Saturday - October 25, 2014

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn (October 18)


“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:4). WE ALL MOURN FROM TIME TO TIME, BUT THE BLESSING OF JESUS UPON “THOSE WHO MOURN” HAS TO DO WITH A VERY SPECIAL KIND OF MOURNING. In this text, those who mourn are the penitent, those who grieve for their SINS. And the grief of the penitent is ... Read More »

Personality (October 18)


“Few men are of one plain, decided color; most are mixed, shaded, and blended; and vary as much, from different situations, as changeable silks do from different lights” (Lord Chesterfield). IF YOU’VE EVER WATCHED PEOPLE IN A PUBLIC PLACE FOR HALF AN HOUR OR SO, YOU’VE PROBABLY BEEN STRUCK BY THE VARIETY THAT THERE IS IN THE HUMAN RACE. Physically, ... Read More »

Disappointment Need Not Defeat Us (October 17)


“This punishment which was inflicted by the majority is sufficient for such a man, so that, on the contrary, you ought rather to forgive and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one be swallowed up with too much sorrow. Therefore I urge you to reaffirm your love to him” (2 Corinthians 2:6-8). PAUL URGED THE CORINTHIANS TO FORGIVE AND COMFORT ... Read More »

It All Comes Down to This (October 17)


“Everything you were taught can be put into a few words: Respect and obey God! This is what life is all about. God will judge everything we do, even what is done in secret, whether good or bad” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 Contemporary English Version). WHEN LIFE HAS BEEN SOBERLY CONSIDERED, THE CONCLUSION OF THE WHOLE MATTER IS THAT WE SHOULD PROPERLY ... Read More »

Poetry (October 17)


“All men need something to poetize and idealize their life a little — something which they value for more than its use and which is a symbol of their emancipation from the mere materialism and drudgery of daily life” (Theodore E. Parker). THERE’S A GOOD CHANCE THAT SOME OF THE PEOPLE MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU WOULD APPRECIATE IT IF YOU ... Read More »

Should God Wait? (October 16)


“Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, before the difficult days come, and the years draw near when you say, ‘I have no pleasure in them'” (Ecclesiastes 12:1). SOLOMON, A KING WHO WAS HARDLY NAIVE ABOUT WHAT THE WORLD HAS TO OFFER, COUNSELED THAT WE SHOULD REMEMBER OUR CREATOR WHILE WE ARE YOUNG. To defer dealing with ... Read More »

The Idea of ‘Spending’ (October 16)


“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it” (Matthew 13:45-46). ONE MEASURE OF HOW VALUABLE SOMETHING IS TO US IS WHAT WE WOULD GIVE UP IN ORDER TO HAVE IT. As for the kingdom of heaven, ... Read More »

Heart (October 16)


“The widest thing in the universe is not space; it is the potential capacity of the human heart. Being made in the image of God, it is capable of almost unlimited extension in all directions. And one of the world’s greatest tragedies is that we allow our hearts to shrink until there is room in them for little besides ourselves” ... Read More »