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.

[Sept 01]--You Are Invited. . .

Matt. 22:1-14

How many weddings have you attended? While preparing this devotional I did some quick math in my head and came up with seven. But no matter how many weddings you’ve been to over the years, I’ll bet you’ve never seen one like the one described in this story.

You might have been able to figure out the procedure by reading it, or maybe you’re familiar with it from other studies. When someone was getting married, they would send out the invitations months in advance. All of these people would've R.S.V.P’d originally that they were coming, but according to the story they dropped out with excuses at the last minute. Jesus apparently told multiple (but slightly different) versions of the story, since Luke records some pretty lame excuses in his Gospel’s telling. But Matthew’s telling, with special regard for his fellow Jews, has an implicit warning for what would happen in A.D. 70 with the destruction of Jerusalem after Israel rejected her Messiah. God has infinite mercy (when we repent) but limited patience in waiting for us to wake up.

Now why in the world was the king so miffed about the guest in non-approved attire? Well, no one at the wedding would've been dressed appropriately on his own, since they were all brought in off the street. So it looks like the king would've had to supply the clothes at the door, but this man somehow slipped in without availing himself of the offered gift. This is a wonderful picture of grace, by the way, since all of us in heaven will be there dressed in righteousness not our own. However, this is also a warning to all pseudo-believers: You will be found out. Abraham Lincoln said you can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time. Well, you can fool God NONE of the time. You might think you can slip in without being exposed, but eventually the truth will come out.

But what about us, those who are trying to do the right thing? If I’m saved and trying to obey Christ, am I in this story? Of course you are, and you have a very important job: Inviting people to the wedding! You have an official appointing by the King to go to the “street corners” (wherever that is for you) and invite people to this. He wants all types of people there to celebrate the wedding of his Son, and he won’t be satisfied until his “wedding hall” is filled to the brim. There’s always room for one more!

Lord Jesus, may your joy be mine. It’s the delight of your soul to see people taken out of the darkness into the glorious light of celebration. What’s my part in all this?

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