Our lives are filled with real problems and real challenges, but also real joys and blessings. Because of our constant daily experiences, the reality of daily life sometimes takes priority over the things that we read about in the Bible, or hear about at church. The Word of God can take on a “make believe” or even unrealistic place in our lives. However, the Word of God has real meaning, proclaims real truth, and even proclaims our real eternal salvation.
August 4 - Real Meaning
In this world that is filled with meaningless pursuits, we sadly find ourselves caught up in chasing after the things that do not last. God reminds us of the real meaning of life. He gives our earthly lives real, even eternal meaning.
Readings: Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14, 2:18-26, Luke 12:13-21
August 11 - Real Kingdom Work
We are bombarded by materialism. We are told that the fruit of our hard work results in more “things” or greater comforts. But what happens when we focus our hearts and minds on the eternal blessings of our labor? It is true that real kingdom work produces fruit that will last forever.
Reading: Gen. 15:1-6, Luke 12:22-34
August 18 - Real Truth
The truth about Jesus is our greatest comfort and hope. But the truth about Jesus will also divide families, break hearts and bring division. It could be that the real truth about Jesus Christ and His death for you has offended you, or caused a divide in your family or relationships with others. Yet even though His truth may divide, it also brings us the only true peace with God.
Readings: Jer. 23:16-29, Luke 12:49-53
August 25 - Real Salvation
No one likes to think about damnation. Everyone seems comfortable talking about heaven, but no one is comfortable talking about hell. But the Bible clearly warns all about eternal punishment and separation from God. In our reading for today, we find the reality of our salvation. Through Jesus Christ and Him alone we have real salvation.
Readings: Is. 66:18-23, Luke 13:22-30