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Average Morality Is No Morality

Many of us are like that man who prided himself on his morality and some specific virtues and said, "I am pretty good on the whole. I sometimes get mad and speak a couple of unnecessary words, but then I am pretty honest. I work on my farm on Sundays when there's work to be done, but I give a good deal to the poor and have never gotten drunk in my life." This man one day hired a Christian to build…


Number of times a child laughs each day, on average = 400

Number of times an adult laughs each day, on average = 15

Number of Americans with stress-related insomnia = 1 in 5

Number on any given day who need more sleep = 45 million

Percentage decrease in average sleep time, since 1900 = 20

Avoid Boasting

We should not let the sickness of other Christians lead us to brag that we are well because we are sinless while other Christians are sick because they are sinners. The proud heart is detestable to God. Perhaps we need to pray the well-known prayer of an early Wesleyan preacher: "Lord, save me from that good man-myself." It must be awful in the sight of God to see His children boasting of their health…

Avoid Contamination

If a cube of lead is placed on a cube of gold, the two metals slowly but inevitably begin to penetrate each other. In the same manner we tend to imbibe the spirit, to share the opinions, to partake of the qualities of our intimate associates. Though we may believe that our gold will enrich their lead, the opposite is far more likely to prove true-their lead will debase our gold. That is why the Psalmist…

Avoid Strife

A man let an offender go instead of avenging himself for an insult. He was criticized in consequence, and he said to the friend who chided him, "Tell me, my friend, if you were climbing a hill, and a great stone or block rolled down toward you, would you consider it disgraceful to step aside and allow it to roll past? If not, what disgrace can there be in avoiding and giving way to a man aroused by…

Avoiding the R

Jimmy had trouble pronouncing the letter "R" so his teacher gave him this sentence to practice at home: "Robert gave Richard a rap in the rib for roasting the rabbit so rare."

Some days later the teacher asked him to say the sentence for her. Jimmy rattled it off like this: "Bob gave Dick a poke in the side for not cooking the bunny enough."

He evaded the letter R.

There are many useful, committed…

Await His Coming

As that great preacher of the Word, Dr. G. Campbell Morgan, said, "To me the second coming is the perpetual light on the path which makes the present bearable. I never lay my head on my pillow without thinking that maybe before morning breaks, the final morning may have dawned! I never begin my work without thinking that perhaps He may interrupt my work and begin His own. This is now His word to all…

Awaken Your Own Heart

O sirs, how plainly, how closely, how earnestly, should we deliver a message of such moment as ours, when the everlasting life or everlasting death of our fellow-men is involved in it!…There [is] nothing more unsuitable to such a business, than to be slight and dull. What! speak coldly for God, and for men’s salvation? Can we believe that our people must be converted or condemned, and yet…

Lectionary Calendar
Wednesday, January 29th, 2020
the Third Week after Epiphany
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