John's Daily Scripture Search
I was raised on making time for Bible study every morning, mindful of Jesus' call to "Search the scriptures" (John 6:39). It has become as much a part of starting my day as breakfast, bathing, or breathing. (I mainly use the King James Version.)
Donna and I rely on a periodical called the St. James Daily Devotional Guide. With four readings each day, drawn from the historic lectionary of mere Christianity, it covers the entire Bible every two years. There are background notes by editor Patrick Reardon, along with suggested prayers.
So this daily blog isn't about my interpretations. It just offers a self-examining question that has occurred to me from each of the four readings. "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith," says St. Paul (II Cor. 13:5). That's the idea here.
“First thing I read every morning,” says a blog subscriber in Montana. “It sets the tone for that day’s thoughts and behavior.”
“Forgive my brother seven times? No, seventy times seven.” - Matthew 18:22
“Are you so soon removed from the grace of Christ to another gospel?” - Galatians 1:6
“Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine, and seek the one gone astray?” - Matthew 18:12
“Remove not the old landmark.” - Proverbs 23:10
“I will praise thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” - Psalms 139:14
“Of whom do the kings of the earth take tribute, their own children or strangers?” - Matthew 17:25
“If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say to this mountain, Remove hence.” - Matthew 17:20
“What shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” - Matthew 16:26
“Get thee behind me, Satan.” - Matthew 16:23
“Upon this rock I will build my church.” - Matthew 16:18