Posts by granary

January 24

Posted on Jan 24, 2018

“He who waters will also be watered himself” (Proverbs 11:25). When the Lord has given blessing by a tract or little book, Do not leave it idly lying in some soon-forgotten nook. There are others to be watered, lost and hungry souls to feed; Seek to share the grace and blessing that has reached you in your need. With its freshness yet upon you, ere the first glad glow has gone, Let your heart look up for guidance that your hand may pass it on; Then that one from you receiving blessing, gaining just like you, Can then keep the blessing flowing, and still pass it on anew. When the day of light...

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January 23

Posted on Jan 23, 2018

“…Seed to the sower, and bread to the eater” (Isa 55:10-11). “Now he that ministers seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown” (2 Cor 9:10). Two passages—one from the gospel prophet, Isaiah, and one from the evangelist to the Gentiles, Paul—are linked by the common idea of combining bread for food and seed for sowing. The Isaiah passage is a promise; the Corinthian verse is a prayer. In Bible days, if a farmer didn’t sow seed, he had two problems: no seed for his fields and no bread for his table. Is there a lesson here for us? If we are not in the...

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January 22

Posted on Jan 22, 2018

On the last day of September 1816, Robert Moffat sailed from London for South Africa. Proceeding to Namaqualand on the west coast, he there acquired the Dutch language. While residing with a Boer farmer, he was asked to conduct a “service” in the house. Moffat requested that the master call his servants. “Do you mean the Hottentots?” replied the Boer with a sneer. “We may as well call in the dogs.” Moffat made no answer, but, after prayer, opened his Bible and read the story of the Syro-Phoenician woman, taking as his text her words to the Savior, “Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs...

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January 21

Posted on Jan 21, 2018

Whatever you know of God’s truth, do it. That is what the disciples were told in John 2:5, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” Above all, it is what the Lord says, “You are my friends, if you do whatever I command you” (Jn 15:14). We never read of purifying our souls in hearing the truth; we do read of those who purified their souls in obeying it (1 Pet 1:22). “He that has My commandments and keeps them, he it is that loves Me” (Jn 14:21). Obedience, you see, is the test of love. God has joined the two together. If we want to know the extent of our devotion to Christ, it can be exactly...

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January 20

Posted on Jan 20, 2018

Sir Moses Montefiore was the most famous Jew in the 19th Century. Linked by marriage and business to the Rothschilds, he was knighted by Queen Victoria and renowned for his philanthropy. He had an aunt Lydia in Marseille who was a determined Jewess. One day she received a visit from J.P. Cohen, a Jewish believer. Noticing her Bible, he took it up and read Isaiah 53, then asked what she thought of it. “I should like to hear your opinion,” replied Miss Montefiore. Cohen recounts, “I told her I could unhesitatingly say that it referred to the life and death of the Messiah, and that it had been...

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