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.

[March 1]--What’s The Point Of This?

Prov. 1:1-7

I know that all Scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness. I really believe that. But I don’t think it’s wrong to have a favorite book of the Bible. I’ve really looked forward to this point in the TAWG Blog, because Proverbs is, without a doubt, my favorite book of the O.T. God has a lot to teach us from this little portion of his word. For the next couple of months, we’re going to examine it and the other wisdom books.

The book is divided by 31 chapters, but studying it is a little more difficult than for others. The reason for this is because it’s organized very differently. You can easily outline the book of Romans or Genesis. Proverbs, however, has at least a dozen distinct topics, and much of the time there’s no rhyme or reason to them. You might find a proverb about marriage right next to a proverb about lying right next to a proverb about money right next to a proverb about death. That’s why we’re going to tackle it topically.

The first few verses tell us why we're here, and why this is so important. The book is associated heavily with wisdom, and it’s crucial that we understand what that is. It’s not “book smarts” or intelligence. PhD’s might get an “F” in this course.

Let’s a take a quick summary of what else wisdom entails. It involves “insight” into life, meaning you’ll understand life better. You won’t be fooled as much by appearances and what’s on the surface. It involves self-discipline, gaining control of yourself and not giving in to destructive impulses. There’s definitely a moral dimension to it: “What is right and just and fair.” It also includes “prudence,” which is defined by Webster’s as “sagacity or shrewdness in the management of affairs” and “skill and good judgment in the use of resources.” There’s also a willingness and ability to grow, to be able and willing to listen to God as he speaks to us through various means (vs. 5).

And finally in this passage there’s the most important ingredient. Wisdom is found not in learning a series of facts so much as it is in relating to a person. Christ is the Incarnation of God’s wisdom, his wisdom made flesh. As we get to know him better and become more like him, we’ll grow in wisdom.

Is this what you want for yourself? For your children? Do you want a successful marriage? A more fulfilling work experience? To know how to manage your money better? How to keep your foot out of your mouth? Then let’s dive in. But before we do, let's take a moment to bask in a great introductory song to this: "The Way Of Wisdom" by Michael Card. I sure wish I could even approach how well he says this.

Lord Jesus, please fill me with you. I need your wisdom, your guidance so badly. Please make me more like you.

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