The Samaritan Syndrome (November 10)

The Samaritan Syndrome (November 10)

Jesus calls us to make a radical choice. The choice Israel needed to make was a prefiguring of the greater choice that confronts us today. The very worst decision we can make is to try to have every possibility at once. We cannot serve two masters.

A Decision Only We Can Make (November 9)

A Decision Only We Can Make (November 9)

Since God gave us a free will, only we can make the decision to return to Him. Yet God loves us more than we can imagine, and He will pursue us down all the hard pathways of life, persistently pleading, “Return to me . . . and I will return to you.”

Take My Yoke Upon You (November 8)

Take My Yoke Upon You (November 8)

What we need is not the “freedom” of more lawlessness, but to return to the will of God and find our rest therein. In comparison to the yoke of the enemy, the yoke that Jesus offers is easy. It requires nothing but what contributes to our true good.

Hastening the Coming (November 7)

Hastening the Coming (November 7)

As Peter wrote to his beloved brethren, we should be “waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God” (2 Peter 3:12). Oh, to hear the glorious, triumphant sound of the trumpet of God! May we hear it much sooner rather than later!

Turning from the Power of Satan to God (November 6)

Turning from the Power of Satan to God (November 6)

No moderate remedy will do. In sin, we took our hearts away from our God, so we must give them back to Him. For after all, there are only two alternatives, only two possible “fathers” waiting for us in eternity. We must choose between them.

Testing Everything by the Scriptures (November 5)

Testing Everything by the Scriptures (November 5)

The Berean Jews knew that the ultimate test of Jesus’ messiahship was scriptural: if this Jesus was the person the Hebrew prophets had spoken of, then everything about Jesus would interlock with what had been prophesied about the Messiah.

Choose Life! (November 4)

Choose Life! (November 4)

We haven’t “chosen life” if we’re not doing the kinds of things Moses commanded Israel to do in Deuteronomy 30:20, “loving the Lord your God, obeying His voice and holding fast to him.” Choosing life is not a passive experience but an active one.

Henceforth (November 3)

Henceforth (November 3)

“Henceforth, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness,” said Paul. It is only the rugged who will receive this crown, those who have fought and run and been tested. “The devil tempts that he may ruin; God tests that he may crown” (Ambrose).

Self Must Be Crucified (November 2)

Self Must Be Crucified (November 2)

“Resurrection” sounds good, but there is some dying that comes first. If there is anything other than God that we won’t give up, then the devil has our heart. “Give it up,” Jesus says. “Hold on to it, and you will die. But die, and you will live.”

After Baptism, What’s Different? (November 1)

After Baptism, What’s Different? (November 1)

The gospel calls for a change much deeper than simply changing our “religious affiliation.” If the only thing that is different after we’ve been baptized is that we “now go to the right church,” it may be that we’ve still got some changing to do.

Pin It on Pinterest