Lord’s Day, September 9, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 1:1-53; Jeremiah 9:1-26; Ephesians 3:1-21

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. 2 Corinthians 13:14

What a gracious way to end a letter—the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is the last line of the last chapter of Paul’s epistle. You might call it the bottom line for had it not been for the grace of God we’d all be hopelessly lost. But grace has appeared in Christ and with it the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. The fullness of the Godhead is enjoined in this benediction that begins with His marvelous grace. —Rex Trogdon

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear, the hour I first believed! —John Newton

Saturday, September 8, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 2 Samuel 24:1-25; Jeremiah 8:1-22; Ephesians 2:11-22

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15
As for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy. Psalm 5:7
As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness. Psalm 17:15

There are many areas of life where choices are made for us by others. Some we appreciate and enjoy; others are rather burdensome. But in the spiritual realm we alone are responsible for the choices we make
and can enjoy the results of the wise choices we’ve made. Choices always have consequences, therefore choose wisely! —Wm. H. Gustafson

Remember thy Creator in the days of thy youth,
Jesus calls thee in life’s morning, thro’ His own Word of truth. —A. P. G.

Friday, September 7, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 2 Samuel 23:1-39; Jeremiah 7:1-34; Ephesians 1:15-2:10

And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other. Acts 15:39

Whatever the rights and wrongs of the thoughts of Paul and Barnabas about John Mark, it was a sad day when their differences resulted in their departure one from another. It is very sad when God’s gifted Bible believing servants do not get on as is sometimes seen amongst the Lord’s people. We must endeavour to work together, otherwise the world will notice and God’s work will suffer. —Brian Russell

Blest be the tie that binds
Our heart’s in Christian love
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like to that above. —John Fawcett

Thursday, September 6, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 2 Samuel 22:1-51; Jeremiah 6:1-30; Ephesians 1:1-14

Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth. Psalm 119:142

In today’s reckless culture it is good to know that what God says is always right. His righteousness is an everlasting righteousness. There is no shifting morality with God. His law, His Word, is truth. Nothing that is put against it changes that fact. God’s Word is truth and His righteous judgement is sure. —D. Pickup

The perfect righteousness of God,
Is witnessed in the Saviour’s blood;
‘Tis in the cross of Christ we trace,
His righteousness, yet wondrous grace. —Albert Midlane

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 2 Samuel 21:1-22; Jeremiah 5:1-21; Galatians 6:1-18

This is my blood…which is shed for many for the remission of sins. Matthew 26:28
And without shedding of blood is no remission. Hebrews 9:22
And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Heb. 10:17

God exacted the full penalty for all of our sins when He laid them upon His Son on the cross. The blood of the Lord Jesus Christ was shed for us. As Jesus died He cried out “It is finished” (John 19:30), the price
was paid in full and now whoever comes to Him, trusting only in His substitutionary death for us, will hear these wonderful words, “Your sins and your iniquities will I remember no more.” —David Croudace

Redeemed, restored, forgiven, through Jesus’ precious blood,
Heirs of His home in heaven, O praise our pardoning God! —Henry W. Baker

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 2 Samuel 20:1-26; Jeremiah 4:3-31; Galatians 5:10-26

The Lord is my shepherd…He maketh me to lie down…he leadeth me…he restoreth my soul. Psalm 23:1-3
When he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them. John 10:4

What does our good Shepherd do? He goes before and constantly cares for His sheep. His care includes feeding, guiding, protecting and restoring. His rod and staff are for our comfort. He leads us in paths of righteousness. This means He leads us according to the will of God, not our own will. May we heed His voice, trust and gratefully follow Him today. —Carl Knott

Lord, I would clasp Thy hand in mine, nor ever murmur nor repine;
Content, whatever lot I see, since ’tis my God that leadeth me. —Joseph Henry Gilmore

Monday, September 3, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 2 Sam. 19:9-43; Jeremiah 3:6-4:2; Gal. 4:21-5:9

There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? John 6:9
Jesus then took the loaves [and fish]; and when he had given thanks, he distributed…to them that were set down. John 6:11

A great company had come to hear Jesus and they needed to be fed. A lad was in attendance. He came prepared—with food. He was willing to be used and to offer his meal. He gave sacrificially. All that he had. He didn’t know the impact he would have on a difficult situation. The Lord can use each one of us in ways we could never imagine. Are you willing and ready to be used by Him? —Bob Cretney

I surrender all, I surrender all;
All to Thee, my blessed Saviour, I surrender all. —Winfield S. Weeden

Lord’s Day, September 2, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 2 Sam. 18:1-19:8; Jeremiah 2:1-3:5; Gal. 4:1-20

To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. Ephesians 1:6

Accepted in Christ. The word “accepted” carries the idea of being highly honoured or greatly favoured. It is the verb form of “grace” so we can say that we are “graced in Christ.” Placed in the One who is in the bosom of His Father, we are the beloved, recipients of the same love the Father has for His Son. Nothing shall ever separate us from Him. What comforting words. —George Ferrier

Tempters seek to lure astray;
Storms obscure the light of day:
But in Christ I can be bold,
I’ve an anchor that shall hold. — W. C. Martin

Saturday, September 1, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 2 Samuel 16:1-17:29; Jeremiah 1:1-19; Galatians 3:15-29

She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint My body for burial. Mark 14:8, NKJV

Some criticized Mary for anointing the Lord’s body for burial with expensive anointment. The Lord responded, “She has done a good work for Me” (Mark 14:6, NKJV). A dear sister lost her battle with cancer this year. She often had little during her lifetime, but was known for doing what she could to help others. Selfless service prompts jealousy in those not as committed, but such attitudes should never hinder us from doing a good work for the Lord, if we can. What Mary did would “be told as a memorial to her” (Mark 14:9, NKJV). He will be faithful to remember your good works for Him too! —W. A. H.

Since without Thee we do no good, and with Thee do no ill,
Abide with us in weal and woe, in action and in will. —E. B. Browning

Friday, August 31, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 2 Samuel 15:1-37; Zephaniah 3:1-20; Galatians 3:1-14

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. Psalm 14:1

What a sad picture of people without God. Thinking they can cope on their own! Yet the grace of God of God is so vast, that even though people have turned against Him, He will still hear the faintest cry, and will never turn away from any who seek Him. We can be thankful that we know Him and have communion with Him. —G. Frear

Weak and wounded sinner,
Lost and left to die;
O, raise your head, for Love is passing by,
Come to Jesus, Come to Jesus,
Come to Jesus and live! —Chris Rice