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Through It All

Saturday, May 21, 2011 Through It All by Charles R. Swindoll Read Exodus 2:16–25 You'd better believe that Moses, though tucked away in a corner of that wasteland, heard the latest news from the travelers in caravans making their way up from Egypt through the Midian desert. When Moses learned the Hebrews were crying out, his heart must have turned over within him. But unlike before, he rested and relied upon God. He didn't try to organize a rescue party. He didn't slip back into Egypt as an assassin or saboteur. Not him! He'd learned that lesson. Do you know who it is who keeps erecting all those unrealistic standards in your life? Do you know who keeps raising the bar beyond all hope of clearing it? It's you. You do. And so do I. Our Heavenly Father doesn't. The psalmist tells us, "He knows our frame. He remembers that we are dust." We think we're finished because of our failures, but God says, "No, you're just getting started. Pre…

Choosing Love over Rights

Saturday, May 21, 2011 Forward to a Friend Print Free Newsletters May 21/22 Choosing Love over Rights Matthew 5:38-48 We talk a lot about rights these days. Yet the attention given to human entitlements hasn’t brought about corporate or personal freedom. Instead, most people are prisoners of jealousy (you have greater rights than I do!), greed (I deserve more!), or bitterness (my rights have been violated!). Instead of focusing on the privileges due us, we should take the biblical perspective of loving enemies and forgiving persecutors (Matt. 5:44). Believers lay down their rights so they can take up the cause of a holy kingdom. That doesn’t mean that we let people trample on us. Rather, we offer a proper response according to biblical principles. In short, believers should be more concerned about showing God’s love to those who do wrong than about demanding their rights. Maybe you’re thinking, But he doesn’t know how I’ve been mistreated. Indeed I do not. But what…

Places of Greatness: Council Chambers

Weekend, May 21 & 22 Places of Greatness: Council Chambers And all who sat in the counsel, looking steadfastly at him, saw his face as the face of an angel. Acts 6:15 Recommended Reading Acts 7:54-60 When Stephen was dragged before the Jewish Ruling Council for his faith in Christ, the charges flew like daggers. But he never lost his poise, simplicity of faith, or glowing countenance. His words that day were memorable, but his love for Jesus was his greatest testimony. In his book, The Changed Life, Henry Drummond told of a woman of sterling character and radiant attitude who wore a locket around her neck. Her friends were curious about whose picture it contained, but the woman never opened it or revealed its contents. Only later did a friend, with permission, look inside the locket and learn the secret of her friend's moral radiance. Written within were the words, "Whom having not seen, I love." That was the secret of her beautiful life.1 Amid all life's c…

Fresh Fruit

Fresh Fruit May 21, 2011 — by Cindy Hess Kasper Our Daily Bread Radio is hosted by Les Lamborn Read: Psalm 92 The righteous . . . shall still bear fruit in old age. —Psalm 92:12,14 Bible in a year: 1 Chronicles 13-15; John 7:1-27 I love the old photographs that are often printed on the obituary page of our local newspaper. A grinning young man in a military uniform and words such as: 92 years old, fought for his country in WWII. Or the young woman with sparkling eyes: 89 years young, grew up on a farm in Kansas during the Depression. The unspoken message is: “I wasn’t always old, you know.” Too often, those who have had a long life feel sidelined when they reach their later years. Psalm 92, however, reminds us that no matter how old we are, we can have a fresh and fruitful life. Men and women who have been “planted” in the rich soil of God’s vineyard will continue to “bear fruit” and be “fresh and flourishing” (v.14). Jesus promised that “he who abides in Me, and I in him,” will cont…