Unnecessary Famine  (Please read Amos 8:11)  March 30 It was with full knowledge of the devastating effect of food famines, no doubt, that a lowly shepherd from Tekoa, prophesying against Israel, spoke the Lord’s words in our text regarding a different kind of deprivation that was going to be visited on that rebellious people, whose…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Make Your Strength Count! (Please read 1 Corinthians 10:12_ March 21 When you read in the Bible of strong and weak Christians, in which category do you place yourself? Is it sort of automatic for you to think of yourself as strong, or do…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Three Other Ways to Preach (Please read 1 Peter 3:1-2, 15-16; and 1 Corinthians 11:21-26) October 6 In a small West Texas town during the Great Depression, there lived a good man who worked at a service station for a living but his heart…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “I Have Seen the Lord” (Please read John 20:18) November 15 Christians who attempt to tell others about the Lord are often greeted with skepticism. Unbelievers may say they will believe in him when they see him, or ask why he doesn’t reveal himself…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Essentials for Christian Happiness (Please read Philippians 4:6-7) April 29 Can we really be happy when our minds are filled with worry? When Jesus was nearing his execution he told his disciples not to have troubled hearts, for he was leaving them the legacy…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “The Best Things of Life Are Free” (Please read Romans 6:23) October 17 Our title today is the title of a song some of us used to sing. Written by Virgil O. Stamps and Luther G. Presley, it contained several truths that we would…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 God’s Power for Salvation (Please read Romans 1:16) October 2 Power, especially on a large scale, always attracts attention. Think how we are always amazed at the awesome power of natural events such as hurricanes, tornados and earthquakes. Much of our attention these days…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “I AM” — Jesus Christ today (Please read John 14:5-6) September 12 When God commissioned Moses to lead his people out of Egypt, Moses had a question: “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Anybody Can Qualify (Please read Revelation 22:17 and Matthew 11:28-30) September 4 If you’ve ever applied for a job or entered a school, you’ve gone through the exercise of stating your qualifications for that job or school. Almost every employer, for almost every job, asks…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “In the Cross of Christ I Glory” (Please read Galatians 6:14) August 24 Our songbook index lists 27 titles under the word “Cross.” One of the more famous ones Is “The Old Rugged Cross,” but it doesn’t seem as popular as it once was….

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “A Heritage from the Lord” (Please read Psalm 127:3-5) July 12  They’re with us for such a little while. Almost before we know it — and usually before we can prepare for it — they’re gone. From our homes and our control to their own…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Solitude and Private Alters (Please read Psalm 19:14) July 15 In these days of increasing mobility, when families may move far and wide with their jobs or seeking better jobs, it seems evident that we still have some of the nomadic inclination of our ancestors….

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “Fresh and Green” (Please read Psalm 92:12-15) June 27 Society in general seems to think of older folks more in terms of green pastures than of being fresh and green, but here is a promise that righteous people can be spiritually productive in their old…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Shamelessness in Prayer (Please read Luke 11:5-10) June 26  If you read our text in the King James Version, you may be scratching your head over one word in Verse 8. Words like “importunity” do not roll easily off the tongue for most people,…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Wise as Serpents (Please read Matthew 10:10) June 23 No one can hope to attain the mind of Christ to a degree that will permit him or her to exercise His wisdom in every contact with the enemies of Christ. Yet Jesus admonished the…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 In Search of Constancy (Please read 1 Corinthians 15:58) June 15 Are you ever tempted to take a day, or several days, off from serving the Lord? Have you told yourself that you’re really not forsaking him, just taking a little breather? Then you’re…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Where the Heart Is (Please read Ephesians 5:25-31 and Matthew 6:21) June 14 Early in human history the word “heart” came to stand for people’s entire mental and moral activity. So in the Bible, as in everyday conversation, the heart is used figuratively for…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “How Are the Children?” (Please read Ephesians 6:1-4) June 13 It is said that when two or more members of the fabled Masai tribe in Africa meet up after not having seen one another for a while, they have an interesting conversation. They first…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 The Unplanned Life (Please read Matthew 10:19-20) June 12 School students are often asked what they want to be when they grow up. A few have firm notions about that by the third grade, but most will change their answers from year to year,…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Laborers in the Vineyard (Please read Matthew 20:1-16) May 17 Businessmen just don’t go out one hour before the workday is over, hire men to work for that hour and pay them as much as they pay those who have worked all day, so…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Making Light of an Invitation (Please read Matthew 22:5) May 16 Like most people, the Jews in Jesus’ time probably considered it a gross breach of good manners to refuse an invitation to a wedding, especially that of a king’s son. So Jesus’ parable,…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “He Who Is Faithful in a Very Little Thing” (Please read Luke 10:25-37) December 4 Our congregation once had some girls who, at about 12 years old, were so helpful around the church building that some grownups privately referred to them as “born deacons.”…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 The Other Side of the Jericho Road (Please read Luke 10:25-37) January 21 Was he in a hurry? Well, he may have been away from home for awhile, doing his term of temple service. He was a priest, you know, a spiritual leader in…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Does Religion Mix with Politics? (Please read 1 Peter 2:13-17) January 24 It has been interesting in recent presidential campaigns to observe that political pundits who once opposed publicly discussing candidates’ religion have begun to bring the subject up again. It was probably the…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Sell It All and Give It to the Poor? (Please read Mark 10:17-29) January 15 He had a lot going for him. He was young and a “ruler” (possibly at a synagogue), and he was rich. He was a devout man, willing to humble…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “Do You Not Care That We Are Perishing?” (Please read Mark 4:35-41) January 8 Some translations of our text call it a “squall,” and others say “storm” or “gale,” but all use modifying words like “fierce” and “terrible” in describing the situation on the…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Sermons from Invisible Multitudes (Please read Hebrews 11:4) June 13 Influence is immortal. In almost countless ways our lives are affected by people who lived in the past. Most of us, probably, either live or work or worship or study in buildings which were…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Guarding What Is Entrusted to Him (Please read 1 Timothy 1:8-12) April 7 Paul was so thoroughly convinced of the power of Jesus Christ that he had entrusted (or committed) something to Him, something so valuable that Paul felt it must be guarded. And…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 The Ideal Guest in God’s House (Please read Psalm 15) April 26  Without going deeply into the wording of this great psalm, we can safely assume that it is asking what kind of people God will allow to be with him in his house,…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 The World Mission of Jesus (Please read Luke 4:16-21) May 14 Soon after his baptism and the temptations in the wilderness, Jesus returned to his hometown, Nazareth, and visited the synagogue there. At that time, devout people met on the Sabbath day, not, as…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “O for a Faith That Will Not Shrink” (Please read Luke 17:5-10) June 16 Have you ever had days when everything just “clicked” and nothing went wrong, when you were almost bursting with happiness? And wasn’t that a good feeling! On such a day…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “Urge the Young Men to be Sensible” (Please read Titus 2:1-8) July 9 It’s interesting that in this list Paul mentions several things to be taught to older men, older women and younger women; but concerning young men he says only, “Likewise urge the young…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Bible Illiteracy — a Family Disease? (Please read 2 Timothy 3:14-17) July 16 A former First Lady established a Foundation for Family Literacy, stating that she hoped to help break the illiteracy cycle that runs in some families for generations. Focusing on the family as…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “A Constant Sense of Thy Abiding Presence” (Please read Hebrews 13:5-6) July 21 Much of the benefit of periodic assemblies for worship and mutual encouragement is in reminding us of who we are – disciples, servants – and, more importantly, of Whose we are. In…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “Where Thieves Break in and Steal” (Please read Matthew 6:19-21) July 22 A few years ago somebody did a quick and messy job of ransacking our building. We think there were at least two thieves. They had to do some hard work to get in….

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Must Pure Religion be Also Poor? (Please read James 1:27) August 4 “When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.” it’s hard to read that passage (from Psalm 10) on Berean Family Home correspondence without getting a lump…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Lesson of the Barren Fig Tree (Please read Mark 11:12-21) August 15 It was on a day after Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem that he “cursed” the fig tree, as described in our text. The tree was leafed out, thus promising fruit, but it was…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Living Abundantly in the Church (Please read John 10:10) August 19  Sometimes we may not think of our lives as “abundant,” but look at the benefits life in the church has for us. We recognize that the church doesn’t specialize in material things or pleasures….

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Getting Serious About the Great Commission  (Please read Matthew 28:19-20) September 13 Many of us have heard this passage from the pulpit time after time, but usually it was part of the invitation for sinners to accept Christ. Somehow we have often seemed to…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Forgiveness and the Golden Rule  (Please read Matthew 6:12 and 7:12) September 15 These two passages have more in common than their verse numbers. They show how Christians should treat one another if they expect the Lord to forgive their sins. If we forgive…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 The Great and Foremost Commandment  (Please read Matthew 22:35-38) September 20 When Jesus answered the lawyer’s question in our text, he was citing a command of God recorded in Deuteronomy 6:5, which had been given to the Jews as they were preparing to enter their…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Be What You Want Your Children to Be  (Please read Ephesians 6:1-4) September 22 It’s hard to overemphasize the power of example in bringing up children. If you want your children to shun bad language, never use it yourself, and be kind but firm…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 The Plight of the Christian Dropout (Please read 2 Peter 2:20-22) September 26 When loved ones in Christ drop out of the community of believers, they leave a void that is never quite filled, and we mourn for the plight in which they have…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 The Thankless Task of a Watchman   (Please read Ezekiel 33:1-9) October 24 At a World War II Army induction center, inductees slept in hundreds of tents, with wood-burning stoves. In cold weather it was necessary to keep the stoves going all night, risking fire…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “Righteousness and Peace Kiss Each Other”  (Please read Psalm 85:10-13) October 30 We offered some thoughts in an earlier meditation on the great legacy of peace that followers of Christ can claim. Jesus had told his apostles, “My peace I give to you.” It…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “We First Endure, Then Pity, Then Embrace” (Please read 2 Peter 2:4-10) November 26 The story of Lot, in Genesis 18-19, offers interesting contrasts. God decided to destroy wicked Sodom but sent two angels to get Lot and his family out first. Lot was hospitable…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Jesus, the Resurrection and the Life (Please read John 11:25-26) November 28 The words of our text have helped bring healing and comfort to multitudes of people as they were read over millions of graves. His declaration, “I am the resurrection and the life” meant…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “The Last Full Measure of Devotion” (Please read Ephesians 5:25) December 15 We’ve heard the words of our title many times. They were part of President Lincoln’s great Gettysburg Address, honoring soldiers who had died on that battlefield. These words occurred in a sentence…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “Joy to the World, the Lord Is Come!”  (Please read Psalm 96:10-13 and Luke 2:8-14) December 25 This song by the great Isaac Watts first appeared in a book he published, The Psalms of David Imitated in the Language of the New Testament, in…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Creation and the Public Schools (Please read Ephesians 6:1-4 and Proverbs 22:6) December 19 Now and then we hear of some new development regarding the continuing controversy over what the schools should be allowed to teach about the world’s beginning. After various court verdicts, many people…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “You Loved Me into the Kingdom” (Please read Hebrews 13:1-3) June 25 Here’s a true story about a lady in a northeastern state who, although she had little religion in her background, began attending a Church of Christ in her city. Eventually she became a…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “They Do Not Even Know How to Blush” (Please read Jeremiah 6:13-15) November 18 Our text is God’s words, when he was heartsick at the conduct of his people. Surely he is equally dismayed today as he looks on a society where people not only…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 More Beggary Than Goodhap Behoof (Please read Hebrews 13:5-6) November 6 Not much is being written these days about the evils of gambling, but Millennial Harbinger had a lot to say about it in the mid-1800’s. In an October 1856 article, having stated that gambling…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Real New Testament Missionary Work (Please read Mark 16:15-16) October 7 To spread the gospel, the apostles and other early Christians faced many obstacles. Vice was prevalent in much of the world. Religion was mostly national rather than personal, formal rather than heartfelt. Sexual immorality,…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Battered Reed or Smoldering Wick (Please read Matthew 12:10-21) May 12 Jesus did not seek popularity or publicity. He did not push himself on anyone, but the throngs he attracted were drawn by him, often because news of his miracles and his message was passed…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “Let All That You Do Be Done in Love” (Please read 1 Corinthians 16:13-14) April 5 Paul summed up the teaching in the previous verse, and indeed the teaching of the entire letter, with the wonderful sentence which forms the title of today’s meditation. The…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “I Am So Eager to Preach”  (Please read Romans 1:14-15) October 27 Let’s think for a few moments today about Paul, the apostle who wrote the words in our text. Brought up as a Pharisee, he was well-educated and an expert in the Law…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “Peace, Perfect Peace”  (Please read Isaiah 26:3) December 16 One Sunday in August 1875, while vacationing in an English town, Edward H. Bickersteth, a preacher himself, listened to a sermon on our text: “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 He Lives!  (Please read Acts 2:31-33) September 30 Jewish leaders had incited a riot to seize and beat the apostle Paul on the false assumption that Paul had brought Gentiles into the temple. The Roman commander in Jerusalem then arrested him, beginning a series…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 The Great Commission (Please read Matthew 28:19-20) October 12 Although delivered to the eleven, the Great Commission applies to later disciples as well, “to the very end of the age” (NIV). So we should look at it not just as a historical fact but…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “Purses Which Do Not Wear Out” (Please read Luke 12:33-34) August 2 Before drivers’ licenses and credit cards, men usually carried their money in “pocketbooks,” leather pouches with clasp openings. It was not uncommon to hear those pouches called “purses,” even by the men who…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “Most Important to Our Future” (Please read Proverbs 22:6) August 6 Doesn’t your heart go out to young parents, who face so many obstacles in trying to lead their children to decent adulthood in an endangered society? Consider, for example, that at some schools sports…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 To Judge or Not to Judge (Please read Matthew 7:1-6) December 31 At this point in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus turned from discussing a disciple’s attitude toward material things and began teaching us how to treat one another. To begin with, he…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 The Lamp of the Body (Please read Matthew 6:22-23) December 30 Our text is part of the climax of the Sermon on the Mount. In the sermon Jesus had condemned human deceitfulness in several respects, including giving alms from two motives, praying from two…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Some Sacrifice Required (Please read Luke 5:1-11) December 29 In view of the transient life of Jesus and his closest disciples, one might get the impression that they were all poor men who were living about as comfortably with him as they would have…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 The Messiah Tested (Please read Matthew 4:1-11) December 28 Soon after Jesus’ baptism he was severely tested in the wilderness, facing three temptations broadly representative of all the temptations we may meet. Baptism does not mean that a person will never be tempted again….

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “We Would See Jesus” (Please read John 12:20-23) December 27 The incident in our text leaves many questions unanswered. Why didn’t the Greeks come directly to Jesus? Were they Jews who lived in some of the Greek cities, or perhaps Greeks who were Jewish…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Shepherds As Evangelists (Please read Luke 2:15-20) December 26 What a night for those shepherds! First they were going about their business of taking care of sheep at night, a job which, while not without occasional excitement, must have been mostly routine. But suddenly…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Long Before Bethlehem (Please read John 1:1-14 ) December 23 When we think of the life of Christ, we usually start with his birth in Bethlehem, but he existed long before that. He even existed before the creation of the world. The apostle John wanted his…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Why Was Mary Chosen? (Please read Luke 1:26-38 ) December 24 As we often say, mothers are special. Someone has called attention to an episode in the old Peanuts comic strip, when Charlie Brown said, “Everybody needs someone to love them, trust them, care for them,…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Faith in Common (Please read Mark 16:15-16 ) December 22 When it comes to faith in God, his people share many things. We share a common gospel, the “good news” of Jesus Christ. The heart of this message is “that Christ died for our sins according…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Making God in Man’s Image (Please read Matthew 5:8 and Romans 1:21-25 ) December 21 It started with Adam and Eve. They had close encounters with God but didn’t understand his ways. They assumed that he was like them. They were capable of being deceived, so they…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Moral Purity — It’s Fundamental (Please read Matthew 5:8 and Philippians 4:8 ) December 20 We’ve all seen the sad spectacle of powerful men falling victim to the lusts of the flesh, and we’ve noticed how much more severe the public’s criticism is if the erring…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Prescription for Happiness (Please read Philippians 4:1-9) December 18 Paul seems to have had an attitude that colored the days rosy for him. The outward pressures on him were great, and some horrible things were done to him and said about him. He had a…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “A Living and Holy Sacrifice” (Please read Romans 12:1) December 17 Much of Paul’s letter to the Romans is devoted to rich and profound doctrinal arguments concerning the righteousness of God and the redemption of man. But it also includes some more practical teaching to…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “Love of Strangers” (Please read Romans 12:13) December 14 It may come as a surprise to people who have seen some of those old photographs from the Great Depression in this country, but people in those days had happy times just as we do now….

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Avoiding High Misdemeanors (Please read Matthew 24:31-46) December 13 Several years ago Americans were doing lots of discussion about the meaning of the term, “high crimes and misdemeanors,” in the Constitution. We generally assumed that it meant high crimes and high misdemeanors, since regular misdemeanors…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Gracious Giving (Please read Acts 9:36-39) December 12 If you have grown children, you probably have some keepsakes around the house which have some rough edges, to say the least. A ceramic soap dish that doesn’t quite sit flat on a flat surface; a handmade…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 New Hope in Christ (Please read 1 Corinthians 15:19) December 11 Here and there in this country there are church signs including the words “New Hope.” Those words cover something priceless that was not really known before Jesus came into the world. It’s true that…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “Jesus, Meek and Gentle” (Please read Matthew 11:29) December 10 Our title today is that of a hymn written by George Rundle Prynne in 1856 and set to music by Clarence Hudson in 1891. We don’t know much about how the hymn came to be…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “The Eyes of Your Heart” (Please read Ephesians 1:15-19) December 9 At first glance, our title may seem as if somebody made a mistake in copying the quotation; this is the only occurrence in the Bible where these two vital organs appear to be so…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “Pray Continually” (Please read 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18) December 8 People have different ideas as to the meaning of the word “continually” in our text. Some make an easy grammatical mistake of confusing it with a related word, “continuously.” For an idea of the meaning of…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Protection from Seaminess (Please read Ephesians 6:10-18) December 7 Most thoughtful people will agree that moral standards in this country have declined in recent years. Words and pictures that would have been banned several years ago are now commonly used on radio and television, and…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Christianity and Citizenship (Please read Romans 13:1-7 and 2 Peter 2:13-17) December 6 In the light of our text passages, most people will agree, no doubt, that it is right for Christians to pay taxes, to obey laws and to cooperate with governing authorities in…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Seated in the Heavenly Realms (Please read Ephesians 2:4-6) December 5 Have you ever thought much about the “heavenly realms” mentioned in our text? It seems likely that most people, if they think about such things at all, think of a mysterious place far, far…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Jesus and the Commonplace (Please read John 13:1-17) December 3 On the night before Jesus would be taken from them, his disciples were distracted by jealousy over which of them would be greatest in the new kingdom. Perhaps this was the reason none of them…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Paul’s First European Convert (Please read Acts 16:11-15) December 2 Paul’s second missionary tour did not go exactly as he and Silas had planned. When they started to enter Asia and Bithynia, the Holy Spirit said no, and a vision directed them to go instead…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Preaching Christ (Please read Acts 8:30-40) December 1 Our text tells of a life-changing encounter between Philip the evangelist and an Ethiopian official. Finding the official eager to understand a portion of scripture that we know as Isaiah 53:7-8, the evangelist began with that scripture…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Missions for Tomorrow (Please read Mark 16:15-16) November 30 In the early years of this nation preachers and their families were coming to America to spread the good news about Christ. With God’s help, their work bore fruit and as the years passed new congregations…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “I Am Thine, O Lord” (Please read John 12:32) November 29 Like Timothy, Fanny J. Crosby was strongly influenced by a woman named Eunice. It was Timothy’s mother and Fanny’s grandmother who bore that name. After Fanny was blinded in infancy, her grandmother helped her…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Jesus, the Light of the World (Please read John 8:12 and 9:5) November 27 Was it perhaps the spectacle of a glorious golden sunrise over the Mount of Olives that caused Jesus to use the metaphor in our text? We don’t know, but we know…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 A Fruitful Life (Please read Galatians 5:22-23) November 25 Speak of Christian fruit-bearing and we may immediately think of converting sinners to the Lord. But even if we’re not in position to do that, or don’t have much success at it, we must bear fruit…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “Isn’t This the Carpenter’s Son?” (Please read Matthew 13:54-56) November 24 How strange that people in Jesus’ own hometown would reject his teaching as they did here, but actually they had rejected him once before after marveling at his gracious words (see Luke 4:16 and…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “Be Careful That You Don’t Fall” (Please read 1 Corinthians 10:12, NIV) November 23 Many of us, probably, have had the dismaying experience of making a glaring mistake on some routine job that we thought we could do “with our eyes closed.” Maybe it was…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 The Window to Holiness (Please read Romans 12:2) November 22 The late preacher N.E. Rhodes Jr., in a 1997 Gospel Tidings article about holiness, imagines a man who has spent his life in one room with one mud-encrusted window. He has heard rumors about a…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Reaping the Whirlwind (Please read Hosea 8:7) November 21 The principle of sowing and reaping is as old as nature itself. God created plant life and the system of planting and harvest. Man has developed ways of increasing crop yields and other changes on the…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 “The Day of His Triumph” (Please read Revelation 1:10) November 20 The expression, “the Lord’s Day,” is used only this once in the Bible. The word “Lord’s” here had the same connotation as it does in the term, “Lord’s Supper” (1 Corinthians 11:20, NIV)….

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 A Blessed Strait (Please read Philippians 1:2-26) November 19 Have you ever been in what you considered a life-threatening situation, such as facing dangerous surgery or being almost or altogether involved in a serious accident? If so, you will doubtless agree that those circumstances…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 An Exciting Day in Nazareth (Please read Luke 4:16-30) November 17 Soon after his baptism and temptations, Jesus returned to his hometown, Nazareth, and visited the synagogue. There he read from the first part of what we know as Isaiah 61, plus a portion…

“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice” Psalm 5:3 Help from the Other Side  (Please read Hebrews 4:14-16) November 16 Years ago a young woman in Europe wanted to join her sweetheart, who had emigrated to America. She was very poor and could never save enough from her meager wages for the trip…

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