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.

[Dec 31]—Meeting the Real Jesus: Worthy

            I've maintained this for several years: If the only reason—or even the main reason—why you’re reading the book of Revelation is to understand more about the End Times, then you’re missing out considerably. There's so much to gain from it which has nothing to do with whether you’re Pre-Trib or Post-Trib or Pre-Mill or A-Mill. As we finish this study on the nature and work of Christ, I wanted to take a look at today’s passage.
            The scene is Heaven. The previous chapter focused on God the Father as the Ruler of the universe, sitting on his throne and receiving worship from the redeemed and from angels and the rest of creation. Then a scroll is introduced.
            What does the scroll represent? Scrolls with writing on both sides were commonly used as legal documents, such as deeds and marriage contracts. For this reason, some have said that this is the title deed to all creation. Some others see this as representing the consummation of  God’s plan to end human history (as we know it) and the great war between him and the Adversary.  Seven is the number for completion, so with seven seals, this is locked up tight. No one in all creation is worthy to take the scroll and open it, thus bringing to pass God’s ultimate plan. However we interpret it doesn’t affect the point I’m trying to make about it, however.
            John was weeping because no one was worthy to take and open the scroll. But then a “mighty angel” consoles him and tells him that Someone can. What the angel calls Jesus is a great study in tension concerning the nature of Christ. He’s called the “Lion of Judah,” talking about his human heritage—he literally was of the tribe of Judah. But he’s also the “Root of David,” saying that he’s the One who produced David, referring to his divine nature.
            And John turns to see this "Lion," and. . . surprise!!! It’s a lamb! This Lamb had been slain, and he still carries the scars. But this is no ordinary lamb, all meek and powerless. No, it’s the opposite. Horns were symbolic of power, so since he has seven horns, that means he’s all powerful. He has seven eyes, which symbolize his omniscience. By the way, a much better translation of “seven Spirits” would be “sevenfold Spirit,” probably referring to the seven names of the Spirit in Isaiah 11.
He takes the scroll from the Father, and all Heaven bursts loose with song. They sing praises to the Lamb, a new song. According to the NIV Study Bible, in the Old Testament a “new song” was “new act of divine deliverance or blessing.” God is initiating a new age when his Son will reign openly and bring the War to a close.
             And what do they sing? What’s the focus? The Lamb is worthy to take the scroll because he died and purchased men and women for God with his own dear blood. If you’re redeemed, that’s what you were redeemed (bought back) with. And the angels join the chorus. They haven’t experienced salvation personally, but they know what it cost their Lord. And they sing that the Lamb is worthy to receive all “power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”
            You see my friend, the focus of Heaven, the center of attention is the Father and the Son. We’ll receive praise and honor and reward for our service to him, but we’re not the center of attention.
            That’s the first purpose of Heaven—worship. Not to reunite you with your loved ones. Not so you can ask Jonah whether it was a whale or a great fish. It’s to worship the One who deserves it. We won’t want to do anything else.
            But how does this affect us here and now? As we end this year and stand on the brink of another one, there are a lot of fears to face. As I write this, there are a lot of people afraid of a rogue nation getting nukes, and others are really concerned about the next Presidential election.
Don’t be afraid. The Lamb who's all-powerful and all-knowing is in charge. No one else is in charge—not presidents or dictators or even Satan himself. All of them, whether they know it or not, are acting according to his ultimate purposes. And in the end, once we get to the other side of this, the result will be worship. Our part now is to trust and obey. May God richly bless you this coming year. The best is yet to come.

And to bring us all into a perfect attitude of worship, here's "Revelation Song" by Kari Jobe:

Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise! May my life be part of that inheritance given to you, Lord Jesus. Father God, I want to bring more honor, more glory, more praise to the name of your Son. Holy Spirit please lead me and guide me close and closer to my Savior. By your grace.

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