November 30

DAILY READINGS: 2 Chronicles 30:1-27; Ezekiel 46:1-24; John 21:1-25

when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son. Romans 5:10, NKJV

In his book, Peace Child, Don Richardson tells of discovering the key to presenting the gospel to the Sawi people of Irian Jaya. If a father gave his son to the enemy, his act of sacrifice proved he could be trusted and all who touched the child were placed in a friendly relationship with the father. So God gave His Son for His enemies and all who reach out by faith to the Son for salvation will receive everlasting life. They will no longer be enemies, but His forgiven children. The invitation of Romans 10:13 is, “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (NKJV). —Arnot McIntee

God in mercy sent His Son to a world by sin undone. Jesus Christ
was crucified, ’twas for sinners Jesus died. —Hannah K. Burlingham

Friday, November 30, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 2 Chronicles 30:1-27; Ezekiel 46:1-24; John 21:1-25

The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation forever. Psalm 12:6-7

Pure and eternal. What a powerful description of God’s words! How much we can depend on them, even after all these thousands of years since they were written! We are to esteem of the highest value this glorious book. In doing so, we will be abundantly blessed. The challenge is, how much do we treasure these pure words and the one who wrote them? —G. Frear

We praise You for the radiance,
That from the Scripture’s page,
A lantern to our footsteps,
Shines on from age to age. —W. W. How

November 29

DAILY READINGS: 2 Chronicles 29:1-36; Ezekiel 45:1-25; John 20:19-31

And Shallum the son of Col-hozeh, ruler of the district of Mizpah, repaired the Fountain Gate. He rebuilt it and covered it and set its doors, its bolts, and its bars. And he built the wall of the Pool of Shelah of the king’s garden, as far as the stairs that go down from the city of David. Nehemiah 3:15

Two other gates were repaired before the fountain gate— the valley gate and the dung gate. Isn’t this the Christian’s experience? We travel through the valley of sin and hopelessness. We’re convicted—and trust our Saviour. Behind us lies the dung heap of sin and before us the cleansing fountain! Happy are those who find Christ—the repairer of lives and the restorer of souls! —D. Manera

To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable,
Because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you. —C. S. Lewis

Thursday, November 29, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 2 Chronicles 29:1-36; Ezekiel 45:1-25; John 20:19-31

But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before. Phil. 3:13

What does this mean for the Christian? It means that whatever is behind us, good or bad, is not to be trusted or relied on for the future. Only our faith in Jesus matters and the fact that we’ll spend eternity in heaven with Him. Our focus and priority should be about our relationship with the Lord, not on earthly things. Wise is the Christian that makes intimacy with God their number one objective. That’s a worthy goal surely to be rewarded by Him! —Deborah Manera

Others may deny the Lord and live in sin,
But the race that I have entered, I must win,
Through the pearly gates, I mean to enter in,
I have settled the question forever. —H. Lillenas

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 2 Chronicles 27:1-28:27; Ezekiel 44:1-31; John 20:1-18

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23

It is estimated that every year, almost a billion dollars worth of gift cards go unused. Bought and paid for, they lie inactive by millions of people. “What a waste,” you might think. But, friend, have you accepted the gift God Himself has given you? Bought and paid for by the death of His only Son, the Lord Jesus, does this priceless gift remain “unopened” in your life? —Lynn Shatford

Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow. —Elvina M. Hall

November 28

DAILY READINGS: 2 Chronicles 27:1-28:27; Ezekiel 44:1-31; John 20:1-18

They shall take to them every man a lamb. Exodus 12:3, KJV

Every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb. Exodus 12:4, KJV

Your lamb shall be without blemish. Exodus 12:5, KJV 

Has the lamb, spoken of in verses three and four, become “your lamb,” as in verse five? The Lamb pictured here is, of course, our Lord Jesus Christ. It is essential that He become “your” Lamb, your own personal Saviour and Lord. For Him to be simply “a” Lamb, or even “the” Lamb is not enough—He must be “your” Lamb. Do you know Him? Do you have this personal relationship with Him? Come to Him today. —Audrey Fiebig

Lord, we own, with hearts adoring, Thou hast loved us unto blood;
Glory, glory everlasting be to Thee, Thou Lamb of God!
—James G. Deck

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 2 Chronicles 26:1-23; Ezekiel 43:1-27; John 19:17-42

And the weakness of God is stronger than men. 1 Corinthians 1:25

No doubt a snowflake is one of the weaker things God has made. Touch it and it disintegrates. Breathe on it and it evaporates. Yet snowflakes have often proven to be stronger than men. They can stop cars and trucks, close roads, schools and businesses and even stop men’s armies. Snow played a significant part in the destruction of Napoleon’s Grande Armee, and even Hitler’s formidable panzer divisions had to come to a standstill when confronted with God’s frail snowflakes. —P. W.

Unresting, unhasting and silent as light,
Nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might.
Thy justice like mountains high soaring above;
Thy clouds which are fountains of goodness and love. —Walter C. Smith

November 27

DAILY READINGS: 2 Chronicles 26:1-23; Ezekiel 43:1-27; John 19:17-42

Therefore thus will I do to you, O Israel; Because I will do this to you, Prepare to meet your God, O Israel! Amos 4:12

At every stage of life people plan ahead. Children dream about what they will do when they grow up. Teenagers plan for university or their first job. Engaged couples excitedly organize their weddings while young marrieds anticipate raising a family. As life goes on, people plan for vacations, retirement and even their funerals. While there is nothing wrong with making plans during our brief time here, we must not forget to have a secure plan for eternity. Friend, have you planned for the life after? If not, trust Christ as your Saviour today. —George Ferrier

Sinner, heed the warning voice, make the Lord your final choice,
Then all heaven will rejoice, Be in time. —Author Unknown

November 26

DAILY READINGS: 2 Chronicles 25:1-28; Ezekiel 42:1-20; John 18:28-19:16

Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory. 1 Peter 1:8

These Christians did not have a lot to rejoice in as far as this world was concerned. They had probably lost all of their earthly assets and maybe even loved ones. Yet Peter brings before them eternal, spiritual treasures, which all find their source in the Lord Jesus. We don’t see Him physically, but what joy fills our lives when we by faith meditate on Him—it cannot be expressed. Perhaps there is not a lot for you to rejoice in today as far as this world is concerned. Turn your eyes on Christ and find real and lasting joy in Him. —Paul Robertson

I love Thee for wearing the thorns on Thy brow;
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now. —W. F. Featherston

Monday, November 26, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 2 Chronicles 25:1-28; Ezekiel 42:1-20; John 18:28-19:16

In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works. Titus 2:7

For the Christian, every circumstance is an opportunity for the Lord—to speak for Him, to represent Him, to be His ambassadors in a world that does not know Him. Our constant aim should always be to do those things that please Him (Heb. 13:20-21), to be accepted of Him (2 Cor. 5:9) and found in Him (Phil. 3:10). In a day when everyone is encouraged to make their personal lives public, let us use every opportunity to honour Him by showing ourselves a pattern of good works. —Mark Kolchin

You are writing a Gospel, a chapter each day;
By things that you do; by things that you say.
Others read that Gospel, whether faithless or true!
Say! What is the Gospel according to you? —Leroy Brownlow