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.

[Aug 01]--God’s Unemployment Statistics

Matt. 9:35-38

As I write this, everyone is concerned about unemployment. Presidents have won and lost elections because of the numbers of people who are out of work and not able to find it. Quite frankly, I think that most people attach too much significance to politicians, whether the jobless rate is high or low, but that’s another issue.

But in today’s passage Jesus also talked about his kingdom’s unemployment statistics, and the numbers are grim indeed, even worse than the latest newspaper headlines. He compared the lost world to a field that’s ready for harvest. In fact, he said the “harvest is plentiful.” There are tons of people out there without hope, without real life, without Christ. In other words, there's plenty of work for us to do. So what's the problem? Is it that people aren’t interested in salvation? No, the main obstacle is that “the workers are few.”

Does this mean that every believer is called to be an evangelist? Well, yes and no. There is a specific gift of evangelism, and not every Christian has this gift. Billy Graham has it in spades, along with Louie Giglio and a host of others. But all believers are called to be his witnesses and to be ready to share the reason for the hope that’s in them. They should be able to explain to a lost person how to be saved, and to be ready to share this when God gives them opportunity. BTW, if you're looking for a way to share the Good News and you'd like to see one way I do it, see here.

But this is an interesting adjustment of priorities. People involved in the missions movement are always complaining that not enough money is spent on sharing the Good News with all the world, and they definitely have a point. The church in America spends about .01% of its resources on spreading the Good News to people who've never heard, and the rest is spent on itself. But when Jesus was instructing his disciples and bemoaning the spiritual state of the people around them, he asked them to pray for more workers. That’s the most important thing—for God to call more people, and for those people to be obedient. Money is important, since where you spend your money demonstrates where your heart is. But I feel the need to reiterate that Jesus told us to pray for more harvesters.

I do thoroughly believe that every believer is called to be involved in missions, as a sender or a goer. We're all called to invest our resources in spreading the advance of his Kingdom, and our Lord's command to pray for more harvesters applies to everyone. So what part does the Lord want you to play in this grand drama, this eternal contest for men’s souls? What does he want you to sacrifice? Well, a nice place to start would be on your knees.

Lord Jesus, I'm so concerned about my standard of living, my comfort level. Please show me what you want me to do, and give me the strength to do it.

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