Wednesday, September 12, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 4:1-5:18; Jeremiah 12:1-17; Ephesians 5:1-21

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God… James 1:5

In our stress filled world, many are tempted to look in the wrong place for help. Some of God’s creatures illustrate this. A buzzard placed in a small pen becomes a prisoner. It needs a 10 to 12 foot run to gain flight. The bat cannot take off from a level place. It shuffles until finding elevation from which it throws itself into the air. A bee dropped into a jar will stay there until it dies, unaware of the open top, seeking escape at the bottom. Similarly, many today grope at the bottom of their circumstances, not willing to look up for help. Our instruction book is the Bible, the right source for life’s answers. —E. Dyck

Open my eyes that I may see, glimpses of truth Thou hast for me;
Place in my hand the wonderful key, that shall unclasp and set me free. —Clara H. Scott

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 3:1-28; Jeremiah 11:1-23; Ephesians 4:17-32

It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

“This item is guaranteed never to fail.” Such excessive advertising may deceive some, but the majority of readers understand that man-made items sooner or later, fail! Durability and permanency are qualities found uniquely in the eternal God. We are greatly strengthened spiritually when we rely upon His faithfulness. There is no “expiry date” attached to His wonderful salvation. —George Hall

Pardon for sin, and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow;
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside! —Thomas O. Chisholm

Monday, September 10, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 2:1-46; Jeremiah 10:1-25; Ephesians 4:1-16

Behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. Exodus 3:2 

What is your name, Moses asked the one who spoke from the bush that burned but was not consumed. “I Am That I Am” (v. 14) was the answer. The self-existent one, never created, without a beginning, never ending, needing nothing, always was, always is and always will be. Our minds collapse when we try to think of it. Just as Moses could not discern how the bush burned but was not consumed, so too, we cannot take it in. God’s nature, like that fire, is a mystery, a marvel that should cause us, like Moses, to worship. —Shane Johnson

Before the hills in order stood, or earth received its frame,
From everlasting You are God, to endless years the same. —Isaac Watts

Lord’s Day, September 9, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 1:1-53; Jeremiah 9:1-26; Ephesians 3:1-21

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. 2 Corinthians 13:14

What a gracious way to end a letter—the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is the last line of the last chapter of Paul’s epistle. You might call it the bottom line for had it not been for the grace of God we’d all be hopelessly lost. But grace has appeared in Christ and with it the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. The fullness of the Godhead is enjoined in this benediction that begins with His marvelous grace. —Rex Trogdon

‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear, the hour I first believed! —John Newton

Saturday, September 8, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 2 Samuel 24:1-25; Jeremiah 8:1-22; Ephesians 2:11-22

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15
As for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy. Psalm 5:7
As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness. Psalm 17:15

There are many areas of life where choices are made for us by others. Some we appreciate and enjoy; others are rather burdensome. But in the spiritual realm we alone are responsible for the choices we make
and can enjoy the results of the wise choices we’ve made. Choices always have consequences, therefore choose wisely! —Wm. H. Gustafson

Remember thy Creator in the days of thy youth,
Jesus calls thee in life’s morning, thro’ His own Word of truth. —A. P. G.

Friday, September 7, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 2 Samuel 23:1-39; Jeremiah 7:1-34; Ephesians 1:15-2:10

And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other. Acts 15:39

Whatever the rights and wrongs of the thoughts of Paul and Barnabas about John Mark, it was a sad day when their differences resulted in their departure one from another. It is very sad when God’s gifted Bible believing servants do not get on as is sometimes seen amongst the Lord’s people. We must endeavour to work together, otherwise the world will notice and God’s work will suffer. —Brian Russell

Blest be the tie that binds
Our heart’s in Christian love
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like to that above. —John Fawcett

Thursday, September 6, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 2 Samuel 22:1-51; Jeremiah 6:1-30; Ephesians 1:1-14

Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth. Psalm 119:142

In today’s reckless culture it is good to know that what God says is always right. His righteousness is an everlasting righteousness. There is no shifting morality with God. His law, His Word, is truth. Nothing that is put against it changes that fact. God’s Word is truth and His righteous judgement is sure. —D. Pickup

The perfect righteousness of God,
Is witnessed in the Saviour’s blood;
‘Tis in the cross of Christ we trace,
His righteousness, yet wondrous grace. —Albert Midlane

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 2 Samuel 21:1-22; Jeremiah 5:1-21; Galatians 6:1-18

This is my blood…which is shed for many for the remission of sins. Matthew 26:28
And without shedding of blood is no remission. Hebrews 9:22
And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Heb. 10:17

God exacted the full penalty for all of our sins when He laid them upon His Son on the cross. The blood of the Lord Jesus Christ was shed for us. As Jesus died He cried out “It is finished” (John 19:30), the price
was paid in full and now whoever comes to Him, trusting only in His substitutionary death for us, will hear these wonderful words, “Your sins and your iniquities will I remember no more.” —David Croudace

Redeemed, restored, forgiven, through Jesus’ precious blood,
Heirs of His home in heaven, O praise our pardoning God! —Henry W. Baker

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 2 Samuel 20:1-26; Jeremiah 4:3-31; Galatians 5:10-26

The Lord is my shepherd…He maketh me to lie down…he leadeth me…he restoreth my soul. Psalm 23:1-3
When he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them. John 10:4

What does our good Shepherd do? He goes before and constantly cares for His sheep. His care includes feeding, guiding, protecting and restoring. His rod and staff are for our comfort. He leads us in paths of righteousness. This means He leads us according to the will of God, not our own will. May we heed His voice, trust and gratefully follow Him today. —Carl Knott

Lord, I would clasp Thy hand in mine, nor ever murmur nor repine;
Content, whatever lot I see, since ’tis my God that leadeth me. —Joseph Henry Gilmore

Monday, September 3, 2018

DAILY READINGS: 2 Sam. 19:9-43; Jeremiah 3:6-4:2; Gal. 4:21-5:9

There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? John 6:9
Jesus then took the loaves [and fish]; and when he had given thanks, he distributed…to them that were set down. John 6:11

A great company had come to hear Jesus and they needed to be fed. A lad was in attendance. He came prepared—with food. He was willing to be used and to offer his meal. He gave sacrificially. All that he had. He didn’t know the impact he would have on a difficult situation. The Lord can use each one of us in ways we could never imagine. Are you willing and ready to be used by Him? —Bob Cretney

I surrender all, I surrender all;
All to Thee, my blessed Saviour, I surrender all. —Winfield S. Weeden