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Devotion: Sunday, September 24, 2017

Active FaithIn practice we may detect the subtle (and often unconscious) substitution when we hear a Christian assure someone that he will "pray over" his problem, knowing full well that he intends to use prayer as a substitute for service. It is much easier to pray that a poor friend's needs may be supplied than to supply them. James' words burn w...
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Devotion: Sunday, September 17, 2017

Misinformed ZealZeal, according to Webster, means ardor in the pursuit of anything; ardent and active interest; enthusiasm; fervor. Surely this should describe a Christian, and the better the Christian the more accurately it should apply. The devout soul should and will be fervent. He will pursue the things of God actively and be enthusiastic in hi...
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Devotion: Sunday, September 10, 2017

​The Fallacy of "Secret Sin"No sin is private. It may be secret but it is not private.It is a great error to hold, as some do, that each man's conduct is his own business unless his acts infringe on the rights of others. "My liberty ends where yours begins" is true, but that is not all the truth. No one ever has the right to commit an evil act, no ...
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Devotion: Sunday, September 3, 2017

​Christ's Unique SacrificeIn a friendly conversation with a Catholic priest I learned from the lips of this appointed spokesman of the Roman Church the philosophy of the Mass.He started with the blood offering of Abel and traced the practice of propitiatory sacrifice down through the Scriptures to the cross. "There must always be a sacrifice," he s...
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Devotion: Sunday, August 27, 2017

​Laboring in the LordCertain passages of Scripture, if carelessly read, might give the impression that God delegates some of His work to Christian leaders to do for Him as a manufacturer might sublet to others certain items in a contract; such, for instance, as First Corinthians 15:58, "Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you....
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Devotion: Sunday, August 20, 2017

​Finding Light and Life in ChristThe happiest man in the world," said a well-known preacher some time ago, "is the new convert before he has met too many Bible teachers and seen too many church members."Even after we have made what allowance we must for the obvious irony in these words, there still remains in them sufficient truth to perturb the ho...
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Devotion: Sunday, August 13, 2017

​God HungerThese words are addressed to those of God's children who have been pierced with the arrow of infinite desire, who yearn for God with a yearning that has overcome them, who long with a longing that has become pain."Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled" (Matthew 5:6). Hunger is a pain. It is Go...
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Devotion: Sunday, August 6, 2017

We are the ChurchRevival may be experienced on three levels, viz., in the individual, the church or the community.It is impossible to have a community revival where there has not been a church revival, and unless at least a few individuals seek and obtain a spiritual transformation in their own hearts, there can be no hope for their church, for a c...
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Devotion: Sunday, July 30, 2017

​Being Who We AreThis need for external support for our sagging faith accounts for the introduction into religious activities of that welter of shoddy claptrap that has become the characteristic mark of modern Christianity. . . .To guarantee immunity to this disease of the heart, we must cultivate a spirit of faith and humility. This works as an an...
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Devotion: Sunday, July 23, 2017

​Seeing Ourselves in PeterFor some queer reason, we seem to love people more when they are not too perfect.In the presence of a faultless saint, the average one of us feels ill at ease. We are likely to be discouraged rather than inspired by the sight of a character too impeccable to be human. We draw more help from a man if we know that he is goin...
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Devotion: Sunday, July 16, 2017

​Knowing Our Weakness and God's PowerMoses was not a fluent man. His words spoken to God must be accepted as being a sincere and fair appraisal of the facts: "O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue" (Exodus 4:10). The Lord did not try to cheer up His doubting...
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Devotion: Sunday, July 9, 2017

​Mighty Deeds and Empty WordsAgain, that world-shaking event, the crucifixion of Christ, is stated in four words, "There they crucified him." One shudders to think what fanfare and buildup such a stupendous event would require if written by the shallow novelists or dramatists of our day. To represent such a solemn event on the stage would cost thou...
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Devotion: Sunday, July 2, 2017

The Unchanging Need of the Human HeartWe of the twentieth century have exactly the same basic needs as the people of the first century. We feel the weight of sin and mortality just as they did. We long for peace and life eternal exactly as they did. We are tortured by fears, stunned by losses, grieved by betrayals, hurt by enmities, made heartsick ...
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Devotion: Sunday, June 25, 2017

​Vital Faith Shows Itself in Changed LivingWe would make a clear distinction here between moral action and mere religious activity. In truth there is already too much of that popular type of activity which does little more than agitate the surface of religion. Its never-ending squirrel-cage motion gives the impression that much is being done, when ...
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Devotion: Sunday, June 18, 2017

​Everything in JesusGod's gifts are many; His best gift is one. It is the gift of Himself. Above all gifts, God desires most to give Himself to His people. Our nature being what it is, we are the best fitted of all creatures to know and enjoy God. "For Thou madest us for Thyself, and our heart is restless, until it repose in Thee" (from The Confess...
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Devotion: Sunday, June 11, 2017

Advertising Our ImperfectionsOur Lofty Idealism would argue that all Christians should be perfect, but a blunt realism forces us to admit that perfection is rare even among the saints. The part of wisdom is to accept our Christian brothers and sisters for what they are rather than for what they should be.We do not wish to excuse the laziness of the...
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Devotion: Sunday, June 4, 2017

Courageous PrayerIn a world like ours, courage is an indispensable virtue. The coward may snivel in his corner, but the brave man takes the prize. And in the kingdom of God, courage is as necessary as it is in the world. The timid soul is as pitiable on his knees as he is in society.When entering the prayer chamber, we must come filled with faith a...
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Devotion: Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Revelatory Light of ScriptureAmong men, questions usually have more than one side; sometimes they have many. Pros and cons are often balanced so finely against each other that it is virtually impossible to know where the right lies. But with God there is only one side. God's side is good and holy and all other sides are wrong, the degree and se...
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Devotion: Sunday, May 21, 2017

Our Ultimate Care-GiverUnnecessary burdens are crushing the life out of people every day. Mental institutions are overflowing and psychiatrists are doing a rushing business because the burden of living is getting to be more than we can bear. Civilization has not made our lot easier except in things pertaining to the body; the burdens of the heart a...
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Devotion: Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Refiner's FireTen thousand enemies cannot stop a Christian, cannot even slow him down, if he meets them in a attitude of complete trust in God. They will become to him like the atmosphere that resists the airplane, but which because the plane's designer knew how to take advantage of that resistance, actually lifts the plane aloft and holds it t...