Tuesday - September 23, 2014

Stillness and Joy (September 23)

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“Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). NOWADAYS, ONE REASON WE KNOW SO LITTLE ABOUT JOY IS THAT WE KNOW SO LITTLE ABOUT STILLNESS. In this age of the world, most of us are busy with a myriad of priorities and projects. And we pride ourselves in it. The person whose schedule is packed has more prestige ... Read More »

Influence (September 23)

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“A man leaves all kinds of footprints when he walks through life. Some you can see, like his children and his house. Others are invisible, like the prints he leaves across other people’s lives: the help he gives them and what he has said — his jokes, gossip that has hurt others, encouragement. A man doesn’t think about it, but ... Read More »

Is Regret Good for Us or Bad? (September 23)

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“Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, ‘I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.’ And they said, ‘What is that to us? You see to it!’ Then he threw down the pieces of silver in the temple and departed, and ... Read More »

When the Road Forks (September 22)

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“Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, ‘Abraham!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ Then He said, ‘Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I ... Read More »

Pleasure, the Least of the Enjoyments (September 22)

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“The kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17). THE WORD “ENJOYMENT” CAN REFER TO MANY DIFFERENT THINGS. In the world of God’s creation, various things can be enjoyed, some more important than others — and some even more enjoyable than others. For example, eating and drinking are ... Read More »

Patience (September 22)

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“The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it” (Arnold H. Glasow). IT IS SAD BUT TRUE: WE MISS OUT ON MANY OF LIFE’S GREATEST BLESSINGS BY GIVING UP TOO SOON. We are not a people noted for patience or endurance. Accustomed to television programs where almost every problem can be ... Read More »

Don’t Miss This Moment’s Grace (September 21)

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“Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving . . .” (Colossians 4:2). IF GOD LIVES IN AN ETERNAL “NOW,” THERE IS A SENSE IN WHICH WE SHOULD ALSO LIVE IN THE PRESENT MOMENT. The past is something we should learn from and the future is something we should plan for, but the present is the only chance ... Read More »

Harvests (September 21)

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Who loves a garden still his Eden keeps, Perennial pleasures plants, and wholesome harvests reaps. (Amos Bronson Alcott) IN BYGONE DAYS, WHEN MORE OF US LIVED ON FARMS, THE FALL OF THE YEAR WAS ALWAYS ASSOCIATED WITH THE HARVESTING OF CROPS. There is much to be gained from still thinking of autumn that way. Life consists of doing positive, productive ... Read More »