April 30

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 10:11-11:3; Proverbs 8:1-36; Jude 1:1-25

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

The headline read “Mom’s final act saves baby.” The heroic mother was pushing her baby’s stroller across an intersection when a car made an illegal turn. She pushed the buggy out of the way, but could not avoid the vehicle and was killed. The greatest act of love was at Calvary where the Lord Jesus died in your place and mine, paying the price of our sins. The apostle Paul said, “the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians. 2:20). —Arnot P. McIntee

Jesus has saved me—wonderful Saviour! Jesus has saved me—
I cannot tell how; But this I do know, He came, my ransom,
Dying on Calvary with thorns on His brow. —J. W. MacGill

Monday, April 30, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 10:11-11:3; Proverbs 8:1-36; Jude 1:1-25

Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Psalm 62:8, NKJV

In a recent message, the preacher commented that we read our Bibles too quickly. The Psalmist would no doubt agree. “Selah” he writes after this verse, urging us to pause, to reflect, to savour these words. Surgeon says it this way: “Precious pause. Timely silence. Sheep may well lie down when such pasture is before them.” —M. MacMullen

Listen to His voice in the stillness, calling us to walk in the light;
Listen to His voice in creation, telling of His glory and might.
Listen to the depth of His wisdom, listen to the truth of His Word,
Come and taste the joy of His presence, listen to His voice. —Ron Hamilton

Lord’s Day, April 29, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 9:1-10:10; Proverbs 6:20-7:27; Mark 16:1-20

And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. John 20:20

On Resurrection evening the disciples hid in the upper room, the doors shut for fear of the Jews. Suddenly, the risen Lord appeared in their midst. They saw His face, heard His voice, and beheld His hands and side. They had 20/20 vision (John 20:20) and they were glad! One day we, too, will see Him and be glad. Till then may we view Him with the eye of faith when we remember Him in the breaking of the bread. —Rex Trogdon

Till He come we take the cup; as we at His table sup,
Eye and heart are lifted up! We give Thee thanks, O Lord. —Horatius Bonar

April 29

DAILY READINGS: Num. 9:1-10:10; Prov. 6:20-7:27; Mark 16:1-20

Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” John 14:5

Thomas asks a vital question concerning our direction and destiny. There are two ways into eternity, the narrow way that leads to life, and the broad way that leads to destruction (Matthew 7). Be not deceived for there is “a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death” (Proverbs 16:25). Reformation, religion, good works, and sincerity are some ways that seem right, but are false. There is only one way. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). “And there is salvation in no one else” (Acts 4:12). Have you come to Him? —R. Surgenor

Yes Jesus is the Truth, the Way, that leads you into rest. Believe in
Him without delay, and you are fully blest. —J. H. Sammis

April 28

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 8:1-26; Proverbs 5:1-6:19; Mark 15:24-47

I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10, NKJV

The Lord Jesus loved to talk about life. In this passage He speaks of the enemies of the sheep—the thief who comes to steal and to kill and to destroy. The wolf has a similar ambition and the hireling is no better. So different is the motive of the Lord the Shepherd. He comes to give His life and, by so doing, He is able to impart life more abundant to those who put their confidence and trust in Him. He said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep,” (John 10:11, NKJV). Have you received life from Him? —R. J.

The least, the feeblest of the sheep, to him the Father gave, Kind is His
heart the charge to keep, and strong His arm to save. —P. Doddridge

Saturday, April 28, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 8:1-26; Proverbs 5:1-6:19; Mark 15:24-47

For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition which I have asked of Him. 1 Samuel 1:27, NKJV

President Abraham Lincoln said, “I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” As a Mum, raise your children for God. Timothy had a faithful mother and Paul reminded young Timothy of that; “And that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 3:15). —Jim Comte

Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful;
May the fire of our devotion light their way;
May the footprints that we leave,
Lead them to believe. —Steve Green

Friday, April 27, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 7:1-89; Proverbs 4:1-27; Mark 15:1-23

O Lord, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure. The Lord hath heard my supplication; the Lord will receive my prayer. Psalm 6:1, 9

In times of despair, we can call upon the Lord. In fact, He says specifically to call on Him in time of trouble and He will deliver us that we might glorify Him again. What a comfort this is! We must practice this constantly and remember that God knows how we feel at all times. He will meet our need. —G. Frear

O Lord, rebuke not for my wrong,
I’ve lost my joy, my peace, my song;
But You have heard my weeping and cries,
And before You now my prayers will rise. —G. F.

April 27

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 7:1-89; Proverbs 4:1-27; Mark 15:1-23

And also say, “Behold, your servant Jacob is behind us.” For he said, “I will appease him with the present that goes before me, and afterward I will see his face; perhaps he will accept me.” Genesis 32:20, NKJV

Jacob feared death at the hand of his brother and so he tried to appease his brother’s anger with gifts. We face the wrath of God and eternal death (Romans 6:23). God is not appeased by our gifts or good works. It is “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us” (Titus 3:5, NKJV). Which method are you counting on—your gifts and works or His gift to you? —P. W.

Thy work alone, my Saviour, can ease this weight of sin; Thy blood
alone, O Lamb of God, can give me peace within. —Horatius Bonar

April 26

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 6:1-27; Proverbs 3:1-35; Mark 14:53-72

Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more. Romans 5:20

Even our righteous acts are like filthy rags in the eyes of God (Isaiah 64:6). Yet, no matter how sin has revealed itself in us, there is good news—the Gospel of the grace of God. On the cross the Lord Jesus paid the price for all our sins and whether great or few, God’s grace abounds more. Friend, you may have done great harm to yourself and others. Don’t despair. Trust Christ as your Saviour today and He will immediately forgive, change and welcome you as His own. —George Ferrier

Marvellous grace of our loving Lord, Grace that exceeds our
sin and our guilt! Yonder on Calvary’s mount outpoured,
There where the blood of the Lamb was spilled. —J. H. Johnston

Book Review: The Fruitful Vine: a Celebration of Biblical Womanhood

Book Review: The Fruitful Vine: a Celebration of Biblical Womanhood
By: Warren Henderson

“Books like this by a present day author are few and far between, written in a refreshingly clear way, and with a clear directive contrary to that in which the feminist movement has taken society. Because it is all too easy for believers to be swayed in their thinking by this movement and its prevalence in the western world, this treatise on womanhood as taught in the Scriptures is essential reading for today’s women and men.

The author skilfully explores the different roles of women, whether single (by choice or by circumstance) or married, mothers or grandmothers, widows young or old. Sound scriptural advice is given for each situation. Using the figure of the Fruitful Vine (Ps 128.3, with cognate verses from The Song of Solomon), the beauty and honour of marriage is described, from the industrious to the intimate, from the everyday things to the special occasions which family life contains. Whilst focused on the role of the wife, the role of the husband is constantly called into the foreground, for it is (correctly) argued that the one cannot be fulfilled without the other.

In the Preface, the position is taken that biblical manhood advocates biblical womanhood; or put in more everyday terms, “an ideal wife is any woman who has an ideal husband”. The treatment of this subject is both doctrinally sound and practically orientated. The permanence of the marriage bond, the truth of headship and its consequences in the home and in the assembly, the necessity for complete fidelity and confidentiality in marriage are each stressed.

Problem areas like marital satisfaction and how to promote it, disagreements and how to resolve them, love and how to keep it fresh, gossip and how to avoid it (the author calls it sin), are all explored in detail, as is some very practical advice about the smooth, economical, responsible running of the home which is where the woman’s best influence lies. Readers outside of the USA where the book originated may find some of the details less appropriate, but the overall message is very important and applies everywhere.

Sin has invaded every realm of society, marriage included, but its effects can be controlled by the application of the Word of God, which is what this book successfully attempts to do. If read and its message heeded, it will be an asset in every young believer’s marriage, and every older one’s too. The men as well as the women should read it.”

~ This book review originally published in Believer’s Magazine Feb 2007 , written by RWC