Sunday - November 23, 2014

Validation (November 16)


“Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12). IT IS WISE FROM TIME TO TIME TO CHECK OUR BEARINGS AND MAKE SURE WE’RE HEADED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. None of us has the perfect wisdom that would be necessary to live without “taking heed.” We need to reconsider our convictions and validate our ... Read More »

The Way Is Not Easy (November 15)


“We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22). WHEN PAUL AND BARNABAS REVISITED THE CONGREGATIONS THAT HAD BEEN ESTABLISHED ON THEIR FIRST MISSIONARY JOURNEY, THEY WARNED THEM TO BE PREPARED TO SUFFER. Having obeyed the gospel, we are on our way to heaven, but it will only be through “many tribulations,” they said, that we enter ... Read More »

Duty (November 15)


“There is no right without a parallel duty, no liberty without the supremacy of law, no high destiny without earnest perseverance, no greatness without self-denial” (Francis Lieber). DOING OUR “DUTY” PROBABLY SOUNDS LIKE A DREARY CHORE, BUT PROPERLY CONCEIVED, OUR DUTIES ARE AMONG OUR HIGHEST PRIVILEGES. And in a culture where freedom often pushes duty aside, we need to be ... Read More »

Verity (November 15)


“Test all things; hold fast what is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21). PERSONAL GROWTH REQUIRES A CONSTANT REFINEMENT OF OUR UNDERSTANDING. As the days come and go, we have hundreds of opportunities to clarify our thinking. We are given many chances to learn new principles, to clear up misunderstandings, and to view reality from a higher vantage point. But such learning ... Read More »

Maintenance (November 14)


“‘Tis nothing for a man to hold up his head in a calm; but to maintain his post when all others have quitted their ground and there to stand upright when other men are beaten down is divine” (Seneca). IN MANY SITUATIONS, WE HOPE TO DO MORE THAN MAINTAIN THE STATUS QUO, BUT IN TRUTH, “MAINTENANCE” IS A MORE WORTHY ... Read More »

Future Plans (November 14)


“Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit'; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought ... Read More »

No Compromise (November 14)


“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world; the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life; is not of the Father but is of the world” (1 John 2:15-16). ... Read More »