Posts by granary

December 12

Posted on Dec 12, 2017

I was seeking to lead a soldier to Christ, but he tried to evade the issue with, “I’ll think it over.” “Harry,” I said, “imagine you’re out scouting an enemy post. You get hit hard. Another soldier carries you to your own lines. For his trouble he gets two bullets in the back. You’re both taken to the hospital and won back from death. Two months later the doctor brings in a fellow who limps badly and moves with evident pain. They stop at your bed. The doctor says, ‘Harry, let me introduce you to the man who risked his life to save you.’ You fold your arms and say, ‘I’m not sure I want to...

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December 11

Posted on Dec 11, 2017

The Occult: With the rise of secularization, the rock culture and drug cults, the West has seen a resurgence of satanism and black arts. Occultare is Latin for secret or hidden. The truth can stand the light and the Bible shines on such practices (Deut 18:9-14; Acts 13:6-12; 19:19). As to Christ’s ministry, He said, “I spoke openly to the world…and in secret I have said nothing” (Jn 18:20). Of His victory: “Having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them” (Col 2:15). Concerning His resurrection: “Him God raised up on the third day, and showed Him...

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December 10

Posted on Dec 10, 2017

David Livingstone (1813-1873), Scottish missionary and explorer of Africa, visited Cambridge on December 4, 1857. To the student body he said: “People talk of the sacrifice I have made in spending so much of my life in Africa. Can that be called a sacrifice which is simply paid back as a small part of a great debt owing to our God, which we can never repay? Is that a sacrifice which brings…bright hope of a glorious destiny hereafter? Away with the word! It is emphatically no sacrifice. Say rather it is a privilege. Anxiety, sickness, suffering, or danger…with a foregoing of the common...

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December 9

Posted on Dec 9, 2017

“Is not My word like a fire?” says the Lord, “And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?” (Jer 23:29). Christian apologist Bernard Ramm writes about the Bible and its critics: “A thousand times over, the death knell of the Bible has been sounded, the funeral procession formed, the inscription cut on the tombstone, and the committal read. But somehow the corpse never stays put. No other book has been so chopped, knived, sifted, scrutinized, and vilified. What book on philosophy or religion or psychology or belles lettres of classical or modern times has been subjected to such a mass...

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December 8

Posted on Dec 8, 2017

In his biography by Johannes Gossner, Martin Boos (1762-1825), a Roman Catholic priest, tells how he was saved: “In 1788 or 1789 I visited a sick person respected for her deep humility and piety. I said to her, ‘You will die peacefully and happily.’ ‘Why so?’ she asked. ‘Because you have led such a holy life.’ The good woman smiled at my words and said, ‘If I leave the world relying on my own piety, I am sure to be lost. But relying on Jesus my Savior, I can die in comfort. What a clergyman you are! If I listened to you, what would become of me? No; if Christ had not died for me, if He had...

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