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Devotion: Sunday, May 20, 2018

​Parading Good WorksIn one place our Lord speaks of moral conduct, and says in effect, "Go out into the world and live lives so pure and good that your fellow men cannot but see; and when they see they will glorify God who has given such moral power unto men." In the other He says, "Do not make a show of your kind acts. When you help your neighbor,...
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Devotion: Sunday, May 6, 2018

Taking Hold of the Gift of GodI confess that I am sad indeed for those multitudes in the great framework of Sunday Christianity who know nothing beyond their plaintive and continuing efforts to be forgiven and to find mercy. They must come to the time when it is done, when they can stretch their hands toward heaven and say in triumphant faith "It i...
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Devotion: Sunday, April 29, 2018

Our "Sacrifice" and HisGod is bored with interminably repeated sacrifices and offerings that have no meaning. He had initiated those rituals and sacrifices in Israel, but only as temporary measures for the covering of sin until the Messiah-Redeemer should come. When Israel no longer had a commitment in worship and no sense of the importance of forg...
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Devotion: Sunday, April 22, 2018

Qualifying as a BeneficiaryWhat no mortal has done, Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, has achieved. He has accomplished this kind of enduring administration and divine beneficence. Jesus died to activate the terms of the will to all its beneficiaries; Jesus rose in victory from the grave to administer the will.Is that not beautiful? Jesus did n...
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Devotion: Sunday, April 15, 2018

​Two Forms of DeathI am amazed by the number of people who do not seem to know that the Bible speaks of two forms of death. We believe the Bible when it says physical death is the reality facing every person born into the world. But there is also a very evident condition among us described as spiritual death. We trace it back to the Garden of Eden ...
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Devotion: Sunday, April 8, 2018

The Trinity and RedemptionWe must ask our Lord to help us comprehend what it meant to the Trinity for the Son to die alone on the cross. When the holy Father had to turn His back on the dying Son by the necessity of divine justice, I believe the pain for the Father was as great as the suffering of the Savior as He bore our sins in His body. When th...
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​Devotion: Sunday, April 1, 2018

Christ Our Mighty MediatorAfter Jesus' resurrection from the dead, He appeared to His disciples. He invited Thomas to feel the wound marks in His flesh. What blessed meaning there is in His words to the fearful disciples: "Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have" (Luke...
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Devotion: Sunday, March 25, 2018

​Sin Makes Us SinnersOur Lord has given an invitation that excludes no one. "Whoever" is as broad as the human race. I do not believe God is concerned at all about where we have come from. He is concerned with where we are going. The decision we have made to go where we are going—to be with God forever—is what pleases Him and causes the angels to r...
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Devotion: Sunday, March 18, 2018

Believe and Keep on BelievingWe are in the midst of the storm of life. The believing saints of God are on board the ship. Someone looks to the horizon and warns, "We are directly in the path of the typhoon! We are as good as dead. We will surely be dashed to pieces on the rocks!"But calmly someone else advises, "Look down, look down! We have an anc...
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Devotion: Sunday, March 11, 2018

Trusting God's Promises Because of His CharacterWhy do I insist that all Christians should search the Scriptures and learn as much as they can about this God who is dealing with them? It is because their faith will only spring up naturally and joyfully as they find that our God is trustworthy and fully able to perform every promise He has made.This...
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Devotion: Sunday, March 4, 2018

​The Sin Sacrifice Forever EfficaciousThe writer of the letter to the Hebrews attests that the Son, "after he had provided purification for sins, . . . sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven" (1:3). This is the basic, vital message of Christianity. This is the witness the Christian church, if it is faithful to the revelation God has gi...
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Devotion: Sunday, February 25, 2018

​Faith HearingGod's Word and God's revelation are much more than just the Old and New Testament books. Nevertheless I invariably rejoice as I discover deep in the urgent appeal of one of the Old Testament prophets a sudden recognition of God's speaking Word. For example, notice this message from the prophet Jeremiah: "O land, land, land, hear the w...
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Devotion: Sunday, February 18, 2018

​Hating Evil and Loving GoodWhen Jesus was on earth, He was not the passive, colorless, spineless person He is sometimes made out to be in paintings and literature. He was a strong man, a man of iron will. He was able to love with an intensity of love that burned Him up. He was able to hate with the strongest degree of hatred against everything tha...
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Devotion: Sunday, February 11, 2018

​Those Inexplicable CoincidencesI recall still another personal experience during my early Christian life as an unsettled young man. Actually, I was doing some "bumming around," as we used to say. I was away from home, away from the church and away from everything that was right. I would spend weekends "riding the rods." I had little money, and I w...
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Devotion: Sunday, February 4, 2018

Superior to AngelsThe writer of the letter to the Hebrews gives his readers a vivid, vital portrait of Jesus, the eternal Son. He knows their familiarity, through the Old Testament, with the concept and ministry of angels. He trades on that knowledge to point out the overwhelming superiority of the victorious Jesus as He ministers in the heavenly w...
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Devotion: Sunday, January 28, 2018

​The Unseen Presence of GodWhat is God like?Throughout the ages, that question has been asked by more people than any other. Our little children are only a few years old when they come in their innocent simplicity and inquire of us, "What is God like?" Philip the apostle asked it for himself and for all mankind: "Show us the Father and that will be...
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Devotion: Sunday, January 21, 2018

​Our Guide into TruthThe unity of all things in Christ is a concept every believer should lay hold of. When we witness the future day of Christ's triumph, when He returns and we reach the consummation of all things, then we will fully comprehend the necessity for the "all things" in God's eternal plan.Many people are having their greatest battles o...
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Devotion: Sunday, January 14, 2018

​The Great UnifierGod is planning to do some wonderful and spectacular things with His vast creation. Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians, gave us a little glimpse into the future of the redeemed:He has made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will ha...
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Devotion: Sunday, January 7, 2018

Connecting with Ultimate MajestySome are taking issue with the New Testament record. "How can you prove that Jesus actually said that?" they challenge. Perhaps they are taking issue because they have come across the unforgettable words of Jesus in John's Gospel:As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I d...
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Devotion: Sunday, December 31, 2017

Ending Spiritual BoredomThat must be the key to our boredom with Christianity: we have not been keeping in very close touch with our Man in glory. We have been doing in our churches all those churchly things that we do. We have done them with our own understanding and in our own energy. But without a bright and conscious confirmation of God's prese...