Thursday, April 19, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Leviticus 26:1-46; Psalm 140:1-141:10; Mark 10:32-52

We have this ministry. 2 Corinthians 4:1-2, NKJV 

The first six verses of this passage talk of a three-fold component to reaching the lost. It involves us (vv. 1-2), them (vv. 3-4), and Him (vv. 5-6). We need all three to make true evangelism work. It is not about us alone, but that’s where it starts. We have this call to serve Christ, (v. 1); but it also includes our character, (v. 2). We may be called to a certain sphere or ministry, but if we don’t walk the walk, our efforts are
neutralized. The lost, who are blind and dying (vv. 3-4), are looking for legitimate Christianity. Do they see it in us? —N. C. Funston

Give me a faithful heart, guided by Thee,
That each departing day henceforth may see
Some work of love begun, some deed of kindness done,
Some wand’rer sought and won, something for Thee. —Sylvanus Phelps

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Leviticus 25:1-55; Psalm 139:1-24; Mark 10:1-31

The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23

The Royal College of Midwives in Britain was established in 1881 and exists to uphold standards of professional practice and to represent the employment interests of its members. Its motto is in Latin and has
never changed—“Vita Donum Dei.” Translated it means “Life is the gift of God.” The apostle Paul described his conversion experience as likened to being “as of one born out of due time” (1 Cor. 15:8). He knew
what it was to have the gift of eternal life. It can be yours today through faith in the finished work of Christ at Calvary. —Brian Powlesland

Life! Life! Eternal life! Jesus alone is the giver!
Life! Life! Abundant life! Glory to Jesus for ever. —W. Leslie

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Leviticus 24:1-23; Psalms 137:1-138:8; Mark 9:33-50

And Moses went out to meet his father in law, and did obeisance, and kissed him; and they asked each other of their welfare. Exodus 18:7

How necessary it is for believers to develop good Christian graces. It is a matter of life that there are people who we find difficult to speak to, (and no doubt vice-versa), but we should always make the effort. How sad it is when we find ourselves crossing the road to avoid other Christians. Let us make sure that we are not one of those who others dread to meet. —Brian Russell

May the mind of Christ my Saviour,
Live in me from day to day;
By His love and power controlling,
All I do and say. —Katie Wilkinson

Monday, April 16, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Leviticus 23:23-44; Psalms 135:1-136:25; Mark 9:14 -32

Let no man despise thy youth. 1 Timothy 4:12

I was in Jamestown, New York, to preach the gospel. While there I needed a hair cut. With the task completed, my hostess, her driver son, and I exited the shop. We all noticed that the door didn’t work properly. The young man with me stopped, reached up and made some adjustments. In a few minutes springs and wires yielded to his fingers, and it worked perfectly. The owner may never have known of his kindness but I heard his mother say, “Just like his father.” I’m wondering if another voice was heard saying, “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matt. 25:23). Regardless of age, how will you and I be helpful examples of the Lord Jesus today? —Arnot P. McIntee

Take my life, and let it be, consecrated, Lord to Thee;
Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of Thy love.—F. Havergal

Lord’s Day, April 15, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Leviticus 23:1-22; Psalms 132:1-134:3; Mark 8:27-9:13

But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? For all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee. 1 Chronicles 29:14

David saw that there was no worth in the worshippers, only in Him who is to be worshipped. Our offering consists of presenting Christ, in all His worth, back to the Father. It is the Father’s own we give to Him. Like David, may our hearts in true worship declare: “Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty” (v. 11). —Pete Smith

Oh worship the Lord in the beauty of holinesss!
Bow down before Him, His glory proclaim;
With gold of obedience and incense of lowliness,
Kneel and adore Him; the Lord is His name. —John Monsell

Saturday, April 14, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Leviticus 22:1-33; Psalm 128:1-131:3; Mark 8:11-26

And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. Luke 5:10

James and John were Simon’s “partners,” which is the word koinonos which means “fellowship.” Here is a picture of fellowship that goes far beyond “hanging out together,” or liking the same things. They worked together as partners in fishing. Maintaining the boat and the nets, and co-labouring in all the physical work of the fishing business. Today some who say they are in fellowship have trouble making it to the meetings, and participate little in the work of the assembly. What about us, are we partners or spectators? —Carl Knott

To the work, to the work! We are servants of God,
Let us follow the path that our Master has trod. — Fanny J. Crosby 

Friday, April 13, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Leviticus 21:1-24; Psalms 124:1-127; Mark 7:24 to 8:10

When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit. John 13:21
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. John 14:1

Our Lord was troubled in spirit as He met in the upper room with His disciples. He was, of course, anticipating His upcoming betrayal and crucifixion. The disciples were burdened with their own emotions
regarding His leaving them. They were very much afraid. But a troubled Saviour could say “Let not your heart be troubled,” believe in me. Note also that He was talking to all the disciples but He used the
singular noun “heart,” not “hearts.” Each had to personally trust in the Lord in his own heart. As do we. —Ken Gross

Trusting as the moments fly, trusting as the days go by;
Trusting Him whate’er be fall, trusting Jesus that is all. —Edgar Stiles

Thursday, April 12, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Leviticus 19:1-20:27; Psalms 120:1-123:4; Mark 7:1-23

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

Physical activity, such as climbing, running and even walking, demands a high level of energy. Many Scriptures indicate that this physical fact has a spiritual counterpart. As believers in the Lord Jesus, we “Set [our] affection on things above” (Col. 3:2) as we “run… the race that is set before us” (Heb. 12:1). It is most important that we maintain our spiritual vigour and freshness. This is achieved only as we “wait upon the Lord.” —George Hall

Take time to be holy, let Him be thy Guide;
And run not before Him, whatever betide;
In joy or in sorrow, still follow the Lord
And, looking to Jesus, still trust in His Word. —W. D. Longstaff

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Leviticus 17:1-18:30; Psalm 119:145-176; Mark 6:30-56

Uzziah slept (died)…and they buried him with his fathers in the field of the burial which belonged to the kings; for they said, He is a leper. 2 Chronicles 26:23

Uzziah, a good man, became proud, and thought he could enter God’s presence on his own merits. God judged him and he became a leper. Because of that, when he died, he could not be placed with his ancestors in the tomb of the kings but was buried alone in a field. If you are expecting to enter the Lord’s presence depending on your own good life instead of trusting in the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus you too will be greatly disappointed. —David Croudace

There are loved ones in the glory, whose dear forms you often miss,
When you close your earthly story, will you join them in their bliss? —Ada R. Habershon

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Leviticus 16:1-34; Psalm 119:113-144; Mark 6:1-29

Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him. Acts 2:22
Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power (miracles) and signs and lying wonders. 2 Thess. 2:9

Our present dispensation of grace started with a man who did miracles, wonders and signs. This evidence confirmed God was with Him. This dispensation will also end with a man. The man of sin will is rapidly being set for the last scene. It is quite possible that this generation will be the last. Today is still the day grace; who will you choose? —Sid Halsband

Echo it, hilltops; proclaim it, ye plains: Jesus is coming again!
Coming in glory, the Lamb that was slain; Jesus is coming again! —Jessie E. Strout