Month: February 2018

February 14: When Things Don’t Go as Planned

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Exodus 33–34; John 6:1–14; Song of Solomon 4:9–13

I live in the world of projects. There are a few things I know for certain about them, aside from all requiring a budget and a schedule to have any hope of success. They will all take more time than I expect (at least 25 percent more), and they will all have problems. It seems that nothing ever goes according to plan. No one will complain, though, if the result, budget, and end date remain the same. There’s a biblical lesson here—Moses’ story is one of the best analogies for this.

Moses had likely planned for the Israelites to enter the Holy Land shortly after leaving Egypt, but mistake after mistake (on his part and the part of others) kept this from happening. In return, he spent years (about a half a lifetime) wandering in the wilderness. In Exodus 33:1, we…

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Activity Is Just Not Enough

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And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart… and rest awhile. (Mark 6:31)

Those who try to give warnings to the Christian church are never very popular. Still, I must voice the caution that our craze for “activity” brings very few enriching benefits into our Christian circles. Look into the churches, and you will find groups of half-saved, half-sanctified, carnal people who know more about social niceties than they do about the New Testament.

It is a fact that many of our church folks are activists—engaged in many religious journeys—but they do not seem to move up any closer to Jesus in heart and in spirit.

This modern religious emphasis on activity reminds me of the Japanese mice I have seen in the pet store windows. They are called waltzing mice—but they do not waltz. They just run continually!

Many in our churches hope to have a part in…

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An everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure

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Even in those gloomy days, the Lord did not leave the faithful few to pine, without a promise of brighter days.

Jeremiah 31:1-9, 31-37

Jeremiah 31:1

At the same time, namely, in the latter days

Jeremiah 31:2

Continually does the Lord refer to his former loving kindnesses to assure his people that he is still ready to deliver them.

Jeremiah 31:3

Meditate much on this sentence.

Jeremiah 31:4

Victory should again awaken the songs of virgins, and the sound of timbrels, as of old at the Red Sea.

Jeremiah 31:5-9

Though awakened sinners are sad when they come to God, yet their way is a safe and a straight one, and leads them into the full enjoyment of divine adoption.

Jeremiah 31:31, 32

In the old covenant something remained to be done upon man’s side, and therefore it failed; a covenant founded alone upon grace is the only one which…

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2292.) John 14:15-31

DWELLING in the Word

John 14:15-31   (NRSV)

The Promise of the Holy Spirit

15”If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever.

John 14:16 is one of the verses in the Bible that shows the underlying theme of the Trinity. God the Son prays to God the Father that He might send God the Holy Spirit to us.

17This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.

18“I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you.

from This Day with the Master,
by Dennis F. Kinlaw

THE SAME SPIRIT

It took me some time to realize that the Spirit whom Jesus gave to his disciples was…

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February 13 Evidences of God’s Power

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“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know … what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might.”

Ephesians 1:18–19

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God’s power is seen in creation, preservation, redemption, and resurrection.

Think of all the energy we get from the sun, and multiply that by the innumerable stars in space. But God by His great power created all the stars with no effort whatsoever: “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of His mouth all their host” (Ps. 33:6). He just spoke, and they were made.

God’s power also preserves the universe. Christ “upholds all things by the word of His power” (Heb. 1:3), and “in Him all things hold together” (Col. 1:17). Chaos would result unless His…

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