Friday, November 15, 2019

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The Gospel

“The gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God”
(Mark 1:1).

There may be some young men reading this calendar, who the Lord is calling or will call to preach the gospel as evangelists in a public setting. The following is an outline of eight essential elements of the message:

1. The eternality of His person (His deity):

 (Proverbs 8:23, 30; John 1:1-2).

2. The incarnation of Christ (His manhood): (John 1:14).

3. His sufferings: (1 Peter 2:21).

4. His death: (Romans 6:23).

5. His blood: (1 John 1:7).

6. His resurrection: (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).

7. His ascension: (Luke 24:50-51).

8. His return: (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18).

• Take time to look up and read these suggested Scriptures.

 

             
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Thursday, November 14, 2019

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RumorsPart 3

The past couple of days, we have been considering the seriousness of repeating matters that only cause contention, and the consequences of taking part in idle gossip and rumors that, in the end, bring strife and sorrow.

When I was growing up, I often heard people say, when questioned as to where they heard some story or rumor, “A little bird told me!” It really meant that they didn’t know or didn’t want to say where the story came from. Here is the way Solomon put it, when writing by inspiration: “Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter” (Ecclesiastes 10:20).

In other words, be careful what we think, and what we say, because we never know who is listening. Even those we confide in may let us down and repeat the matter to those for whose ears it was never intended.

In conclusion to the meditations of the past three days, I would suggest we pray, on a daily basis, the prayer of David, who said, “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my Strength, and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14).

 

             
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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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RumorsPart 2

Here is a follow-up to yesterday’s meditation:

On the dining room wall of the summer camp I used to attend as a young person, there was a timely motto. Here is what it said:

A GOSSIP IS A PERSON

WITH A SENSE OF RUMOR

Here is the dictionary definition of the word Gossip:

“Gossip: Casual conversation or unsubstantiated reports about other people, chiefly derogatory.

 A Gossip: A person who likes talking about other people’s private lives.”

Now, hear what the Bible says on the matter:

“Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth” (James 3:5).

“Thesethings doth the Lord hatea lying tongueA false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren” (Proverbs 6:16-17, 19).

“For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile” (1 Peter 3:10).

 

             
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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

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RumorsPart 1

When was the last time you repeated something to someone that you knew you shouldn’t have? Perhaps you knew it would stir up some strife or contention, maybe even create animosity, but you did it anyway. Here are two good Scriptures to keep in mind the next time you go to tell something you shouldn’t or something that you were told in confidence:

“A whisperer separateth chief friends” (Proverbs 16:28).

“He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends” (Proverbs 17:9).

Yes, repeating a matter, and spreading rumors and stories can be very damaging. It can break up friendships, families, and even marriages. Once things are said, they can’t be taken back, much as we would often like to. We can say we are sorry, but the hurt and damage may be permanent.

When we learn to control our tongue, we save not only others a lot of grief but ourselves as well. “Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles” (Proverbs 21:23).

 

             
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Monday, November 11, 2019

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Dear Young Christian:

Today is called Remembrance Day here in Canada where I live. It is a day of national commemoration for the more than 100,000 Canadians who have died in military service. Inscribed on the War Memorial in my hometown of Smiths Falls are these searching words:

THEY GAVE THEIR TODAY

FOR OUR TOMORROW

In other words, these men and women gave up their livestheir today, so that we could enjoy the freedom and peace of another tomorrowthe present. They made the ultimate sacrifice.

There was another even greater sacrifice and victory won for the freedom of humanity. It was the sacrifice and victory of the Lord Jesus at Calvary. He gave His life so that we could enjoy a bright and eternal tomorrow with Him in the Father’s house.As we noted yesterday, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). Let’s never forget that!

 Your Christian Friend,

 Jim Hyland

We would love to hear from you.

Send your comments and questions to jhyland1959@gmail.com

             
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Sunday, November 10, 2019

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No Greater Love

“Greater love hath no man than this” (John 15:13).

There has never been a more striking example of self-sacrifice motivated by love in the whole history of the world than the death of the Lord Jesus Christ on Calvary’s cross. To be sure, mutual affection between two individuals has led to attempts to rescue people in danger that border on the heroic. Many have made great sacrifices in the field of medicine and science that have saved many lives, and many have even given their lives in the service of, and for, the freedom of humanity.

How thankful we should be for the death of Christ. It is the ground and basis of all our blessing. Apart from that, we would be doomed, and on our way to hell. “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:6-8).

What a truth to meditate on today! How wonderful to be able to say, “He died for me!”

 

             
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Saturday, November 9, 2019

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The Impossible

“Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).

I wonder if my readers remember the context in which the Savior spoke these words. It was in answer to the question raised by the disciples, “Who then can be saved?” (verse 25).

The answer makes it certain that salvation is not a work of man himself, but is a work of God alone. It cannot be brought about by anything within the sphere of human effort. No person can in any way save himself. Nor can they save their fellow man. Good works and charity are powerless; clean living cannot cause it to occur; it is not by baptism, joining a religious organization, or any other ordinance or ceremony. By nature, we are “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1).

Nothing but the work of God in the power of the Spirit can break the power of sin, give life, and set the sinner free. Remember, what is impossible humanly-speaking is indeed possible with God, “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:14).

 

             
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Friday, November 8, 2019

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The Beauties of Christ

A Christian many years ago used to pray the following prayer every morning: “I pray that this day the beauty of Christ may be seen in me.”

This would be a good start to the day for all of us. The Apostle Paul expressed it in a similar way: “So now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death” (Philippians 1:20). No matter what his circumstances, or where he was, his desire was that others would see something of Christ reflected in His life.

How much of Christ will be seen in your life today? Will there be some reflection of Him in your actions, your spirit and attitude, and in what you say? Paul further said to the believers at Philippi, “That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world” (Philippians 2:15).Our friends, our neighbours, our fellow-students, our co-workers, all watch to see if we are living Christ. Our greatest testimony is not always in what we say but in what we do. There is an old expression, “Actions speak louder than words!” How true that is! May Christ be seen in each one of us today!

 

             
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Thursday, November 7, 2019

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Four Things

When it comes to the Word of God, here are four important elements for happy, fruitful, Christian living:

Go to the Bible regularly.

Here is what the Berean believers did: “They received the Word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so” (Acts 17:11).

Open it prayerfully.

Here is a good prayer for every time we read the Bible: “Open Thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law” (Psalm 119:18).

Read it expectantly.

If we do, His promise is, “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with Mine eye” (Psalm 32:8).

Live it joyfully.

“I rejoice at Thy Word, as one that findeth great spoil” (Psalm 119:162).

 

             
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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

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Devoted Service

“Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of Him that sent Me, and to finish His work” (John 4:34).

The Lord’s whole life was one of devoted service to God His Father. Later in John’s gospel He stated, “For I came down from heaven, not to do Mine own will, but the will of Him that sent Me” (John 6:38). At the end of His pathway, He could confirm, “I have glorified Thee on the earth: I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do” (John 17:4).

The end of that service was a work that no other could do. He bore the punishment for our sin, died, and shed His blood. His was the ultimate sacrifice. “And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:8). That’s how well He served. Are we willing to do the same? Our hearts’ desire should be to do His willwhatever that may be. “He laid down His life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” (1 John 3:16).

 

             
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