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New Every Morning

Today’s Bible Verse: “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness” (Lam. 3:22-23).
 
Most of us have been forced to wonder why God allows the world to continue. How can we not think about all the evil around us in the harm we do to one another, the hate and the animosity among those called to love one another, the wars that tear flesh and blood and maim the innocent. And the terrible scourges of drugs and alcohol that envelope our children. What hope is there?
 
Jeremiah had such thoughts in the time of great evil in Israel, and he cried about it. “Lamentations” are tears, crying and moaning which he experienced in his sorrow over why God would continue to bless them. Why? Because God is merciful!
 
In 1901, President McKinley was shot by an anarchist and the crowd instantly caught the shooter and seconds later the assailant lay bloodied beneath the blows of onlookers and police. McKinley raised a hand, bright red by the flow from his would and said to the crowd, “Let no one hurt him.” His was an act of mercy and compassion.
 
“New every morning” is a description of God’s mercy and explains why the earth still stands, as pointed out in 2 Peter 3:9: “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness, but is long-suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
 
How hopeful is the thought of being new every morning, with the promise that His children awaken spotless, ready to fill what appears as a new clean, blank page, “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration” (Titus 3:5).
 
Song: “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”
 
Prayer: Lord God, may the new days continue to beak with thanksgiving for the mercy granted us, for the promise of a fresh start and the hope for a glorious finale to what is often an earthbound existence of tears. In His name. Amen.
 
Gordon V. Herrmann, Santa Maria, CA
gor.ver.her@comcast.net


Clergy Or Laity?

Ponder: The meaning of “clergy” and “laity.”
 
Scripture: “For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive?” (1 Corinthians 4:7, NKJV)
 
Are you in the clergy? Or are you a lay person? If you are a Christian, you should answer both questions the same: “Yes!”

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Do Not Be Deceived

Today’s verse: “They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden” (Genesis 3:8).
 
We are familiar with the saying, “If it sounds too good to be true, it isn’t.” The serpent told Eve that she would become like God and that she wouldn’t die. It sounded good. It just happened to be too good to be true. Eating the fruit resulted in separation from God and all sorts of evil for mankind.

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