Joshua 5:13-6:27; Isaiah 2:1-22; Luke 22:1-30
A stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers. John 10:5
I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil. Romans 16:19
Darby said, “The sheep…know His voice. There are many other voices, but the sheep do not know them. Their safety consists, not in knowing them all, but in knowing that they are not the one voice which is life to them—the voice of Jesus. All the rest are the voices of strangers”. Safety is familiarity with the Good Shepherd. Sheep should ask one question, “Is that my Shepherd’s voice?”. —J. A. Bjorlie
O Lamb of God! Still keep me near to Thy wounded side;
’Tis only there in safety and peace I can abide. —J. G. Deck
Joshua 4:1-5:12; Isaiah 1:1-31; Luke 21:5-38
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. John 1:12
God did not make the way to Himself obscure or partial. To be righteous and fair, salvation was open to as many as received Him. God is eternal in existence; infinite in wisdom, love, grace and mercy; unlimited in power and authority. Yet He chose to be found in fashion as a man. In His divine plan, He never compromised nor limited anything of Himself, but humbled Himself to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. May our worship please Him today. —G. C. G.
As we gather in Your presence now, Lord, we will worship;
As we sing our thankful songs aloud: Lord we will worship. —J. Payne
Joshua 3:1-17; Hosea 11:12-14:9; Luke 20:20-21:4
In Him all things consist. Colossians 1:17, NKJV
When we think of Christ’s controlling and unifying power in the universe, consider that planet earth is moving in four different ways at once. It is rotating on its axis at 29 miles a second (at the equator); it is circling around the sun at 19 miles a second; it is moving with the solar system around the Milky Way at 170 miles a second—all as the universe expands outward. —W. Ross Rainey
O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed;
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee;
How great Thou art, how great Thou art! —Carl Boberg
Joshua 2:1-24; Hosea 10:1-11:11; Luke 20:1-19
For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now. Philippians 1:4
Among whom ye shine as lights in the world. Philippians 1:15
The Philippians’ interest in supporting the Gospel started from the first day of their Christian experience. Their passion continued, and Paul commended them for the light they were shining into the world. Are we like them—stars shining in the world’s darkness. We can shine by our lives, our words and by giving from our resources to further the cause of the Gospel. —Jim Paul
Jesus bids us shine with a clear pure light,
Like a little candle burning in the night.
In this world of darkness, we must shine,
You in your small corner, and I in mine. —Susan B. Warner
Joshua 1:1-18; Hosea 8:1-9:17; Luke 19:29-48
But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching. Titus 1:3
Our information age has opened many channels of communication, which can be useful but not always beneficial. Preaching is not only for the listeners, but is equally essential for the preachers. Those called to this ministry must become life-long Bible students and then practice the life-long discipline of learning to communicate divine truth to their audience. Preaching is serious work, and good preachers must soon learn to remove any trace of laziness. —Rick Morse
Open Thou mine eyes, Lord, that I may behold,
In Thy Word, rich treasures, better far than gold. —Alfred P. Gibbs
Deuteronomy 34:1-12; Hosea 6:4-7:16; Luke 19:1-28
And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts. Psalm 119:45
In our society, laws are associated with restrictions and loss of personal freedom. In God’s kingdom His law is the law of liberty, because in keeping God’s rules and surrendering to His will, we experience freedom. The freedom to fully experience what He has created us to be. “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36). Those who would not have this man Jesus to reign over them are in true bondage, the bondage of sin. —D. Pickup
Would you be free from the burden of sin?
There’s pow’r in the blood, pow’r in the blood.
Would you o’er evil a victory win?
There’s wonderful pow’r in the blood. —Lewis E. Jones
Deuteronomy 33:1-39; Hosea 4:1-6:3; Luke 18:15-43
We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the Lord fulfil all thy petitions…Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God. Psalm 20:5, 7
When troubles surround us and everything looks bleak, it is very hard to be patient and wait for God to work things out. Yet this is what we are told to do. But our waiting should be active. This means to continue taking the problem to the Lord in prayer, carrying on with His work and trusting Him to do the rest. —G. Frear
The Lord knows all my troubled days,
Defends and helps me, in all my ways,
He lifts me up so I’ll walk straight,
When on Him I call and patiently wait! —G. F.
Deuteronomy 32:15-52; Hosea 2:1-3:5 ; Luke 17:20-18:14
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Romans 8:18
If we were to compare our suffering with the suffering of our Saviour, there would be a wide gap indeed. Oh how He suffered for us! But His sufferings are past and now we wait to share an incomparable glory with Him. What glory that will be! “But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you” (1 Peter 5:10). May this be our occupation until He comes. —Harold G. Smith
When I shall reach the more excellent glory,
And my trials are passed, I shall be like Him, O wondrous story!
I shall be like Him at last. —W. A. Spencer
Deuteronomy 31:14-32:14; Hosea 1:1-11; Luke 17:1-19
Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged. Colossians 3:21
A father and son were walking along the beach. The boy was lagging behind and suddenly gave a happy shout of satisfaction, “Look Daddy, I’m walking in your footsteps!”. Your child may not inherit your talents or gifts, but they will absorb your values. How important then fathers, to be a godly example for the little boy or girl who is watching you! Abraham gave both moral and spiritual leadership and didn’t leave it to the church or the educational system. Build your children up in the ways of the Lord. —Jim Comte
Father, there’s a call for you: watch your step;
Little eyes see all you do: watch your step.
Little feet go Daddy’s way, follow you from day to day;
Lead, O lead them not astray; watch your step. —Author Unknown
Deuteronomy 30:1-31:13; Amos 9:1-15; Luke 16:1-31
If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. John 15:18
And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. 1 John 5:19
As a rebellious kingdom resists its legitimate sovereign, even so this world combats Christ. Satan darkens people’s minds, stoking opposition’s fires. His seed delighted to bruise Christ at Golgotha. Likewise, their modern counterparts unjustly persecute the church. Just as they rejected Him, so they now repudiate believers. Suffering saints take heart, for the Man of sorrows is now risen and glorified. He will shortly rapture us to glory. —Keith Keyser
And though here on earth rejected, ‘tis but fellowship with Thee;
Should we not with joy expect it, here like Thee, our Lord, to be? —S. P. Tregelles