R.C. Sproul R.C. Sproul  (1939)
Sin
Not until we take God seriously will we ever take sin seriously.
 
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Paying Attention
"This is why I speak to them in parables: "Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand"—Matthew 13:13

Franklin D. Roosevelt came to office during one of the most stressful eras of American history. He began his four terms as president during the worst of economic depressions and died in office during the final days of World War II. He survived an assassination attempt and battled polio. Through it all Roosevelt's poise, ease, and confidence made him a popular president. He had a playful mood and was eager to display his sense of humor. Once while in the receiving line at a White House reception, Roosevelt grew tired of smiling and of not having anyone listen to what he said. So to test his theory that people really don't listen to the president of the United States he gave a warm handshake and said with a grin, "I murdered my grandmother this morning." People would automatically respond with comments such as, "How lovely!" or, "Just continue with your great world" To his amazement nobody listened to what he was saying. Then a foreign diplomat shook Roosevelt's hand. When the president said, "I murdered my grandmother this morning," the diplomat responded softly, "I'm sure she had it coming to her." We are often lulled into ignoring important words, even the Word of God. Are you paying attention, sitting on the edge of your seat when reading or hearing God's Word? Today in prayer, give thanks to Christ for what we know by the Word.

"Are we disposed to be the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not, the things that so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it."—Patrick Henry
 
There's a lot to be learned from history, and this volume, From Generation to Generation, puts a distinctly spiritual spin on lessons from the past. Drawing upon the famous and the ordinary of years gone by, From Generation to Generation finds nuggets of Godly wisdom in every story, making practical application for today. Beginning with a scripture, each entry includes a short edifying story, a miniature lesson, and a quote, hymn, or additional piece from the Word of God to finish up. In this devotional the reader can find wisdom and encouragement in the triumphs and tragedies of men and women from the past and present--such as Matthew Henry, Charles Swindoll, Oswald Sanders, C.S. Lewis, and William Shakespeare.