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October 20 Day 293

Hard Times

Smith Wigglesworth was born on 8 June 1859 to an impoverished family in Yorkshire. As a small child, he worked in the fields pulling turnips alongside his mother. He was illiterate until, at the age of twenty-three, he married Polly, who taught him to read. He often said that the Bible was the only book he ever read.

October 19 Day 292

Words, the Word of God and 'words'

Actor David Suchet, well known for his title role in Poirot, tells how a few years ago he was lying in his bath in a hotel in America, when he had a sudden and impulsive desire to read the Bible. He managed to find a Gideon Bible and started to read the New Testament. As he read, he encountered Jesus Christ. He said:

October 18 Day 291

A Leader's Life and Character

British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has said, ‘In these difficult times, it is leadership we need.’ Good leadership is vital at all times, in all places and in all areas of life. But what is good leadership?

October 17 Day 290

Varieties of Prayer

Prayer is the most important activity of your life. It is the main way in which you develop a relationship with our Father in heaven. If you love someone, naturally you will want to spend time in their presence communicating with them. Like any relationship, communication can take many different forms. Lancelot Andrewes (1555–1626), one of the great theologians and preachers of his day, wrote two lists in his Private Devotions:

October 16 Day 289

Faith: Love and Freedom

In early February 1974 I was facing the biggest decision of my life. I was convinced through reading the New Testament that Jesus really was the Son of God. But I did not want to be a Christian as I feared that I would lose my freedom. The last things that I associated with faith were love and freedom. In fact, the opposite was the case. I associated faith with losing my freedom. I thought that God would want me to stop doing all the things that were fun and that I enjoyed.   For many people today, freedom and love are the last things in the world that they associate with faith. In fact, I have discovered over the last 40 years, and as we see in today’s passages, that true faith leads to freedom and love. Love, faith and freedom are inextricably entwined.

October 15 Day 288

Doing What is Right

Martin Luther King said, ‘On some positions, Cowardice asks the question, “Is it safe?” Expediency asks the question, “Is it politic?” And Vanity comes along and asks the question, “Is it popular?” But Conscience asks the question, “Is it right?”

October 14 Day 287

How to Avoid Backsliding

As a young man, Philip was kidnapped and held hostage in Greece. There he remained for several years. During this time he received a military education. Then he returned to his homeland, which had conceded many defeats and had lost much land. Within five years he had become king.

October 13 Day 286

God's Plans for Your Future

Futurologists are people who make predictions about the future. One prediction is that some babies born now are likely to live to the ripe old age of 150. Wired magazine recently predicted that meal replacement patches (taking nicotine replacement patches a step further) will be in existence by 2018, and that by 2020 there will be a new financial currency introduced for purchases in space.

October 12 Day 285

Dare to be Different

I once had the privilege of meeting and interviewing Pastor Nadarkhani. Youcef Nadarkhani became a Christian at the age of nineteen. He went on to become an ordained pastor and lead a church in Iran. He is now thirty-eight years old and married with two young children.

October 11 Day 284

More

‘More Please’ is the title of the autobiography of Dame Edna Everage (Barry Humphries). He writes that these two words, ‘More please’, were his first coherent utterance.