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    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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MAKING THE BEST USE OF TIME

Samuel A CainLook carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:15-16 ESV)

Another year comes to an end. Wednesday night at 12:00 a.m. a New Year begins. It is an unfortunate attribute of aging that time seems to go by faster and faster. The clock and calendar seem to have wings. Time is short and there are so many responsibilities to perform that we often neglect our spiritual essentials.

The welfare of our souls in this life depends on using our time wisely. Time is precious, “yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” (James 4:14 ESV) We too, need time and fellowship with our Father. (Luke 2:49 ESV) We have a short time to prepare for eternity. Continue reading

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Samuel A CainWhat is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. (James 4:14 ESV)

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. (Psalm 90:12 ESV)

Human beings cannot predict the number of their days upon this earth, nor does anyone know the day and time he will pass through the gates of eternity. How will people remember you after you have shuffled off this mortal coil? Will people miss you because of the good you have done in their lives? Time is ticking, so how does your life stack up thus far?

Screwtape is a demon in The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. In the book, Screwtape recalls one of his “patients” remarking to him upon entering hell, “I now see that I spent most of my life in doing neither what I ought nor what I liked.” Continue reading

Thoughts On Time And The New Year

From the desk of Steven B. Cloud:

Though even thinking on the subject of time may prove discomforting, it is not a bad idea—especially at the beginning of a new year.

As we look into 2012, we look at a block of time. We see 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8,760 hours, 525,600 minutes, 31,536,000 seconds. And all is a gift from God. We have done nothing to deserve it, earn it, or purchased it. Like the air we breathe, time comes to us as a part of life. . . .

Another important thing about time is that you cannot stop it. There is no way to slow it down, turn it off, or adjust it. Time marches on.

And you cannot bring back time. Once it is gone, it is gone. Yesterday is lost forever. If yesterday is lost, tomorrow is uncertain. We may look ahead at a full year’s block of time, but we really have no guarantee that we will experience any of it.

Obviously, time is one of our most precious possessions. We can waste it. We can worry over it. We can spend it on ourselves. Or, as good stewards, we can invest it in the Kingdom of God.

The New Year is full of time. As the seconds tick away, will you be tossing time out the window, or will you make every minute count? (Pulpit Helps, Vol. 14, # 2)

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