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We Are Going On

23 Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it: 24 But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it. Introduction Would you open your Bibles to the book of Numbers 14:24,...

The Lessons of Death

4 Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is: that I may know how frail I am. 5 Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah. 6 Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and k...

The Goal of Discipleship

13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;...

How to Interpret the Bibl...

20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. Introduction Leroy “Satchel” Paige was the first black man allowed to pitch in the American League. As a rookie at 42 years of ag...

The Peril of Fruitlessnes...

12 And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry: 13 And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet. 14 And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard i...

Presuming on Tomorrow

The Bible warns us against presuming on tomorrow when it says “Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knoweth not what a day may bring forth” (Proverbs 27:1). We are not forbidden to plan for or to think about tomorrow, but we are told not to presume upon it. Instead we are told we should live each day with the consciousness that tomorrow may not be ours....

When Trouble Comes

Troubles take many forms in our lives. Sometimes they take the form of illness or death. Sometimes they take the form of financial losses or disappointments. Whatever their form, troubles do come and it's our attitude toward them that is most important. Trouble can make us bitter or better, depending on our attitude. How are we to react to problems? I offer thre...

Christ Centered Marriages

Most things in life tend to tarnish. Silver must be polished; the thrill of wearing a new hat soon fades; a job that at first enthralled us soon becomes monotonous. Marriage is no exception. It too tends to tarnish unless care is taken to keep it glowing. Many couples enter into marriage with great expectations. But their dreams soon fade into disappointments and unh...

Do You Know That He Saved...

In 1736 John Wesley entered in his journal an account of going to German pastors to ask them some questions concerning his conduct. One of those German pastors said, “My brother, I must first ask you a question or two. The first question is this: Have you the witness of the Spirit within yourself? Does the Spirit bear witness with your spirit that you know the S...

Today's Devotional

Watch Your Influence

A guest star on a TV show once said, “Two things I’ve had in life, and both ample—good advice and bad example.” This has been the experience of most people.

Most of us are careless or just too thoughtless about our influence. Every person’s life is a profession of faith. Every person’s conduct is an unspoken sermon that he is forever preaching to others. Someone said years ago, “Every man is some boy’s ideal.” Oftentimes our influence is unconscious, but it is real nonetheless.

God holds us accountable for our influence. Jesus said that it would be better for us to have a millstone hung about our neck and our body cast into the sea than that we should cause someone else to stumble and sin. This makes our influence mighty important.

I have often thought of the old story of the blind man who always carried a lighted lantern. Someone asked him why he did this. He replied, “To keep other people from stumbling over me.” It wasn’t a bad idea. Now he wouldn’t stumble over anyone else, or at least if he did it would not be intentional. But he didn’t want anyone to stumble over him, so he carried a lighted lamp.

We need to see to it that, under God, nobody stumbles because of our lives.

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