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MARCH 18, 2015—THE LIFE OF JESUS

When Jesus came to us with all His truth and power He met with great resistance. He was questioned, challenged and criticized because He claimed to forgive sin, allowed His disciples to omit fasting, consorted with sinners and permitted His disciples to pluck ears of corn on the Sabbath. He was charged with being in complicity with the devil and because of His reasoning in the synagogue the pharisees railed against Him and plotted to destroy Him.

It seems unbelievable […]

MARCH 14, 2015—CHECK THE PLUMB LINE—Amos 7:8

Amos was not a priest or prophet . He was not even the son of a priest or prophet. In fact he was a humble herder of sheep and tender of fig trees in the countryside of Judea. But God gave Amos a vision of the future and told him to take it to Israel. The people had been living beneath a pious veneer of religion; they had substituted superficial religious exercises for spiritual integrity and obedience toward God […]

FEBRUARY 12, 2015—SONS OF LIGHT—1 Thessalonians 5: 4,5

Mark Twain once said, “The two most important days of a persons life are the day he was born and the day he figures out why!” Well, Christians, at least true Christians, are not confused about that and are optimistic. They have purpose and joy and are just waiting to see what the Lord will do next.

John Knox knew the power of God and the purpose for which he was born. He prayed and the results caused Queen Mary […]

FEBRUARY 5, 2015—WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS

Not far from Port Hope, Ontario, stands a monument with this inscription; “Four miles north, in Pengally’s Cemetery, lies the philanthropist and author of this great masterpiece, written at Port Hope, 1857.” Above the inscription are the words of the beloved hymn, “What a friend We Have in Jesus.” Joseph Scriven, its author, was a man who had experienced the friendship of Jesus through a life filled with personal tragedy.

When Scriven was a young man in Ireland, his fiancee […]

FEBRUARY 4, 2015—SONG OF SOLOMON

The book of SONG OF SOLOMON is seldom considered by even the most devout of Christians. And it is true that some of it is difficult to understand. But, taken as a whole, it is an expression of the love of God for us as evidenced by the love of husband and wife. Even though He has given us the example of marriage it remains impossible for man to fully comprehend the love of God. It behooves us, then, […]

FEBRUARY 3, 2015—THE SECRET TO GUIDANCE—Psalms 46; 10

For many years I thought that after I prayed it was my responsibility to do whatever I could to make my request happen. But as it turns out that was the biggest mistake of my prayer life for most often I got ahead of the Lord and complicated the answer. Although the Lord can answer our question for guidance in one miracle moment, guidance from Him is usually a process that takes time. First we acquire a […]

JANUARY 30, 2015—AWAKE DEBORAH—Judges 5;12

Women have played a vital role in the plan of God. From Eve, Sarah, Leah, Rachael, Abigale, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, (mother of Solomon), to Mary (mother of Jesus). And in addition countless thousands have given encouragement to their husbands who have in turn changed the course of history. One such women was Deborah.

“A faithful woman, who knew God and dared to risk all upon His word, meant more to Israel in this time of crisis […]

JANUARY 26, 2015—LEANING ON GOD

There are imperatives in Scripture such as, to ‘pray without ceasing’ and to live in the ‘presence of God’. But it is not necessary to be always on our knees or in the closet listening to hear from God or to have communion with Him. There is a fellowship more sweet than words. The little child can sit all day long beside its busy mother and be perfectly content although few words are spoken. Both are […]

JANUARY 23, 2015— God will reveal His plans—Exodus 14; 13

“God’s impressions within and His Word without are always corroborated by His providence around, and we should quietly wait until all three of these focus onto one point. Sometimes it looks as though we must act. Everyone says we should do something and, indeed, things seem to have reached so desperate a pitch that we must. Behind are the Egyptians, right and left are inaccessible precipices, up ahead is the sea. It is not easy during such times to […]

JANUARY 22,2015—I’LL FLY AWAY

The son of tenant farmers in the Indian Territory that is now Oklahoma, Albert Brumley quit school after tenth grade and didn’t have much of a future to look forward to–except to pick cotton for the rest of his life. Then, when he was sixteen years old, he attended a singing school in his farm community of Rock Island and discovered he could sing better than most adults and he could harmonize too.

So at nineteen he went to a […]