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.

[Oct 17]--The Official’s Son

John 4:43-54

            After the incident in the Samaritan village, John records that Jesus went back to the area that he grew up in, namely Galilee. On the surface it looked pretty encouraging, since they “welcomed” him there, but the One who knows the hearts of men wasn’t impressed. They only welcomed him because they saw him as some kind of miracle-worker, not as their Savior and Lord.

            While he was there, a royal official came to him in desperation. We don’t know anything else about him, but the term “royal official” probably referred to some form of government position in Herod’s service. He was an important man, and undoubtedly was the type of man who could make or break someone’s career in politics or elsewhere on “the food chain.” But in this area all his authority and influence were useless as his son lay dying. He had to stand by and watch his son slip away from him, and as a last resort he ran to the Rabbi who was said to perform miracles.

            Jesus’ immediate reply might seem a little cold to us, but beneath it lies a heart of  compassion. He knew that our main problem is not physical, so it couldn’t be solved by a physical healing. He could have wiped out sickness from the entire nation, and all that would accomplish would've been a nation of healthy sinners still destined for hell. Our main problem is that we’re sinners in rebellion against a holy God.

            But the man’s pleas moved Jesus to act, and he announced that the man's son would be healed. What follows is not one, but two miracles. Jesus, as God’s Son, had (and has) the authority to heal with a word. But even more amazingly, “the man took Jesus at his word and departed.” He didn’t know this man Jesus, but something about the Rabbi’s manner and demeanor led him to just go home in faith.

            This led to the second miracle, an even greater one than the physical healing. Once he found out when the son was made well, he and all his household put their faith in Jesus. That by far is the greater miracle. For Jesus to physically heal someone, well, that’s nice and all. But it’s nothing compared to the change that comes when he takes a dead soul, a heart lost in sin and rebellion, and calls it back to life.

            Of course the obvious application is that we need to follow this man’s example. I wish I could say that I always take Jesus at his word, but I don’t. Do you?

Lord Jesus, I don’t know why I don’t unless it’s a matter of not wanting to. You’re entirely worthy of my trust. I do believe, please help my unbelief.

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