Read Psalm 1

July 21


Play the man. 1 Corinthians 16:13 (MOFFATT)

Play the man.” The writer paid a heavy price for his faith. He was bitterly hated, persecuted, driven from place to place. Never was there a more daring pioneer. He launched three great missionary journeys, covering large portions of what are now known as the Near East and Europe. He was brought before magistrates, cruelly scourged, imprisoned, tortured, shipwrecked three times, stoned by the mob, finally condemned and beheaded by order of the Roman Emperor. Barring Jesus of Nazareth, he was the greatest man of the first century. His name was Paul.

“God doesn’t want jellyfish; He wants men!” said a rugged, old Christian sea captain, in the midst of a terrible tempest, to his first mate who was showing signs of cowardice and disloyalty.

It is written of Christ that when the crisis hour of His life came, “He steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem.” He refused to quit or to retreat. Just before Paul said,“Play the man!” he said,“Stand firm in the faith!” Real faith in God makes real men. To believe something wholeheartedly is to achieve something worthwhile. God give us clean, strong, dependable men in this tremendous day.

MY FATHER GOD, present out yonder in the spaces that no one can measure, and here with me in this place, I offer Thee the adoration and love of my heart. Forgive me, cleanse me, empower me. Help me to be loyal, faithful, efficient today; and when the night comes may I not be afraid to look the Master in the face. Hear my prayer for victories of justice and righteousness, and for peace that shall endure, Christ’s peace for people and nations. In His name I pray. Amen.


Superintendent of Missions, United Presbyterian Synod of Calif.

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