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Monday, May 16 Putting on Truth

Monday, May 16 Putting on Truth Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." John 14:6 Recommended Reading Psalm 19:7-11 In our modern world, think of all the ways we are told to relate to "truth": study the truth, find the truth, explore the truth, know the truth, discover the truth, reveal the truth--and the list goes on. But before we can put any of those verbs into action, we must answer the question raised by Pontius Pilate when he questioned Jesus of Nazareth: "What is truth?" (John 18:38) We can only study and learn that which we can define and identify. Had Pilate known Jesus better, of course, he would have known that Jesus had already answered that question when He said, "I am . . . the truth." Marrying that statement with Paul's description of truth as one of the elements of the Christian's spiritual armor brings us to this conclusion: Jesus Christ is, in every…

When Life Seems Unfair

When Life Seems UnfairMay 16, 2011 — by Joe StowellOur Daily Bread Radio is hosted by Les Lamborn Read: Psalm 73 I was envious of the boastful, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. —Psalm 73:3 Bible in a year: 2 Kings 24-25; John 5:1-24 Have you ever felt that life is unfair? For those of us who are committed to following the will and ways of Jesus, it’s easy to get frustrated when people who don’t care about Him seem to do well in life. A businessman cheats yet wins a large contract, and the guy who parties all the time is robust and healthy—while you or your loved ones struggle with finances or medical issues. It makes us feel cheated, like maybe we’ve been good for nothing. If you’ve ever felt that way, you’re in good company. The writer of Psalm 73 goes through a whole list of how the wicked prosper, and then he says, “Surely I have cleansed my heart in vain” (v.13). But the tide of his thoughts turns when he recalls his time in God’s presence: “Then I understood their end” (v…

Sit Down!

Monday, May 16, 2011 Sit Down! by Charles R. Swindoll Read Exodus 2:11–15 Moses was a frightened and disillusioned fugitive running, escaping for his very life. His vaunted education now meant nothing to him. His knowledge of hieroglyphics and Egyptian culture gave him no comfort. His military victories seemed hollow. Thanks to his rash act of violence, that same military wanted to kill him. And with every step, he probably groaned within himself over his untimely deed, saying things like, "Life is over. God can never, never use me. I'm absolutely finished." Maybe that's where you are today as you read these words. This man Moses lived thousands of years ago, but the situation I've just described may seem as contemporary to you as today's stale bread in your kitchen. You say, "I've worked so hard. Tried so many things. Pushed myself so relentlessly. But it's gotten me nowhere. Nothing has worked for me. It's curtains." Believe it or …

Did Paul Undermine Slavery?

Monday, May 16, 2011 Did Paul Undermine Slavery? John Piper The historic and contemporary reality of slavery is never far away from how we think about the Bible. Instead of a frontal attack on the culturally pervasive institution of slavery in his day, Paul took another approach, for example, in his letter to Philemon. Onesimus was a slave. His master Philemon was a Christian. Onesimus had evidently run away from Colossae (Colossians 4:9) to Rome where Paul, in prison, had led him to faith in Jesus. Now he was sending Onesimus back to Philemon. This letter tells Philemon how to receive Onesimus. In the process, Paul does at least 11 things that work together to undermine slavery. 1. Paul draws attention to Philemon's love for all the saints. "I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints" (1:5). This puts Philemon's relation with Onesimus (now one of the saints) under the banner of love, not just commerce. 2. …

The Grace of Giving

Monday, May 16, 2011 Forward to a Friend Print Free Newsletters May 16 The Grace of Giving 2 Corinthians 8:1-7 Today we live under a new covenant established by God through the shed blood of His Son Jesus (Heb. 9:15). Based on what Christ did, Romans 12:1 tells us to present ourselves “as a living and holy sacrifice, [which is] acceptable” to the Lord. If you are a child of God, all of your abilities, time, and money belong to Him. The principle of sacrificial living can be seen in the early church. Those new believers eagerly sold their possessions and property to meet the needs around them (Acts 2:45). In response to their generosity, God blessed them with glad hearts, favor from the people, and increasing numbers. Macedonian churches also understood the priority of giving. Even though the believers there were extremely poor, they begged for the opportunity to help financially. Scripture says they excelled at the “grace of giving” (v. 7 niv). Under Old Testamen…