Posts by granary

November 14

Posted on Nov 14, 2018

Men are formed in character not only by their past and present, but also by their futures. Man inwardly grows the higher his ideals are. So also in spiritual life, hope and sanctification belong together. “And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure” (1 Jn 3:3). Thus Christ suffered on Golgotha with His eye kept on “the joy that was set before Him” (Heb 12:2)…This attitude of heart must be ours too. When you suffer shame for the sake of your testimony, rejoice over the future crown of glory. “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess...

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November 13

Posted on Nov 13, 2018

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834–1892), was converted at age 15, and preached his first message in a cottage at Teversham the following year. Just four years after his conversion, Spurgeon, then only 19, was called to the New Park Street Chapel, a large congregation in London. Spurgeon both preached and wrote with deep passion for Christ. On one occasion he declared: “lf sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies. And if they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay. If hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the...

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November 12

Posted on Nov 12, 2018

How does human life differ from that of the animals? There are dramatic consequences if man is simply the latest animal in the evolutionary process. Morality then becomes a mere convention. Purpose is nonsensical, for there is no Purposer. Animal existence is the highest goal we can hope for, and life has no real value. How different the Genesis account! Male and female are made in the image of God (1:26) and given dominion over the animal world to act as regents for God (1:28). Humanity has not only a material body, but a God-breathed soul (2:7). We have an aesthetic sense to enjoy creation...

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November 11

Posted on Nov 11, 2018

At a luncheon in his honor, Billy Graham told this story: “Albert Einstein was travelling from Princeton by train when the conductor came down the aisle. Einstein reached into his vest pocket. He couldn’t find his ticket, so tried his trousers. It wasn’t there. He looked in his briefcase, but still couldn’t find it. The conductor said, “Dr. Einstein, I’m sure you bought a ticket. Don’t worry about it.” Einstein nodded appreciatively. The conductor continued down the aisle, then turned and saw the physicist on his knees looking under his seat. The conductor rushed back: “Dr. Einstein, I know...

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November 10

Posted on Nov 10, 2018

“You rejoice with joy inexpressible” (1 Pet 1:8). “There is no need to be worried by facetious people who try to make the Christian hope of ‘Heaven’ ridiculous by saying they do not want ‘to spend eternity playing harps.’ The answer to such people is that if they cannot understand books written for grown-ups, they should not talk about them. All the scriptural imagery (harps, crowns, gold, etc.) is, of course, a mere symbolical attempt to express the inexpressible. Musical instruments are mentioned because for many people music is the thing in the present life which most strongly suggests...

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