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.
I hope you'll join for updates on my postings.
"Without shedding of blood is no remission." - Hebrews 9:22
"Let justice run down like waters," quoted Dr. King from Amos 5:24 in his August 1963 speech, "and righteousness like a mighty stream." Never forget it was Christianity that impelled the civil rights revolution.
Is my salt savory or spoiled? Is my light bright or dim? Will my conduct today delight Jesus or dismay him?
When Jesus said the meek will inherit the earth, he didn't say when or how. It's not yet evident in politics, sports, or even religion. Mysteries abound.
"Straightway they left their nets and followed him." - Matthew 4:20
"The people who sat in darkness saw great light." - Matthew 4:16, quoting Isaiah 9:2
"Let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven, and let us make us a name." - Genesis 11:4
How embarrassing if I showed up for school still nursing on a baby bottle.
"Make not my Father's house an house of merchandise." - John 2:16
"And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark." - Genesis 7:17