Sunday - September 21, 2014

Responding Rightly to the Past (September 6)

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“Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing. For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death” (2 Corinthians 7:9-10). IF YOU’VE READ ... Read More »

Fervency (September 6)

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“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (The Epistle of James). WHATEVER IT’S RIGHT FOR US TO DO, IT’S HELPFUL IF WE DO IT FERVENTLY. Surely there is already enough halfheartedness in the world — can’t we improve upon the status quo by being wholehearted? And since the word “fervency” comes from the Latin verb “to boil,” ... Read More »

The Groaning Heart (September 5)

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“I am weary with my groaning; all night I make my bed swim; I drench my couch with my tears. My eye wastes away because of grief; it grows old because of all my enemies” (Psalm 6:6-7). THERE IS SUCH A THING AS GOOD GRIEF. It is not good because it is pleasant, but because it opens up our hearts ... Read More »

Esteem (September 5)

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“Man’s life would be wretched and confined if it were to miss the candid intimacy developed by mutual trust and esteem” (Edwin Dummer). IN THE END, IT’S USUALLY “ESTEEM” THAT GIVES HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS A CHANCE TO BLOSSOM AND BE JOYFUL. If people don’t regard one another with respect, if they don’t look upon one another favorably, if they don’t see ... Read More »

Faithfulness (September 4)

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So faithful in love, and so dauntless in war, There never was knight like the young Lochnivar. (Sir Walter Scott) FAITHFULNESS IS A VIRTUE THAT’S EASY TO ADMIRE IN OTHERS AND HARD TO ACQUIRE FOR OURSELVES. The tales that tug at our heartstrings the most powerfully are those that tell of people who, at great cost, held true to their ... Read More »