June 8

DAILY READINGS: Deut. 22:1-23:8; Joel 3:1-21; Luke 12:22-40

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life. 1 John 5:13 

Jean Francois Gravelot, known as “The Great Blondin,” performed a crossing of the Niagara River on a tightrope. After reaching the other side he asked the crowd, “Do you believe I can cross the river while pushing someone in a wheelbarrow?” The crowd answered, “We believe! We believe!” Then he asked, “Who is willing to ride inside the wheelbarrow while I push you across?” No one answered. To say you believe is one thing, but to really mean it is another. Do you really believe on the name of Jesus, that He is the Son of God? —Jerry Proctor

The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives. —Fanny J. Crosby

Friday, June 8, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Deut. 22:1-23:8; Joel 3:1-21; Luke 12:22-40

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 5:10-11

It is good that our minds should be fortified in the assurance that the “God of all grace” is actively outworking His eternal purposes to make us sharers of His glory. Right now, there may well be difficulties and sufferings in abundance, but these will pass. No alien force can thwart God’s eternal plan. In light of this, we heartily endorse Peter’s ascription of all glory to our precious Lord. —George Hall

The glory shines before me, I cannot linger here!
Though clouds may darken o’er me, my Father’s house is near. —Hannah K. Burlingham