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At God's Right Hand

At God's Right Hand
‎The brief hundred and tenth psalm stands prominent among the Messianic prophecies. It opens with the promise that those who oppose the king who is to come shall be trodden under his feet. “The Lord shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.” We are promised that this rule of the Messiah shall be accepted everywhere, but upon the evil there shall come a terrible judgment. “The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. ‎“The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. ‎“He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries.” ‎Thus the coming is foreshadowed of that last “day of judgment,” when Christ shall dismiss all evil, all malignant influences, from his kingdom forever.

Mundy's Quote for the Day

Mundy's Quote for the Day Reverend Lynwood F. Mundy
Christ is Born Luke 2:1, 4-5 1 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. ... 4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. 
The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982. Print.

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

December 20

  Ye know not what shall be on the morrow
James 4:14
“Tomorrow” is the devil’s great ally—the very Goliath in whom he trusts for victory. “Now” is the stripling sent forth against him.… The world will freely agree to be Christians tomorrow if Christ will permit them to be worldly today.

William Arnot

Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1997. Print.

Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions

December 20

WHILE SHEPHERDS WATCHED THEIR FLOCKS Nahum Tate, 1652–1715
  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11)

In the spring of the year, the lambing season, shepherds in ancient times would sit all night beside their flocks, watching for wolves or other dangers and even feeding orphan lambs with milk on a soaked rag. No doubt this is why these shepherds were seated on the ground the night Jesus was born, for biblical scholars believe the event was actually some time in April. It would be natural for these humble men to be fearful, not only for themselves but also for their flock, when the brilliant light and the voices of the angels pierced the silent night. But with what wonder and exultation they must have heard the astounding news! Are we surprised that they forgot their duty to their flocks and hastened joyfully, though perhaps doubtfully, to see the Holy Babe in the manger with their own eyes?

This clearly written, colorful na…

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year.

December 20th
The right lines of work


I, if I be lifted up, will draw all men unto Me. John 12:32.

Very few of us have any understanding of the reason why Jesus Christ died. If sympathy is all that human beings need, then the Cross of Christ is a farce, there was no need for it. What the world needs is not ‘a little bit of love,’ but a surgical operation.

When you are face to face with a soul in difficulty spiritually, remind yourself of Jesus Christ on the Cross. If that soul can get to God on any other line, then the Cross of Jesus Christ is unnecessary. If you can help others by your sympathy or understanding, you are a traitor to Jesus Christ. You have to keep your soul rightly related to God and pour out for others on His line, not pour out on the human line and ignore God. The great note to-day is amiable religiosity.

The one thing we have to do is to exhibit Jesus Christ crucified, to lift Him up all the time. Every doctrine that is not embedded in the Cross of Jesus will lead a…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, December 20      Go To Evening Reading
         “Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love.”
 — Jeremiah 31:3
Sometimes the Lord Jesus tells his Church his love thoughts. “He does not think it enough behind her back to tell it, but in her very presence he says, ‘Thou art all fair, my love.’ It is true, this is not his ordinary method; he is a wise lover, and knows when to keep back the intimation of love and when to let it out; but there are times when he will make no secret of it; times when he will put it beyond all dispute in the souls of his people” (R. Erskine’s Sermons). The Holy Spirit is often pleased, in a most gracious manner, to witness with our spirits of the love of Jesus. He takes of the things of Christ and reveals them unto us. No voice is heard from the clouds, and no vision is seen in the night, but we have a testimony more sure than either of these. If an angel should fly from heaven and inform the saint personally of the Saviour’s love to him, the evi…

Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan

December 20: Looking to God and Others
Jeremiah 37:1–38:28; Romans 9:1–12; Proverbs 23:19–35

We have a natural tendency to be concerned with our own condition. As redeemed people, God is transforming us from being self-centered people—concerned with our own ambitions—to other-centered people who want to see God’s work done in and around us. Sometimes even our spiritual concerns point us inward. But God’s work in us shouldn’t be just about us.

Paul sets a startling example in his concern for those who hadn't come to know Christ: “I am telling the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears witness to me in the Holy Spirit—that my grief is great and there is constant distress in my heart. For I could wish myself to be accursed from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my fellow countrymen according to the flesh” (Rom 9:1–3).

Although he was called especially to be an apostle to the Gentiles, Paul was deeply concerned about the spiritual state of the Jewish people—his own peopl…