Month: December 2015

New Year Ahead!

Vance Havnerby Vance Havner

“I am with you always…” Matthew 28:20

The twinge of sadness when Christmas passes is relieved by the prospect of New Year next week. There is the excitement of a new beginning no matter what it may bring. But Christmas in the heart, through the indwelling Christ, brings not only a new year that starts immediately, but a new life that never ends. We don’t wait a week to begin; eternal life does not start at death but now. We have it now as surely as we will ever have it, although the hereafter will bring fresh glories beyond our comprehension.

For the Christian, there is not only a New Year on the calendar but a New Forever in the heart!

by Vance Havner

Which Will You Have?

Archibald Brownby Archibald Brown

Christ’s Own Joy, is Our Joy!

O, beloved, I wish that we knew more of the joy of perfect and complete surrender to God. It is our will clashing with our Father’s will, which makes us fretful. If only our will were one with His–it would be utterly impossible for us to ever be anything else than serene, calm and happy. Within our soul would dwell a depth of calm contentedness. Having no choice of our own, the soul would find equal joy in all. The “Nevertheless, not My will–but may Your will be done!” would prove perpetual music in the heart.

A soul thus surrendered, could make no choice if it were offered. If the Lord were to say, “My child, which will you have: health or sickness; a long life–or one snapped in two like a broken column; wealth–or poverty?” The soul would answer, “Father, I cannot say, because I do not know Your will. Tell me Your will, and I will tell You my choice, for my soul is Yours, as well as all else. I refer the case back again to You, my Father, and cry: I dare not choose my lot, I would not, if I might! But You choose for me, O my God, So shall I walk aright.”

I know that this is a high standard to attain, and as I speak, I feel I am condemning myself in every other word. But shall we ignore a thing because it is above us? No, let us aim high, even if we do not reach the mark; for though our arrow falls short of the target, it will fly higher than if aimed at a lower object.

by Archibald Brown