January 18

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 24; Job 29:1-30:31; Matt. 13:1-23

By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. Hebrews 11:7

The same gospel that saves those who believe, also condemns the unrepentant. Noah built the ark as a refuge for whoever would heed the warning; sadly only eight people did. His ark consigned the unbelieving world to judgment. Christ died to save you. Have you received Him? —K. R. Keyser

“Call them in”—the mere professors, Slumbering, sleeping on hell’s brink; Naught of life are they possessors, Yet of safety vainly think. Bring them in—the careless scoffers, Pleasure-seekers of the earth; Tell of God’s most gracious offers, And of Jesus’ priceless worth. —Anna Shipton

January 17

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 23; Job 27:1-28:28; Matt. 12:22-50

If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha. 1 Corinthians 16:22, KJV

How interesting to see these two Aramaic terms put side by side by Paul. Anathema is a curse on those who love not the Lord. When He returns it will be judgment and loss for them. Maranatha means, “O Lord, come.” It is a blessing on those who love Him. For them, a crown of righteousness awaits which the Lord shall give unto all those who love His appearing (2 Timothy 4:8). “Anathema” or “Maranatha” is the cry of your own personal choice. Which will it be? —K. C. Ung

Lord Jesus, come! And take Thy people home:
That all Thy flock, so scattered here,
With Thee in glory may appear.
Lord Jesus, come! Lord Jesus, come! —George Jekell

January 16

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 22; Job 25:1-26:14; Matt. 12:1-21

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor. 2 Corinthians 8:9

In 1936, the heir to the British throne gave up his kingdom to marry the woman he loved. In an interview, the director of a film portraying that story commented that she had “been loved a lot, but no one has ever given up their kingdom for me.” But that’s exactly what the Lord Jesus did! He left the beauties of heaven and came to this sin-cursed earth, to die a shameful death on the cross—all that He might woo us to Himself. How can you spurn love like that? —Lynn Shatford

Thou didst leave Thy throne and Thy kingly crown,
When Thou camest to earth for me!
But with mocking scorn and with crown of thorn,
They bore Thee to Calvary. —E. Elliott

January 15

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 20-21; Job 23:1-24:25; Matt. 11:2-30

That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. Ephesians 3:17

The basic need of people is to be right with God, to be forgiven of their sins. This happens when we repent of our sins and open our hearts to the Lord Jesus. God comes into our life and we are born again. Paul is then concerned that Christ by the Holy Spirit may dwell—have permanent residence—in our hearts by faith. This means that there is a commitment to Christ. It also indicates that there is daily fellowship with the Lord. If Christ is dwelling in our heart we will also desire to please Him and not to grieve Him by sin. This will bring you joy and peace. —Donald L. Norbie

Abide with me from morn til eve, for without Thee I cannot live.
Abide with me when night is nigh, for without Thee I dare not die.
—John Keble

January 14

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 19; Job 22:1-30; Matt. 10:24-11:1

Jesus wept. John 11:35, KJV
Rejoice evermore. 1 Thessalonians 5:16, KJV

Two of the shortest verses in the Bible, yet with profound lessons. Jesus wept, not only at the loss of his friend Lazarus in death, but because He saw the effects of sin, “For the wages of sin is [eternal] death” (Romans 6:23, KJV). But, if we accept God’s salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord, we can be assured that He will remove our transgressions “as far as the east is from the west” (Psalm 103:12, KJV). He will remember our sins no more. Is that not worth rejoicing about? —Bob Cretney

Rejoice in the Lord! Oh, let His mercy cheer;
He sunders the bands that enthrall;
Redeemed by His blood, why should we ever fear,
Since Jesus is our all in all? —G. M. J.

January 13

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 18; Job 21:1-34; Matt. 10:1-23

In that hour he healed many people of diseases and plagues. Luke 7:21

What if a doctor examined you and gave you the news that you were terminally ill? You are, spiritually! You were born with the congenital disease of sin, and it is fatal (Romans 6:23). No doctor, medicine, diet, philosophy, or religion can cure this plague. The Lord Jesus Christ is your only hope. If you repent and call on Him in faith, He will save you in that same hour. He alone has the power to cure you of sin and its deadly effect. Come out of denial, recognize your condition and need, and call upon the Lord. Time is running out. Do it now! —Carl Knott

Time is gliding swiftly by, death and judgment draweth nigh,
To the arms of Jesus fly, be in time. —Charles H. Mason

Lord`s Day, January 13, 2019

Genesis 18:1-33; Job 21:1-34; Matthew 10:1-23

This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Matthew 3:17
My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Matthew 27:46

The stark contrast between these two statements of Scripture raises a question. Why would God forsake the Son in whom He had previously declared all His pleasure? Psalm 22:3 provides the answer; “But thou art holy”. God’s holiness required Him to forsake the Son in whom He delighted, punishing Him for your sin and mine. May our hearts overflow with thanksgiving and praise as we remember Him, and the price He paid to secure our salvation. —E. V.

Lord Jesus, we remember the travail of Thy soul,
When thro’ Thy love’s deep pity, the waves did o’er Thee roll. — J. G. Deck

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Genesis 17:1-27; Job 20:1-29; Matthew 9:18-38

And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth. Acts 17:26

Humanity has been divided by boundaries, ethnicities, political allegiances and languages. Some hide behind these differences saying, the gospel works in your kindred, but not ours. The Bible makes sense in your dialect, but not ours. Your party believes, but not ours. These arguments are insults to God’s wisdom, love and righteousness. God is determined to disprove these excuses by redeeming people out of every nation, tribe, people and tongue (Rev. 5:9). God so loved the world. —J. A. Bjorlie

With harps and with viols there stands a great throng,
In the presence of Jesus and sings this new song;
Unto Him who has loved us and washed us from sin,
Unto Him be the glory forever. Amen. —A. T. Pierson

January 12

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 17; Job 20:1-29; Matt. 9:18-38

Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. John 21:25

The Library of Congress is the world’s largest library. It has over 32 million books, yet that vast number could not tell the full story of our Saviour. It is startling to consider that only a fraction of the Lord’s exploits is recorded. What is written is so that  “you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:31). Is this a truth you have grasped and believed? —Brian Powlesland

Lord, I have made Thy Word my choice, my lasting heritage;
There shall my noblest powers rejoice, my warmest thoughts engage.
—Isaac Watts

January 11

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 15-16; Job 18:1-19:29; Matt. 8:28-9:17

You must be born again. John 3:7
Who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:13

The new birth does not come through parents (“not of blood“), nor does it come through desire (“the will of the flesh“), nor does it come through determination (“the will of man“). The issue is, have you put your faith in Christ? Have you been born of God? Have you been born from above? Apart from this you will never enter the kingdom of God (John 3:3). Believe on Christ now, tomorrow may be too late. —W. Ross Rainey

Children of men, attend to the word,
So solemnly uttered by Jesus the Lord;
And let not this message to you be in vain,
“Ye must be born again.”—William T. Sleeper