). THE CONCEPT OF “COMMONWEALTH” IS ONE OF THE MOST BENEFICIAL IDEAS THAT WE CAN HOLD IN OUR MINDS. Our word “wealth” comes from the Old English wela, or “weal,” which meant prosperity or happiness. Originally, “weal” (the opposite of “woe”) referred to general well-being, ... Read More »

Can We Be Confident? (December 22)


“And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13). WE HAVE GOD’S ASSURANCE THAT WE WILL FIND HIM, BUT ONLY IF WE SEEK HIM WITH ALL OUR HEARTS. There is no guarantee that the indifferent or the double-minded will find Him. We must do more than dabble in religion, and ... Read More »

The Work of Just One Link (December 22)


“For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers . . .” (Acts 13:36). MOST OF US WANT TO MAKE SOME CONTRIBUTION TO THE WORLD WHILE WE LIVE HERE. Rather than just be takers, we would like to be givers. But some people want more than that: they ... Read More »

Rest (December 21)


“O rest! thou soft word! autumnal flower of Eden! moonlight of the spirit!” (Jean Paul Richter). AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR, AS AUTUMN TURNS TO WINTER, IT IS A TIME FOR THE LAND TO REST. The fields have done their work, the harvest has been gathered in, and now comes the time of rest. The days are short, and ... Read More »

Ears That Do Not Hear (December 21)


“But they refused to heed, shrugged their shoulders, and stopped their ears so that they could not hear. Yes, they made their hearts like flint, refusing to hear the law and the words which the Lord of hosts had sent by His Spirit through the former prophets” (Zechariah 7:11-12). HOW DO WE ACCOUNT FOR THE FACT THAT MANY DO NOT ... Read More »

Don’t Devalue What You Purchased (December 21)


“But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings . . . Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward” (Hebrews 10:32-35). THE HEBREW WRITER SAID THAT AFTER HIS READERS HAD BECOME CHRISTIANS THEY “ENDURED A GREAT STRUGGLE WITH SUFFERINGS.” But he encouraged them not to give up ... Read More »

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 »