Friday - October 24, 2014

The Principal Part of Faith (October 9)


“But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you” (1 Peter 5:10). GEORGE MACDONALD, A WRITER WHOSE OBSERVATIONS SHOULD NOT BE QUICKLY DISREGARDED, ONCE SAID THAT “THE PRINCIPAL PART OF FAITH IS PATIENCE.” Our first reaction might be to disagree ... Read More »

Grounded in God (October 8)


“Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day” (Psalm 25:5). IF OUR THINKING IS NOT SOLIDLY GROUNDED IN GOD, THEN OUR OUTWARD LIVES CAN NEVER BE WHAT THEY OUGHT TO BE. We will be like a ship with no anchor unless we tether ourselves to ... Read More »

Wit (October 8)


“Wit is a happy and striking way of expressing a thought” (William Penn). WE NORMALLY THINK OF WIT AS NOTHING MORE THAN THE ABILITY TO MAKE A QUICK, CLEVER REMARK. But there’s actually more to it than that, and there’s a sense in which we all need to aspire to a greater quality of wit. The word itself comes from ... Read More »

Questions, Questions, Questions (October 8)


“Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator” (1 Peter 4:19). LIFE IN THIS WORLD PRESENTS US WITH SOME SERIOUS QUESTIONS. Many problems are hard to figure out, and much that happens is hard to explain. Our Father has revealed the answers to all ... Read More »

When to Celebrate (October 7)


“A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of one’s birth” (Ecclesiastes 7:1). OUR CELEBRATIONS SAY A LOT ABOUT OUR VALUES AND PRIORITIES. For example, we send congratulatory cards to friends when they have a new baby, but if the same friends had a loved one who died and went to heaven, ... Read More »

Solutions (October 7)


“To spend an hour worrying on our knees is not prayer. Indeed, there are times when it is our duty, having committed a problem to God in prayer, to stop praying and to trust and to do the necessary work to arrive at a solution” (Oliver Barclay). LIFE IS FULL OF PUZZLES AND PROBLEMS THAT NEED SOLUTIONS. Indeed, most of ... Read More »

Kaizen (October 7)


“. . . but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head — Christ” (Ephesians 4:15). LIFE IN GENERAL IS ABOUT GROWTH, AND LIFE IN JESUS CHRIST IS ABOUT GROWTH TOWARD THE PERFECTION OF OUR CHARACTER. Much of the happiness and joy that are available to us can only be ours ... Read More »