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Angelic Announcement

Angelic AnnouncementThe angelic announcement proceeds in stages: the child’s name (v. 13), the response to the child (v. 14), the position and character of the child (v. 15) and the mission of the child (vv. 16–17). Zechariah’s prayer is being answered. Since he had given up believing that God would give him a child (v. 18), his prayer has probably been focused on the nation’s hope, especially since much of the angel’s message focuses on this point. Nonetheless, the child will also fulfill the personal desire of Zechariah and Elizabeth, being a cause of joy and delight for them and for many in the nation. So God is tackling two requests at once, one national and the other personal, a prayer that had long since been abandoned and all but forgotten. Sometimes God’s answers to prayercome in surprising ways after a long time.
The child will be named John. When God names a child, that child is especially significant in God’s plan(Gen 16:8, 11; 17:19; 1 Kings 13:2; Is 7:14; 49:1; Mt 1:21; …

I count My Life, all Joy for Christ Jesus

I count My Life, all Joy for Christ Jesus24aCorrection3But anone of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, bPurposebso that I may finish my 4race with joy, cand the ministry cCharacterizationdwhich I received from the Lord Jesus, dExplanation                                               to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.[1]

3 NU But I do not count my life of any value or dear to myself aActs 21:13 bActs 13:25; 2 Tim. 4:7 4 course cActs 1:17 dGal. 1:1 [1]The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982. Print.

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

May 29

  Our Lord Jesus Christ … gave himself for our sins that he might deliver us from this present evil world
Gal. 1:4
Attachment to Christ is the only secret of detachment from the world.

A. J. Gordon

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

Connect the Testaments

May 29: Blessed Sticky Notes
1 Chronicles 24:1–25:31; 2 Timothy 3:10–17; Psalm 89:1–22

A great friend of mine keeps sticky notes with prayer requests on a bathroom mirror. They serve as a reminder of the needs of others. This friend never seems to have an “off day” or feel sad about their particular situation. Maybe these notes play a part in that attitude, but that’s not why I find the practice remarkable. What astounds me is the effort to pray for others constantly. This person reminds me of God’s faithfulness in my life whenever things get tough, for me or others, and I’m grateful my name is on one of those notes. Otherwise, I think I would have lost my way several times already.
First Chronicles presents story after story of God’s faithfulness. The book records how God kept His people alive in the face of powerful adversaries, and it tells how God led David in his great appointment as king. Paul’s journey has several parallels with David’s. Just as the chronicler watches David’s na…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, May 29                                              Go To Evening Reading

         “Thou hatest wickedness.”
         — Psalm 45:7
“Be ye angry, and sin not.” There can hardly be goodness in a man if he be not angry at sin; he who loves truth must hate every false way. How our Lord Jesus hated it when the temptation came! Thrice it assailed him in different forms, but ever he met it with, “Get thee behind me, Satan.” He hated it in others; none the less fervently because he showed his hate oftener in tears of pity than in words of rebuke; yet what language could be more stern, more Elijah-like, than the words, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer.” He hated wickedness, so much that he bled to wound it to the heart; he died that it might die; he was buried that he might bury it in his tomb; and he rose that he might for ever trample it beneath his feet. Christ is in the Gospel, and that Gospel is o…

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest

May 29th
Undisturbed relationship

At that day ye shall ask in My name … The Father Himself loveth you. John 16:26, 27.
“At that day ye shall ask in My name,” i.e., in My nature. Not—‘You shall use My name as a magic word,’ but—‘You will be so intimate with Me that you will be one with Me.’ “That day” is not a day hereafter, but a day meant for here and now. “The Father Himself loveth you”—the union is so complete and absolute. Our Lord does not mean that life will be free from external perplexities but that just as He knew the Father’s heart and mind, so by the baptism of the Holy Ghost He can lift us into the heavenly places where He can reveal the counsels of God to us.
“Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in My name …” “That day” is a day of undisturbed relationship between God and the saint. Just as Jesus stood unsullied in the presence of His Father, so by the mighty efficacy of the baptism of the Holy Ghost, we can be lifted into that relationship—“that they may be one, even as …