Sunday, October 23, 2016



Daniel 3:16-18          
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king… “We do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know… that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

Nebuchadnezzar II excelled at grandiose expressions of anger, beauty, and pride. He was the unquestionable King of the Babylonian Empire. He had destroyed the majestic temple and nation of Israel. He built the wondrous Hanging Gardens of Babylon and set up a nine-story image of gold to his god, Nabu. He commanded that everyone worship Nabu. When three Hebrew young men from Judah refused to bow down to the statue as ordered, the King became enraged and his authority was tested. He ordered them thrown into a furnace of fire. He sat to watch the execution of those who dared disobey him. But when the Lord Jehovah intervened to miraculously save the boys, the King quickly made a public profession of praise to the God of the young men who were delivered from the flames.

At first glance, it might sound like Nebuchadnezzar was convinced by the overwhelming evidence and converted from devotion to Nabu to Jehovah. But think about him. What other choice did he have? The entire kingdom saw what happened. How else could he save face? Had he tried to make an excuse for Nabu, he would appear weak to his people. He could be dethroned along with Nabu, replaced by Jehovah and these three young men. He did acknowledge God. However, his change of allegiance was motivated by circumstances, his fear of man and the threat of losing all that he had worked so hard to achieve in his world. He wanted to be sure he was on the winning side of life.

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego reveal a true allegiance and trust in God. Our devotion to Jesus Christ should mirror theirs. Despite the risks, the consequences and the jeers from the world around us, we are to hold on to the God we serve. Christ is our evidence that our God is able to save us from eternal death and all the temptations the world can send our way. 

Saturday, October 22, 2016



1 Corinthians 9:24-25           
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.

Y.A. Tittle, the great quarterback who played for the San Francisco Forty-Niners and later for the New York Giants, learned early in his high school years the importance of getting every winning edge he could get in order to play good football. His high school coach wanted a winning team, and this meant one thing – the need for self-control in all things.

Later in his career, during a crucial game against the Detroit Lions, San Francisco was behind, 17-14. With only a few minutes left, Y.A. faked two passes and ran the ball for the winning touchdown. Without self-control such a last-minute victory would not have been possible.

 When you watch a quarterback, you think of self-control. When the pressure is on, everything depends upon the quarterback because he is the one who calls the plays and controls the game. If you want to be a successful athlete, you need to have control over all your emotions. Self-control is what gives us life’s winning edge. The question is: Am I going to control life, or is it going to control me?

May God help us not to be too busy to take advantage of spare hours in which to develop our physical, mental and spiritual abilities for His glory.


Meditations for Servicemen, By William E. Parsons, Jr., pgs. 29-30.

Friday, October 21, 2016



Proverbs 17:27-28     
A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered. Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.  

President Calvin Coolidge, the thirtieth president of the United States, was a reserved man who spoke very little. A reporter attempted to interview him, and the conversation went as follows:

Reporter: Do you wish to say anything about the war threat in Europe?

Coolidge: No.

Reporter: About the strike in the clothing factories?

Coolidge: No.

Reporter: About the League of Nations?

Coolidge: No.

Reporter: About the farm production problem?

Coolidge: No.

As the reporter began to leave the room, Coolidge unexpectedly called him back and said, “Don’t quote me.”

Never let yourself feel pressured into saying something you don’t want to say, or into saying something when you don’t feel like talking. Silence is not a “lack” of communication. It is a form of communication, and it can be a very effective one at that. Never pass up a chance to keep your mouth shut.

God’s Little Devotional Book.  pg. 202-203.

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