Tuesday, April 30, 2019

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A Way Through the Storm

 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee”
(Isaiah 26:3).

A foreign missionary, Amy Carmichael, gives a beautiful illustration from nature of this kind of trust.

“One of the tiniest song birds of India builds a pendant nest hanging it from four frail threads. It is a delicate work of art, with its roof and tiny porch, which a splash of water or a child’s touch might destroy. One day I saw the bird building a nest just before monsoon season, and felt that for once it had failed in its wisdom. How could such a delicate structure, in such an exposed situation, weather the winds and torrential rains? The monsoon broke, and from my window I watched the nest swaying with the branches in the wind. Then I realized that it had been so placed that the leaves immediately above formed gutters which carried the water away from the abode. There sat the bird, with its tiny head resting on her little porch, and whenever a drop of water fell on her long, curved beak, she sucked it in as if it were nectar.”

We have a more secure rest for our heart than the song bird’s porch. We have the promises of God, and they are sufficient to carry us through the worst of life’s storms.

 

             
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Monday, April 29, 2019

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Dear Young Christian:

“Let us consider one another” (Hebrews 10:24).

What will your influence on other Christians be this coming week? If there is ever a time when believers need each other, it is now. This is a time when the enemy, Satan, seems extra busy trying to discourage us. Ask yourself, “When did you last encourage a believer?” I can assure you that a word of support and encouragement can really lift a brother or a sister spiritually to heights you would never imagine. It is so easy to knock down and discourage, but so hard to build up. We affect one another more than we think. “For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself” (Romans 14:7). As you step out into the activities of another week your life will have an impactfor goodor for bad. Encourage someone today. And remember, if you are an encourager, you will be encouraged yourself. That’s what it means when it says, “He that watereth shall be watered also himself” (Proverbs 11:25).

 Your Christian Friend,

 Jim Hyland

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

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At His FeetPart 2

“Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of My burying hath she kept this” (John 12:7).

Moved by love for Christ, Mary of Bethany does the right thing at the right moment. She might have left the ointment in the alabaster box and presented it to Christ as a gift, but this would not have put the same honor upon Him. Instead, she pours it out upon His feet, and the Lord defends her against those who dare to criticize her act of worship.

Christ was everything to Mary. Christ was her life, her all, and she bows at His feet as a worshipper because of all that He is. She forgets herself, and her blessings, and thinks only of Him. How blessed if, when we come to worship, we could each lose sight of ourselves and see nothing except Jesus and His glory.

How blessed, too, was the effect of her act of devotion to Christ, for we read, “the house was filled with the odor of the ointment” (John 12:3). Mary’s act of worship was precious to the heart of Christ, and also a sweet fragrance to all who were in the house. That which gives honor to Christ will also bring blessing to others.

 

             
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Saturday, April 27, 2019

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The Point of No Return

The scene of this awful tragedy was Stone Mountain, in the state of Georgia, USA. There they boast the largest boulder in the world.

One day, atop the mountain, a young man walked unsuspectingly along, seemingly oblivious to the gradual downward curvature of the dome-like mountain. Suddenly, he became aware of the fact that he was powerless to retrace his steps to safety. He had gone to the point ofno return. Frantically, he cried, “Help! Help!” His piteous plea was to no avail. Horrified spectators saw him hurtle to his death below.

We shake our heads and say, “How careless of the young man not to pay attention to where he was going.” But there are many who are traveling the road of life just as indifferent to their eternal fate. They pay no attention to the fact that twice the book of Proverbs warns, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 14:12; 16:25). They continue on to their eternal death and ruin in hell, instead of taking “the way, which leadeth unto life” (Matthew 7:14).

 

             
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Friday, April 26, 2019

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Monthly Question Page

Q. Does John 14:2 infer that there is a different mansion for each saved person? “In My Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”

A.This passage would not occupy us with thoughts of a grand mansion on a wide boulevard in heaven. It is, no doubt, an allusion to the many chambers of the priests in the temple as outlined in Ezekiel 40. The word “mansions” is really the thought of “abodes.” Christ has prepared a place with Himself for each of us who have received Him as our Savior. It has no thought of distance or living alone, but of nearness and sweet fellowship in His company. The fact that there are many indicates that there is room for allall the redeemed. There we will “abide” with Him forever!

The Lord Jesus is in the Father’s house, and His desire is to have us there. He further states, “I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:3). We are the children and sons of God, and as such we will be home, perfectly comfortable, and never to leave His side again. “And so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:17).

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

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Love One Another

“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another” (John 13:34).

The expression “love one another” appears thirteen times in our King James Bibles. Four times it was spoken by the Lord to His disciples while here on earth, twice it is used by the Apostle Paul, once by the Apostle Peter, and six times by the Apostle John in the epistles that he wrote.

To have something repeated this many times, by the Lord and three other inspired writers, must mean it is something very important. The Lord further emphasized this truth by adding, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:35). In other words, our display of Christian love amongst believers is not only a blessing to us, but is also a testimony to the world. Paul’s prayer for the Christians at Thessalonica, was, “And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you” (1 Thessalonians 3:12). “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God” (1 John 4:7).

 

             
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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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Monthly Scripture Reading

Proverbs 22

1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold.

2 The rich and poor meet together: the Lord is the maker of them all.

3 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.

4 By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honor, and life.

5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.

6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

7 The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.

8 He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.

9 He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.

10 Cast out the scorner, and contention shall go out; yea, strife and reproach shall cease.

 

             
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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

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Worry

The Christian life consists of living for Christ today and not fretting or worrying about tomorrow.

Here is a quote I saw recently on a poster:

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its troubles,

It empties today of its strength and joy.

It made me think of the words of the Lord Jesus, when He said, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof” (Matthew 6:34). In other words, live in the joy of the Lord and the strength of His provisions for today, and leave tomorrow in His hand.

There may indeed be troubles and trials tomorrow, but why worry about something you think may happen. The very thing you worry about today may not happen tomorrow, and if it does, the Lord is sufficient and no less in power and love than He has been in the past or at the present.

Remember too, tomorrow may never come. “For the coming of the Lord draweth nigh” (James 5:8). By tomorrow we may be safe in the Father’s house beyond the troubles and difficulties of life.

 

             
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Monday, April 22, 2019

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Dear Young Christian:

We just had a nice group of young people together, with some older ones too, at a Bible conference in Bergerac France. We had believers from 10 different countries and a variety of languages. Yet, how beautiful it was to see that which unites us together in Christ and with one another in spite of our cultural and language differences. It reminded me of the verses that tell us, “Truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another” (1 John 1:3,7). It also made me think of a future time, when we are all together in heaven. This is described by John in the book of Revelation. “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthyfor Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation” (Revelation 5:9). Isn’t it wonderful to belong to such a vast family, and know that we will soon be all together forever, around the Lord Jesus, in the Father’s house?

 Your Christian Friend,

 Jim Hyland

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

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At His FeetPart 1

“Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment” (John 12:3).

Of all the disciples of Christ that pass before us in the Gospel story, perhaps none are marked by single-hearted devotedness to Christ more than Mary of Bethany. On the three occasions that she comes before us in the Scriptures, she is found at the feet of Jesus.

We see her first in her sister’s home at Bethany, when Mary sat at His feet as a learner (Luke 10:39). Later, when her brother Lazarus had died, she is found at His feet as a mourner (John 11:32). Lastly, she is found at His feet as a worshipper (John 12:3).

On this third occasion, Mary is found at the feet of the Lord, no longer to receive His words and to feel His sympathy, but to give to Him the worship of a heart that loved Him and overflowed with an appreciation of who He was. In this lovely scene, Mary’s gifts, acts, and attitude all breathe the spirit of worship.

(Continued next Lord’s Day)

 

             
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