Saturday, February 25, 2017

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

I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live. Deut. 30:19

Man faces many choices in his lifetime. God warned Israel that to continue in sin would result in death, while obedience to God would bring blessing and life! The same warning echoes over the span of time to us today. “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom 6:23). To heed this warning is life. To ignore it, is certain death. Choose life and live! —E. V.

There is life for a look at the crucified One,
There is life at this moment for thee;
Then look, sinner, look unto Him and be saved,
Unto Him who was nailed to the tree.
                                                              —Miss A. M. Hull

Friday, February 24, 2017

DAILY?READINGS: Exodus 15; Psalm 51; Acts 8:5-40

And now abideth faith, hope, charity (love), these three; but the greatest of these is charity (love). 1 Corinthians 13:13

1 Corinthians 13 demonstrates that whatever service, or sacrifices, we may render, if love is not the motivation, they are completely devoid of value. The apostle outlines the characteristics of genuine love, and concludes that love is the supreme virtue. We see this demonstrated in the church at Ephesus. Ephesus had much to commend it, yet the Lord says, “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love…I…will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent” (Rev. 2:4-5). Solemn words indeed that merit our consideration personally and corporately. —W. H. Burnett

Like shoreless seas, Thy love can know no bound; Thou lovest me!
Deep, vast, immense, unfathomed, Lord—profound. Lord I love Thee!
                                                                                                                       —E. C. Quine

Thursday, February 23, 2017

DAILY?READINGS: Exodus 14:5-31; Psalms 49-50; Acts 7:30 to 8:4

He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver. Eccl. 5:10

For the love of money is the root of all evil. 1 Timothy 6:10

The lure of more was part of the Devil’s strategy in the Garden of Eden and remains a part of our sinful flesh. Dissatisfaction, or the desire for more, is the pursuit of a happiness that does not originate with God. Once saved, we gradually learn that true happiness is total dependence on Him for everything. How slow we are to practice it. “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other” (Gal. 5:17). “They that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh” (Gal. 5:24). Soon our victory will not be temporary but eternal. —Vernon Markle

Satisfied with Thee, Lord Jesus, I am blest;
Peace which passeth understanding, on Thy breast.
                                                                                     —E. Milne

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

DAILY?READINGS: Exodus 13 to 14:4; Psalms 47-48; Acts 7:1-29

They were mighty men of valour. 1 Chronicles 26:6

Able men for strength for the service. 1 Chronicles 26:8 A wise counsellor. 1 Chronicles 26:14

Are these possibly the Old Testament’s equivalent of the “men of good report” found in Acts 6? What a virtuous standard! Current surveys show the desperate need in the home for a visible functioning dad. In the local church the need is for caring shepherds who are examples to the flock—not just shrewd businessmen handling the affairs of the congregation, but genuine servants of God’s people. “Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow” (Heb. 13:7). —W. H. G.

O give us homes with godly fathers, mothers,
Who always place their hope and trust in Him.
                                                           —Barbara B. Hart

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

DAILY?READINGS: Exodus 12:21-51; Psalm 45-46; Acts 6

Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the heathen (nations), and sing praises unto thy name. Psalm 18:49

Giving thanks to the Lord speaks loudly in this unthankful world. God has put us here to shine as lights, to be seen as a city on a hill, and to be salt to reach out to the ends of the earth. Nothing shines brighter, is seen more clearly, and reaches further than thanksgiving and praise to Him from whom all blessings flow. Tell the Lord, thankyou, today, out loud—and by your life, so that everyone will hear! —Rex Trogdon

Yes, on through life’s long path, still chanting as ye go;
From youth to age, by night and day, in gladness and in woe.
Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice give thanks, and sing!
                                                                             —Edward H. Plumptre

Monday, February 20, 2017

DAILY?READINGS: Exodus 11 to 12:20; Psalm 44; Acts 5:12-42

Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man. Luke 23:47

Let the redeemed of the Lord say so. Psalm 107:2 Have you ever wondered how to glorify God? One of the ways we can glorify God is by following the example of the centurion. He glorified God by “saying”. That is, he opened his mouth and extolled the virtues of God’s Son. It was unpopular and he found no encouragement from the world, but God delights to hear from His people. Every day but especially each Lord’s day we have the privilege to meet together as a local assembly and glorify God. As we open our mouths in worship and appreciation we glorify Him. —Sid Halsband

O for a thousand tongues to sing, my great Redeemer’s praise,
The glories of my God and King, the triumphs of His grace!
                                                                                                       —C. Wesley

Lord’s Day, February 19, 2017

DAILY?READINGS: Exodus 10; Psalms 42-43; Acts 4:32 to 5:11

Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord. Psalm 105:3

People boast of many things: their intelligence, physical attractiveness, or their possessions. They praise athletes, actors, entrepreneurs, and scientists. Sadly, God’s name is seldom glorified by the masses. Yet a day is coming when every person will be forced to confess the supremacy and deity of Christ, acclaiming Him Lord (ever so grudgingly!). Believers have the privilege of worshiping the Almighty who bears so many varied and beautiful names, including: Lord of hosts, God most high, Saviour, the good Shepherd, the God of all comfort. Choose a name to consider today; then praise Him for it. —Keith Keyser

O my Saviour, Shield, and Sun, Shepherd, Brother, Husband, Friend,
Every precious name in one; I will love Thee without end.
                                                                                                                     —J. Newton

Saturday, February 18, 2017

DAILY?READINGS: Exodus 9; Psalm 40-41; Acts 4:1-31

Elisha prayed…Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. 2 Kings 6:17

We have eyes but we may not always see what the Lord wants us to see. Eve saw the forbidden fruit and desired it (Gen. 3:6). Aachan saw the accursed Babylonian garment, the gold and silver, and he coveted them (Josh. 7:21). Both sinned against God. Death was the consequence—for the former it was spiritual death (Gen. 2:17), for the latter, physical death (Josh. 7:25). For humanity’s disobedience, Jesus became man and was obedient unto death even to that of the cross, so that we might be saved. Do you see that? —K. C. Ung

Open mine eyes, dear Saviour, now, open mine eyes to see,
The well of Thy full salvation that sparkles and flows for me.
                                                                                       —Fanny J. Crosby

Friday, February 17, 2017

DAILY?READINGS: Exodus 8; Psalms 38-39; Acts 3

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 16:15

We construct beautiful buildings for worship, then struggle to get people in. We have eloquent preachers but often no unsaved are there to hear them! We seem to have things back to front. The Lord’s final message before He ascended was “Go ye”. Use your feet to go into all the world to preach the gospel. He is saying to the church today, “Go ye into the high street and market; go to the homes and playgrounds; go to your friends and neighbors. Whatever else you do please go. I am waiting to make you a blessing if only you will go.” A conference held some years ago was entitled, “Go Out or Die Out.” How true. Is yours a dying assembly? —David Croudace

Go then and tell them of Jesus, it was for them He was slain Give them,
O give them the Gospel, let not their cry be in vain!
                                                                                                                            —O. Smith

Thursday, February 16, 2017

DAILY?READINGS: Exodus 6:14 to 7:25; Psalm 37; Acts 2:22-47

And they (Zacharias & Elisabeth, parents of John the Baptist) were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. Luke 1:6

What an exemplary couple! Their united lives were outstanding in that they consistently demonstrated the qualities of which the Lord God spoke, on the day when He presented Adam with the lovely bride He had prepared for him. “No more twain, but one flesh” (see Mark 10:8) expressed the Divine standard, with reference to marriage. Today’s rejection of biblical teaching is a clarion call to all Christian couples to adhere to the godly example of Zacharias and Elisabeth. —George Hall

Let us, then, be true and faithful, trusting, serving every day;
Just one glimpse of Him in glory will the toils of life repay.
                                                                                               —Eliza Hewitt