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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...

Practical Atheism

A. J. Cronin said: “Worry, in the final analysis, is a form of atheism.” To worry unduly is to deny faith in a God who can and will help you. Jesus agrees and addressed those in his day who worried unduly with the words: “O ye of little faith.” Unbelief is at the root of most worry. The solution to worry is faith in God. Faith is the greatest...

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....

The Uselessness of Worry

Nothing is more useless than worry. Corrie Ten Boom wrote, “Worry does not empty today of its sorrow—it empties today of its strength.” While worry does no good, it can do much harm. It is also the cause of many physical ills. Jesus once asked if we could worry our way to a taller stature (Matthew 6:27). The answer is obvious and points out the usel...

Focus on God

Some time ago, a man came to Norman Vincent Peale to share with him the problems of his life. The man was the manager of a hotel. He had a nervous breakdown early in his life, and he was afraid that he was about to have another one. He began to share all of his problems and his burdens with Dr. Peale. The more he shared those problems and burdens, the more uptight he...

Living in the Now

There are three places we can live—in the past, in the present, or in the future. Some people live in the past. They are always looking back. Their lives are so weighted down by mistakes, failures, regrets, and sins of the past that they don’t enjoy the present. Others live in the future. They either spend so much time dreaming of the future or dreading...

Valuing Yourself

A foreigner, when asked his impression of American people, said, “They impress me as being worried.” Anxiety is part of almost every life. In fact our age has been called “the age of anxiety.” In the midst of the tensions of today's times many are wondering, “How can I overcome worry?” One of the greatest helps is to remember that...

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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