Devotionals

Praying

"So worship I the God of my fathers"

January 24th

But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets: and have hope toward God, which they themselves allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just …

Speak no evil

January 23rd

Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people. Acts 23:5 Paul said something similar later on to Titus. It is this: we are to "speak evil of no man" (Tit. 3:2). Interestingly enough, it comes right on the …

In Our Afflictions

January 22nd

And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? Acts 22:7 Before he became Paul the apostle of Jesus Christ, he was Saul the persecutor of Jesus Christ. However, he had never actually, as far as we know, met the Lord Jesus before he met him on the …

Abraham's Radical Obedience

January 21st

For now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. Gen. 22:12 Abraham's radical obedience is defined by the fact that he obeyed God even when it looked like God was going back on his promise and when it meant losing that which was most precious to …

Standing Still

January 20th

And Jesus stood still. Mt. 20:32 Here was the busiest man in the world, and busy with nothing that was not truly meaningful and of eternal value. Every moment was well spent and every hour was redeemed. Moreover, here was a man whose time was extremely valuable because he had wisdom and power and …

Grace and Evangelism

January 19th

Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace; for I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city. Acts 18:9-10 Some folks think that because salvation is all of grace (and it is) and because …

The Joy of the Lord

January 18th

For the joy of the LORD is your strength. Neh. 8:10 This was the reason given to the people of Israel that they should not weep in response to the reading of God's word (Neh. 8:9-10). Now, there is a place for weeping and for a godly sorrow that leads to repentance (cf. 2 Cor. 7:10). And there is a …

Nothing too hard for God

January 17th

Is anything too hard for the LORD? Gen. 18:14 Like Sarah, Abraham's wife, we are sometimes apt to laugh at the thought that certain of God's promises can be fulfilled. Of course, also like Sarah, we are similarly prepared to deny our reluctance to take God at his word. But if you don't think this …

Faith seeking understanding

January 16th

O ye of little faith, why reason ye among yourselves, because ye have brought no bread? Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? Mt. 16:8-9 Have you ever thought of the connection between faith and understanding? I think …

Two Promises and a Prayer

January 15th

The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth forever: forsake not the works of thine own hands. Ps. 138:8 There are three great truths in this verse which are worthy of our meditation. First, there is a promise of God's perfecting work with respect to his people: "The …

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