Saturday, July 22, 2017

DAILY READINGS: Judges 17:1-18:31; Isaiah 36:1-37:7; 1 Corinthians 14:1-40

For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands. Psalm 92:4
And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the works of our hands. Psalm 90:17

As we consider the wonders of our God’s creatorial handiwork we rejoice at His glory and power. However, those same hands were nailed to a tree, as He suffered for our sins. With what joy we triumph in the victory of Calvary! Today, those mighty, caring hands are able to strengthen our hands in His service. —Pete Smith

May His beauty rest upon me, as I seek the lost to win,
And may they forget the channel, seeing only Him. —Kate Wilkinson

Friday, July 21, 2017

DAILY READINGS: Judges 16:1-31; Isaiah 35:1-10; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

The goodness of God endureth continually. Psalm 52:1
I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever. Psalm 52:8

Amidst an evil, turbulent and uncertain world, we find certainty, stability and peace in our Lord Jesus Christ. Yes, He is our Rock and our Refuge. We are safe and secure in Him forever. And more than that, we experience His grace and goodness on a daily basis. Praise Him for His goodness and wonderful works to the children of men. —D. Pickup

How oft in the conflict, when pressed by the foe,
I have fled to my Refuge and breathed out my woe;
How often, when trials like sea-billows roll,
Have I hidden in Thee, O Thou Rock of my soul. —William Cushing

Thursday, July 20, 2017

DAILY READINGS: Judges 14:1-15:20; Isaiah 34:1-17; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31

Preach the word. 2 Timothy 4:2

To a young preacher who insisted it was essential to preach relevantly to the times, the man of God gave this advice. “Young man don’t preach to the times. Go and preach to broken hearts and you will preach relevantly and to the eternities.” The Word of God, preached in the enabling power of the Spirit of God, will still accomplish that which He pleases and shall prosper in the thing whereto He sends it.  —Arnot P. McIntee

I love Thy Word, O God;
That tells me of Thy Son;
Of His redemption on the cross,
For needy sinners won. —J. Harold Gwynne

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

DAILY READINGS: Judges 13:1-25; Isaiah 33:1-24; 1 Corinthians 11:2-34

Let all those who seek You rejoice. Psalm 70:4 (NKJV)

There are blessings, and then there are blessings! David prays for a “blessing” upon three groups trying to: eliminate him (v. 2a), hurt him (v. 2b) and intimidate him (v. 3). Then he turns to his friends and prays
for a blessing upon them in the experiences of life—that they might find joy (v. 4). David’s prayer for his friends should be a prayer for our friends. One, that they may experience the things they seek for, and two, once obtained, that they might enjoy the things they seek for. The key? Seeking God and loving His salvation! —N. C. Funston

Who can cheer the heart like Jesus,
By His presence all divine?
True and tender, pure and precious;
O, how blest to call Him mine. —Thoro Harris

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

DAILY READINGS: Judges 11:29-12:15; Isaiah 32:1-20; 1 Cor. 10:14-11:1

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6

Hebrews 11 has rightly been called, “God’s Hall of Fame.” The people listed here had triumphant faith, even when circumstances dictated otherwise. Their faith was never a matter of good luck or coincidences. They trusted amidst all of life’s challenges. Sometimes we may say, “This was a circumstance beyond my control!” But, in the life of the believer there is never “happenstance.” Every circumstance is ordained by God if we daily walk by faith. “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7). —Jim Comte

Faith, mighty faith, the promise claims, and looks to God alone;
Laughs at impossibilities and cries it shall be done. —Charles Wesley

Monday, July 17, 2017

DAILY READINGS: Judges 10:6:1-11:28; Isaiah 31:1-9; 1 Cor. 9:24-10:13

To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. Revelation 2:7

Salvation is relational. It is more than a creed or organization. Knowing the Son of God as one’s Saviour and Lord brings eternal life. “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3). Beginning in this world for those who receive Him, this incorruptible, glorious life continues eternally. He endured the cross, an accursed tree, so that we might feed on this blessed tree of life forever. —Keith Keyser

True tree of life! of Thee I eat and live;
Who eateth of Thy fruit shall never die;
’Tis Thine the everlasting health to give,
The youth and bloom of immortality. —Horatius Bonar

Lord’s Day, July 16, 2017

DAILY READINGS: Judges 9:1-10:5; Isaiah 30:1-33; 1 Corinthians 9:1-23

Greater love hath no man. John 15:13

What love is this? Outside Jerusalem around 2,000 years ago the Lord laid down His life, not only for friends but also for those who were His enemies. The love displayed by the Lord on that occasion cannot be measured or calculated. We simply praise and thank Him today for that love displayed to each and every one of us. —John M.Clegg

The love that Jesus had for me,
To suffer on the cruel tree,
That I a ransomed soul might be,
Is more than tongue can tell. —Jane E. Hall

Saturday, July 15, 2017

DAILY READINGS: Judges 8:1-35; Isaiah 29:1-24; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13

He calleth them all by their names. Psalm 147:4
Rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. Luke 10:20
Whose names are in the book of life. Philippians 4:3

Do you have difficulty remembering names? In 1 Chronicles chapters 1-9 we find hundreds of names. We would struggle to remember only a few but they were important to God and He remembered them. Imagine for a moment the staggering number of names found in the Book of Life. And our name is among them! Some day our name will be called. What a moment! However, that is only if your name is written in the book. Our blessed Saviour came and died so that your name could be there. Is it? —Vernon Markle

“Call them in” the weak, the weary, laden with the doom of sin:
Peace and pardon freely offered; He is waiting, “Call them in”.—L. Haslup

Friday, July 14, 2017

DAILY READINGS: Judges 7:1-25; Isaiah 28:1-29; 1 Corinthians 7:1-40

And they said, There is no hope: but we will walk after our own devices (plans), and we will every one do the imagination of his evil heart. Jeremiah 18:12

This is an apt description of our current world. Hopelessness reigns. So eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die. If it feels good—do it! What a difference the entrance of the gospel makes in these desperate
times. When we trust the Saviour for salvation we have a living hope, an anchor for the soul, a helmet of salvation, the hope of eternal life. “Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord” (Jer. 17:7). —W. H. G.

Blessed quietness, holy quietness, what assurance in my soul!
On the storm sea, He speaks peace to me, how the billows cease to roll! —Manie Ferguson

Thursday, July 13, 2017

DAILY READINGS: Judges 6:1-40; Isaiah 27:1-13; 1 Corinthians 6:1-20

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. 2 Peter 3:18

Growing in the Christian life should be balanced between living and learning—our heart and our head. We see this in our Lord’s example—“all that Jesus began both to do and teach” (Acts 1:1), and hear the same in His exhortation, “If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them” (John 13:17). So, we are called to grow in grace for living and knowledge for learning. Keep the balance and He will get the glory both now and forever. —Rex Trogdon

Give of your best to the Master; give Him first place in your heart;
Give Him first place in your service, consecrate every part. —Howard B. Grose