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Sunday, December 9, 2018
“Turn my eyes from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.” (Psalm 119:37 NIV) [The Psalmist] had prayed about his heart, and one would have thought that the eyes would so surely have been influenced by the heart that there was no need to make them the objects of a special petition; but our author is resolved to make assurance doubly sure.  If the eyes do not see,...
Saturday, December 8, 2018
“Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” (John 16:24 NIV) When Christians experience joy today, it has a much more powerful impact on the world than it did decades ago.  Why?  Because the entitlement mentality so prevalent in our society leads many people to feel justified in their anger.  “The government [or my employer, my family—someone for sure!] owes...
Friday, December 7, 2018
“Give thanks to the Lord, proclaim his greatness; tell the nations what he has done.” (Psalm 105:1 NIV) Jesus said, “Give to others and God will give to you.”  Someone may say, “I’d love to give to others, but I have so little to give.  You don’t know my situation.”  First of all, God will use anything that we give away to others—including our time, our energy, our wisdom,...
Thursday, December 6, 2018
“Give to others, and God will give to you…” (Luke 6:38 GNT) We all know the law of gravity:  if we drop something, it’s going to go down one hundred per cent of the time.  Just as reliable as this law of nature is a law we find in the spiritual realm—that if you give to others, God will give to you.  As we go outside of ourselves and give and pray and love, something will...
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
“… remembering the words that the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘There is more happiness in giving than in receiving.’” (Acts 20:35b GNT) The apostle Paul told the Ephesian elders that as believers we have to work hard in order to help the weak, remembering Jesus’ words that there is more happiness in giving than in receiving.  This was evidently a well-known saying of the Lord’s in Paul’...
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