DAILY READINGS: 2 Chronicles 1:1-2:18; Ezekiel 27:1-36; John 10:1-18
The Lord is my shepherd… Psalm 23:1
I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. Psalm 23:6
The Lord is our shepherd and between these two verses we find that truly we will never want for anything. He gives us rest, comfort, restoration and guidance for His name’s sake. Even though we will walk through death’s dark vale, it will be without fear due to His comfort, preparation, acceptance of us. How good to know that He will follow us, guide us and be with us all the days of our lives. What more can a sheep ask for? —Ken Gunnell
My hope is built on nothing less,
Than Jesus blood and righteousness;
I do not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name. —Edward Mote
DAILY READINGS: 1 Chronicles 29:1-30; Ezekiel 26:1-21; John 9:18-41
I am that bread of life. John 6:48
The Lord Jesus is the beautiful fulfilment of the type seen in the manna in the wilderness (Ex. 16).
It came from heaven—He came from heaven (1 Cor.15:47).
It was small—He humbled Himself (Phil. 2:8).
It was round—He is the eternal Son of God (Rev. 1:8).
It was white—He is righteous (1 John 3:5).
It was sweet—”Taste and see that the Lord is good” (Ps. 34:8).
It had to be eaten—Christ must be received by faith (John 1:12-13).
It was sufficient for all—Christ is our sufficiency (2 Cor. 3:5).
Truly, the Lord Jesus is manna become Man! —Rex Trogdon
It makes the wounded spirit whole, and calms the troubled breast;
‘Tis manna to the hungry soul, and to the weary rest. —John Newton
DAILY READINGS: 1 Chronicles 28:1-21; Ezekiel 24:1-25:17; John 9:1-17
And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I shall bring you into the land of Israel, into the country for the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to your fathers. Ezekiel 20:42
The Lord proves His faithfulness by fulfilling His promises to Israel. In Ezekiel’s time, they were at a spiritual low point. The northern tribes had been scattered by the Assyrians earlier and now Judah was facing the Babylonian captivity. Instead of repenting and trusting God, the people turned to powerless idols; yet the Almighty reaffirms His commitment to His covenants. In like manner, He will also fulfill His promises towards the church (Rom. 9-11). —K. R. Keyser
Breathe o’er this valley of the dead, send forth Thy quickening might abroad,
Till, rising from their tombs, they spread, in full array,—the host of God! —Horatius Bonar
DAILY READINGS: 1 Chronicles 26:1-27:34; Ezekiel 23:1-49; John 8:31-59
And I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. Malachi 3:17
In a future day, God will spare a remnant from His rebellious people Israel, as a loving father spares his son, when they repent and return to Him. They will be restored because God remembers the covenant He
made with Abraham (Mal. 3:16-17). Likewise God can spare us from judgment today because He spared not his own Son, but delivered Him up for us all (Rom. 8:32). He can now freely give us eternal life when we
believe in Him. Have you believed? —K. C. Ung
And when I think that God, His Son not sparing,
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in,
That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin. —S. K. Hine
DAILY READINGS: 1 Chronicles 24:1-25:31; Ezekiel 22:1-31; John 8:12-30
My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother. Proverbs 6:20
When the father of the house is away at work for much of the day, how important the role of the mother. It is good to hear one’s children praising their mother for teaching them bible verses and principles in their early years. What a wonderful support this is for the father whose responsibility it is to bring up the family in the fear of the Lord. —Brian Russell
Count your blessings name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done. —Johnson Oatman
DAILY READINGS: 1 Chron. 22:1-23:32; Ezekiel 20:45-21:32; John 7:31-8:11
They came…that they might see Lazarus also, whom He had raised from the dead…By reason of him many of the Jews went away and believed on Jesus. John 12:9, 11
He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. John 11:25
What more could He do to make you believe? What more would make you want to trust Jesus than to know He could give life to a dead man? Do you want to live after you die? He’s the one to believe in. He takes spiritually dead people like you and me and gives us an eternal life guarantee. —Ken Gross
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them and they follow Me:
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish,
Neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand. —Alfred Gibbs
DAILY READINGS: 1 Chronicles 21:1-30; Ezekiel 20:1-44; John 7:12-30
Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones. Matthew 18:10
I went shopping for toys and other items to fill Christmas shoeboxes for needy children overseas. I enjoyed the shopping and got enthused about getting things to brighten a child’s life, someone who may never
have received a gift. When the cashier totaled the amount I was a little shocked and wondered if I had spent too much. Returning home I sorted the items for this or that box. A quote I’d heard somewhere in the past came to mind saying, “The only thing we really keep is what we give away.” Suddenly the amount didn’t matter. We should bless the children like Jesus did. —E. Dyck
Jesus loves me! He who died, heaven’s gate to open wide,
He will wash away my sin, let His little child come in. —Anna B. Warner
DAILY READINGS: 1 Chronicles 19:1-20:8; Ezekiel 18:1-19:14; John 6:41-7:11
Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. Matthew 20:28
On April 30, 2016, Canada’s National Post carried a headline reading, “Should a Government Pay Ransoms?” It was relative to a young lady who had been a captive for 460 days. Upon her release she said,
“Paying ransom for Canadians would endanger the lives of many Canadians living abroad.” The Lord Jesus left glory, not to endanger lives by being a ransom for sin, but to redeem all who would accept His ransom for them. The apostle Paul stated it clearly in 1 Timothy 2:5-6, “the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all.” You and I are included. —Arnot P. McIntee
On Calvary see Him, who died in our stead,
Exhausting God’s judgment, when for us He bled. —L. H. Ferrell
DAILY READINGS: 1 Chronicles 17:1-18:17; Ezekiel 17:1-24; John 6:22-40
But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ… Galatians 6:14
John Street is the name of a row of terraced houses in our town and was named after Sir John Bowring (1792-1872). He served the British Government in many countries, including becoming the fourth governor of Hong Kong. One day while sailing along the South China coast he saw the burnt out remains of a church in Macao. The scene was sad but above the ruins was a cross and it reminded him very vividly of the eternal significance of the cross of Christ. He wrote a hymn about the core truth of the Christian faith; that Christ died for our sins. —Paul Young
In the cross of Christ I glory, towering o’er the wrecks of time.
All the light of sacred story, gathers round its head sublime. —J. Bowring
DAILY READINGS: 1 Chronicles 16:1-43; Ezekiel 16:35-63; John 6:1-21
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1
For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. Colossians 3:3
The word “secret” signifies a “hiding place” (Ps. 32:7). Like a bird covers her young with her wings, we can trust in the shelter of God’s wings (Ps. 61:4). As we trust Him He assures us with “songs of deliverance” (Ps. 32:7). A shadow speaks of someone’s presence. God doesn’t just hide us and then leave us. He permanently hides us in His presence by placing us in the secret place of His Son. Christ will never leave us nor forsake us. What security! —George Ferrier
The Lord’s our Rock, in Him we hide, a shelter in the time of storm;
Secure whatever ill betide, a shelter in the time of storm.—V. Charlesworth