Wednesday - July 23, 2014

Reliability (July 16)

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“Life is like a game of cards. Reliability is the ace, industry the king, politeness the queen, thrift the jack” (Edward Howe). SIMPLE RELIABILITY IS A FAR MORE VALUABLE, AND POWERFUL, TRAIT THAN MANY PEOPLE REALIZE. It may well be the ace in life’s game of cards, as Edward Howe says. If people can’t safely and consistently rely on us, ... Read More »

Ease (July 15)

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He flies through the air with the greatest of ease, This daring young man on the flying trapeze. (George Leybourne) HAVING LEARNED HOW TO DO SOMETHING EASILY IS ONE OF LIFE’S MOST WONDERFUL SATISFACTIONS. Especially when the thing was very difficult or awkward to begin with, there is a wholesome gratification that now comes from being able to do it ... Read More »

We Promised We’d Reach Forward (July 15)

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“I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). SAVING FAITH INVOLVES THREE THINGS: CREDENCE IN THE TRUTH, CONFIDENCE IN GOD, AND CONSTANCY IN OUR COMMITMENT. We must finish what we started when we confessed our faith and were baptized into Christ, and we will be lost if we can’t say what Paul said at the end of his life: I ... Read More »

Where God’s Love Is Best Learned (July 15)

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“Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10). GOD’S LOVE IS A STRONG THING, AND STRONG THINGS ARE NOT FULLY APPRECIATED UNTIL WE ARE SURROUNDED BY WEAKNESS. The ugly, painful hardship of human experience does not contradict or call ... Read More »

The Servant’s Opportunity (July 14)

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“When pride comes, then comes shame; but with the humble is wisdom” (Proverbs 11:2). PRIDE IS THE ARCHENEMY OF WISDOM. For that reason, anything that stirs up our sense of pride and self-sufficiency is something that will hinder our wisdom, while those things that humble us and remind us of our dependence on God are those that increase our wisdom. ... Read More »

Disqualifying Ourselves by Default (July 14)

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“Therefore let it be known to you that the salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will hear it!” (Acts 28:28). THREE DAYS AFTER PAUL ARRIVED AS A PRISONER IN ROME, HE CALLED TOGETHER THE LEADERS OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY THERE. He told them that he was in prison for preaching to the Gentiles — and ... Read More »

Therapy (July 14)

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“Fortunately [psycho] analysis is not the only way to resolve inner conflicts. Life itself still remains a very effective therapist” (Karen Horney). NOWADAYS, THE WORD “THERAPY” SUGGESTS NO MORE TO THE AVERAGE PERSON THAN “PSYCHOTHERAPY” OR PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING. But the word “therapy” is too good a word to limit to clinicians and counselors. To engage in therapy simply means to ... Read More »

Turning From, Turning To (July 13)

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“But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul” (Hebrews 10:39). AS THOSE WHO HAVE OBEYED THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST, WE HAVE BOTH AN OLD LIFE AND A NEW. We can think not only of what we turned FROM but also of what we turned TO. OUR ... Read More »