Yearly Archives: 2016

A New Year is an Old Refrain

CH-December 31, 2016     By Kent Heaton   It was on the fourth day of creation (Genesis 1:14-19) that God placed lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and to serve as signs and seasons, and for days and years. The sun would rule in the day…

The Marine and the Spider

RR-December 30, 2016     The story goes that during World War II, a young Christian man, a US marine, was separated from his unit on a Pacific Island. The fighting had been intense, and in the smoke and the crossfire, he lost touch with his comrades. Alone in the jungle, he could hear enemy…

Remembering God Our Help

CH-December 30, 2016     By Henry M. Morris, Ph.D., Evidence for Creation   “When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice” (Psalm 63:6-7). The 63rd Psalm was written by David when…

The Great Physician

RR-December 30, 2016     By Thomas Watson   Christ is the most bountiful Physician. Other patients enrich their physicians, but here the Physician enriches the patient. Christ elevates all His patients. He does not only cure them, but He brings them into a royal inheritance as we read about in 1 Peter 2:9, ‘But…

The Last Day of the Year

CH-December 30, 2016     Author unknown   (December 31) OLD YEAR DAY is to be found neither in the lists of legal holidays nor in the church calendars. But, in watching the “the old year die” poets, essayists, and preachers are invariably stirred to the noblest use of their arts and the highest exercise…

Reflections on the New Year

MTLB-Dec.29, 2016 – Jan.2, 2017     By Thomas Reade   REFLECTIONS ON THE COMMENCEMENT OF A NEW YEAR Samuel then took a large stone and placed it between the towns of Mizpah and Jeshanah. He named it Ebenezer—”the stone of help”—for he said, “Up to this point the Lord has helped us!” 1 Samuel…

Man’s Spiritual Blindness

RR-December 29, 2016     By John Calvin   We read in John 1:4-5, “In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” Here the Lord intimates that the human soul is indeed irradiated with a beam of divine light,…

From the diary of Matthew Henry

RR-December 29, 2016     Many years ago, Henry, a well-known Bible scholar, was once robbed of his wallet. Knowing that it was his duty to give thanks in everything, he meditated on this incident and recorded in his diary the following: ‘Let me be thankful, first, because he never robbed me before; second, because…

That He Might Sanctify and Cleanse It

RR-December 28, 2016     Ephesians 5:25 and 26 say, “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it, that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.” Thus, the primary role of husbands is to love their wives. And for a…

Christ our Consolation

CH-December 28, 2016     By Charles E Cowman   Matthew 1:19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily. 20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a…