Saturday - December 20, 2014

Endearment (December 5)

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But if the while I think on thee, dear friend, All losses are restor’d and sorrows end. (William Shakespeare) IF ANYONE HAS EVER TOLD YOU THAT YOU WERE “DEAR” TO THEM, THEN YOU’VE BEEN PAID A HIGH COMPLIMENT. Yet regardless of the reaction of others, the responsibility is on our side to acquire characters that tend in the direction of ... Read More »

Beyond Our Ability (December 5)

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“For I bear witness that according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely willing, imploring us with much urgency that we would receive the gift and the fellowship of the ministering to the saints” (2 Corinthians 8:3-4). AS WE REACH FORWARD TO HEAVEN, THERE IS SOMETHING ELSE WE NEED TO REACH FOR IN THE MEANTIME, AND ... Read More »

Discipleship and Self-Denial (December 5)

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“Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me'” (Matthew 16:24). SELF-DENIAL IS A DIFFICULT DISCIPLINE, TO BE SURE, BUT IT IS ONE OF LIFE’S MOST IMPORTANT VIRTUES. If we wish to become “disciples” in any serious sense, then we must learn to deny ... Read More »

Learning (December 4)

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“A man, though wise, should never be ashamed of learning more, and must unbend his mind” (Sophocles). THERE ARE FAR TOO MANY WONDERS IN THE WORLD FOR ANY OF US TO QUIT EXPLORING. Even if we’re advanced in age and reputed to be wise, there are still many good things left to be learned — and some of these may ... Read More »

Contradictory Concepts? (December 4)

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“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ... Read More »

Pitfalls (December 4)

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“O Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge; by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen” (1 Timothy 6:20-21). PAUL WARNED HIS FRIEND TIMOTHY AGAINST THE “CONTRADICTIONS OF WHAT IS FALSELY CALLED KNOWLEDGE,” AND WE WOULD DO WELL TO ... Read More »

Accountability (December 3)

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“You can’t run a society or cope with its problems if people are not held accountable for what they do” (John Leo). WHEN OTHERS REFUSE TO BE ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS, IT’S EASY TO SEE THE PROBLEM; IT’S A BIT HARDER TO SEE IT, HOWEVER, WHEN WE’RE THE ONES WHO’RE MAKING EXCUSES. At times, we can be so subtle in ... Read More »

We Long for What We Need (December 3)

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“For I long to see you . . .” (Romans 1:11). PAUL’S CHARACTER WAS A STRONG ONE IN EVERY IMPORTANT WAY, BUT HE ALSO WAS CAPABLE OF VERY TENDER FEELINGS. Speaking of his fellow Christians in Rome, he said, “I long to see you.” And in his other letters, he spoke of longing to see brethren elsewhere. Paul needed face-to-face ... Read More »