Tuesday, March 20, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Exodus 37:1-29; Psalm 89:19-52; Acts 22:1-21

Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. 1 Corinthians 9:24

Two girls were racing towards the finishing tape. At the last moment one dropped back and lost the race. Later she complained because she hadn’t won the race, to which her teacher replied, “You didn’t keep running.” Paul stated, “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14). How’s your running going today? Have you given up or have you not yet started the race? Why not get running today? —Janet Fleming

So if you are burdened and weary,
And feeling discouraged a bit,
Remember this path leads to heaven,
Press onward, for winners don’t quit! —Janet Fleming

Monday, March 19, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Exodus 36:1-38; Psalm 89:1-18; Acts 21:17-40

For I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow. Jeremiah 31:13

Although initially spoken to Israel, the threefold promise in the above verse offers hope to the grieving saint of God today. Are you passing through a season of sorrow and grief? God can turn your mourning into joy, comfort you, and make you rejoice from your sorrow. Jesus also was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief (Isa. 53:3), and is even now interceding for you (Heb. 7:25). —E. V.

Our great high Priest is sitting,
At God’s right hand above,
For us His hands uplifting,
In sympathy and love. —A. P. Cecil

Lord’s Day, March 18, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Exodus 35:1-35; Psalms 87:1-88:18; Acts 21:1-16

Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens. Genesis 7:2
And Noah builded an altar unto the Lord. Genesis 8:20

God prepared in advance for the offerings on the altar at the end of the flood. Those beasts would be the “sweet savour” arising out of the judgment of God (v. 21). Long before the cross, preparation was made for a different offering. God’s precious Son would be the ultimate sacrifice for us and every believer that “sweet savour…of Christ to God” (2 Cor. 2:15). As we gather today to remember that great offering, every redeemed heart should praise the Lord. —Vernon Markle

Dying sinner, look to Jesus, hung upon the cross for thee;
Think upon the Saviour, Jesus, stretched and nailed upon the tree!
Ev’ry mark of deep dishonour heaped upon His thorn-crowned brow:
There, oh, read the wondrous story of His cross, His shame and woe! —Author Unknown

Saturday, March 17, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Exodus 34:4-35; Psalms 85:1-86:17; Acts 20:17-38

Knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel. Philippians 1:17

Paul uses four different words in Philippians to describe the communication of the gospel. He says we are to “speak” (Gk. lalelo), the gospel in our everyday conversation (v. 14). We are to “herald” (Gk. kerussa) the gospel as a public crier would in the open air (v. 15). We are to “preach” (Gk. kataggello) the gospel through formal preaching (v. 16). Finally we are to verbally defend (Gk. apologia) the gospel through the use of apologetics (v. 17). Whatever circumstance we find ourselves in, let us not be ashamed of the gospel. It alone can bring lasting change to a darkened mind. —Sid Halsband

Lead me to some soul today, O teach me, Lord, just what to say;
Melt my heart, and fill my life, give me one soul today. —Will Houghton

Friday, March 16, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Exodus 33:1-34:3; Psalms 83:1-84:12; Acts 20:1-16

But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it. Numbers 14:24

Just as Solomon is specially noted in Scripture for his wisdom, so Caleb is marked out as a man who “wholly” or “fully” followed the Lord. Here is a personal study suggestion: read all the Bible’s references of Caleb and count how frequently it is recorded that he “fully/wholly” followed the Lord. Today, let each reader be stirred to give a more whole-hearted commitment to our Lord Jesus. —George Hall

My faith looks up to Thee,
Thou Lamb of Calvary, Saviour divine:
Now hear me while I pray; take all my guilt away;
O, let me from this day, be wholly Thine. —Ray Palmer

Thursday, March 15, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Exodus 32:1-35; Psalms 81:1-82:8; Acts 19:21-41

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 

Many things we buy say “some assembly required.” We may think the included directions are not for us. We can do it without instruction. It usually does not end well. God tells us here that if we want our path to prosper, we must follow His step by step guide. We may think we know better. But He says to trust Him with all our heart. Don’t trust your understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him. These instructions produce success. Any other plan fails. Humbly follow the directions. —Ken Gross

Trust and obey, for there’s no other way,
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey. —John Sammis

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Exodus 31:1-18; Psalms 79:1-80:19; Acts 18:24-19:20

For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise. Luke 23:42-43

When the “repentant” thief woke up on the morning of his execution, he was without Christ. In the afternoon, when nailed to his cross, he trusted Jesus as his Saviour. He was in Christ. That night when he was in paradise, he was with Christ. He went from a place without hope to being in the Lord’s presence. This can happen to you! Will you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ? —Bob Cretney

Eternity! Time soon will end, it’s fleeting moments pass away;
O sinner say, where will you spend eternity’s unchanging day? —Author Unknown

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Exodus 30:11-38; Psalm 78:32-72; Acts 18:1-23

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Genesis 1:1

These first ten words in the Bible are under tremendous attack in the world in which we live. Schools, TV, radio and literature promote the theory of evolution more and more. Yet we believe the Word of God and that in six days our world was created. We may not entirely understand it but by faith we believe it. We have a great God and he has done great things. We wonder in the beauty of creation today. —John M Clegg

O Sovereign one who fashioned oceans deep by whisper strong;
Who rends the waters from the land and lends the depths her song;
The fullness of the sky and sea, in reverence do they stand,
To testify to the sovereignty and goodness of Your hand. —Matt Boswell

Monday, March 12, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Exodus 29:38-30:10; Psalm 78:1-31; Acts 17:16-34

(Since) we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses…Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith…Consider him…lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Hebrews 12:1-3

While we are encouraged when hearing about believers who by faith have overcome fierce opposition, or been martyred for Christ, we must not look to them for spiritual leadership! Rather we must keep our hearts fixed on Him who enabled them to be overcomers—the Lord Jesus Himself. Then we must spend much time meditating upon Him. In this way we will ensure that we do not become discouraged when God calls us to face similar hostility. —David Croudace

Since my eyes were fixed on Jesus, I’ve lost sight of all beside,
So enchained my spirit’s vision, looking at the Crucified. —Mary D. James

Lord’s Day, March 11, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Exodus 29:1-37; Psalms 76:1-77:20; Acts 17:1-15

But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. John 14:31

Here we read of the Son’s love for His Father, manifested by His perfect obedience—even to death on the cross. On many other occasions we read that the Father loves His Son. How does He demonstrate this? He has committed all judgment to Christ (John 5:22) and has given Him all things (John 3:35). He has set Him at His right hand, highly exalting Him above all things and He has given Him the Name above all names (Eph. 1:20-23, Phil. 2:9-11). Yet God has given this One, who is head over all, to us, the church. What an incalculable gift! Today let us exalt Him. —George Ferrier

All hail, Redeemer, hail! For Thou hast died for me;
Thy praise and glory shall not fail throughout eternity. —M. Bridges