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 31]--Thirsty?

John 7:37-44

            On the last and greatest day of the feast, when there'd be the maximum number of people present, Jesus stood up and made an astounding offer. But to get the best understanding of this announcement, it might help to know a little background about what the festival celebrants would've seen up to that point.

            On the last day of the feast of Tabernacles, the high priest would gather the assembly in front of the temple. Together they strode down to the pool of Siloam (which will make another appearance in chapter 9), chanting psalms (probably Psalm 118 among others). At the pool the priest filled a large golden pitcher with water, then led the crowd back to the temple. At the front porch, he poured out the water to commemorate God’s provision of water in the wilderness, and publicly quoted Isaiah 12:3: “With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.”

            Do you see why this context was so important? As this pouring out of water was fresh in their minds, holding onto God’s promise from the Old Testament that he'd pour out salvation for them “someday,” Jesus was telling them that “someday” was today. "You don’t have to wait for salvation to come. You don’t have to be thirsty anymore. I’m here. Come to me now."

            My sources give me different explanations as to what Scripture Jesus was referring to in vs. 38,  but the best one is that he’s paraphrasing Is. 58:11. The important thing to realize is that his promise was fulfilled on Pentecost in Acts chapter 2. John liked to give us a foreshadowing perspective. Later on he recorded that Jesus told his disciples at the Last Supper that the Spirit would be sent once he was glorified.   

            But let’s move beyond theology and Bible study to something a bit more practical, shall we? Are you thirsty? As a believer? Have you been trying to quench it with something other than your Savior? Why would you do something foolish like that? You know that only he can satisfy, don’t you?

Lord Jesus, I’m sorry for trying to find satisfaction in anything but you. I know better than that. Please forgive me, and let’s start over.

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