Matthew 17:1-26; Genesis 17:1-27; 1 Corinthians 1:1-31; 2 Timothy 3:1-17; Job 17:1-16; Psalm 17:1-15; Proverbs 17:1-28; Joshua 17:1-18; Isaiah 17:1-14; Acts 17:1-34 – New Living Translation – NLT – Online Bible Study.

This was The Missus’s and my reading this morning, day 17 of Prof. Grant Horner’s plan. (Except that we read in Portuguese.) It has been a blessing. Often I’ve been reading from a chair on the back porch. Sometimes I read out loud. That’s the Bible way, right? Continue reading

A FB friend, whom I don’t know personally, has apparently had a heart transplant. He just wrote about the feeling when he thinks that “another man’s heart beats inside my chest.”

Physically, we can’t identify with that. Spiritually, we can. Christ’s heart beats within us. Amazing thought this.

For your personal prayers, here are two resources to help you get organized, one to print out, another an online email reminder service.

  • Free prayer journal in Word (docx). You can download, unzip, and customize it at will. It’s offered by an evangelical lady, it seems. Unfortunate that it’s in a proprietary format, but the super-duper LibreOffice will open it. (If I had her permission, I’d convert it for you into a odt open format.) Continue reading

Today’s devotional is adapted from the Portuguese-language “God with Us.”

“Here now is the man who did not make God his stronghold but trusted in his great wealth and grew strong by destroying others!”
Psalm 52:7 NIV

The root behind the word “destroy” means “to fall.” It indicates calamity or wickedness, perhaps making others fall. Continue reading

I was reading Joseph Chase’s blog, and came across the old hymn of invitation to the sinner, “Is thy heart right with God?“, both words and music written in 1899 by Elisha A. Hoffman.

With the tune in my head, I wrote this for the Christian.

At first, I varied the second and last lines of the stanzas, but it didn’t feel right, especially with the first line of the chorus repeating one of those, so I went back to the original pattern.


by J. Randal Matheny Continue reading

You know that when you were pagans you were often led astray by speechless idols, however you were led. 1 Corinthians 12:2 NET

What is spirituality? This was a critical question in Corinth. Paul establishes the criterion: spiritual is he who hears God’s revelation through the Holy Spirit when he speaks about Jesus (v. 3). Continue reading