Saturday - July 26, 2014

Diligently Seeking God

Seeking God, Serving Others (July 26)


“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:6-8). WHEN WE SEEK ... Read More »

Solid Self-Respect (July 25)


“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). FEW THINGS ARE GIVEN ANY MORE ATTENTION IN OUR CULTURE THAN THE QUESTION OF “SELF-IMAGE.” We use a variety of terms to discuss it — self-esteem, self-worth, self-respect, etc. — but our basic point is usually the same: a person ought ... Read More »

Particular People (July 24)


“By the grace of God I am what I am . . .” (1 Corinthians 15:10). ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT STEPS WE EVER TAKE TOWARD WISDOM AND MATURITY IS TAKEN WHEN WE ACCEPT THE SPECIFICS OF OUR OWN INDIVIDUALITY. Much of the first half of life is spent in the luxury of limitless possibilities. There is no place we ... Read More »

Awed by God’s Grandeur (July 23)


“How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!” (Genesis 28:17). ON SOME LEVEL, EVERY HUMAN BEING CAN UNDERSTAND THE AMAZEMENT OF JACOB WHEN HE REALIZED WHAT HE WAS SEEING. As he slept that night at Bethel, fleeing from his brother’s wrath and with a stone as his ... Read More »

The Ideal Life (July 22)


“. . . 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 »

Getting the Right Answers (July 21)


“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 »

What Are We Seeking? (July 20)


“. . . 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 »

What Good Is God’s Friendship? (July 19)


“Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ” (Philippians 3:8). COULD WE POSSIBLY PUT A PRICE TAG ON GOD’S FRIENDSHIP? Even among all the good things that are available ... Read More »