Devotionals

Praying

Parable of the mustard seed

July 3rd

Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come …

The gentleness of Christ

July 2nd

That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,   Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.   He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his …

Come ye weary

July 1st

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30 It is in light of both human sin and God’s …

Ordinary men

June 30th

And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the …

Jesus receives sinners

June 29th

And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? Matthew 9:11 Jesus receives sinners. In no case was this more publicly and clearly displayed than in the calling of Matthew. We are told that “as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a …

A city on a hill

June 28th

A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Matthew 5:14 When you read the words “city on a hill,” knowing that Christ calls you to this, what comes to mind for you? For many of us, what comes to mind is something like feeding homeless orphans in India, or preaching the gospel to Muslims in …

In the world but not of the world

June 27th

Ye are the salt of the earth . . . . Ye are the light of the world. Matthew 5:13-14 There are some principles that emerge from these verses. The first is that the Christian is radically different from this world. Salt is different from that which it flavors or preserves. Light is the opposite of …

The light of the world

June 26th

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your …

The salt of the earth

June 25th

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Matthew 5:13 John Stott is correct, I think, when he points out that whereas the Beatitudes teach us about …

God dwells in two places

June 24th

For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. Isaiah 57:15 Who is God? He is "the high …

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