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Morning and Evening : Daily Readings

Morning, March 16      Go To Evening Reading

 “I am a stranger with thee.” 
         — Psalm 39:12

Yes, O Lord, with thee, but not to thee. All my natural alienation from thee, thy grace has effectually removed; and now, in fellowship with thyself, I walk through this sinful world as a pilgrim in a foreign country. Thou art a stranger in thine own world. Man forgets thee, dishonour thee, sets up new laws and alien customs, and knows thee not. When thy dear Son came unto his own, his own received him not. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. Never was foreigner so speckled a bird among the denizens of any land as thy beloved Son among his mother’s brethren. It is no marvel, then, if I who live the life of Jesus, should be unknown and a stranger here below. Lord, I would not be a citizen where Jesus was an alien. His pierced hand has loosened the cords which once bound my soul to earth, and now I find myself a stranger in the land. My speech see…

Concerning Knowledge and Eating Meat

March 16: Concerning Knowledge and Eating Meat
1 Corinthians 8:1–13

It’s easy to equate knowledge with faith and then look down on new believers. Although we might not voice it, those who are less knowledgeable in their faith than we are can seem weak. And sometimes, instead of practicing patience, showing love, and speaking carefully about the hope within us, we enroll them in Bible boot camp for dummies.
This is a sterile faith devoid of love, and Paul calls us out on it: “Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. If anyone thinks he knows anything, he has not yet known as it is necessary to know” (1 Cor. 8:1–2). In reality, the opposite of what we believe is true: anyone who practices this type of relationship is lacking in faith (1 Cor. 8:3).
Paul had to teach this lesson to the believers at Corinth because there were some in the community who thought that eating food sacrificed to idols defiled them, and they considered those who did so to be weak in their faith. Although the “knowl…