Monday, April 6, 2020

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Dear Young Christian:

Can it be another Monday already? Yes indeed, time waits for no one. We say, “Time flies.” We imagine that time is going by faster than it used to. However, it is we that fly and we who are going faster and faster. It is society that has picked up the pace, not the clock. Job said, “My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle” (Job 7:6).

One thing is for sure, we are that much closer to the Lord’s coming than we were last Monday. I can’t tell you when the Lord is coming or if He is coming this week, but I know with certainty that we are nearer to that event today than we have ever been before. The promise remains, “Behold, I come quickly” (Revelation 3:11).

So, start out to school or work with this hope before you.“Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh”(James 5:8).

In the meantime, try, if you can, to slow down a little, and make sure you spend some quiet time with the Lord amidst the pressure and fast pace of everyday life.

Your Christian Friend,

Jim Hyland

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Sunday, April 5, 2020

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The Blood

The blood of Jesus is a very precious subject.

It is that which cleans us from every stain of sin. “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).

It is through that blood that we have redemption and forgiveness. “In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins” (Ephesians 1:7).

It is the blood of Christ that has given us access into His presence.“But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ” (Ephesians 2:13).

We are sanctified (set apart for Himself) because of His blood. “Wherefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered without the gate” (Hebrews 13:12).

Through the blood we are justified and brought into a perfect standing before God. “Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him” (Romans 5:9).

What a theme to meditate on today! It is that of which we will sing for all eternity (Revelation 5:9).

 

             
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Saturday, April 4, 2020

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Warnings

On Wednesday, February 4th, 1970, the Liberian registered tanker, the Arrow, ran aground and broke in two off Canada’s east coast. The ship, coming from Venezuela, was headed to Cape Breton with a cargo of 108,000 barrels of Bunker C fuel. The oil spill resulting from the wreck contaminated the waters of Chedabucto Bay, as well as 190 miles of Nova Scotia shoreline.Reports say that there was equipment failure, and it is true that the weather conditions were very adverse. However, confessing it to be his error, the Captain said, “I did not believe the message of my electronic depth sounder.”

We shake our heads and wonder at such folly. But how many there are on the sea of life who do not believe the warnings of the Bible. Of such we read, “He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy” (Proverbs 29:1). Don’t be like the captain of the Arrow and ignore the warnings. There is a much worse fate awaiting those who refuse to listen and heed the warnings of Scripture. “What shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God” (1 Peter 4:17)? Hell! Therefore, “Repent ye, and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15).

 

             
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Friday, April 3, 2020

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Fame

Two famous athletes were being questioned by a sports writer as to their legacy and accomplishments. Ted Williams pointed to his success in baseball. Michael Jordan noted his achievements in basketball. How sad! A lifetime quest for fleeting fame and the applause of this world. Here is what the Bible has to say on the matter: “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air” (1 Corinthians 9:24-26). Athletes strive for a prize that is corruptible at best. Their names come and go from the sports pages and news casts of society.

In contrast, the Apostle Paul had the best goal of all, declaring, “For to me to live is Christ … I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:21; 3:14). What are you living for? Is it a flash of glory and fame in this world, or is it for Christ and eternal consequences?

 

             
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Thursday, April 2, 2020

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Complaining

“And when the people complained, it displeased the Lord: and the Lord heard” (Numbers 11:1).

“Yea, they despised the pleasant land, they believed not His word: But murmured in their tents, and hearkened not unto the voice of the Lord” (Psalm 106:24-25).

Instead of enjoying the blessings of God and all His care and provision for them, the children of Israel despised His goodness and, sad to say, for the most part, disregarded His word. Privately in their tents they complained and murmured, thinking perhaps that no one else could hear them. But little did they realize that the One who hears our cry when we are in distress is also the One who hears our voice of discontent and complaint. Remember, when we complain, the problem may be with us and not with others or concerning our circumstances. Also, remember, that when we grumble and complain we are really in the end blaming God, and that is a serious thing. Whether in secret or publicly, the Bible never condones complaining. “That there be no complaining in our streets” (Psalm 144:14).

 

             
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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

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Not an Easy Road

While traveling by car through the jungle of Guyana, South America this morning, on our way to preach the gospel at a village by the name of St. Cuthbert’s Mission, I couldn’t help but think about the following lines of a hymn, writer by J. W. Peterson, that we used to sing as young people.

It’s not an easy road we are travelling to heaven,
For many are the thorns on the way;
It’s not an easy road but the Savior is with us,
His presence gives us joy every day.

No, no, it’s not an easy road,
No, no, it’s not an easy road;
But Jesus walks with me and
Brightens my journey,
And lightens every heavy load.

The road we were driving on was indescribable and there were times when I really wondered if we would make it.

Isn’t that the way it is with the road of life sometimes? And yet, when we trust the Lord, and walk with the consciousness of His presence with us, He always brings us through. He has promised, “I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee” (Joshua 1:5).

 

             
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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

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Troubled

“Let not your heart be troubled” (John 14:1, 27).

These words were spoken twice by the Lord Jesus just before He left the disciples to go to the cross and then return to heaven. He was going to leave them in a troubled world, but He assures them that they need not be troubled in their hearts, as He would continue to be their resource, strength, and peace, and that they could still trust Him for every circumstance, no matter how bad things got. He exhorts them, “Ye believe in God, believe also in Me … Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you” (John 14:1, 27).

It is easy to be like Martha, of whom the Lord said, “Thou art careful and troubled about many things” (Luke 10:41). We become troubled with the current events of a world full of war, terrorism, and turmoil. We become troubled with school, work, and life in general. We become troubled about the future, family, friendsand on and on it goes. The Apostle Paul said, “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed” (2 Corinthians 4:8). That’s because His joy and confidence was in the Lord.

 

             
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Monday, March 30, 2020

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Dear Young Christian:

“Ye have need of patience” (Hebrews 10:36).

I never seem to have much of that precious commodity. Part of the problem is, there is only one way to learn it. “Tribulation worketh patience” (Romans 5:3). That’s why you should never pray for patience. Grace, yes, but not patience. If you pray for patience you can expect tribulation.

As I sit here and impatiently wait for my delayed flight from Chicago to Ottawa, I wrote a little rhyme to help pass the time: I’ll share it with you.

Patience is a virtue, a trait I don’t possess,
I always want it right away, I openly confess.
But graciously, my Father, is teaching me what’s best. . .
To learn to wait upon Him, and in His wisdom rest.

Patience has a value, and we must pay the price,
Much tribulation is the cost, which does not sound so nice.
But gently, softly, kindly, my Father, works it out,
And so I wait, and pray, and trust, His love I cannot doubt.

Your Christian Friend,

Jim Hyland

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Sunday, March 29, 2020

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Offering & Sacrifice

“Christ also hath loved us, and hath given Himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savor” (Ephesians 5:2).

We might well ask, what is the difference between an offering and a sacrifice? The answer is really very simple: the offering is what is giventhe contribution, and the sacrifice is the cost.

The Lord Jesus offered Himself:

“Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God” (Hebrews 9:14).

“By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (Hebrews 10:10).

The cost was His life and the shedding of His blood:

“He laid down His life for us” (1 John 3:16).

“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (1 Peter 1:18-19).

 

             
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Saturday, March 28, 2020

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Three Categories

A friend of mine recently made this observation in connection with salvation:

“There are three categories of people:

1. Those who are saved.

These are those who have come in faith and repentance and receive Christ as their Savior. “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:10).

2. Those who pretend to be saved.

These are those like Judas Iscariot, who was outwardly a disciple of Jesus, and fooled everyone but the Lord Himself, who said, “Ye are clean, but not all … And none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the Scripture might be fulfilled” (John 13:10; 17:12).

3. Those who think they are saved.

These are those who think that their good life or charitable works will gain them favor before God. However, the Bible is clear, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us” (Titus 3:5).

Which category are you?

 

             
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