Revive Us, O Lord!

 
"Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?" (Psalm 85:6)
The following is taken from One Day at a Time, a 366-day devotional by William MacDonald, who went home to be with the Lord in December 2007. A BACKSLIDDEN CONDITION IS OFTEN LIKE A CANCER; we don't know we have it. We can grow spiritually cold so gradually that we don't realize how carnal we have actually become. Sometimes it takes a tragedy, a crisis, or the voice of some prophet of … Continue Reading ››

The Need for Church

"And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved" (Acts 2:44-47).
I hope you will enjoy this quotation … Continue Reading ››

The Gift of Love

I read the story of a postal worker whose wife died in a traffic accident a few months before Christmas. He was overcome with grief, especially during the Christmas season, and tried to stay busy at work sorting through the stacks of mail that inevitably come through the post office this time of year. On a particular day he was in charge of letters inadequately addressed. In his stack of mail, he discovered a card to Santa Claus, North Pole, and it had his return … Continue Reading ››

Hail the Incarnate Deity

"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:" (Philippians 2:5-7). The entire Gospel message runs contrary to human thinking. The Creator being sacrificed for His creatures. The Judge of all the earth paying the penalty of the guilty. The immortal One dying. The … Continue Reading ››

Divine Preparation

"For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel" (Luke 2:30-32). Among those waiting for the Messiah was a devout man by the name of Simeon. Luke 2:26 says, "And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ." The "Lord's Christ" refers to "the anointed One, the Messiah." Simeon recognized the … Continue Reading ››

All People Are Important to God

While shepherds watched their flocks by night, all seated on the ground, an angel of the Lord came down, and glory shone around.

"Fear not," said he for mighty dread had seized their troubled mind, "glad tidings of great joy I bring to you and all mankind."

—While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks, Nahum Tate (1700)

Above are the first two stanzas of the familiar Christmas carol, "While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks." Adopted by virtually all hymnals since the time of its writing, … Continue Reading ››

Count Your Blessings

"O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever" (Psalm 136:1).
Thanksgiving...what a wonderful season of the year! I am reminded of Psalm 100:4, "Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name." The apostle Paul expressed a similar thought in I Thessalonians 5:18, "In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." Our thanksgiving should not be confined to the … Continue Reading ››

Thanks Living Is Better Than Thanksgiving

Psalm 100 is a well known psalm, probably second only in popularity to Psalm 23. It emphasizes the universal nature of God's kingship and is a benediction to that series of psalms (Psalms 93,95-100) which are devoted to the Lord's kingdom rule during the Millennium. Most of it is a call to praise and thanksgiving. Thanking the Lord, however, is something we must do with our lives as well as with our lips. How shall we do it?
  1. BY SERVING - "Serve the LORD with gladness..." … Continue Reading ››

Don’t Forget God!

"I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old" (Psalm 77:11).
According to the Guinness Book of Records, the most destructive earthquake ever was the 1923 Great Kanto earthquake that struck the Tokyo and Yokohama areas on September 1, 1923. The initial jolt, measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale, was followed by a 40-foot-high tsunami. About 80 percent of the dwellings in Yokohama and 60 percent of those in Tokyo were destroyed. A total of 142,907 people were killed … Continue Reading ››

Freedom is not Free

"Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour" (Romans 13:7, KJV).
On Veterans Day, November 11, let us pause to reflect on the service and sacrifices of all those who have put on the uniform to serve in the Armed Forces of the United States. Let us honor our veterans, who proved their heroism and love of country time and time again. More than a million have died in service … Continue Reading ››

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