Friday - November 28, 2014

Handle with Care! (November 13)

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“. . . as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures” (2 ... Read More »

Uniqueness (November 13)

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“Every man is more than just himself; he also represents the unique, the very special and always significant and remarkable point at which the world’s phenomena intersect, only once in this way and never again” (Hermann Hesse). IT MAY BE TRITE, BUT IT’S STILL TRUE: EACH OF US IS UNIQUE. Even “identical” twins are very different from one another. As ... Read More »

Deeds of Denial (November 12)

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“They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work” (Titus 1:16). IF WE PROFESS WITH OUR WORDS THAT WE KNOW GOD, WE MUST ALSO CONFESS HIM WITH OUR WORKS. Paul wrote of individuals who claimed to know God but denied Him by their deeds. This is one of the ... Read More »

Certainty (November 12)

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“It is not certain that everything is uncertain” (Blaise Pascal). THESE ARE THE DAYS WHEN SKEPTICISM IS FASHIONABLE. It is trendy to put “truth” in quotation marks and to celebrate ambiguity and paradox. But is it not possible that this movement has gone too far? As Pascal said, “It is not certain that everything is uncertain.” Postmodernism has rightly criticized ... Read More »

Disappointed? (November 12)

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“Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house. Then Martha said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died'” (John 11:20-21). WE CAN EASILY IMAGINE THE DISAPPOINTMENT OF MARY AND MARTHA WHEN JESUS DID NOT COME TO BETHANY IN TIME ... Read More »

Order Out of Chaos (November 11)

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“Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, ‘Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!’ But He turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men'” (Matthew 16:22-23). IF IT WERE ... Read More »

Bravery (November 11)

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“But the bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding go out to meet it” (Thucydides). WE SHOW OURSELVES TO BE BRAVE WHEN WE MEET DIFFICULTY OR DANGER WITH A DETERMINATION TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT, REGARDLESS OF OUR FEAR. If we’re brave, that doesn’t mean we ... Read More »

Self-Righteousness (November 11)

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“The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men; extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess'” (Luke 18:11-12). WE WILL NOT SEEK GOD AS WE SHOULD IF WE ARE HINDERED BY SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS. If our focus ... Read More »