June 22

DAILY READINGS: Josh. 3:1-17; Hosea 11:12-14:9; Luke 20:20-21:4

“Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden… Genesis 3:22-23

God knew that, if man in his sin should eat of that tree, he would be confirmed in his wickedness perpetually and without escape. So, God in His mercy, sent man forth from the Garden and imposed upon him a death sentence that would put bounds upon his capacity for evil. Then God set about providing a ransom for fallen man through His Son, giving to man an opportunity to escape eternal perdition. —Doug Kazen

We’ll join the song, for we can tell, how sovereign grace
dissolved the spell That kept us bound in chains; and from
that dear and happy day. —J. Kent

June 21

DAILY READINGS: Joshua 2:1-24; Hosea 10:1-11:11; Luke 20:1-19

“Therefore thus I will do to you, O Israel; because I will do this to you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel!” Amos 4:12

A British newspaper reported on a television programme about dying, entitled “The Last Taboo.” The journalist wrote, “We cannot turn away from the ever present reality of death and owe it to ourselves to make preparation mentally, for the end of life.” That is true but we also owe it to ourselves to make preparation spiritually—that is to say, we should make our peace with God, believing that the death of Christ was intended to allow those who accept Him as Saviour to meet God and to share his abode for ever. Are you prepared? —Brian Powlesland

Life is earnest; when ‘tis o’er, thou returnest nevermore;
Soon to meet eternity, wilt thou ever serious be? —I. Sankey

June 20

DAILY READINGS: Joshua 1:1-18; Hosea 8:1-9:17; Luke 19:29-48

Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near. Isaiah 55:6

As Jesus left Jericho, never again to return, two blind men sitting by the wayside grasped the urgency of the moment and cried, “Lord, have mercy on us” (Matthew 20:30). The Lord stood still and graciously healed them both. We are living in the closing moments of the Day of Salvation. Soon the door of opportunity will be forever closed, never to open again. Dear soul, still in your sins, please grasp this—perhaps your last—opportunity to be saved. The Scriptures give this promise. “everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21). Why not call upon Him now? —W. H. Burnett

Have you any room for Jesus, as in grace He calls again? O today is
time accepted, tomorrow you may call in vain. —D. W. Whittle

June 19

DAILY READINGS: Deut. 34:1-12; Hosea 6:4-7:16; Luke 19:1-28

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23, NKJV

While attending a funeral in the small village of Emley, in West Yorkshire, England, I noticed a tombstone dated 1823. The inscription read: “Dear friends do not mourn at my decease, But strive with Christ to make your peace. Life is uncertain but death is sure, Death gave the wound but Christ the cure.” If you’ve not received God’s gift, may you do so today. —John M. Clegg

To God be the glory! Great things He hath done;
So loved He the world, that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life, an atonement for sin,
And opened the life gate that all may go in.
—Fanny J. Crosby

June 18

DAILY READINGS: Deut. 33:1-29; Hosea 4:1-6:3; Luke 18:15-43

And Pilate said to them, “Why? What evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify him.” Mark 15:14 

Pilate’s question has never been answered, because the Lord Jesus did no evil; rather, He always did what pleased the Father (John 8:29). The Bible describes Him as “holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners”, “without blemish or spot”, “pure”, and “perfect” (Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 1:19; 1 John 3:3; Hebrews 5:9). Being the incarnate Son of God, He was and is incapable of sinning. His impeccability makes our salvation unassailably secure. —K. R. Keyser

Happy they who trust in Jesus; Sweet their portion is and sure.
When the foe on others seizes, He will keep His own secure.
—Thomas Kelly

June 17

DAILY READINGS: Deut. 32:15-52; Hos. 2:1-3:5 ; Luke 17:20-18:14

Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father. 1 Thessalonians 1:3, NKJV 

Faith, hope, and love are the cardinal virtues of the Christian life, and they are the three greatest evidences of salvation. Positively, genuine faith leads to works for our Lord (Ephesians 2:8-10); love publicly evidences salvation (Romans 5:5); and hope expresses an alert expectation of Christ’s return (1 Thessalonians 1:10). Negatively, without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6), we are without hope if without Christ (Ephesians 2:12), and if anyone loves not the Lord Jesus he is accursed (1 Corinthians 16:22). —W. Ross Rainey

Faith, and hope, and love, a glorious threefold cord;
Virtues from above, through the goodness of the Lord. —W. R. R.

June 16

DAILY READINGS: Deut. 31:14-32:14; Hosea 1:11; Luke 17:1-19

Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory. 1 Peter 1:8 

It seems an incredible mystery that we love a person whom we have never seen. John gives insight into that kind of love by expressing that we love Him because He first loved us. He tells us also, “In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins,” (1 John 4:10). The greatest exhibition of love was fully expressed on the cross at Calvary. Christ died for us. It is by believing this we can rejoice with incredible joy! Are you a believer today? —Jim Paul

Teach me thus Thy steps to trace, strong to follow in Thy grace,
Learning how to love from Thee, loving Him Who first loved me.
—J. E. Leeson

June 15

DAILY READINGS: Deut. 30:1-31:13; Amos 9:1-15; Luke 16:1-31

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me…” John 14:6

It was 10:15 pm, June 15, 2012, when Nik Wallenda stepped onto a steel wire, 5 cm in diameter, stretching 540 meters from the American to the Canadian shore of the Niagara River. At its lowest point the wire was 67 meters above the river. He spent 40 minutes crossing that wet wire—assaulted by heavy mist and wind. As we journey to the eternal shore, the Lord Jesus, if asked, will make possible our safe arrival. Today He says to you, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” Assure yourself of a safe arrival, by accepting Him as your Saviour. —Arnot P. McIntee

Only a step to Jesus, believe, and thou shalt live: Lovingly now He
is waiting and ready to forgive. —Fanny J. Crosby

June 14

DAILY READINGS: Deut. 29:1-29; Amos 7:1-8:14; Luke 15:11-32

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace. Ephesians 1:7

As I sat donating blood, I thought of Christ’s blood shed at Calvary. He is God’s Son and His blood has infinite, eternal value. My blood can temporarily assist one physical life. But alone, Christ’s blood can give eternal life to all who believe. Saving us from judgment—through His blood—God delivers us from sin’s captivity, forgives our debt, and sets us free. What power, grace and peace! Have you received eternal life from the One who gave His life? —George Ferrier

Would you be whiter, much whiter than snow? There’s power in
the blood, power in the blood; Sin-stains are lost in its life-giving
flow, There’s wonderful power in the blood. —Lewis E. Jones

June 13

DAILY READINGS: Deut. 28:38-68; Amos 5:1-6:14; Luke 14:25-15:10

We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. Romans 6:4

On the cross the Lord Jesus bore our sins in His own body. Our whole sinful case and condition was taken up into His Person and was brought to an end in His death. This great work was completed at His resurrection. On confession of Jesus as Lord we formally surrender our life of sin, and rise in the strength of His resurrection to newness of life. Thereafter, though sin is not eradicated, we have the assurance that “sin will have no dominion over you” (Romans 6:14). —Drew Craig

I am resolved to follow the Saviour, faithful and true each day;
Heed what He sayeth; do what He willeth; He is the living Way.
—Palmer Hartsough