1. Great study earlier tonight with a young couple interested in knowing God. Pray they may come to faith and salvation.
  2. Gravity is a wonderful thing. It keeps your feet on the ground. And the sag in your face.
  3. Electrical switch for the office to get replaced in the morning. It burned out when a light bulb exploded last Friday.
  4. Seems such things happen on the eve of a long holiday weekend. Murphy’s Law in force.
  5. Several friends in different states have been robbed recently. We feel for them and their material losses.
  6. A verse of mine: What doubt in God that food could be multiplied! Trampled at the gate, he saw and died. (2 Kgs 7.)
  7. A verse of Scripture: “Wait patiently for the Lord! Wait confidently for him! Do not fret over the apparent success of a sinner, a man who carries out wicked schemes!” Psalm 37.7.

[Education] consists in nothing else but learning and doing God’s truth (John 8:32), which puts one in very close contact with a man named Jesus. Antagonists of the gospel long ago came to see that Jesus had a most unsettling way of turning the socially unlearned into the spiritually enlightened. “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13). You see, being with Jesus is the education.

Excellent article by my friend Weylan Deaver. Please read it all at the link: An Education Itself – Biblical Notes

  1. Ed Mathews’s devotional, “Plow New Ground,” reminded me today to consider God as Provider. “God will provide” Gen 22.8, Abraham said. And he did. Yahweh-Yireh.
  2. By now you’ve heard about the seismic shift, my bringing most everything from social media to here. Can you bear it?
  3. New series of messages in Urbanova these days: What Christ offers you.” Last week, the first, “Fullness.” Sunday: “Abundant Life.”
  4. Today was a quiet holiday at home for us. I worked at a slower pace.
  5. Yesterday, I wrote a long email to our children, about changes taking place in the city. Much growth here.
  6. A verse, a couplet, of mine:
    Wisdom lacks to solve by force our ills;
    Our inner pain, by thrills, or noise, or pills.
  7. Now an inspired verse from the Lord: “Let us carefully examine our ways, and let us return to the Lord” Lam 3.40.

The Daily Prompt today is “measure.” The prompt word reminds me of my Granny Matheny’s favorite Bible verse, which she shared with me as a young boy:

“Give, and it will be given to you: A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be poured into your lap. For the measure you use will be the measure you receive” Lk 6.38.

Granny was a giver in good measure.

via Daily Prompt: Measure

My comments and posts have been scattered across the social-media universe. Today, I made a big decision to bring all that to my personal website. Here. That means you’ll now see, in all likelihood, several posts a day. If you’re subscribed to the website through the WordPress/Jetpack system, you’ll get emails. If that’s too much for you, you can hit the unsubscribe link in any of the emails. Continue reading

One post can’t do justice to even a small slice of my spiritual journey. But here are some points I’ve been pondering that might encourage you as you look toward the new year.

PRAYER. It seems to be a fair, if anecdotal, assessment that Brazilians are more interested in prayer than Bible study, and Americans are more interested in Bible study than prayer. I’ve tried to learn more for, and practice better, my prayer life. Continue reading

The morning is well along, and I’m still at home working from my 5.30 am awakening. We might get some rain today, and temps ought to be lower than yesterday, but still warm.

Good moment for tea and muffins, to the sound of some Hawaiian music, out on the back porch.

Posts that came online since I laid my head down last night are the daughter’s OK-corralling and my BNC editorial on embracing the risk of mission. Continue reading