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Dawning of a New Era

August 30: Dawning of a New Era

Luke 23:26–24:12

Jesus’ resurrection brings a new era. Although Jesus told His disciples and loved ones that He would suffer, die, and be raised on the third day (Luke 9:22), they didn’t fully comprehend His promise. The women preparing fragrant spices and perfumes for a burial ritual fully expected to find Jesus’ body in the tomb.
Instead, at the dawn of the first day of the week, they found the stone rolled away and the tomb empty. The women were perplexed by their discovery, but the angels challenged them, reminding them of Jesus’ promise: “Why are you looking for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has been raised! Remember how he spoke to you while he was still in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of men who are sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise?” (Luke 24:5–7).
Jesus’ resurrection presents new hope for the disciples and those who believe in Him. It also shows that He prophesied correctl…

“I Swear”

August 30

“I Swear”
You’re aiming for the 16 penny nail, instead you hit the thumb nail, what happens? xozijdahfouerkha! The guy in front of you cuts you off, what happens? xozijdahfouerkha! Your teacher chews you out in front of the whole class, what happens? xozijdahfouerkha! None of us enjoy other people’s foul language, yet, most of us have used xozijdahfouerkha before. Why do we swear?

Swearing is an attempt to bring control to an uncontrollable situation. We like to think we have it all under control; sometimes life’s circumstances remind us that we don’t. Those moments cause a knee-jerk reaction.

Swearing is a bad habit. People begin swearing to shock their peers and get attention; it really shows a lack of basic intelligence. Some folks don’t know how to express themselves without expletives.

Swearing shows who you serve. You can’t turn on the radio, television, or go shopping without exposure to foul language. The other day I was thumbing through a magazine at the doctor’s of…


August 30

I SURRENDER ALLJudson W. Van De Venter, 1855–1939
Anyone who does not take his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. (Matthew 10:38, 39)

The Bible teaches us that brokenness is a prerequisite to blessing and usefulness. No one ever achieves spiritual greatness until he has fully surrendered himself to God. Victorious living comes only as we abandon ourselves to the Lordship of Christ, becoming His loving bond slave. God’s best for our lives is not the result of struggle. Rather, it is simply the acceptance of His perfect will and the recognition of His authority in every area of our lives.

  Higher than the highest heaven,
  Deeper than the deepest sea,
Lord, Thy love at last hath conquered:
  Grant me now my supplication,
  None of self and all of Thee.

Judson Van De Venter wrote this text after surrendering his many talents to his all-wise Savior:

  For some time, I had strugg…