To Be Continued . . . September 6, 2015 Read: 1 Corinthians 15:50-58 | Bible in a Year: Psalms 148–150; 1 Corinthians 15:29-58 http://cdn.rbc.org/odb/2015/09/odb-09-06-15.mp3 Growing up in the 1950s, I often attended the Saturday matinee at a local movie theater. Along with cartoons and a feature film, there was an adventure serial that always ended with the hero or heroine facing an impossible situation. There seemed to be no way out, but each episode concluded with the words “To Be Continued . . . ” The apostle Paul was no stranger to life-threatening situations. He was imprisoned, beaten, stoned, and shipwrecked as he sought toRead More →

Being Consistent and Useful To God September 5, 2015 Psalm 120:5 5 Woe to me, that I sojourn in Meshech, that I dwell among the tents of Kedar! (ESV) As a Christian you have to live in the middle of an ungodly world, and it is of little use for you to cry, “Woe to me.” Jesus did not pray that you should be taken out of the world, and what He did not pray for, you need not desire. It is far better to meet the difficulty in the Lord’s strength and by doing so to glorify Him. The enemy is always watching for inconsistencyRead More →

Love Locks September 5, 2015 Read: Ephesians 4:29–5:2 | Bible in a Year: Psalms 146–147; 1 Corinthians 15:1-28 http://cdn.rbc.org/odb/2015/09/odb-09-05-15.mp3 “Love Locks” is a growing phenomenon. Thousands of people in love have attached these love padlocks to bridges, gates, and fences around the world, including France, China, Austria, Czech Republic, Serbia, Spain, Mexico, and Northern Ireland. Couples engrave their names on a padlock and then attach it in a public place to symbolize their everlasting love. Authorities of some landmarks frown upon them because of the danger they can cause if too many are attached. Some think they are acts of vandalism, while others view themRead More →

Delight Yourself in the Lord September 4, 2015 Isaiah 61:10-11 The word delight means “to gain great pleasure, satisfaction, and happiness.” Wouldn’t you like those to be the words that describe your relationship with God—one where both you and He enjoy time spent in each other’s presence? If that sounds good to you, then I have great news. God also wants that kind of delightful friendship, which develops through commitment, trust, and patience. • First, a believer must commit his or her ways to God. This means that we invite the Lord to examine our desires and intentions—and change whatever does not fit His purposeRead More →

Giving Is Godlike September 4, 2015  by Charles R. Swindoll Job 1–2, 42 Step into the time tunnel with me, and let’s travel together back to Uz (not the wizard of, but the land of). Wherever it was, Uz had a citizen who was respected by everyone. Why? Because he was blameless, upright, God-fearing, and clean living. He had ten children, thousands of head of livestock, acres and acres of land, a great many servants, and a substantial stack of cash. No one would deny that he was “the greatest of all the men of the East.” His name was Job, a synonym for integrityRead More →

People Power September 4, 2015 Read: Ephesians 4:7-16 | Bible in a Year: Psalms 143–145; 1 Corinthians 14:21-40 http://cdn.rbc.org/odb/2015/09/odb-09-04-15.mp3 A man was boarding a train in Perth, Australia, when he slipped and his leg got caught in the gap between the train carriage and the station platform. Dozens of passengers quickly came to his rescue. They used their sheer might to tilt the train away from the platform, and the trapped man was freed! The train service’s spokesman, David Hynes, said in an interview, “Everyone sort of pitched in. It was people power that saved someone from possibly quite serious injury.” In Ephesians 4, weRead More →

Sick with Sin September 4, 2015 Mark 1:41 41 Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.” (ESV) The primeval darkness heard God say, “Let there be light,” and immediately there was light. The word of the Lord Jesus is equal in majesty to that ancient word of power. Redemption, like creation, has its word of might. Jesus speaks, and it is done. Leprosy yielded to no human remedies, but it fled at once at the Lord’s “I will.” The disease exhibited no hopeful signs or tokens of recovery; nature contributed nothing to its ownRead More →

The Tyranny of the Perfect Read: 1 John 1:5–2:2 | Bible in a Year: Psalms 140–142; 1 Corinthians 14:1-20 Dr. Brian Goldman obsessively tried to be perfect in treating his patients. But on a nationally broadcast show he admitted to mistakes he had made. He revealed that he had treated a woman in the emergency room and then made the decision to discharge her. Later that day a nurse asked him, “Do you remember that patient you sent home? Well, she’s back.” The patient had been readmitted to the hospital and then died. This devastated him. He tried even harder to be perfect, only toRead More →

True Love For Christ Song of Solomon 1:7 7 Tell me, you whom my soul loves, where you pasture your flock, where you make it lie down at noon; for why should I be like one who veils herself beside the flocks of your companions? (ESV) It is good to be able, without any “if” or “but,” to say of the Lord Jesus, “You whom my soul loves.” Many can only say of Jesus that they hope they love Him; they trust they love Him; but only a poor and shallow experience will be content to stay here. No one ought to give any rest toRead More →