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June 5

Julia H. Johnston, 1849–1919
  But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 5:20, 21)
God’s grace is not merely a sufficient grace; it is an abounding grace—“that you will abound in every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8). His grace provides our eternal salvation as well as the enablement to know life more abundantly. It is available for our every problem and need.
Sometimes the argument is advanced that since God’s grace covers all our sins, then we are free to live as we please. God’s grace does provide for our freedom, but it is meant to free us from a slavery to our selfish, sinful nature in order that we might pursue “every good work”—to become all that God intends us to be.
Julia Johnston was for many years involved in the work of Sunday schools at the First Presbyterian Church of Peoria, Illinoi…


June 6


Whenever I think about the omniscience of God, I usually get very uncomfortable. To think that God knows everything about me usually makes me think of my sinfulness and short comings. Scriptures like Galatians 6:7 that says, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” scare me.

I remember a story my Dad used to love to tell whenever he would mention this scripture. My grandfather told him that he had to plant all the corn seed before he could play baseball. Dad had a game that day and was anxious to get to it, but I’m sure that my no-nonsense grandfather wasn’t really concerned about baseball, he cared more about seeing that there was enough food for his family to eat. They needed that corn crop to survive.

As Dad was planting the corn, he decided that there was no way he could complete the task in time to make his game, so he dug a hole in the far side of the field and put all the seed in the hole. He told Grandpa that…