Wednesday, February 24, 2021

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Monthly Scripture Reading
James 3

2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

3 Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.

4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.

5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:

8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

 

             
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

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Not Bound

“Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the Word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you” (2 Thessalonians 3:1).

I recently read a biography of John Williams, who was a pioneer missionary to the South Sea Islands. When John arrived by ship on the island of Manu’a, the most easterly of the islands of Samoa, he found many believers. He was surprised because, as far as he knew, no foreign missionary had ever been there. He soon learned that some native Christians from Raivavae, located among the Astral Islands, about three hundred miles away, had been driven off course in their canoes several years before. After three months of drifting aimlessly, twenty of them died, and a few reached Manu’a, bringing the gospel with them.

This account made me think of the verse, “The Word of God is not bound” (2 Timothy 2:9). The Apostle Paul was thankful that, even though he was in prison, the Word was still going out in various ways. Earlier, he had asked the believers in Thessalonica to pray for blessing on the gospel as it went out. We can do the same, knowing that God still works in what seem like strange and wonderful ways.

 

             
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Monday, February 22, 2021

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Dear Young Christian:

Yesterday my wife and I were driving through the city of Brockville Ontario, when we noticed a sign that said:

If You Ate Today,

Thank A Farmer!

While this is certainly good advice, it got us thinking about where our food really comes from. Perhaps we should have a sign that says,

“If You Ate Today,

Thank The Lord!

How many people really stop and think about the fact that what we eat is the gracious provision of God the Father and the Lord Jesus? “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20). So, while we are thankful for those who labor on farms to produce food for market, yet we want to be sure we don’t forget who makes the seeds grow and readies the crop for harvest, and the animals to become healthy and marketable.

Your Christian Friend,

 Jim Hyland

 

             
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Sunday, February 21, 2021

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He Loves Us

“I have loved you, saith the Lord” (Malachi 1:2).

“Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3).

Let’s never forget that God has made us His children, not simply that we might not perish, but that we might know the affections of His heart and enjoy them. Isn’t that a lovely truth to enjoy? “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:10). He loves us, not because of what we are, but for what He is. “God is love” (1 John 4:8).

It is good to be occupied with His great, unchanging love for us, not our feeble love for Him. To be occupied with our love for Him will only discourage us, but His love for us will warm our hearts and deepen our love for Him. The Spirit of God does not turn our eyes inward except when necessary to judge self. The main object of the Spirit of God is to occupy the believer with Christ and all that Christ is to God and to His ownyou and me.

Let His love fill your heart today, and quote with the Apostle Paul, “The Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).

 

             
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Saturday, February 20, 2021

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Saved While Young

“Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them” (Ecclesiastes 11:9; 12:1).

Nineteenth-century Scottish preacher Horatius Bonar asked 253 Christian friends at what ages they were converted. Here’s what he discovered:

Under 20 years of age – 138

Between 20 and 30 – 85

Between 30 and 40 – 22

Between 40 and 50 – 4

Between 50 and 60 – 3

Between 60 and 70 – 1

Over 70 – 0

It certainly shows the importance of getting saved while we are young and our heart is still tender towards spiritual matters. Thankfully God can save anyone at any age, but if one of my readers is delaying, I plead with you…DON’T!

 

             
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Friday, February 19, 2021

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“If Day”

The 19th of February, 1942, was an unusual and interesting day for Canada. It was “If Day.” On that day there was a simulated, fake, Nazi German invasion and occupation of the Canadian city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and surrounding areas during the Second World War. It was organized by the Greater Winnipeg Victory Loan organization, and was the largest military exercise in Winnipeg to that point. It included a staged firefight between Canadian troops and volunteers dressed as German soldiers, and was intended to show what it would be like “if” Canada fell under Nazi forces, so that Canadians would support the war effort more fully.

In real life, it is not a question of “if” trials and difficulties come, but “when.” These trials and difficulties come because we live in a world where Satan is the god and prince and where sin is prevalent on every hand. However, we are told, “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience” (James 1:2-3). If we learn from the things that happen to us and it draws us closer to our Captain, the Lord Jesus, then there will be true power and blessing in our lives.

 

             
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Thursday, February 18, 2021

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Young People of Scripture
Joshua

“Moseshis servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle” (Exodus 33:11).

When we think of Joshua, we usually think of him later in life as a great conqueror leading the children of Israel across the Jordan River and into the land Canaan. But before he became a great leader, he had many years of training and preparation in God’s school.

Our verse tells us that as a young man there were two things that characterized him. First, he was a servant of Moses, and as another Scripture tells us, “Moses’ minister” (Joshua 1:1). In other words, he spent a lot of time in the company of an older servant of the Lord, helping him and learning from him. He also valued the presence of the Lord, as noted in his not departing from the tabernacle.

These two things are essential if we are going to be used of the Lord throughout our lives. I would encourage you to seek the company of older believers, help them with the work of the Lord, listen to, and learn from their godly counsel, and above all, spend time in the presence of the Lord. Like Joshua, this done in your youth will be the foundation for service and usefulness all through your life.

 

             
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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

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Can a Young Person?

“In the days of thy youth” (Ecclesiastes 12:1).

Here is a Sunday school song that I grew up singing, with some slight changes and a new verse added.

Can a young person like me
Thank the Savior fittingly?
Yes, O yes, He loves to hear
Praises from the youths so dear.
I can thank Him o’er and o’er,
For my load of sins He bore.

Can a young person like me
Pray to Jesus fittingly?
Yes, O yes, He loves to hear
Prayers from lips of youths so dear.
I will need His help today
In the things I do and say.

Can a young person like me
Hear my Lord speak fittingly?
Yes, O yes, His voice is clear
Youths His truth can surely hear.
I will read His Book today,
Listen, and His words obey.

 

             
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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

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Good Works

A boy stood watching a caterpillar spinning a very beautiful cocoon. Before long, a man who was a believer stood beside him watching the operation as well. After awhile, the man spoke: “God sets that little creature a task to do, and by instinct he diligently and skillfully does it. Just so, when we are saved, God gives us good works to perform in His name and for His sake. But were the insect to remain satisfied forever in the silken ball which he is weaving, it would become, not his home, but his tomb. No, only by forcing a way through it and not resting in it, will the winged creature reach sunshine and air.”

And so it is with the Christian. On the one hand, we must realize that whatever we do for the Lord that has merit, and whatever energy of faith there may be, was all from Himself. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10). But there must be spiritual energy and exercise as well. We must “be careful to maintain good works.In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good worksa peculiar people, zealous of good works” (Titus 3:8; 2:7; 2:14).

 

             
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Monday, February 15, 2021

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Dear Young Christian:

I wonder if one of my readers is having a special day this week. Maybe a birthday, or the anniversary of some momentous occasion in your life. How often we say to someone, Happy Birthday! Happy Anniversary! Happy New Yearand so on! Sad to say, many people, including believers, are not happy on those days. And if they were the only days to be happy, what about the hundreds of other days? As a child of God, we can and should be happy every day of the year. Here are some verses that tell us how:

“Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding” (Proverbs 3:13).

“Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he” (Proverbs 16:20).

“If ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye” (1 Peter 3:14).

“If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye” (1 Peter 4:14).

So, read your Bible, spend time in prayer, walk with the Lord no matter what the cost, and have a happy week.

Your Christian Friend,

 Jim Hyland

 

             
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