Tuesday, September 26, 2017

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 18:1-46; Jeremiah 30:1-24; Hebrews 1:1-14

It was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement. Acts 3:10
For the man was above forty years old. Acts 4:22

This man sat at that gate during most of our Lord’s public ministry while the Lord could have healed him. Why didn’t He? God’s timetable did not include it. But healing would eventually come to him and with it a wonderful testimony to the gospel. Our life, individually, is planned according to His sometimes inscrutable yet always perfect, divine will. Our part is to be ever watchful, praying for His guidance. He will do the right thing at the right time for us. —Vernon Markle

Lo, the night is waning fast, the breaking morn is near;
And Jesus comes, with voice of love, Thy drooping heart to cheer. —C. & F. Jouard

Monday, September 25, 2017

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 17:1-24; Jeremiah 29:1-32; Philemon 1:1-25

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true…whatsover things are of good report…think on these things. Philippians 4:8

A magazine had an article about a person so frustrated by limited success with his garden that he had considered giving it up and said he would “cultivate his mind” instead. Somebody quoted a little couplet to him, “Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are the seeds, The harvest can either be flowers or weeds.” Christians are exhorted to think on things which are honest and lovely so that such thoughts will take form as virtuous acts of kindness or as words fitly spoken that will be worthy of praise. —Brian Powlesland

Sow blessings, and blessings will ripen, sow hatred and hatred will grow;
Sow mercy, and reap sweet compassion, you’ll reap whatever you sow. —Ella Lauder

Lord’s Day, September 24, 2017

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 15:33-16:34; Jeremiah 27:1-28:17; Col. 4:2-18

It is finished. John 19:30

This sixth saying of Christ from the cross is actually one word in the Greek: tetelestai. It has been described as “an ocean in a drop of speech.” What did He finish? His revelation of God the Father was completed (John 1:18). The goal of His incarnation was reached (John 4:34). His sufferings were ended (1 Pet. 3:18). The Old Testament sacrifices were fulfilled (Heb. 10:11-12). The Father’s will was fulfilled (John 4:34). Satan was defeated (Gen. 3:15). Redemption was accomplished (Heb. 10, 14). —W. Ross Rainey

Lifted up was He to die,
“It is finished,” was His cry;
Now in heaven exalted high;
Hallelujah! What a Saviour! —Philip P. Bliss

Saturday, September 23, 2017

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 15:1-32; Jeremiah 26:1-24; Colossians 3:5-4:1

And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him. Luke 23:33

The elevated railway serving a large metropolitan area passed, and frequently stopped at, “Calvary Cemetery.” Regular stops were made at University Avenue, Main and Market Streets. Often the conductor called, “Next stop Calvary. Trains stop on signal only. Anybody for Calvary?” Friend, tell the Lord Jesus you desire to stop at Calvary today. Acknowledge your sin, and believe He died for you. —Arnot P. McIntee

Calvary, O Calvary! Mercy’s vast unfathomed sea,
Love, eternal love to me. Saviour, we adore Thee. —S. T. Francis

Friday, September 22, 2017

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 13:33-14:31; Jer. 24:1-25:38; Col. 2:8-3:4

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6

The world tells us that it is not “politically correct” to say that the only way to approach God is through Christ! However it is “biblically correct!” So ignoring what they say, we must unashamedly tell the world what Christ Himself proclaimed. Any other message would be false. “For there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Believer, may God give us holy boldness to go and proclaim this truth. —David Croudace

Open my lips Lord, let me speak for Thee,
Tell of Thy salvation bought on Calvary.
May I boldly witness to Thy saving grace,
Win some soul for Thee Lord, ere I see Thy face. —A. P. Gibbs

Thursday, September 21, 2017

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 13:1-32; Jeremiah 23:1-40; Colossians 1:21-2:7

Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus. Romans 15:5
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing. Romans 15:13
Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen. Romans 15:33

The apostle Paul prayed three blessings for the believers at Rome. We should pray for the same. First, that the God of patience and comfort would help us in our unity as the body of Christ. Secondly, that the God of hope would fill our hearts with joy and peace. Finally, that the God of peace would make His presence known by all. God is the source of all blessing. —Rex Trogdon

Blest be the tie that binds, our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred minds, is like to that above. —J. Fawcett

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 12:1-33; Jeremiah 21:1-22:30; Colossians 1:1-20

Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, are these. Jeremiah 7:4

Every temple that Israel touched was eventually destroyed because of their disobedience. Jeremiah urged them to repent, but they thought that the temple would shield them from wrath. He countered this error by predicting its destruction and their exile. Centuries later God incarnate prophesied regarding His body: “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up” (John 2:19). Despite their part in His crucifixion, the risen Christ sent His apostles to proclaim to the Jews first, salvation through faith in Him (Acts 1:8). —Keith Keyser

“Destroy this temple” He prophesied; the Saviour whom they crucified;
But now His body’s risen;
And we shall dwell with Him in heaven, forever glorified. —K. R. K.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 11:1-43; Jeremiah 19:1-20:18; Philippians 4:2-23

And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. Eph. 4:32

What a beautiful verse. It has deep meaning for me as it was a verse my mother used to often quote. It was my privilege to see her live it out too. It reminds us of the wonderful grace of God who has forgiven us through Christ. It is such a relief to know that we are completely forgiven by the Lord. However, as we are forgiven by God, then we should never withhold or be reluctant to show the kindness and the tender-heartedness of forgiveness to others. We should be known by our willingness to forgive and forget. —Paul Young

God forgave my sin in Jesus’ name, I’ve been born again in Jesus’ name,
And in Jesus’ name I come to you, to share His love as He told me to. —Carol Owens

Monday, September 18, 2017

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 10:1-29; Jeremiah 18:1-23; Philippians 3:1-4:1

They have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean. Ezekiel 22:26 

In this verse, God condemns Israel’s priests who were violating His laws, yet are we any better today? As God’s children, do our lives show the difference between holy and unholy, the clean and the unclean? Or have we been so desensitized by the world’s standards that we can no longer see a difference? “As he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation” (1 Pet. 1:15). —E. V.

By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be;
Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see. —William D. Longstaff

Lord’s Day, September 17, 2017

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 9:1-28; Jeremiah 17:1-27; Philippians 2:12-30

And upon the first day of the week…came together to break bread. Acts 20:7
Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store. 1 Corinthians 16:2
Let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. Hebrews 13:15

It is not by accident that Christians meet on the first day of the week to remember the Lord Jesus in the breaking of bread and to give of their substance. But let us not limit the offering of the sacrifice of praise and the sharing of our substance to our corporate gatherings. Let us do so continually. —Tom Steere

Let my hands perform His bidding, let my feet run in His ways;
Let my eyes see Jesus only, Let my lips speak forth His praise. —M. James