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Daily Heavenly Manna
Devotional Service
for the
Household of Faith


A Collection of


With Appropriate Quotations


for Every Day in the Year

CHESTER SPRINGS, PA. 19425, U.S.A. 1980


To the King of kings and Lord of lords
- AND OF ­
- AND OF ­
"To make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God," "Wherein He hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known unto us the mystery of His will, accord­ ing to His good pleasure which He hath pur­ posed in Himself; that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things, under Christ."
Eph. 3: 4, 5, 9; 1: 8-10. ——————— COPYRIGHT 1980

AS A BASIS for Christian table talk at breakfast, the DAILY HEAVENLY MANNA has had a richly blessed mission among Truth people, as it has also been richly blessed to many devout Christian people outside of Truth circles. Years after its appearance our Pastor suggested that its texts for Thursdays be made the basis for the testimonies at Wednesday night testimony meetings in local ecclesias; and at conventions, where the reading of the day's text and comment has also formed a part of the service of worship at the opening of each day's first session, the day's Manna text ordinarily is used as the testimony meeting's text. But for years its publishers ceased to issue this helpful book; and it has, therefore, been considered in the Lord's order to publish it anew. In this edition the autograph and birthday features have been dropped, and Helps for Devotional Service have been added. These additions have not been made from the thought that our Pastor's edition was considered defective.
Originally this book was prepared for use at the breakfast table; but when our Pastor later suggested that its Thursdays' texts be used as the basis of the weekly devotional services' testimonies, the thought of Helps For Devotional Service was suggested as advisable. Nor are the Editor's comments supplied from the standpoint that those of our Pastor are poor, for they are most excellent. As originally written our Pastor's comments were not made as special direct comments on the texts to which they were appended in the Manna, for use as Manna comments. And, as a rule, they are topical rather than textual comments on the pertinent texts; while those of the Editor are, as a rule, textual rather than topical. Hence the two sets of comments more or less supplement each other. These Devotional Services are not intended to be used in the testimony meetings themselves; rather they are intended to serve as preparatory helps for use during the week. Except the Editor's comments, these Helps were prepared especially as Helps For Devotional Service. His comments originated as follows: his wife asked him to fill in the spaces for autographs and birthdays in her Manna with brief comments on the pertinent days' texts. This was done from time to time from 1906 to 1918, nearly all the second half of them having been written during the first part of 1918, with never a thought of their being used for the purpose to which they were devoted in Helps For Devotional Service; for they were finished at least a full year before the thought came to him to prepare such

Helps. Their use as such in the Epiphany movement has been blessed; and when the thought of his publishing the Manna formed in his mind, with it came the thought of combining the Manna and these Helps, so as better to advance the second use of the Manna—its testimony meeting use. Needless to say, such an addition to the Manna is not a disparagement of it; rather it is a complement to it; for it forms a commentary on it; and only worthwhile pen products deserve a commentary; and such are rightly more highly esteemed than their commentaries. The greater importance of the Manna, among other ways, is indicated by its being printed in a larger type than the Helps. May the Lord richly bless this edition of the Manna in its twofold use—at the breakfast table and for the testimony meetings!
Your brother and servant, PAUL S. L. JOHNSON.
With deep gratitude to God and appreciation to those who have co-labored on it, we are glad to supply to His people this new edition—with an improved format—of this very helpful devotional book.
It has been a rich blessing to many in morning devotions and also in many cases in afternoon and evening use (either by one or two or more individuals, especially those who cannot readily use it in the mornings).
New composition has facilitated the making of some corrections and minor changes, many of them long desired. Some of these changes make the comments apply more directly to all God's present-day people who are seeking to grow in Christlikeness, to be filled more and more with the holy Spirit. Texts and comments applying directly only to the Little Flock and the Great Company may be considered as applying in principle to others of God's consecrated people. Some parallel passages have been added; some substitutions have been made in the Poems of Dawn selections (to use more poems) and in the hymns chosen (so as to have seven in each day's list and use more hymns); references to Tower Reprints (R) have been added; the index has been expanded; and a few helpful additions, including a birthday record, have been made at the end.
Your brother in God's joyful service, AUGUST GOHLKE.

"Prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it"—Mal. 3: 10.
If Christians allow the rush and crush of selfish ambition to deprive them of their daily portion of heavenly food, they must not be surprised, if they grow spiritually leaner day by day, and if "the peace of God" gives place in their hearts to the discontent which is growing in the world, notwithstanding the multiplication of our comforts and privileges. Let us remember the exhortation, "In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths" (Prov. 3: 6). Our first edition of 20,000 Manna, met with far better success than we had dared hoped for; and we have been greatly encouraged by the kind words of its many friends far and near. Some call it their "Heavenly Breakfast Food" and tell that they feast upon its lessons as regularly as the sun rises. Surely the little tithe of time daily spent in partaking of its morsels of heavenly counsel cannot fail to profit all who partake. The day opened with such meditations is sure to be the better spent and more profitable. The heart thus turned to holy thoughts is much less likely to go aside from right paths than otherwise. "The wisdom that cometh from above" is thus gradually and easily assimilable, and cannot fail to bear some good fruit in the hearts of the saints, and to awaken reverence in the worldly.
Every Christian who sees this book is sure to be interested and to want a copy for his own breakfast table. And as it is published, not for profit but to do good, we have put the price so low as to bring it within the reach of all. We do our friends and neighbors a valuable service when we call the Manna to their attention and assure them that it is merely Christian—not denominational. Some use them as birthday presents and holiday gifts; others anxious to extend their good influence, purchase them by the quantity and sell them at a slight advance to cover their time and car fare. All are welcome to engage in this service of love to the extent of their opportunity and ability. The book will last a lifetime, and can be used year after year, for the sacred message never grows old, but is line upon line, precept upon precept.
Your brother and servant, C. T. RUSSELL.

MEDITATION I love to steal a while away
From ev'ry cumbering care, And use some time of early day
In thought and fervent prayer. I love to think on mercies past,
And future good implore, And all my cares and sorrows cast
On Him whom I adore I love by faith to take a view
Of brighter scenes beyond; The prospect doth my strength renew,
And hence my songs abound. Soon shall earth's days of toil be o'er,
Its darkness passed away; Its storms and trials but prepare,
And lead to endless day.

O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard, which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved—Psa. 66: 8, 9.
Thanks be to God that His grace has preserved us, "kept us from falling," through another year; that so many of us are still of one heart and of one mind in respect to His Word and its service! When we remember that the Adversary is to be permitted to bring "strong delusions" upon the Lord's people for the very purpose of sifting out all not truly His (2 Thes. 2: 1-12), it should surely call forth our thanks to God that the opening of another year finds us still standing fast, appreciating the Truth, and in full accord with all the Divine appointments by which He has kept us from falling—Z '03, 3 (Z 3125).
The true people of God exhort one another to speak highly of His Word and to cause the message that embodies His attributes to be understood. He preserves the existence of His true people throughout their entire course. He does not, nor will He allow them to be overthrown nor to lose their position in Christ, the solid Rock on which they stand— P '35, 182.
Parallel passages: Joel 2: 26; Psa. 103; 104: 1; 105: 1-7; 91: 1-16; 92: 1-5, 10-15; Rom. 8: 31-39; 1 Pet. 1: 2-9; Jude 24, 25; Psa. 40: 1-4; 115: 18; 145: 1, 2; Isa. 33: 16; Matt. 10: 28-31.
Hymns: 34, 235, 236, 237, 238, 145, 120. Poems of Dawn, 274: The Year Before Us. Tower Reading: Z '14, 216 (R 5500).
Questions: Have I this week made His praise known? How did it energize me and keep me from stumbling? What will I do with His praise this year?
STANDING at the portal of the opening year,
Words of comfort meet us, hushing every fear; Spoken through the silence by our Father's voice,
Tender, strong and faithful, making us rejoice. Onward, then, and fear not, children of the day;
For His Word shall never, never pass away.
"I, the Lord, am with thee, be thou not afraid; I will help and strengthen, be thou not dismayed. Yea, I will uphold thee with Mine own right hand; Thou art called and chosen in My sight to stand." Onward, then, and fear not, children of the day;
For His Word shall never, never pass away.

For the years before us, oh, what rich supplies! For the poor and needy, living streams shall rise; For the sad and mournful, shall His grace abound; For the faint and feeble, perfect strength be found. Onward, then, and fear not, children of the day;
For His Word shall never, never pass away.
He will never fail us, He will not forsake; His eternal covenant He will never break; Resting on His promise, what have we to fear? God is all-sufficient for the coming year. Onward, then, and fear not, children of the day; For His Word shall never, never pass away.

Ye are not your own. For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's—1 Cor. 6: 19, 20.
At the opening of the new year, what lesson could be more important to us than this one, that we are not our own, but belong to another; that we are not, therefore, to seek to please ourselves, but to please Him; nor to seek to serve self, but to serve Him; nor to seek to obey self-will, but on the contrary His will? This means holiness in the most absolute and comprehensive sense of the word, not only separation from sin to righteousness, but separation from self (and the world) to the will of God in Christ—Z '97, 35 (R 2097).
Not only are God's people His by virtue of creation and sanctification, but also by virtue of redemption. It is therefore reasonable and appropriate that all they have and are should be made to reflect credit upon God their Owner and Creator; and this reasonable thing they should render with all their strength of faith, hope, love and obedience; for less than this were unworthy and unseemly—P '29, 189; P '30, 14.
Parallel passages: Matt. 20: 28; 1 Tim. 2: 5, 6; Acts 20: 28; Rev. 5: 9; 14: 4, 5; 2 Cor. 5: 14, 15; Titus 2: 14; 1 Cor. 7: 23; 10: 31; Gal. 3: 13; Heb. 9: 12; 1 Pet. 1: 18; 2: 9; Matt. 5: 16; John 15: 8; Phil. 1: 9-11.
Hymns: 191, 5, 15, 132, 178, 187, 215. Poems of Dawn, 279: Another Year for Thee. Tower Reading: Z '10, 199 (R 4632).
Questions: What has this text meant to me this week? Amid what circumstances? With what results?
ANOTHER year we welcome!
Dear Master, may it be, In thought and word and action,
Another year for Thee! Another year of leaning Upon Thy loving breast, Where heartaches, pain and sorrow Are lost in happy rest.
Another year of proving Thy holy, blessed will, To find my joy in doing, And in Thy hand hold still; Another year of service,

To prove to Thee my love; Another year of training For greater works above.
Another year of trials And the blessings that they bring;
Another year's protection 'Neath the shadow of Thy wing.
Another year of gladness! Dear Master, may it be, In living and in dying, Another year for Thee!

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