February 29

DAILY READINGS: Exodus 19:14-25; Psalm 59:1-17; Acts 10:34-48

There came a man full of leprosy…he fell on his face and begged him, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him. Luke 5:12-13

A surgeon was asked, “Do you ever fear losing feeling in your fingers so you would be unable to perform surgeries?” “No”, he replied, “but I do fear the day when I lose feeling for my patients.” An outcast of society begged Jesus to touch him. Dr. Luke, in using the term, “full of leprosy” indicates he was beyond human help. But he was never beyond the Saviour’s healing touch. Leprosy is a picture of sin and in that matter we are beyond help. We need the forgiving touch of the Saviour. Trust Him and He will cleanse you today. —Jim Comte

Just one touch! And He makes me whole,
Speaks sweet peace to my sin-sick soul. —B. Bell

February 28

DAILY READINGS: Exodus 19:1-13; Psalm 58:1-11; Acts 10:24-33

The sting of death is sin. 1 Corinthians 15:56, KJV

God first created man to enjoy the fullness of His creation and to commune with Him. As a test of his obedience (a necessary condition of faith and love), God said he could eat of the fruit of every tree in the garden where God had placed him except one. To disobey would bring certain death (Genesis 2:16-17). Yet man chose to disobey and sin against God. Consequently death came. The Lord Jesus lived a life of obedience to God and gave His life to take away this sting of death. Now He offers life back to us and a restoration of our relationship with Him. Will you obey and take it? —K. C. Ung

Jesus for sinners undertakes, and died that we may live;
His blood a full atonement makes, and cries aloud, “Forgive.”
—J. Newton

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Exodus 19:1-25; Psalms 58:1-59:17; Acts 10:24-48

It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. Hebrews 9:27

Chicago’s O’Hare airport was 37,000 feet below our Boeing 737. It was time to read and relax. But then I noticed a couple near me reading a religious pamphlet. Soon we were in a discussion regarding our individual faiths. After a lengthy dialogue, I stated, “I have five minutes to live, will you please tell me how I can get to heaven?” Startled they looked at one another and replied, “We’ve never thought about that.” Now it was my turn, and with joy, I told them when one acknowledges they are a sinner, and places their trust in the Lord Jesus, God’s son, they are assured of everlasting life. —Arnot P. McIntee

Come, and He will give you rest; trust Him for His word is plain;
He will take the sinfulest; Christ receiveth sinful men. —E. Neumeister

February 27

DAILY READINGS: Exodus 18:1-27; Psalms 56:1-57:11; Acts 10:1-23

Owe no one anything… Romans 13:8

When we purchase things on credit, we owe money. When the total amount is paid, our debt is settled. But, the debt of sin, we owe to God! And no matter how hard and how many times we try; we can never settle our debt in full. It is only by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ and His shed blood, that our debt can be settled. He alone has the power to wipe our slates clean if we will confess our sins to Him. Have you had your debt paid? —Ken Gunnell

To Him I owe my life and breath, And all the joys I have;
He takes away the sting of death, Gives victory o’er the grave!
—S. Stennett

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Exodus 18:1-27; Psalms 56:1-57:11; Acts 10:1-23

Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. Job 42:3

Job asked for a personal audience with God and when God responded, he was humbled and repented. His knowledge of the holy One was lacking and he confessed that he had spoken of what he only knew in part. We feel the same, don’t we; humbled, when we speak of Him and His love? Charles Spurgeon said, “The door of repentance leads to the hall of joy.” Are we there yet? —Rex Trogdon

It passeth knowledge, that dear love of Thine,
Lord Jesus, Saviour; yet this soul of mine,
Would of Thy love in all its breadth and length,
Its height and depth, its everlasting strength, know more and more. — Mary Shekleton

February 26

DAILY READINGS: Exodus 17:1-16; Psalm 55:1-23; Acts 9:32-43

For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18

There are many proclaiming all kinds of religions and creeds. But none can compare to the preaching of Christ crucified. We join with the apostle when he declared that he gloried in nothing but the cross. It reveals the sinful nature of the human heart and demonstrates the love and grace of God in procuring eternal salvation for those who believe. Are you among those who have put their faith in Christ and His finished work on the cross? —Drew Craig

Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to Thy cross I cling,
Naked come to Thee for dress; helpless look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly, wash me Saviour or I die.—A. M. Toplady

Monday, February 26, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Exodus 17:1-16; Psalm 55:1-23; Acts 9:32-43

Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer…I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:1, 8

There are two great examples for us here. First of all, the Psalmist cries out to the Lord for help. But secondly, He affirms his belief that God has heard his cry. He gets into bed anticipating a good night’s rest because he has entrusted himself to the Lord and His goodness. What a pattern for us to follow! —G. Frear

Hear my call O Lord, and have mercy on me,
I know You hear my cry unto Thee,
You give me joy, more than harvest increase,
And I’ll lie down and sleep, in perfect peace. —G. F.

February 25

DAILY READINGS: Exodus 16:1-36; Psalm 52:1-54:7; Acts 9:1-31

In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? John 14:2 

Driving through a town in Pennsylvania, I caught sight of a sign outside a building which said “Christ’s Home.” It was a funeral home and I wondered how many people had found themselves, on their decease, being in that particular home, but not actually arriving in Christ’s eternal home (the Father’s house). To enjoy the comforts and companionship of the Father’s house requires being born into the family of God by accepting Christ by faith. Only then can a place be prepared. —Brian Powlesland

There is a home, a glorious home, a heavenly mansion fair;
And those we loved so fondly here, will bid us welcome there.
—Author Unknown

Lord’s Day, February 25, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Exodus 16:1-36; Psalm 52:1-54:7; Acts 9:1-31

Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession…Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Heb. 4:14, 16

Today, God rests in the finished work of His Son on the cross. As His redeemed ones, we rest in His great atoning sacrifice. Every Lord’s Day as we gather around the emblems of His suffering for us, we acknowledge Him, the foundation of our rest. Our worship and praise should therefore surge upwards to Him, who has given us peace with God. Let us do so with cleansed hearts, enjoying His presence and led by the Spirit of God. —Vernon Markle

Below He purged our guilt away, by His atoning blood:
Now He appears before the throne, and pleads our cause with God. —Author Unknown

February 24

DAILY READINGS: Exodus 15:1-27; Psalm 51:1-19; Acts 8:5-40

For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? Mark 8:36-37 , NKJV

At the end of life all our material possessions will never purchase our admission into Heaven. “Those who trust in their wealth And boast in the multitude of their riches, None of them can by any means redeem his brother, Nor give to God a ransom for him—For the redemption of their souls is costly,” (Psalm 49:6-8, NKJV). Jesus paid the price by His death to save us from the eternal consequences of sin. Are you a saved or a lost soul? Are you living for this world at the expense of preparing for eternity? —Jim Paul

Where will you spend eternity? This question comes to you and me!
Tell me, what shall your answer be? Where will you spend eternity?
—Elisha A. Hoffman