Saturday, January 4, 2020

Genesis 4:1-5:32; Job 6:1-7:21; Matthew 4:1-25

That there be no divisions among you… 1 Corinthians 1:10

Divisions don’t develop without cause. They start as a crushed spirit, a misunderstanding, a disappointment. In any body, and this includes the Church, there are so many working parts, so many elements for good and bad that there is always the potential for negative outcomes. It seems that one of the early issues in the Corinthian Church was that of favouritism; that is, each member had his or her favourite leader. Paul’s solution for Corinth was the same one he gave to the Philippians. Looking out for others, rather than looking up to others (Phil. 2:2-3), is one of the surest ways to unify the assembly. —N. C. Funston

Brother, sister, let me serve you, let me be as Christ to you;
Pray that I may have the grace, to let you be my servant too. —R. Gillard

January 4

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 4:1-5:32; Job 6:1-7:21; Matt. 4

How shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? Hebrews 2:3 

There are various ways in which men may respond to the gospel message. To those who reject it, we warn, “there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Then, there are those who neglect the salvation God offers—they are indifferent to it—and according to our verse, “they will not escape” (1 Thessalonians 5:3). Unsaved soul reading these words, we plead with you, neither reject nor neglect God’s offer of salvation, but receive it through our Lord Jesus Christ, before it is too late. —W. H. Burnett

Time is gliding swiftly by, death and judgment draweth nigh,
To the arms of Jesus fly, be in time. —William. J. Kilpatrick