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Posted 01 November 2014 - 03:53 AM

01 November 2014
 
"If then we find this complex life of tensions and pressure a source of distress and of uncertainty, let us learn the lesson of living with God and see Him in every room of our lives, in every part of the day, through every window and door. So it was with Jesus who, having no permanent abode, no established residence, was more surely based than any man who has ever lived, and dwelt always with God, and God with him. Thus, at the end of one of his long days we catch a glimpse of the meeting between Father and Son:
 
“And every man went unto his own house, but Jesus went to the mount of Olives” (John 7:53-8:1)."
 
- H. Tennant
At Home (1969)


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Posted 02 November 2014 - 01:23 PM

02 November 2014
 
"The ransomed of the Lord are at the end of the road. The gates of Zion invite us, eternal fellowship with God is there. There too is the innumerable company of angels in festal mood, ready to rejoice over the heirs of salvation whose guardians they were. There will be heard the song of the Lamb. Ten thousand times ten thousand immortal voices will rise in a paean of praise. Like some mighty cataract tumbling into an abyss, the sound will swell, pulsating and reverberating to the ends of the earth. "Blessing and honour and glory and power be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and to the Lamb, for ever and ever."
 
- Elwyn Humphreys
Our Pilgrimage (1964)


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Posted 03 November 2014 - 10:29 AM

03 November 2014
 
"The one standard by which Paul measured himself and everyone else was "the truth of the Gospel". He weighed everything in that balance, all his actions, and everything with which he came into contact. In all your dealings in life, in every matter in the ecclesia or outside, upon which you have to form a judgment, can you honestly say that you weigh everything in the balance of the truth of the Gospel, that that is the only set of weights you have? I wish I could say that. How often we tend to adapt our weights for the company in which we are. How seldom, I suppose, we really stand out, like Paul, for truth and uprightness. How seldom are we so devotedly single-minded in our life in the truth! Yet that is what God wants us to be like."
 
- L.W. Richardson
A Just Weight and a Just Measure (1950)


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Posted 05 November 2014 - 04:21 AM

04 November 2014 
 
"We do well to take courage as we see world developments, political, social and moral, take place as the Bible said they would; but let us remember that these signs are given us not as an end in themselves, though they point to an end which God will realize, but as encouragement. The end as far as we are now concerned is our service to the Lord and to His Christ. In this, what takes place in our hearts is vital, and Jesus did not hesitate to point this out. The danger is self-indulgence and absorption in the material benefits of this life. “Watch ye at every season”, Jesus added, “making supplication that ye may prevail to escape these things (including the cares of this life) that shall come to pass and to stand before the Son of Man.” In our waiting may the Lord give us the eyes to see that it is on our preferring Him and His word to all other things that our prevailing will depend."
 
- F.T. Pearce
The Waiting Saints (1970)


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Posted 05 November 2014 - 04:37 AM

05 November 2014
 
"The fulfilment of God’s Word is one of our most cherished heritages as Christadelphians; that the words which God has spoken, have been, and can still be seen in palpable, living, actual reality, that the Yahweh of Israel manifested Himself in the Jesus of history is our most precious inheritance."
 
- Sheila Harris
Fulfilled (1967)


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Posted 06 November 2014 - 01:23 PM

06 November 2014
 
"What a solemn thing the gospel is. Does it not lay bare the things we have kept in the recesses of our life? It unmasks us and makes us to be outwardly what we are inwardly. Yet though it is solemn and searching, it is the only thing worth having."
 
- Dennis Gillett
A Light Into the World (1999)


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Posted 07 November 2014 - 10:41 AM

07 November 2014 
 
"Their enemy was the only completely righteous man who has ever lived. To each man, to each group of men, he was a person who did not belong. Despite their differences, all these people felt easier in each other’s company than in the company of this man. This motley crowd of sinful people had nothing in common with Jesus, the uniquely righteous man. Jesus was a challenge to the world; his teaching and the quality of his life were a rebuke to all men."
 
- Peter Watkins
The Cross of Christ


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Posted 09 November 2014 - 10:59 PM

08 November 2014
 
"The allegory of the vine and the branches is one which fittingly reminds us of our place in the divine scheme of things and the intimacy of our relationship with God the Divine Husbandman and His Son. If we abide in his love by keeping his commandments, we shall indeed be fruitful boughs and our joy ultimately fulfilled."
 
- W.A. McLennan
The Vine and the Branches (1943)


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Posted 09 November 2014 - 11:10 PM

09 November 2014
 
"A new and lasting Temple will arise upon Mount Zion in which “they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light”, and a living Temple will be assembled, built up of lively stones with Christ as the corner."
 
- C.A. Macdonald
The Lamp of God (1951) 


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Posted 10 November 2014 - 12:19 PM

10 November 2014
 
"He was rich", Paul tells us (2 Corinthians 8:9), "yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich." From every materialistic point of view, Jesus was a poor man, "having nothing"; yet in making himself poor for our sakes he became heir of all things, and able to bestow his true and everlasting riches on all who lay in store a good foundation against the time to come."
 
 - L.W. Richardson
The Illusion and Reality of Wealth (1971)


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Posted 12 November 2014 - 12:48 PM

11 November 2014    
 
"God knows our abilities; we know our failings and shortcomings. "Let us give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard (and read), lest at any time we should let them slip" (Hebrews 2:10)."
 
- Peter Forbes
Making Bible Study Enjoyable (1996) 


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Posted 12 November 2014 - 12:58 PM

12 November 2014
 
"Bible study is, of course, a basic necessity for the servant of the Lord. It is right that we should bring to it all the skills and aptitudes which any student would bring to an intellectual pursuit. Even so, it is not the depth of academic knowledge of the Word which counts, although we may profit from the labours of those whose capacity is in these things. It is the quality of one’s meditation that produces spiritual insight and understanding, and this is not the province solely of the academic or the intellectual."
 
- Alfred Nicholls
Letters to Timothy and Titus


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Posted 13 November 2014 - 02:41 PM

13 November 2014
 
"Whilst there is an intellectual content to faith in understanding the way of salvation, it also involves our emotion. Who has never been moved to tears when meditating on the significance of the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ and his glorious resurrection? By faith we need to cleave to Jesus with all our being. In this sense we "abide in Christ and Christ in us" (John 15:4)."
 
- Steven Thaw
The Fruit of the Spirit - Faith 


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Posted 14 November 2014 - 11:15 AM

14 November 2014
 
"Jesus saw plainly that the only society which would endure is that described as the Kingdom of God, where God and not man is the measure of all things. He saw, too, that the prime duty of man was to seek first God’s Kingdom and His righteousness, and so fulfil the specific object for which he was created. In these verses (Luke 17:26-30) Jesus shows us that sin is more than corrupt conduct, it is any way of life which leads away from God. The way of life that leads away from God is not a way of life at all; it is a way of death, and its name is humanism."
 
- Gordon Hunnings
The Failure of Humanism (1960)


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Posted 15 November 2014 - 12:18 PM

15 November 2014
 
"The right combination of the theoretical and the practical is nowhere more important than in the life that is lived in Christ. God’s revelation gives us the view of the end and the way. Constant reading of His word can make it more than a brief hill-top vision: it can accompany us daily in all the way we travel, and we need it at every step. To spend all our time in study or contemplation as ends in themselves is to lose contact with reality and to end with a barren and unfruitful life. To spend all our time in busy activity—however good the things we do—is to become blinded to the object for which we do them. The ideal is given in one phrase of the Apostle Paul’s—two nouns and a verb—in which every word tells: “Faith that worketh by love.” That is the true and fruitful life in Christ."
 
- L.G. Sargent
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Posted 16 November 2014 - 12:19 PM

16 November 2014
 
"Let us give primacy in our thoughts, words, and deeds, to the gospel of salvation. It is the most precious thing we have. To impart it is the most valuable service we can render our fellow men ... He who said "I am the true bread", he who could impart that which would satisfy eternal desires, he is the one whom we now serve and now remember, and by following his example in this as in all things, we shall indeed learn how to fulfil faithfully the mission that has been entrusted to us."
 
- A. Dagg
Doctrine and Daily Life (1962)


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Posted 18 November 2014 - 02:57 AM

17 November 2014
 
"Clearly the flowers are not one of the major creations of God, for their life is so very brief and ends so witheringly. Yet their beauty is universally recognized and, equally universally, is recognized as superior to the highest attainments of human art. The comparison Jesus wanted men to make was not of suitability for use, for the majestic qualities of royal robes do not enhance their utility as clothing, but to see that beauty for beauty God’s creation outmatched man’s best."
 
- J.G. Buckler
Consider the Lilies of the Field (1956)


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Posted 18 November 2014 - 05:47 AM

18 November 2014

"We need not fear that we shall be excluded, if we really desire to be in the Kingdom of God, even though we are plain men with little of the hero in our make-up, and nothing in our characters to command the admiration of the world. If we follow the patriarchs in their one outstanding virtue of obedient faith, we shall be guided to the other things needful. Our names are not mentioned in the Scriptures nor in the rolls of human fame, but they are written in the Book of Life."

- Islip Collyer
Principles and Proverbs



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Posted 19 November 2014 - 03:49 AM

19 November 2014
 
"What is this “edifying?” It is more than entertaining. A man may be an entertaining speaker, without being an edifying speaker. Edification is building up, strengthening the convictions of the mind in things pertaining to God."
 
- Robert Roberts
Sunday Morning (1891)


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Posted 20 November 2014 - 11:53 AM

20 November 2014
 
"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the vain glory of life, is not of the Father, but of the world." In this striking passage are given the distinctive marks of what is worldly. They are pride and sensuality, pomp and power, the vanity of material wealth, the glory of place and position. This test of what is worldly is as valid in the second half of the twentieth century as it was in the first century when the apostle wrote. The world today offers to all much that is good, bad and indifferent in its pleasures, its art, its literature, its music, its sports and its philosophy. Clearly we need to cultivate the discriminating mind and that is best achieved by attaining the spiritual mind—the mind of Christ. It will then be no difficult matter to recognize the things that are true and honourable, that are just, pure and of good report—and very easy to perceive the things that are not."
 
- Ralph Smalley
Along the Road (1959)


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Posted 21 November 2014 - 12:55 PM

21 November 2014
 
"We need to build and strengthen right character, and cast "all your care upon him (God), for he careth for you" (1 Peter 5:7). Paul recognised that God’s care is a constant factor for every season and in every situation. “The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Jesus” (Philippians 4:5-7)."
 
- Claud Lamb
Be Careful for Nothing (1981)


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Posted 22 November 2014 - 02:12 PM

22 November 2014
 
"How could the Word of God be any other than “a word of power”? It has been created by the power of His Spirit upon chosen men. It is the full expression of His mind, His will, His Spirit, Himself, in contrast with the spirit and mind of human flesh. Every revelation of the spiritual mind of God is capable of exerting a profound effect upon the minds of men and women—upon one condition: that, like “the good seed” in the Parable of the Sower, they have “good and honest hearts”. There is great instruction in this thought."
 
- Fred Pearce
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Posted 23 November 2014 - 11:20 AM

23 November 2014
 
"We look at these scriptures to-day as Jesus looked back, and endeavour to indicate our part in fulfilling them, for it amounts to that. God has called us to His kingdom and glory in our Lord Jesus Christ, and in this we feel that we are thus far fulfilling the scriptures. My mind has been drawn once more for the thousandth time to the little handbill we are sending out incessantly, and which states that the things the Christadelphians believe are founded on the following facts:
 
“God hath spoken” (Hebrews 1:1). “Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21). “Whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning” (Romans 15:4). “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God” (1 Peter 4:11). “To the Law and to the Testimony: if any speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them” (Isaiah 8:20)."
 
- C.C. Walker
In the Beginning, God (1932)


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Posted 24 November 2014 - 02:24 PM

24 November 2014
 
"When we receive the written Word of God, we are accepting something which has latent power to save us. This is because the thoughts that are released into our lives, by our understanding of God’s purpose, begin to transform the way we think, the way we feel, and the way we behave. It is the vital challenge of life, to learn to think like God, to see things from His point of view, and to learn to love as He loves."
 
- Tecwyn Morgan
Studies in John (1990)


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Posted 25 November 2014 - 04:41 PM

25 November 2014
 
The Lord we remember calls us to an active, growing, living faith in which we are constantly open and ready to learn. Only thus can Christ be formed in us. And it is in this opening of our minds and in allowing his mighty works to be done and seen in us that we render to him and to the Father that honour which is his due. He is now not just the carpenter of Nazareth but Christ, the Son of the Living God, the Saviour of the world.
 
- Paul Wasson
Is not This the Carpenter? (1986)


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Posted 26 November 2014 - 11:56 AM

26 November 2014
 
"Let us pray, and trust, and walk by His guidance until that day when it shall be sung, "Awake and sing, you that dwell in dust: for your dew is like the dew of herbs" (Isaiah 26:19); that day when a concourse mightier, far vaster, than this great concourse will be like the dew of Hermon, each drop by God’s mercy reflecting the brightness and warmth of that "Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings" (Malachi 4:2), and when we shall be satisfied, awaking, by His mercy, with His likeness."
 
- H.A. Twelves
New Every Morning (1965)


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Posted Yesterday, 02:15 PM

27 November 2014
 
"In God’s son ... is deposited the security of peace; eventually, for the whole world. And when this is realised the temporary aspect of the Divine character will cease. Truth and righteousness will have triumphed over that antagonism which has arisen like storm clouds upon the horizon of life, and spread like a thick mantle over the ocean of human experience.
 
And God will be all, and in all."
 
- J.E. Jarvis
The Love of God (1931)


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Posted Today, 01:06 PM

28 November 2014
 
"... God's “thoughts” are far from universally accepted. His voice has been for so long silent that both His purposes and the way by which He will bring them to pass have been lost sight of. The very practical nature of the promises is ignored or rejected. The Hope of Israel is not understood. Yet the language could not be plainer than that employed by the prophets concerning God's special care for His land and people. “My land” and “my people,” He describes them. Yet nations cast longing eyes on the land and persecute the people.
 
A change is coming, to be introduced by the year of recompense for the controversy of Zion. Wherefore God says, “I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with great jealousy. And I am very sore displeased with the heathen that are at ease: for I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction. Therefore thus saith the Lord; I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies; my house shall be built in it, saith the Lord of hosts, and a line shall be stretched forth upon Jerusalem.” (Zechariah 1:14-16)"
 
- John Carter 
Prophets after the Exile





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