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

Saturday, March 10, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Exodus 28:15-43; Psalms 74:1-75:10; Acts 16:16-40

Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. James 4:17

When I asked a friend whose husband was terminally ill whether any church friend had come to offer encouragement, she shook her head and sadly answered, “No.” It made me wonder where are the comforters? Surely in every company of believers, God has gifted someone with compassion. Maybe we need to examine the intents of our hearts. Are we listening to the Holy Spirit’s voice? Is He saying, “This is the way, walk ye in it” (Isa. 30:21), pointing to a ministry of helpfulness. —E. Dyck

There is a place of comfort sweet, near to the heart of God,
A place where we our Saviour meet, near to the heart of God. —C. McAfee

Friday, March 9, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Exodus 27:20-28:14; Psalm 73:1-28; Acts 15:36-16:15

Behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. Isaiah 65:17

What the eternal scene will be like is beyond our highest thoughts and deepest aspirations. One thing we know is that things on earth as we know them now will never be seen again. When we see the wonder of God’s universe displaying His glory how exciting to anticipate all the new things He will create then. What world are you living for? The temporal where everything has no lasting value? Or the eternal where His majestic glory will be displayed forever? —Jim Paul

No future but glory, Lord Jesus have we,
How bright is the prospect of being with Thee!
O home of all homes with the Father above,
O wonderful dwelling of infinite love. —John F. Wade

Thursday, March 8, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Exodus 26:31-27:19; Psalm 72:1-20; Acts 15:22-35

He shall see his seed…and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. Isaiah 53:10

Isaiah tells us that the Lord Jesus was cut off out of the land of the living. The Gospels record that He died unmarried and without offspring! Yet He would see His seed! Seeing of the travail of His soul, He would be satisfied. He would go before them as the firstfruits of a glorious harvest. As Hebrews puts it, the Lord is “the captain— pioneer—of their salvation, leading many sons to glory.” Our Saviour did the seemingly impossible, what no one else has ever done before and triumphed over every obstacle and circumstance. —Drew Craig

And when He comes in bright array, and leads the conquering line,
It will be glory then to say, that He’s a Friend of mine. —John Henry Sammis

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Exodus 26:1-30; Psalms 70:1-71:24; Acts 15:1-21

How forceful are right words! But what does your arguing prove? Job 6:25, NKJV

Right words have force, but inappropriate words dig a pit for the innocent. Job’s challenge to his friends is a good one for us to heed. It is our nature to jump to conclusions without all the facts and then deliberately and ungraciously share these rash verdicts with others. This is what Job’s companions did. Such behaviour distorts the truth concerning the guilty and even worse, defames and defrauds the innocent. Words can heal or hurt; let us be wise in how we use them, especially when conversing with those who are locked into a cell of despair. —W. A. H.

Take my voice, and let me sing always, only, for my King;
Take my lips, and let them be, filled with messages from Thee. —Frances Ridley Havergal

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Exodus 25:1-40; Psalm 69:1-36; Acts 14:1-28

So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. John 19:30, NKJV

There are four main ways in which people die: by natural causes, by homicide, by suicide or accidently. Yet there is a fifth category— you can die sacrificially by giving your life for the life of another. Not many can claim to have died in such a fashion and of those who have, it usually was to save someone dear to them. The Lord Jesus was the epitome of a sacrificial death. He stands alone. He gave His life for all, including those who were His enemies. He knew there was no other way. He knew the cost. But still He came. —Shane Johnson

And now complete in Him, my robe, His righteousness,
Close sheltered ’neath His side, I am divinely blest.
Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe. —E. M. Hall

Monday, March 5, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Exodus 24:1-18; Psalm 68:1-35; Acts 13:26-52

As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:10

Toyohiko Kagawa, a famous Japanese politician, author, and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, once sent a Christmas card to friends with the words “I read in a book about a man called Jesus who went about doing good, and I was dismayed to reflect how many of us are content just to go about.” May we be exercised as we go about our daily lives to so act as to make a difference for good for somebody—including to a fellow believer. —Brian Powlesland

Somebody did a golden deed, proving himself a friend in need:
Somebody sang a cheerful song, bright’ning the skies the whole day long.
Was that somebody you? —John R. Clements

Lord’s Day, March 4, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Exodus 23:10-33; Psalms 66:1-67:7; Acts 13:1-25

What is your beloved more than another beloved? Song 5:9, NKJV
My beloved is…Chief among ten thousand. Song 5:10, NKJV
Yes, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend. Song of Solomon 5:16, NKJV

The maiden’s description of her beloved is also the description of our Beloved, the Lord Jesus. He is the incomparable One. No words can adequately portray or describe His beauty. He is unmatched in every way; from the crown of His head to His feet, and we are forced to exclaim from the depths of our souls that, “Yes, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend.” As we worship the Saviour, may this be the expression of our hearts. —Jim Comte

Altogether lovely, He is altogether lovely,
And the fairest of ten thousand, this wonderful Friend divine. —Wendell P. Loveless

Saturday, March 3, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Exodus 22:1-23:9; Psalms 64:1-65:13; Acts 12:1-25

And I have filled him with the spirit of God…to devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass. Exodus 31:3-4

These verses speak of individuals who worked in gold under the leadership of Bezaleel and Aholiab in the construction of the Tabernacle (Ex. 31:1-9). They were specially called for this task and they were gifted for their call. Today the Lord has gifted evangelists, pastors and teachers in similar fashion for the building up of the church (Eph. 4:11- 12). Are you called for this special ministry and if so are you doing your work in building up the body of Christ? —K. C. Ung

First came the cornerstone, Jesus, our Lord;
We hear this mighty Rock call from the Word:
Build up my Church, says He, it cannot fail;
As long as you believe, you will prevail. —R. W. Adams

Friday, March 2, 2018

DAILY READINGS: Exodus 21:1-36; Psalms 62:1-63:11; Acts 11:19-30

God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:9

The mighty God of love calls believers into a special relationship with Himself through His Son. Fellowship involves a common share in something. We participate in eternal life, the essence of which is knowing God through Christ (John 17:3). Saints are invested in spiritual things that go far beyond the current age. Our living relationship with the Lord ought to control our lives down to the smallest detail. “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31). —K. R. Keyser

And Oh ‘tis joy the path to trace, by Thee so meekly trod;
Learning of Thee to walk in grace and fellowship with God. —J. G. Deck