Thursday - November 20, 2014

A God of Both Mercy and Justice (November 5)


“Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off” (Romans 11:22). KNOWING OF BOTH THE “GOODNESS” AND THE “SEVERITY” OF GOD, WE OUGHT TO SEEK HIM WITH REVERENCE AS WELL AS GRATITUDE. Even though He is a God of ... Read More »

Profoundness (November 5)


Errors, like straw, upon the surface flow; He who would search for pearls must dive below. (John Dryden) PROFOUNDNESS HAS TO DO WITH “DEPTH.” While some thoughts are “shallow,” dealing only with what is obvious or superficial (on the “surface”), others have more depth. And whether we like to admit it or not, the more valuable thoughts tend to be ... Read More »

We Can’t Grow If We Can’t Let Go (November 4)


“Then they all wept freely, and fell on Paul’s neck and kissed him, sorrowing most of all for the words which he spoke, that they would see his face no more. And they accompanied him to the ship” (Acts 20:37-38). GROWTH TOWARD GOD IS A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE, BUT IT’S ALSO A PAINFUL EXPERIENCE. We all want to make progress, but ... Read More »

Productiveness (November 4)


“The happy people are those who are producing something” (William Ralph Inge). AT FIRST GLANCE, PRODUCTIVENESS MAY NOT SEEM LIKE ONE OF THE HIGHER VIRTUES, BUT THERE IS AN UNDENIABLE LINK BETWEEN PRODUCTIVENESS AND HAPPINESS. There is no real happiness for us in this world if all we do is consume that which others have produced. We need to be ... Read More »

Lest We Forget the Goal (November 4)


“Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith” (1 Timothy 1:5). AMID THE WELTER OF OUR SPIRITUAL THOUGHTS AND WORDS AND DEEDS, THE MAIN THING THAT SHOULD BE PRODUCED BY ALL OF THIS ACTIVITY MAY END UP BEING NEGLECTED. Paul wrote that the purpose (that is, the “goal” ... Read More »

When the Dream Comes True (November 3)


“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life” (Proverbs 13:12). THERE WILL COME A TIME WHEN OUR DREAMS COME TRUE, IF WE ARE FOUND IN CHRIST AT HIS COMING. The God who created us put “eternity” in our hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:11). He planted in us a deep need for perfect fellowship ... Read More »

Moving Toward Immortality (November 3)


“Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you” (1 Timothy 4:15-16). IT IS A FACT THAT WE ALL “MOVE” IN SOME DIRECTION EVERY DAY OF OUR ... Read More »

Fire (November 3)


But true love is a durable fire, In the mind ever burning, Never sick, never old, never dead, From itself never turning. (Sir Walter Raleigh) OF ALL THE ENTHUSIASTIC IDEAS IN THE WORLD, “FIRE” IS PERHAPS THE MOST ENTHUSIASTIC. The two words — FIRE and ENTHUSIASM — are almost synonymous. When a cause is worthy of our enthusiasm, we appreciate ... Read More »