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.”
“From the abundance of the heart, your mouth speaks.” - Luke 6:45
“In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust. Let me never be put to confusion.” - Psalms 71:1
“As you would that men should do to you, do also to them likewise.” - Luke 6:31
“Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you.” - Luke 20:26
“Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, nailing it to his cross.” - Colossians 2:14
“Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil?”- Luke 6:9
“He became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” - Philippians 2:8
“Thou desirest truth in the inward parts.” - Psalms 51:6
“Blow the trumpets and say, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.” - Judges 7:18
“I have remembered thy name, O Lord, in the night.” - Psalms 119:55