Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 23-24
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Key Verse: Deuteronomy 23:21
When you make a vow to the Lord your God, you shall not delay to pay it; for the Lord your God will surely require it of you, and it would be sin to you.
Family life, societal life, personal and corporate health practices, financial matters, justice issues, and care for the poor are all covered in our reading. We might do well to follow some of these instructions today. For example, as the photograph illustrates, there are upper and lower millstones needed to grind wheat, corn, etc. The creditor is not to deprive the miller of his means of income (Deuteronomy 24:6). What if we followed the instructions here for a honeymoon lasting a full year (Deuteronomy 24:5)? This practice is recommended to bring happiness to a new wife. Interest-free loans and not entering someone’s home to repossess borrowed items are all good ideas. And our key verse is so important. An unpaid pledge is serious business. It is a betrayal of our word. The old saying is, “Our word is our bond.” Then there is the last verse of our reading and the word “remember.”
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, please bring to my remembrance those experiences from the past that I need to think about. May I have grace to learn from my mistakes and from my successes also. May I also learn from the experiences of the Children of Israel. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I well remember the occasion when Norma-Jean and I made a pledge to the building fund of Bethel Church in Hamilton, Ontario. I had been Pastor there several years before, and when I went full time as an itinerant Evangelist, Norma-Jean and the children continued to participate in the life of that congregation. It was time, by vote of the people and the leadership of the Pastor, to build a new church building. Our pledge was a significant amount. Our date for paying up, Dec. 31, 1976, came and went and I had not paid the pledge. At the same time, our house was for sale, as we knew we must move to Toronto in order to facilitate the move from the weekly Crossroads and Circle Square telecasts to daily live television. But it was not selling. Finally, in desperation, my wife and I went to the bank, borrowed the money, and made an appointment to visit the Pastor to present our cheque, almost two months late. As far as we can calculate, at the very time I laid the cheque on the Pastor’s desk, Ray Edwards, our realtor, closed the deal to sell our house. I don’t believe the timing was accidental. I learned that God takes pledges very seriously.
Yours for financial integrity,
P.S. A year end is here again, and while Norma-Jean and I don’t have any unpaid pledges, we want to give sacrificially to help Crossroads Christian Communications with a serious shortfall in income that has been reported to me by John Hull, our Chief Executive Officer. John is greatly encouraged by the fact that recorded decisions for Christ as Saviour and Lord are up over last year, prayer calls are up, and according to the rating service, more people are watching 100 Huntley Street (about 200,000 more each week this Fall than in the same period last year). This is real good for the future of the television ministry, but Crossroads needs all of us who care to give right now. Here’s my question to all my blog partners. Will you join Norma-Jean and me in giving a much-needed extra year end gift to Crossroads? Your cheque must be dated and your envelope post marked before midnight December 31st or you can call toll free 1-800-265-3100 with credit card in hand. Also, Ron and I may be doing something we’ve never done before this Tuesday at 8 p.m….streaming a live webcast. That would be 5 p.m. west coast time and 9:30 p.m. in Newfoundland. I’ll let you know about this on Monday’s and Tuesday’s blogs, God willing! Pray for this exciting new venture, and also pray for John Hull’s Mom and Dad who are over 90, and John is spending many hours with his Dad over the holidays, as he is not expected to live much longer. His Evangelist Dad led John to know Jesus personally when John was just a boy. Ron and I want to lift up John’s hands as Aaron and Hur lifted up the tired arms of Moses in the Bible story.