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Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

April 5
  That night they caught nothing
John 21:3
God may let the sinful world succeed in their forbidden schemes, but, blessed be His name, He does not allow His chosen ones to prosper in the path which leads them out of His holy will! He has a storm to send after every Jonah and an empty net for every none believing and inconsistent Simon.

A. B. Simpson

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

Morning and Evening

Morning and Evening






Morning, April 5      Go To Evening Reading
“On him, they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus.”  — Luke 23:26
We see in Simon’s carrying the cross a picture of the work of the Church throughout all generations; she is the cross-bearer after Jesus. Mark then, Christian, Jesus does not suffer so as to exclude your suffering. He bears a cross, not that you may escape it, but that you may endure it. Christ exempts you from sin, but not from sorrow. Remember that, and expect to suffer. 
But let us comfort ourselves with this thought, that in our case, as in Simon’s, it is not our cross, but Christ’s cross which we carry. When you are molested for your piety; when your religion brings the trial of cruel mockings upon you, then remember it is not your cross, it is Christ’s cross; and how delightful is it to carry the cross of our Lord Jesus! 
You carry the cross after him. You have blessed company; your path is marked with the footprints of your Lord. The mar…

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

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




April 5: Treating the Symptom Deuteronomy 7:1–8:20; 2 Corinthians 2:12–17; Psalm 34:1–22
I regularly predict that something will only take me an hour when it actually ends up taking two. I’m beginning to think that this is a sign of a larger issue: the tendency to underestimate the severity of a problem. In medical offices, this is called treating the symptoms and not the disease. In street ministry, it’s known as getting addicts off the street rather than helping them understand their addiction. Addicts love sin. And eventually, sin becomes everything in their lives, which means they remove who they are. If we’re all honest with ourselves, we would see that, like the addict, we like the “gray” area far too much. We want to push the boundaries in the name of freedom, rationality, or cultural appeal. In Deuteronomy 7:1–8:20, Moses was not interested in pushing boundaries. He even told the Israelites to stay away…