Monthly Archives: July 2011

“So foolish was I, and ignorant; I was as a beast before thee.” – Psa_73:22

Morning “So foolish was I, and ignorant; I was as a beast before thee.” – Psa_73:22 Remember this is the confession of the man after God’s own heart; and in telling us his inner life, he writes, “So foolish was I, and ignorant.” The word “foolish,” here, means more than it signifies in ordinary language. David, in a former verse… (more…)

“Even thou wast as one of them.”

  Morning   “Even thou wast as one of them.”   – Oba_1:11 Brotherly kindness was due from Edom to Israel in the time of need, but instead thereof, the men of Esau made common cause with Israel’s foes. Special stress in the sentence before us is laid upon the word thou; as when Caesar cried to Brutus, “and thou… (more…)

“The earnest of our inheritance.”

  Morning   “The earnest of our inheritance.”   – Eph_1:14 Oh! what enlightenment, what joys, what consolation, what delight of heart is experienced by that man who has learned to feed on Jesus, and on Jesus alone. Yet the realization which we have of Christ’s preciousness is, in this life, imperfect at the best. As an old writer says,… (more…)

“If thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it.”

Morning “If thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it.” – Exo_20:25God’s altar was to be built of unhewn stones, that no trace of human skill or labour might be seen upon it. Human wisdom delights to trim and arrange the doctrines of the cross into a system more artificial and more congenial with the depraved tastes… (more…)

Breaking Out of the Pack

Breaking Out of the Pack “Give yourself completely to these things, and everyone will see you are making great advances.” (1 Timothy 4:15, paraphrase). No one who saw it will ever forget it. June of 1973, thousands of fans crowded into the stands and sprawled across the infield lawn of Belmont Park for the third leg of the Triple Crown.… (more…)

Outside the Camp

Outside the Camp “Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach.” (Hebrews 13:13) This world is a campy place, and people gravitate to the camp that suits them. This is true in may ways — political, religious, economic, recreational, vocational, educational, or ideological. We find our niche and get our name, and learn the secret… (more…)

A Goose in the Chicken Coup

A Goose in the Chicken Coup “I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14). Kierkegaard, the Danish philosopher, told a story about a goose who was wounded and landed in a barnyard with some chickens. He played with the chickens and ate with the chickens. After a while, that… (more…)