Tuesday, January 23, 2018

A Contrite Spirit

Tweet “Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation; and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.” (Psalm 51:14) A solemn confession. David knew the heinousness of his sin and expressly named it: bloodguiltiness. While his hands didn’t personally kill Uriah, he arranged his death for very selfish reasons. His confession more »

The Deepest Woe

Tweet Grief. Agony. Sorrow. Misery. Affliction. Fear. Suffering. Calamity. These are examples of woe … a word not often heard in our everyday dialogue. The Bible often uses this word to describe deep feelings of abandonment, alienation and suffering. And, such were the deepest emotional sufferings Jesus experienced as the weight of the sin of more »

Saturating Showers

Tweet “I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.” (Ezekiel 34:26) Showers. Blessing. Mercy. Grace. Much needed. Greatly desired. Given by God in His season. Sovereignly. At His command. As the ground cannot live without showers, mankind cannot live without the blessing of God. One may more »

Not Made of Feathers

Tweet “…take up the cross, and follow me.” (Mark 8:34) Are you a disciple of Christ? Consider with me the cross … not a velvet cross or one made of feathers. The cross was was made of wood; a man could carry it … Jesus carried it after inviting as many as would to pick up more »

The Strength of Hope

Tweet “…always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you…” (1 Peter 3:15) Believers around the world are shocked by the recent news of the martyrdom of 21 Egyptian Christians. And, rightfuly so. The image of 21 believers in Jesus Christ lined more »

Faith Shines Brighter in Winter

Tweet “There are some of thy graces which would never be discovered if it were not for thy trials. Dost thou not know that thy faith never looks so grand in summer weather as it does in winter?” (Spurgeon) While so much of the country is dealing with the unseemly winter weather, this quote by Spurgeon more »

Constrain Us, Glorious Lord!

Tweet Spurgeon has a way of saying things, doesn’t he? At first glance, I wasn’t drawn into his devotional for this morning (February 17). But, after deciding to read it anyway, I was so stirred in my heart. Perhaps it was because I love words and greatly respect those who, like Spurgeon, are wordcrafters, carefully selecting more »

College of Content

Tweet “I have learned, in whatever state I am, therewith to be content.” (Phil 4:11) Until today, I never considered the fact that contentment is not a natural propensity of man. In fact, man is ill-content by nature. Spurgeon describes it as this: “Coveteousness, discontent, and murmuring are as natural to man as thorns are more »

Take No Step Without God

Tweet “Take No Step Without God” (Spurgeon). We’ve all been there. Anxious for an answer. Running ahead of God. Working through difficult situations without waiting on His instruction. And, it inevitably leads us into more difficulties. You would think we would learn! God is our Compass, His Word our roadmap. Can you imagine a seasoned explorer more »

What a Privilege!

Tweet “At that time Jesus answered.” (Matt 11:25) This devotional by Spurgeon is rich! Jesus was in constant communion with the Father which the author points out in his unique way: “If you will look at the context you will not perceive that any person had asked him a question, or that he was in more »

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