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.

[July 01]--Stepping Into Skin

Matt. 1:1-6

We’re about to start a six-month walk through the gospels of Matthew and John, and I thought we ought to start with a week-long study of the genealogy found in chapter one. Kidding! I'd actually like to keep people reading, so we won’t do that. But I would like to spend today talking about why this list of names in Jesus’ ancestry is so important.

The first word that comes to my mind is fidelity. We read back in Genesis 12 when God promised Abraham that through his seed the entire world would be blessed. The Lord promised David that he'd always have an heir on the throne of Israel. All of his promises came true in the Person of Jesus. As believers we need to brand this on our brains: He always keeps his word to the letter. That can be a source of great comfort or a source of major concern to you, but it’s true.

The other word I think of is condescension. It’s usually used in a bad sense, but here I mean it in the best possible way. One of Jesus’ names is Immanuel-“God with us” and this is perfectly illustrated here. None of these people in Jesus' lineage were perfect people-the best were still sinners in need of God’s grace, and the worst, well . . . Let’s just say that I wouldn’t be too proud if I had people like this in my ancestry. If you know your Bible, you know some of the shameful history behind some of those names listed in Matthew’s first chapter. Murderers. Adulterers. Idolaters. Thieves. But Jesus isn't ashamed to list them here, and the good news is that he’s not ashamed to call me his brother either. He's not ashamed to associate with sinful humanity. We might have sins as black as some of these people, but we can take comfort that he’s perfectly willing to link his name with ours and welcome us into his family.

That’s what we celebrate every Christmastime, and we ought to celebrate it everyday. Our Lord Jesus was "in very nature God,
    [but] did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
    rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.”

That’s for your sake and mine, friend.

Lord Jesus, you did this for me? You’re not ashamed to call ME your brother? Wow.

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