July 4

DAILY READINGS: Joshua 20:1-21:45; Isaiah 14:1-32; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-28

A third time he said to them, “Why? What evil has he done? I have found in him no guilt deserving death. I will therefore punish and release him.” But they were urgent, demanding with loud cries that he should be crucified. And their voices prevailed. Luke 23:22-23

Many voices may be calling to you. Perhaps Satan is speaking through your friends or family, while the Holy Spirit is telling
you that Christ died for you and wants to save you. Will you let the wrong voices prevail and so go to a Christless eternity?
Today you move with the crowd but tomorrow you will stand alone before the One who could have been your Saviour. Whose
voice will prevail? —David Croudace

“Almost” cannot avail; “Almost” is but to fail!
Sad, sad, that bitter wail, “Almost” – but lost! —Philip P. Bliss

July 3

DAILY READINGS: Joshua 18-19; Isaiah 13; 1 Thessalonians 4

The Lord is my Shepherd… Psalm 23:1, KJV

It has been suggested that the most important word in Psalm 23 is “my.” You can know the Lord as a Shepherd, or even the Shepherd, but what really matters is to be able to say the Lord is my Shepherd. Is this Good (John 10:11), Great (Hebrews 13:20), and Chief (1 Peter 5:4) Shepherd your shepherd? —W. Ross Rainey

The King of love my Shepherd is,
Whose goodness faileth never;
I nothing lack since I am His,
And He is mine forever.
—Henry W. Baker

July 2

DAILY READINGS: Josh. 16:1-17:18; Isaiah 11:1-12:6; 1 Thess. 2:13-3:13

“Prepare to meet your God, O Israel!” Amos 4:12

It is a solemn thought to remember that one day we must all face God. There is a moral God in heaven above and we will face Him and give an accounting for our lives. It is wise to prepare before death for that meeting. The sinner needs to repent and receive Christ as his Lord and Saviour. He died to pay for your sin. But the Christian too should prepare to meet God. Whether we die or Christ returns first, each of us shall give an accounting for his life to the Lord. Live then today for Him. Be ready to meet God. —Donald L. Norbie

Must I go and empty handed, thus my dear Redeemer meet,
Not one day of service give Him, lay no trophy at His feet?
—Charles C. Luther

July 1

DAILY READINGS: Joshua 14:1-15:63; Isaiah 10:5-34; 1 Thess. 1:1-2:12

But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 3:20

Each year in Canada some have the privilege of being sworn in as citizens on our national holiday. Coming from many lands they express on their faces the joy that is in their hearts. Canadian citizenship laws contain many rules and restrictions and the number of new citizens is limited. How wonderful that heaven only requires that one come through faith in the Lord Jesus. There is no waiting period, no aptitude or background check, no numerical limits. Heaven’s citizenship is comprised of people from many lands. Are you enrolled? Whoever will may come. —George Ferrier

Whosoever cometh need not delay,
Now the door is open, enter while you may. —Philip P. Bliss

June 30

DAILY READINGS: Joshua 13:1-33; Isaiah 9:8-10:4; Luke 24:36-53

Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always here…” John 7:6

The Lord declared that His time had not yet come to accomplish the work of salvation. Eventually it would come, but only according to God’s perfect timing—not before and not after. In contrast, their time was always ready as it is with anyone outside the household of faith. What it takes to make peace in a person’s life is unknown to us (Luke 19:42). But one thing is sure, dear friend, your time is always ready to come to the Saviour since you do not know what a day may bring forth (Proverbs 27:1). Why not settle the issue and come to Him today? —Mark Kolchin

“All things are ready,” come to the feast! Come, for the door is open
wide; A place of honour is reserved, for you at the Master’s side.
—C. Gabriel

June 29

DAILY READINGS: Joshua 11:1-12:24; Isaiah 8:5-9:7; Luke 24:13-35

For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2

As an emergency room physician, I saw patients soon after they were injured. “What happened?” I would ask. Commonly they responded: “Well, it was so stupid, I was just…” In other words, they knew better, but did not take the time or care to prevent an injury. How tragic and terrible would it be for one who knew Christ died for their sins, and who knew that accepting Him as Saviour and Lord would mean eternal life; how tragic indeed for such a one to be cast into the lake of fire. Forever. —David Logan

Come to the Saviour, make no delay;
Here in His Word, He’s shown us the way. —George F. Root

June 28

DAILY READINGS: Joshua 10:1-43; Isaiah 7:1-8:4; Luke 23:47-24:12

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8, NKJV

On September 25, 2008, father of three, Austin Hemmings of Auckland New Zealand was fatally stabbed after going to the aid of a woman who was being assaulted. Austin, a Christian, stepped in to save the life of a stranger and, in doing so, gave his own life. In a vastly greater way that’s what Jesus did! He sacrificed His life for the whole world. When we were unable to help ourselves, Jesus died in our place so that we might live. Have you received Him as your Saviour. Have you thanked Him for taking your place? —J. Fleming

The death He died was mine, His suffering was for me,
The life I live today is His and I’m forever free. —J. F.

June 27

DAILY READINGS: Joshua 9:1-27; Isaiah 6:1-13; Luke 23:13-46

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. Genesis 2:15

The garden of Eden, was God’s ideal earthly home for man. There he enjoyed the fruit of God’s provision, and was blessed with His fellowship. Alas, man rebelled against his Creator. But there was another garden, Gethsemane, where our Lord did not act on His own will as Adam had, but bowed to the will of His Father and went to the cross to save us from the wreckage of that first sin. By faith in Him, God’s heavenly home is opened. Do you believe? —Milton Haack

For me it was in the garden, He prayed: “Not My will, but Thine.”
He had no tears for His own griefs, but sweat drops of blood for mine.
O how marvelous! O how wonderful! Is my Saviour’s love for me!
—Charles Hutchinson Gabriel

June 26

DAILY READINGS: Joshua 8:1-35; Isaiah 5:1-30; Luke 22:54-23:12

For I am the Lord who heals you. Exodus 15:26b, NKJV

The word “abracadabra” was used in ancient days as a magic formula to heal sickness. To experience healing, the name had to be written in a special way on parchment and worn around the neck. Today, there are many “abracadabras” that promise that souls can be healed by good works. However, only by faith in Jesus’ death can we be delivered from our sins. How sad to see multitudes trusting in false cures, when the Scriptures tell us about the Lord Jesus who came to heal. —R. Surgenor

For Jesus shed His precious blood, rich blessings to bestow; Plunge
now into the crimson flood, that washes white as snow. Only trust
Him! Only trust Him! Only trust Him now! He will save you! He
will save you! He will save you now! —J. M. Sammis

June 25

DAILY READINGS: Joshua 7:1-26; Isaiah 3:1-4:6; Luke 22:31-53

Prepare to meet your God. Amos 4:12

Nineteen year old Stephen Peer was enamoured by the tight rope walker, Charles Blondin. Peer had been raised near Niagara Falls, Ontario, and aspired to be the first local resident to walk across the Niagara River. He made a failed attempt on June 22, 1887. Three nights later he tried again, but in the darkness, and wearing ordinary shoes, he was unprepared. Unfortunately he fell off the rope and died on the rocks below. Sadly, many people never prepare during their life for a never-ending eternity. The only sure preparation is to place one’s faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). —Arnot P. McIntee

You have wandered far away; do not risk another day; Do not turn
from God your face, but today accept His grace. —D. Whittle