Monday, December 16, 2019

Nehemiah 3:1-32; Daniel 12:1-13; Revelation 8:1-13

Barnabas and Paul, Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Acts 15:25-26

Barnabas and Paul had been opposed by witchcraft at Paphos; driven out of Antioch by a city-wide persecution; assaulted and threatened with stoning at Iconium. Finally Paul was stoned and left for dead at Lystra! Yet in spite of all this, they returned to Lystra—the place of stoning—in order to strengthen the brethren. They were like the Old Testament saints, who suffered gravely for God—“Of whom the world was not worthy” (Heb. 11:38). Can others say that of me? —David Croudace

Oh Jesus, If I die upon a foreign field some day,
‘Twould be no more than love demands, no less could I repay;
And if by death to living they can Thy Glory see,
I’ll take my cross and follow close to Thee. —Ira Stamphill