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Connect the Testaments

April 8: Compelled to Worship Deuteronomy 12:29–14:29; 2 Corinthians 4:1–6; Psalm 36 When we experience God’s mercy, it shows. Our instincts change, and our priorities shift from gratifying our own ego to making much of God. We stop fearing what others think of us and find our identity grounded in Christ. It’s a transformation that shows God is working in our lives. Paul recognized the transformative power of the gospel, and it drove his ministry. This is evidenced in his second letter to the Corinthian church: “Just as we have been shown mercy, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced shamefully hidden things, not behaving with craftiness or adulterating the word of God, but with the open proclamation of the truth commending ourselves to every person’s conscience before God” (2 Cor 4:1–2). Paul wasn’t manipulating or distorting the proper news for his own gain, as some were doing in the community. He preached the good news to all people with openness and sincerity. He allowed the gosp…

Morning and Evening

Morning, April 8Go To Evening Reading
“If they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?” —Luke 23:31
Among other interpretations of this suggestive question, the following is full of teaching: “If the innocent substitute for sinners, suffer thus, what will be done when the sinner himself—the dry tree—shall fall into the hands of an angry God?” When God saw Jesus in the sinner’s place, he did not spare him; and when he finds the unregenerate without Christ, he will not spare them. O sinner, Jesus was led away by hisenemies: so shall you be dragged away by friends to the place appointed for you. Jesus was deserted of God; and if he, who was only imputed a sinner, was deserted, how much more shall you be? “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” what an awful shriek! But what shall be your cry when you shall say, “O God! O God! why hast thou forsaken me?” and the answer shall come back, “Because ye have set at naught all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will la…

My Utmost for His Highest

April 8th His resurrection destiny Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into His glory?Luke 24:26. Our Lord’s Cross is the gateway into His life: His Resurrection means that He has power now to convey His life to me. When I am born again from above, I receive from the risen Lord His very life. Our Lord’s Resurrection destiny is to bring “many sons unto glory.” The fulfilling of His destiny gives Him the right to make us sons and daughters of God. We are never in the relationship to God that the Son ofGod is in; but we are brought by the Son into the relation of sonship. When Our Lord rose from the dead, He rose to an absolutely new life, to a life He did not live before He was incarnate. He rose to a life that had never been before; and His resurrection means for us that we are raised to His risen life, not to our old life. One day we shall have a body like unto His glorious body, but we can know now the efficacy of His resurrection and walk in newness of life. “I …

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

April 8 Each one resembled the children of a king Judges 8:18 If the King is indeed near of kin to us, the royal likeness will be recognizable. Frances Ridley Havergal

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