October 31, 2023

October 31, 2023

To prevent the frustration of falling behind, which most of us tend to do when following a Bible reading plan, each month of this plan gives you only twenty-five readings. Today we start a few “free days” . We encourage you to catch up on any readings you may have missed this month.

If you have finished the month’s readings, you can use these final days of the month to study the passages that challenged or intrigued you.

Daily Devotion

Charles was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey on April 23, 1931. His father was an insurance underwriter, his mother was a nurse. The home struggled to pay the $32 monthly mortgage.

Charles graduated high school in 1949 and then he served in the U.S. Air Force for the next four years.

Upon his discharge, Charles started ‘Duty Free Shoppers’ which quickly grew into a global enterprise with shops in airports and major cities throughout Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Charles become a multi billionaire.

Over the last decades of his life, he did not own a home or a car. (At one time he owned 7 palatial homes across three continents.) He wore a $10 wristwatch, preferred buses to taxis and until he was 75, flew coach. He lived with his wife in a two-bedroom rented apartment in San Fransisco. 

Charles Fenney ended up GIVING his billions away.

Forbes Magazine said that no one of such riches had ever given away a fortune so completely while still alive. Feeney said as he gave it all away, “I cannot think of a more personally rewarding and appropriate use of wealth than to give while one is living…”

After reading the life story of Charles Feeney recently, I sat in thought contemplating how a mere man was being applauded and built up when 2,000 years ago the Great Creator of all life, robed himself in flesh and dwelt among mankind with the purpose of GIVING IT ALL that we might have salvation.

I’m sure Charles Feeney was a kind man, possibly a good man. But he could not buy anyone’s salvation much less his own.

The words to the old song keep running through my mind; ‘Jesus paid it all’.

Hebrews 12:2 “Who for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame…”

~Pastor Seagraves