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Thursday, May 19, 2005
Daily Ministrations
"The devil leaveth Him, and behold, angels came and ministered unto Him. There appeared an angel unto Him from heaven, strengthening Him."
Matthew 4:11; Luke 22:43

These verses fill us with holy wonder. That the Creator of the universe, should Himself be the subject of the ministrations of His creatures—angels ministering to Him, and strengthening Him. Our finite minds are unable to comprehend the magnitude of this thought, but faith accepts it, and we rejoice to think, that if He—the perfect Man—received angelic support, how much more are we, in our weakness and frailty, the subject of their daily ministrations. —W. H. Burnett

I’ll strengthen thee, help thee and cause thee to stand,
upheld by my righteous omnipotent hand.

(selected from Choice Gleanings, courtesy of Gospel Folio)


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Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Secret Strength
"Come ye…apart into a desert place and rest awhile."
Mark 6:31

May God forgive us for the haste with which we rush through our days. Let no believer sidestep this truth. The degree of victory we will enjoy in our Christian lives is directly related to the time we spend in secret with Christ alone. Those who enter most deeply into the meaning and value of His secret training will be found the most effective in public service and testimony. Conversely, there is much cause to tremble for those whose public position exceeds the measure of the secret exercise of their soul before God—they will assuredly come short. If the superstructure exceeds the measure of the foundation below, the building will surely totter and fall. —S. McEachern

Here may we prove the power of prayer, to strengthen faith and banish care,
To teach our faint desires to rise, and bring all heaven before our eyes.

(selected from Choice Gleanings, courtesy of Gospel Folio)


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Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Repentance and Forgiveness
"The words of Job are ended. I…repent in dust and ashes."
Job 31:40, 42:6

In their long-winded dispute, Job and his four “comforters” used hundreds of arguments, dozens of accusations, and some 13,000 words. Finally, Job felt he had said all there was to say. Not quite. Almighty God started speaking and Job realized that he needed to say at least two more words: “I repent.” In the heat of verbal battle it is easy to forget those important words. Think of how many marriages could be saved, how many friendships could be repaired, how many rifts in fellowship or splits in assemblies could be avoided if we used “forgive me” sooner! —D. Logan

How different can be the end to the story,
when we truthfully say, that we are sorry. —D. J. L

(selected from Choice Gleanings, courtesy of Gospel Folio)


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Monday, May 16, 2005
Open Door for the Gospel
"I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it."
Revelation 3:8

In the late 18th century, the modern missionary movement began. Lands and peoples once considered “closed” began to be reached for Christ. Men and women, bound by darkness and the chains of heathenism were marvelously saved. Today some would tell us, “We now live in a post Christian era!” As far as the Lord is concerned He has never rescinded His command, “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel.” He still opens doors of opportunity for any believer who wants to obey His words. —David Croudace

If you have heard that our God is love, go tell it, go tell it;
That He is reigning in heaven above, go tell of his love today. —Laurence Highfield

(selected from Choice Gleanings, courtesy of Gospel Folio)


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Saturday, May 14, 2005
Words from our Mouth
"Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers."
Ephesians 4:29

The Lord Jesus spoke in such a way that the people “wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth” (Lk. 4:22). How about you? Are your words characterized by edification, grace, and respect, or destruction, malevolence, and sarcasm? Remember “that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment” (Mt. 12:36). —Warren Hagey

Take my voice, and let me sing, always, only, for my King;
Take my lips, and let them be, filled with messages from Thee. —Frances Ridley Havergal

(selected from Choice Gleanings, courtesy of Gospel Folio)

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Friday, May 13, 2005
Walking in the Light
"As he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven."
Acts 9:3

That overpowering light not only knocked Paul off his feet on the way to Damascus, it also placed them firmly on the way to Heaven. Every time he recalled it, he gave added details about the light—“a great light,” “the glory of that light,” and “a light…above the brightness of the sun.” If the light blinded him temporarily to things in the world below, it also opened his eyes to visions of the world above, where Jesus of Nazareth already sat as “Lord and Christ.” Are we walking in that light? —W. P. W. McVey

Marvel not that Christ in glory all my inmost heart has won;
Not a star to cheer my darkness, but a light beyond the sun. —Unknown

(selected from Choice Gleanings, courtesy of Gospel Folio)


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Thursday, May 12, 2005
The Lord Himself
"And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus Himself drew near, and went with them."
Luke 24:15

How thankful Cleopas and his companion must have been that it was “Jesus Himself” who joined them on their walk to Emmaus. He knew exactly their thoughts and feelings; indeed, He Himself was the complete answer to all their perplexities. Today, as the great High Priest of His people, He is ready to draw near and accompany us. He will minister sympathy and support however difficult our path may be. —G. Hall

Jesus Himself drew near, they were no longer sad;
When He was walking at their side, how could they be but glad? —Unknown

(selected from Choice Gleanings, courtesy of Gospel Folio)


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Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Endurance & Encouragement
"The God of patience and consolation."
Romans 15:5

Endurance and encouragement are twin graces set forth in the Old Testament Scriptures, and to be exemplified by the believers in the New Testament. Think of Job’s patience and David’s encouragement and Paul’s prayer for all born of God at Rome. God’s design is to reproduce patience and courage by means of the school of suffering which forms us into the ultimate likeness of Christ. How little we know—how much we owe to our God. —Les Rainey

May I run the race before me, Strong and brave to face the foe,
looking only unto Jesus As I onward go. —Kate B. Wilkinson

(selected from Choice Gleanings, courtesy of Gospel Folio)


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Friday, May 06, 2005
Message from God's Word
"Ezra…was a ready scribe in the law of Moses. Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women."
Ezra 7:6; Nehemiah 8:2

One of the lies Satan tells our young men is that no one wants to hear what they have to say from God’s Word. As a result, many sit in their seats for years, offering little to the edification of God’s people. While we would be careful not to urge anyone to leave their God-given place, we would also want to say that every believer should be a ready student of Scripture. As God enables, young men should not feel bound by competitive pressures, but rather to lay before God’s people what God has shown them from His Word. —Rick Morse

Gathered to Thy name Lord Jesus, losing sight of all but Thee,
Oh what joy Thy presence gives us, calling up our hearts to Thee. —C.A.W

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Thursday, May 05, 2005
Trusting in the Storm
"Jesus was not come to them. He saith, it is I be not afraid."
John 6:17; John 6:20

The disciples had rowed three to four miles toward the western shore of the Galilee when boisterous winds pounded their boat, taking it from trough to crest of mountainous waves. Then, above the pounding surf they heard His voice,"It is I; be not afraid” and they landed at Capernaum (village of Comfort). Today, listen for His voice rising above the winds of circumstance. He says, “It is I; be not afraid.” He can take you to the place of comfort today. —A. McIntee

Simply trusting every day; trusting through a stormy way;
Even when my faith is small, trusting Jesus, that is all. —Edgar P. Stites

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