Monday - July 28, 2014

Stewardship of the Emotions (July 13)

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“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23). GOD HAS GIVEN US MANY GOOD GIFTS THAT NEED TO BE HANDLED CAREFULLY, AND THE ONE THAT PERHAPS NEEDS THE GREATEST CARE IS THE MIND. We know that the mind, or heart, is made up of three basic faculties: the INTELLECT, the EMOTIONS, ... Read More »

Moments (July 13)

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“We do not remember days; we remember moments” (Cesare Pavese). IN OUR MEMORIES ARE THE SNAPSHOTS OF MANY MAGICAL MOMENTS. I don’t know how many moments can be stored in one person’s memory, but I know it’s a lot. My father, who at this writing is ninety years old, has a mental photo album that contains enough snapshots to entertain ... Read More »

Head and Heart (July 12)

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“He who says, ‘I know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him” (1 John 2:4-5). IN SEEKING GOD, HOW SHOULD “REASON” AND “EMOTION” BE RELATED? What does ... Read More »

Wholeness (July 12)

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“Not only is there but one way of doing things rightly, but there is only one way of seeing them, and that is, seeing the whole of them” (John Ruskin). WITH MOST THINGS, YOU CAN THINK OF THE WHOLE OR YOU CAN THINK OF THE PARTS. Sometimes it’s necessary to identify and examine the parts, but that analysis doesn’t do ... Read More »

The Worst Time to Decide (July 12)

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“And Samuel said, ‘What have you done?’ And Saul said, ‘When I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that you did not come within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered together at Michmash, then I said, “The Philistines will now come down on me at Gilgal, and I have not made supplication to the Lord.” ... Read More »

Single-Minded Love (July 11)

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“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded” (James 4:8). TO LIVE GODLY LIVES, IT IS NECESSARY FOR US TO CONCENTRATE OUR ATTENTION AND OUR AFFECTIONS ON GOD HIMSELF. If we try to discipline ourselves to do what is right outwardly, we’ll probably have great difficulty ... Read More »

Familiarity (July 11)

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“That song is best esteemed with which our ears are most acquainted” (William Byrd). THERE IS A WONDERFUL DELIGHT THAT COMES FROM THINGS THAT HAVE GROWN FAMILIAR. New things are delightful too, of course, but with new things, it takes a while to get to know all of their nooks and crannies so that we can enjoy them fully. In ... Read More »