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.

[Feb 05]--Unique Sovereignty

There are a few doctrinal subjects which are meant to unify the Body of Christ but which the Enemy has used to divide us. The gifts of the Spirit come to mind. The Second Coming is another. Here’s another one: sovereignty. I think it’s a real tragedy—in a tragic reversal of Joseph’s declaration—that something that our Lord meant for good has been used by the Enemy for our confusion and detriment.
Before we get to the issue of sovereignty, what else does today’s passage tell us about him?
There’s no one like him. You’ve heard the phrase “one of a kind”? Most of the time, it’s overused, but not here. There has never been anyone like him, and there never will be anyone like him ever again.

Can I make a quick side note here? This is in direct contradiction with the teaching of the Mormon Church (which they don’t mention on their TV commercials or when talking to prospective converts). They completely deny that God is unchanging and that there’s only one of him: “As God once was, man is. As God is, man will one day be.”

He’s the only Savior. When someone tells you, “There are many paths to God,” that’s a half-truth. There are many, many, many paths to the one Savior. But if you’re looking for a Savior, there’s only one game in town.

       Let me say one quick comment on that. If you aren’t worshiping the one true God, the God of the Bible, then in the end it really doesn’t matter what you’re worshiping in his stead. If you’re worshiping a false god, then what difference does it make what that false god is?
      Now we come to the issue of sovereignty. For anyone who’s been reading this for a while, my apologies for repeating myself. For anyone just joining us, you should know that I like to define my terms, simply and clearly. What do we mean by the word? Simply put, God is in charge of everything, seen and unseen. As the last verse says, if he decides to do something, that’s it. No one can come along behind him and “deliver” out of his hand or reverse what he’s done. He’s accountable to no one, and everyone is accountable to him. 
      The problem starts when we try to define exactly how that works out in our lives. If someone places faith in Christ and is saved, was it ultimately because of that person’s choice or God’s? That’s the historical dividing line between a lot of Christians and churches.
      But like I said, this glorious truth was never meant to be a topic of theological debate. That’s not the point, and it never has been. Well, what is the point? Why does God emphasize this truth so much in his word?
      I think the reason can be discerned by looking at the last 27 chapters of Isaiah. Remember, the focus of the last third of his book (like the Bible itself) mainly focuses on Good News. The prophet spent 39 chapters focusing on judgment and God’s wrath and their utter failure to live up to his standards. He predicted over and over and over that the Lord's righteous anger would fall—ultimately in the form of invasion and exile by Babylon. But the last 27 chapters are addressed to the people in the middle of their exile. God’s wrath has come, and now he (through his servant) wants to give them a message of hope and security.
     That’s what sovereignty is supposed to evoke within me: An assurance that God is in control. Not Fate. Not Chance. Not Karma. Not even an abstract idea of “God” who sits up in Heaven and who moves people and nations around like pieces on a chess board. 
     This is my Father who’s in charge of everything. My loving, compassionate, patient and forgiving Father. This is the One who sits on the Throne over the universe. 
     Aren’t you glad?

Father God, you are in charge. When I look at all the craziness in the world and all the evil that seemingly forever cries out for justice, I need to remember that one simple fact. Please help.

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