OK, here's the plan (if God is willing):

1) Every day will be a new devotional. I have enough devotionals for every day for three years

2) Also as I can, I'll be posting on my new political blog (see bottom of page).

Some other housecleaning:

A) If you'd like to just get new postings sent to your email, just submit your address in the box on the left just below. There's just one possible downside, though. Occasionally I'll add a music video at the end that's relevant to the devotional, and you won't get them in the email sent to you. If I add a video though, I'll make sure to mention in the posting, so you'll know to come to the site to see it if you'd like.

B) I actually finished writing new blog posting for the TAWG at the end of 2016. So what I'm doing now is at the beginning of every month, I'll move the earliest month from 3 years ago ahead so that a "new" posting appears every day. That's why you won't find any postings for January 2014, for example.

C) When I started this Blog, I was using the 1984 edition of the NIV, and that’s what I linked to on the Biblegateway site. However, in 2011 Zondervan updated its edition and thus reworded a lot of the NIV translation. Therefore, all the links which went to the 1984 edition now redirect to the 2011 edition, which often has slightly different wording. Thus, part of my editing process has been to update my Scripture quotes in my postings. But I might have missed some, in which case you might see my quote in the posting as a little different from what comes up when you click on my citation link, since that redirects to the 2011 edition on the Biblegateway site. It's a good thing that we realize that the work of translation never ends, but it can be a kind of a pain on a site like this. If you see any difference in verbiage between my quote and what shows up as a link on the Biblegateway site, or if you hover over a link and it has "NIV1984" at the end of it, please notify me and I'll correct it.

D) I can't believe I have to say this, but here goes. At the end of every posting is a suggested short prayer that has to do with what we discussed. This is actually what I've prayed when I finished writing it. In no way am I asking you to pray the exact verbiage of my suggested prayer. It's just a springboard for your own prayer, nothing more. Quite frankly, I've never been a fan of praying rote prayers written by someone else. As with everything else I do here, to the degree it helps, great; to the degree it doesn't, chunk it.

As always, thank you so much for reading, even if it's to read one post. God bless.

[Feb 10]--Study the Law, Why?

Psalm 1

As I mentioned before, I find it really sad that many (if not most) Christians ignore God’s word, and treat it as if three-quarters of it wasn't there. They only read the New Testament and completely disregard the Old Testament (except maybe the Psalms and Proverbs) as irrelevant and boring.

Of course, the section that Christians avoid the most is the Law, also known as the Torah, the Pentateuch, and the books of Moses. After they finish reading Genesis and the story part of Exodus, they move on to something else. The rest of the books of Moses seem to be just a bunch of rules and regulations which have no meaning for our daily lives.

Is this the attitude which Jesus showed towards it? When he was faced with Satan out in the wilderness, he could have simply ordered him away or met him with force, but he didn’t. Instead, he quoted Scripture, specifically from the book of Deuteronomy (one of those books which we avoid).

Here’s a couple of other hints as to how Jesus regarded the Law. When confronted with his critics who believed in Moses but rejected himself, he expressly claimed that Moses was talking about him. In other words, when we examine the Law, we’ll find Jesus there. In the Sermon on the Mount, he explicitly stated that he “[did not] come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. . . but to fulfill them.”

But didn’t Paul say that we aren’t under the Law anymore? In fact, isn’t that the whole point of the book of Galatians? It's true that as Christians we aren’t subject to the Law as a means of pleasing God. We don’t need to observe the dietary laws, we don’t need to keep the holidays, and we don’t need to be circumcised. But if Paul meant it when he said that “all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,” then we need to get past the question of “Is it relevant?” and start asking “How is it relevant?”

Father God, all of your word is precious and I need to treat it as such. Jesus said that I don't live on bread alone but on every word that comes out of your mouth. Please help to live like I believe that.

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