November 4

DAILY READINGS: 1 Chronicles 17:1-18:17; Ezekiel 17:1-24; John 6:22-40

“What is it, Queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given you, even to the half of my kingdom.” Esther 5:3

And he vowed to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half of my kingdom.” Mark 6:23

Two offers, two requests, two kingdoms. Esther was willing to face death to bring life to her people. Herodias’ daughter used her life to bring death to John the Baptist. Satan offers the kingdoms of this world at the cost of your own soul. God offers His kingdom at the cost of His own Son. In the final analysis, the latter is a kingdom of light, life and love; the former of darkness, destruction and dread. Which kingdom are you pursuing? —Tom Steere

We thank Thee for the crown of glory and of life; ‘Tis no poor withering
wreath of earth, man’s prize in mortal strife. —Author Unknown

Lord’s Day, November 4, 2018

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