Friday - October 31, 2014

The Idea of ‘Spending’ (October 16)

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“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)

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“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 »

What Our Creator Has in Mind (October 15)

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“And Jesus said to her, ‘Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more'” (John 8:11). IN THE STORY OF THE WOMAN TAKEN IN ADULTERY, JESUS DID NOT MINIMIZE THE SERIOUSNESS OF HER SIN, BUT HE SAW IN HER MORE THAN A WOMAN WHO HAD SINNED. Where others may have only seen problems, Jesus saw possibilities. He encouraged her ... Read More »

Logos (October 15)

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“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). GOD HAS REVEALED HIMSELF TO US IN SUCH A WAY THAT WE CAN UNDERSTAND CERTAIN THINGS ABOUT HIM. There are no doubt many, many things about God that He has not revealed to us at all, and of the things that ... Read More »

Resolve (October 15)

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“It is a psychological law what whatever we desire to accomplish we must impress upon the subjective or subconscious mind; that is, we must register a vow with ourselves, we must make our resolution with vigor, with faith that we can do the thing we want to do; we must register our convictions with such intensity that the great creative ... Read More »

Forbearance (October 14)

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“Give us grace and strength to forbear and to persevere . . . Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind, spare us to our friends, soften us to our enemies” (Robert Louis Stevenson). TO FORBEAR IS TO RESTRAIN OURSELVES. It is to exercise self-control in the face of provocation. When we are impacted by someone else’s failing, there ... Read More »

God Is Not the Same as His Creation (October 14)

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“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). THE FIRST STATEMENT IN THE BOOK OF GENESIS AFFIRMS THAT THE COSMOS WAS CREATED BY GOD. From that point forward, the Scriptures make it clear that this God was not merely the universe creating itself nor simply a “creative life-force” pervading nature, but rather a personal God who ... Read More »

Forward! (October 14)

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“We remember the fish which we ate freely in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic; but now our whole being is dried up; there is nothing at all except this manna before our eyes!” (Numbers 11:5-6). SPIRITUALLY SPEAKING, WE CAN’T GO FORWARD WHILE WE’RE STILL IN REVERSE. A better tomorrow can only be ours ... Read More »