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 28]--Entering Jerusalem

Matt. 21:1-11

The events described here are traditionally referred to as the “Triumphal Entry,” and I can understand why. This is the first and last time that Jesus got anywhere close to the accolades and public adoration on earth that he deserved. But at the same time, we need to remember that our Lord wasn’t feeling so very triumphant himself: He was wiping away tears as he neared Jerusalem, knowing what would happen to him in a few days, and what would happen to the city in a few years.

What was happening had been predicted by the prophet Zechariah over 400 years ago. When a king approached a city on a donkey, it was a sign that he was coming in peace, just visiting his subjects to inspect part of his kingdom or get an accounting from officials under his authority. However, when a king approached a city on a white horse, this meant that he was coming as a conqueror, destroying his enemies. The first time he came will be very different from how he'll come a second time.

“The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them.” What a concept! I don’t know about you, but I wish this verse applied to me all the time. If it did, life would be a whole lot better.

The final lesson I get from this is the fickleness of human praise and adulation. I think it’s both sad and ironic how aging movie stars desperately try to make one last movie so that their star of fame will burn just a little bit longer. They’re frantic that the crowds that once flocked to see them and begged for their autographs are now finding someone younger and prettier. Politicians who once had major political power eventually retire and the calls for news interviews eventually dry up.

That’s the way of the world, and it’s never been better illustrated than right here. None of these people in this adoring crowd stood up for or with Jesus less than a week later. Why in the world should we care about the praise and applause from people? Much better to seek and get the praise of the One who’s the same yesterday, today, and forever. He’s never abandoned his friends, and he never will. He sees us and knows us, and if he says that we’re doing a good job, that means a whole more to me than any applause this world will ever give me. How about you?

Lord Jesus, please forgive me for seeking the applause of people. The only applause I should seek is from nail-scarred hands. Please make me into the type of man whom you praise.

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