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.
"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy." -- Exodus 20:8
Oh to see ourselves as others see us, prayed the poet Robert Burns.
When life breaks you, the world may sympathize or merely shrug. But it's just the moment God has been waiting for.
No point fretting about the mess our country is in, when the early Christians had it so much worse and still managed to be a shining light.
It's a jolt when you start reading the psalms as if they were your own diary or autobiography.
Maybe the Christ-followers in this country need to rethink the balance between our rights and our self-sacrifice.
Nehemiah reads like a readiness handbook for Christians in the time of Obama, Putin, Clinton, and Trump.
Throw the Apostle Paul in jail, no problem. He just rejoiced all the more.
Imagine the Lord's scathing rebuke to the heartless sentimentalists in our culture who sympathize more with a puppy in the pound than a baby in the womb.
Charles Spurgeon's "Morning & Evening" devotional commentary is a new favorite on my desk. The great Victorian preacher can get a lot from a little, as today in Psalm 17. I recommend him.