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August 8

Mugging God at Church

Malachi 3:8–12

“Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, ‘How have we robbed Thee?‘In tithes and offerings. [9] ‘You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing Me, the whole nation of you! [10] Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this, ‘says the Lord of hosts, ‘if I will not open for you the windows of heaven, and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows. [11] Then I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it may not destroy the fruits of the ground; nor will your vine in the field cast its grapes, ‘says the Lord of hosts. [12] ‘And all the nations will call you blessed, for you shall be a delightful land, ‘says the Lord of hosts.”

It makes perfect sense to me. Why would these people tithe? These were the same people who denied that God loved them. They even thought that He blessed evil people while neglecting them. Their priests certainly weren’t good role models. Th…

The Day of Atonement

August 8

The Day of Atonement

Leviticus 16:15

“Then he shall slaughter the goat of the sin offering which is for the people, and bring its blood inside the veil, and do with its blood as he did with the blood of the bull, and sprinkle it on the mercy seat and in front of the mercy seat.” (NASB)

A study of the Day of Atonement gives us insight into two important things Jesus did for us when died for us on the cross. First, the Day of Atonement foreshadows Jesus spilling His blood on the cross. Hebrews 9:22 says, “And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” (NASB) Jesus understood that this was His destiny. In instituting the Lord’s Supper, He said, “for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.” (Matthew 26:28 NASB) The Children of Israel would have understood from the outset, that atonement-or being reconciled with God-could only be accomplished if b…
August 8

When they lived in New York City, the Turners went to Broadway plays whenever they could fit them into their busy schedules, but their real passion was attending off Broadway productions of Shakespeare. These productions are an acquired taste, but one the Turners had acquired. Some of the actors were getting their start in such productions-others were finishing out careers that never really took off. But it was New York and the plays were done with excellence.

The Turners always made an event out of their theater evenings. Dressed in their finest clothes, they’d travel by limo to their favorite restaurant and to the theater. They did more than enjoy their evenings out-they savored them.

When the clock struck retirement age, they sold their apartment in the city and bought a country house in upstate New York. They loved the tranquility of the country and the solice of the slower pace of life, but they missed their theater. In the early part of their retirement, they…


August 8

TEACH ME THY WAY, O LORDWords and Music by ManseIl Ramsey, 1849–1923
  Teach me your way, O Lord; lead me in a straight path. (Psalm 27:11)

  I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.
—Martin Luther

  I thank God for my handicaps, for, through them, I have found myself, my work, and my God.
—Helen Keller

Whatever absorbs our thinking will ultimately control our actions. It is so important for a Christian, then, to let the ways of the Lord become the controlling force in life. It was C. S. Lewis who reminded us that we are becoming now what we will be in eternity—either something beautiful and full of glory or something hideous and full of darkness.

A spiritual knowledge of Christ is always a personal knowledge. It is not gained through the experiences of others. Knowing the Lord in all of His fullness for every situation we encounter is a lifetime pursuit. Discipleship involves a willingness to…