September 30

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 22:1-53; Jeremiah 33:1-26; Hebrews 4:14-5:10

The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. Acts 17:30

The Athenian philosophers had surrounded themselves with many gods. But the Apostle Paul came to Athens and stripped away their comfort by presenting the one and only God and the solemn fact of everyone’s accountability to Him. Notice, God does not ask men to repent—He commands them to repent. Sometimes we think that sinners would be doing God a real favor if they decided to listen to Him. This is not the true gospel. God commands repentance, and promises judgment to those who refuse to obey. —William Burnett

Repent, believe, this very hour, trust in the Saviour’s
cleansing power, Then will your joyous answer be,
saved through a long eternity! —Author Unknown

Monday, September 30, 2019

1 Kings 22:1-53; Jeremiah 33:1-26; Hebrews 4:14-5:10

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own
understanding. Proverbs 3:5, NKJV

Icy roads, a drunk driver, a head on crash—a life changed
forever. Why do bad things happen to good people? We can only
see with human eyes. God knows the beginning, the middle, and
the end. He is in control. Our job is to trust. —Debbie Douglas

Trusting as the moments fly,
Trusting as the days go by,
Trusting Him whate’er befall;
Trusting Jesus, that is all.
— Ira D. Sankey

Lord’s Day, September 29, 2019

1 Kings 21:1-29; Jeremiah 32:26-44; Hebrews 4:1-13

Then [they] took Jesus. John 18:12

It is hard to fathom these words. His created beings “took Jesus”
and bound Him (John 18:12); Pilate “took Jesus” and scourged Him
(19:1); the chief priests “took Jesus” to be crucified (19:16). Then, in
tender tones, we read that Joseph of Arimathaea “took the body of
Jesus” from the cross (19:38), then, with Nicodemus, they “took the
body of Jesus” to prepare it for burial (19:40). It may seem that Jesus
appears passive in this whole process. But this was all done “that
the scripture might be fulfilled” (John 19:24, 28, 36). Make no mistake,
Jesus was in total control. His purpose? That He, Himself, might
“take” something: “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the
sins of the world” (John 1:29). —Brian Cretney

He took my sins and my sorrows, He made them His very own;
He bore the burden to Calv’ry, and suffered, and died alone.—C. Gabriel

September 29

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 21:1-29; Jeremiah 32:26-44; Hebrews 4:1-13

When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” Luke 19:5

Zacchaeus was seeking but so was the Lord. The Lord saw him up among the leaves of the sycamore, and called him by name. How glad we are that today, wherever there is a seeking sinner, there is a Saviour who seeks and calls by name. If you are seeking, seek with all your heart and the Saviour will find you. —John M. Clegg

Oh! Why remain distant when God calls you near?
In love that dismisses all bondage and fear;
Oh why remain Christless when you may be blest?
Oh, why remain weary, when Christ gives you rest?
—Author Unknown

Saturday, September 28, 2019

1 Kings 20:1-43; Jeremiah 32:1-25; Hebrews 3:1-19

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and
receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
John 14:3

Ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;
And to wait for his Son from heaven. 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10
There was a story of a Christian salesman, who was asked of his
occupation. His noble reply was, “I’m waiting for the Lord from
heaven. In the meantime, I’m selling buttons to pay expenses”.
—Curtis Thigpen

Christ the Lord will come again,
None shall wait for Him in vain;
We shall then His glory see;
He who died to set us free. —J. Swain

September 28

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 20:1-43; Jeremiah 32:1-25; Hebrews 3:1-19

I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. John 10:9

The door to the chicken coop was open. But as I turned to walk home, I couldn’t help but notice two chickens that were flapping their wings and flying at the walls and roof of the building, attempting to get out. All that effort for nothing. The door was open. It made me think of those people who are working so hard in the hopes of reaching heaven when the door is wide open. Jesus died on the cross and His blood can cleanse us from sin. Why not enter through the Door and trust Jesus today? —J. Fleming

Christ is the door that leads to life, to purpose and to heaven,
So come and trust in Him today, and you will be forgiven. —J. Fleming

September 27

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 19:1-21; Jeremiah 31:1-40; Hebrews 2:1-18

Through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things. Acts 13:38-39

Satan has whitewashed sin. Human society smiles upon evil and readily indulges in it. But God has not changed. The sinner must be washed, not whitewashed, by the fountain that was opened through the death of Christ at Calvary. That washing justifies so that the sinner is made clean and is seen by God as being in Christ. If you are in Christ, you know it. If not, you are in your sins, and far from God. —Doug Kazen

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought, My sin, not in part,
but the whole, Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more. Praise
the Lord, Praise the Lord, oh my soul! —Horatio G. Spafford

Friday, September 27, 2019

1 Kings 19:1-21; Jeremiah 31:1-40; Hebrews 2:1-18

Master, carest thou not that we perish? Mark 4:38

Raging winds caused high waves on Lake Galilee to rise above
the little boat carrying the sleeping Man of Galilee. Troubled
disciples, some fishermen, were alarmed and cried, “Master, carest
thou not that we perish?”. Did He care? Assuredly so! In His care
for them and us, He had left heaven to live with them. His care
had brought Him to that very situation. From the stern of their
little craft, He commanded the waves to subside, and calmness
returned. Thankfully, He rides in the little boat of your life and
mine, and He bid the turmoil of life’s troubled sea to respond to
His voice of command. —Arnot P. McIntee

When we are faced with trials sore, He’s just a prayer away.
He’ll calm the storm and give you peace, your night He’ll turn to day.
— N. Auld

September 26

DAILY READINGS: 1 Kings 18:1-46; Jeremiah 30:1-24; Hebrews 1:1-14

All Your garments are scented with myrrh and aloes and cassia, Out of the ivory palaces, by which they have made You glad Psalm 45:8, NKJV

Procter and Gamble is a familiar name. One Sunday, Harley Procter listened to a preacher speak from Psalm 45 where ivory palaces are mentioned. As a result, he decided to call his soap Ivory. Many people think that good works or a  moral life, superficial cleanliness, will merit them entry into God’s heaven. But our problem goes much deeper than that. Thank God for Him who came from the ivory palaces to accomplish what no soap could do! Christ washed us from our sins! —R. Surgenor

Though thy sins are red like crimson, deep in scarlet glow;
Jesus’ precious blood can make them, white as snow.
—Frances R. Havergal

Thursday, September 26, 2019

1 Kings 18:1-46; Jeremiah 30:1-24; Hebrews 1:1-14

Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer
persecution. 2 Timothy 3:12

Paul and the early church believed that commitment to Christ
meant enmity from the world. Early in the history of the church,
the full might of the Roman Empire was exerted in state-sponsored
persecution of Christians. The experience of many believers (then
and through the ages) is that living in a godly manner does not
bring reward but abuse. Today Christianity is the most widely
persecuted faith in the world and yet the church of God is growing
at a fast rate. Let us always be ready to lay down our lives for the
name of Jesus Christ our Lord. —Paul Young

There is a name I love to hear, I love to sing its worth;
It sounds like music in mine ear, The sweetest name on earth.
— Frederick Whitfield