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.”
“We know not what we should pray for as we are at, but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us.” - Romans 8:26
“Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.” - Matthew 13:18
“The good that I would, I do not. But the evil which I would not, that I do.” - Romans 7:19
“It is he that has made us, and not we ourselves.” Psalms 100:3
“The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” - Romans 6:23
“So shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” - Matthew 12:40
“Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” - Matthew 12:34
“How can one enter a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man?” - Matthew 12:29
“It was not you that sent me here, but God.” - Genesis 45:8
“Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.” - Psalms 81:10