Tuesday - September 16, 2014

Bearing Burdens for a Long Time (September 9)

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“Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer” (Romans 12:12). MANY MAY AGREE TO BEAR A BURDEN FOR A WHILE, BUT NOT MANY WILL BEAR IT INDEFINITELY. Some hardships are short-term, but others last much longer. In the case of these long-lasting difficulties, we must not only accept tribulation, but be “patient in tribulation.” It may be a ... Read More »

Inspiration (September 8)

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“I am one who, when Love inspires, attend, and according as he speaks within me, so I express myself” (Dante Alighieri). ALMOST EVERY DAY, MOST OF US ARE SURROUNDED BY INFLUENCES THAT COULD INSPIRE US TO DO OUR WORK AT A HIGHER LEVEL. When we allow these influences to uplift us and energize us, those around us benefit from that ... Read More »

Self-Satisfaction (September 8)

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“An oracle within my heart concerning the transgression of the wicked: there is no fear of God before his eyes” (Psalm 36:1). ONE OF THE DEFINING CHARACTERISTICS OF SIN IS THAT IT IS SELF-CENTERED. The fact that sin destroys our relationship to God is not surprising when we consider the self-centeredness that is at work. How can we not be ... Read More »

The Blessed Are Those Who Endure (September 8)

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“Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord — that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful” (James 5:11). MANY MAY AGREE TO LIVE THE CHRISTIAN LIFE WHEN IT’S EASY, BUT NOT MANY WILL LIVE IT WHEN IT’S HARD. Difficulty has often been the deterrent ... Read More »

Performance (September 7)

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“To lie down in the time of grief, to be quiet under the stroke of adverse fortune, implies a great strength. But I know of something that implies a strength greater still. It is the power to work under stress, to continue under hardship, to have anguish in your spirit and still perform daily tasks” (George Matheson). IN ITS MOST ... Read More »

The Open Mind of the Seeker (September 7)

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“The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek God” (Psalm 14:2). GOD IS LOOKING FOR THOSE WHO UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF SEEKING HIM. To understand this importance, we must at least open our minds to two basic facts: that God exists and that we’re accountable to Him. ... Read More »

After the Drama: An Interview (September 7)

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“And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation” (Hebrews 9:27-28). THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD MAY BE COMPARED TO A GREAT PLAY, A DRAMA. ... Read More »