Tuesday - November 25, 2014

Lovingkindness (November 18)

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“Lovingkindness is greater than laws, and the charities of life are more than all ceremonies” (The Talmud). WE DON’T USE THE WORD “LOVINGKINDNESS” MUCH ANYMORE, BUT IT’S STILL A VALUABLE WORD. Basically, it means the type of regard for another person that is characterized by tenderness, mercy, and grace. One dictionary says that it is “tender kindness motivated by a ... Read More »

Joyfulness (November 17)

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“There are joys which long to be ours. God sends ten thousand truths, which come about us like birds seeking inlet; but we are shut up to them, and so they bring us nothing, but sit and sing awhile upon the roof, and then fly away” (Henry Ward Beecher). IF WE ARE LESS THAN JOYFUL, THE PROBLEM IS NOT THAT ... Read More »

Light and Liberation (November 17)

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“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). TRUTH IS OFTEN COMPARED TO LIGHT, AND JUST AS LIGHT FREES US TO DO MANY THINGS THAT ARE IMPOSSIBLE IN THE DARKNESS, TRUTH LIBERATES US FROM THE CONFINES OF UNTRUTH AND MAKES MANY GOOD THINGS POSSIBLE. It is a pity that we nowadays look upon ... Read More »

When Strength Is a Disadvantage (November 16)

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“And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, ... Read More »

Boldness (November 16)

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“The way of a superior man is threefold: virtuous, he is free from anxieties; wise, he is free from perplexities; bold, he is free from fear” (Confucius). THE WILLINGNESS TO BE BOLD, WHEN NEED BE, IS A SIGN OF STRONG, MATURE CHARACTER. We may wish it were otherwise, but the world in which we live is full of danger and ... Read More »

Validation (November 16)

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“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 »