Sunday, March 31, 2019

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Remembrance

This morning I sat down with eleven other believers in Dickson Village, Saint Vincent, to remember the Lord in the breaking of bread. With fans blowing, the windows and doors open, and a loaf and a cup on the table, we had a precious time of reflection and remembrance as we sang of the person and work of Christ. Some Scriptures were read, and several brothers gave a word of worship and praise. Best of all we were able to answer to the Lord’s request, “This do in remembrance of Me” (Luke 22:19).

I realize that by the time this calendar page is read, many, many weeks will have passed. But I trust, by the grace of God, that I will still be enjoying the privilege of breaking bread with believers around the world.

Of course, the truth of the matter is, we may be long in the Father’s house by that time, and there we will no longer need a loaf and a cup as a reminder. In that day, we will be occupied with what the Apostle John saw when he stated: “And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain” (Revelation 5:6).

 

             
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Saturday, March 30, 2019

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Lifted Up

“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up” (John 3:14).
“When ye have lifted up the Son of Man, then shall ye know that I am He” (John 8:28).
“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me” (John 12:32).

These three statements of the Lord all refer to His crucifixion, and are three facts worthy of consideration:

1. Through our Savior’s death, He has brought us life, just as when Moses lifted up the serpent on a pole. “If a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived” (Numbers 21:9).

 2. His death proved that He was the Son of Man. “But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the Son of Man, that thou visitest him? Thou madest Him a little lower than the angelsfor the suffering of death” (Hebrews 2:6-7,9).

3. His death has allowed Him to open His arms wide to draw all peoples to Himself. “Our Savior; who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:3-4).

 

             
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Friday, March 29, 2019

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Monthly Question Page

Q. What is the Church, and can the term be used for a physical building?

A. The Church is the body of Christ. “The church, Which is his body” (Ephesians 1:22-23). This was formed by the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place” (Acts 2:1). “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:13). It includes only those who are saved. The Church as a profession or light bearer on earth is also called “The House of God” (1 Timothy 3:15).

If we take away the word “Church” and substitute the word “assembly” in every place where it is used in Scripture, we will get the right thought.

There is one exception, “For ye have brought hither these men, which are neither robbers of churches, nor yet blasphemers of your goddess” (Acts 19:37). In this verse the original word for “churches” is really “idol temples.” It is never used otherwise of a building on earth.

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

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Compromise

“Hold fast the form of sound words” (2 Timothy 1:13).

“Compromise is letting the barrier down slowly.”

How easy it is to compromise in many aspects of life. But when it comes to the Word of God and the truth it contains, we should never compromise.

We rarely give up the truth of Scripture or turn from following the Lord all at once. Rarely do we make a sudden U-turn in the path of faith. It is usually a little at a time, like removing bricks from a wall. If you remove all the bricks at once everyone immediately notices. But if you take it down slowly, one brick at a time, no one may detect it until the barrier is completely removed. This is the great work of Satan in the lives of believers. It is the “dead flies” (Ecclesiastes 10:1); or the “little foxes” (Song of Solomon 2:15). It is not the great things, but the little thingsbrick by brick, brick by brick, brick by brick.

How watchful we need to be! Every day, reading God’s Word, heeding it, practising it, and judging ourselves in the presence of the Lord. We need to be like the early Christians in Thessalonica who were told, “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21).

 

             
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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

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Monthly Scripture Reading

2 John

6 And this is love, that we walk after His commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.

7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.

9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

12 Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.

 

             
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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

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Reading Scripture

Tomorrow, as we have done for every fourth Thursday of the month since this calendar began, we will have what we call our Monthly Scripture Reading. Perhaps you wonder why we do thiswhy do we print out a short portion of the Word of God every month? Well, the reason is very simple. It is to whet the appetite of our readers so that they will develop the habit of orderly, consistent, reading of their Bible. And not just once a month, but every day of the year.

This necessary and vital routine is a great preserving factor, as well as being essential for spiritual growth and energy. Read the Word of God every day and you will be like the man of whom we read, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper” (Psalm 1:1-2).

This is why we have a Monthly Scripture Reading.

 

             
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Monday, March 25, 2019

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Dear Young Christian:

The writer of Psalm 119 knew the value of prayer and how vital it was to him if he was going to know the mind of God. He prayed: “Open Thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law” (Psalm 119:18).

Apart from a divine opening of our spiritual eyes we must remain in spiritual darkness. In the New Testament, we have the occasion with the two who were travelling from Jerusalem to Emmaus, after the Lord had risen from the dead. Here is a summary of how the Lord worked with them: “And their eyes were opened, and they knew HimHe openedthe Scriptures.Then opened He their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures” (Luke 24:31-32, 45).

Today and this coming week, the Lord is waiting by His Spirit to open up to you the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures. However, He can only do this if we have a sincere, reverent, humble attitude of prayerful dependence.

Your Christian Friend,

Jim Hyland

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

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What Depths of Suffering

“Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:45-46).

We can never take in what the Lord Jesus endured at the cross, and especially in those three hours of darkness when God “made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). That time when He “bare our sins in His own body on the tree” (1 Peter 2:24). Our finite minds and our dulled senses can, at best, only dimly grasp the sheer depths of the gulf spanned and the judgment endured when the Holy Savior paid the price and bore the penalty of sin.

What divine love, stupendous grace, and marvellous mercy we have to consider. Though we will never know the depth of His suffering, we can worship Him today as a risen glorified man and as one who will never suffer for sin again. “For by one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified” (Hebrews 10:14).

 

             
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Saturday, March 23, 2019

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Good News

“This is a day of good tidings” (2 Kings 7:9).

There is very little good news in the world today! All you have to do is read the headlines of the newspaper and you will soon get the pointDon’t read it all, as it won’t profit you. Wars, crime, violence, injustice, economic, political, and social breakdownon and on it goes. We shake our heads and ask, “Where is it going to end?”

It is all going to endbut not until the Lord Jesus comes back to set up His kingdom and reign in righteousness. No matter how hard the armies, governments, and police forces of this world try, things are not going to get better. In fact, they are going to get worse. “Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse” (2 Timothy 3:13).

But there is good news! In a world of bad news, the gospel, or “glad tidings,” is still being preached. It is the wonderful story of salvation through the work of Calvary. And yet it amazes me that people will buy newspapers, and listen to newscasts in disbelief and bewilderment, and yet refuse to listen to the only good news that there isGod’s good news concerning His Son, and the eternal blessings that result from accepting it and being saved from sin and hell.

 

             
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Friday, March 22, 2019

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True Rest

“Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way” (Psalm 37:7).

When something in your life or thoughts makes you anxious, go to the Lord about it. “Be careful [anxious] for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” (Philippians 4:6).

These are opportunities to experience His healing and rest of soul. They are times when we can learn that the blessings far outweigh the difficulties. They are times when we can learn what it is to really “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart” (Proverbs 3:5).

The world teaches that peace and rest come from having enough money, possessions, insurance, and security systems. But the peace and rest that the Lord gives is all-encompassing and independent of all circumstances. Though you lose everything else, if you gain and enjoy His peace, you are rich indeed.

 

             
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