Hope for Each Day
   Devotion for Sunday , January 13, 2013
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Hope for Each Day: Morning & Evening Devotions by Billy Graham

For more than 60 years, Billy Graham has touched millions of lives with the gospel; counseled political leaders; and comforted the hurting in times of crisis. Combining his best-selling Hope for Each Day and Wisdom for Each Day, this special morning and evening collection of meditations will give you reasons to trust in times of uncertainty. 755 pages, russet imitation leather from Nelson.Copyright 2012

Morning-God's Blessings
Evening-God's Life -Changing Word

Morning

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above.

Evening

They asked each other, "Were not our hearts burning
within us while he talked with us on the road and
opened the Scriptures to us?"

- James 1:17; Luke 23:32 NIV

Morning

In the midst of the Lord's Prayer are these familiar words: "Give us this day our daily bread" (Matthew 6:11). They remind us that we are dependent on God for everything, and He is the giver of every blessing. "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights" (James 1:17).

Some people say, "Why should I pray for my daily bread? I can take care of my own needs!" But listen: if it weren't for God's love and grace, you wouldn't have anything. We need to pray this prayer every day, because we need to be reminded to trust God in everything.

This prayer reminds us also of Jesus' words: "I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger" (John 6:35). Thank God for all his gifts - especially Christ, the greatest gift of all.

Evening
Can an ancient book that was written by many people over the course of many centuries have anything to say to us today? Is the Bible's message honestly relevant?

Yes it is - as millions of believers around the world would attest. If anything, in fact, it's more relevant today than ever before, as we see the storm clouds gathering and events taking place that herald the second coming of Jesus Christ. As the Bible says, "Our salvation is nearer than when we first believed" (Romans 13:11).

But the Bible is as up-to-date as tomorrow for another reason: it alone answers the deepest questions of the human heart - questions that have not changed over the centuries: Who am I? Why am I here? Where did I come from? Where am I going when I die? How should I live? Only the Bible gives us firm answers to these questions - and and the reason is because it is God's Word, given by Him to guide us and point us to Christ. Is the Bible the foundation of your life?

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