We’ll do a biblical three, yea, four sequence.

Ed Mathews has a year-long daily devotional in PDF format, highly recommended, plus other study materials you should check out. It’s what I read. Biblically based, meaty without being dense, practical.

WAVE is “self-help for coping with overwhelming cravings and compulsions,” not spiritually based, but you might find some practical ideas. Continue reading

I like to read devotionals. I’m often charged and changed by them. They frequently stimulate my thought processes.

But it’s hard to find good ones. Sometimes they get basic facts wrong. Today, one devotional writer said Job had lost his wife. Really? Where does the text say that?

Other devotionals ignore the context of a verse or make problematic applications that the original writer would probably protest. Continue reading

At that moment Jesus said to the crowd, “Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me like you would an outlaw? Day after day I sat teaching in the temple courts, yet you did not arrest me.”
Matthew 26.55 NET

To arrest the Lord the crowd, fronting the Jewish rulers, resorted to violence and the cover of night for their injustice. His crime was teaching in the light of day, in the midst of the people, challenging the power structure protected by priests and rulers in order to bring the presence of God to a people who had forgotten what it meant to be a holy nation. The One who welcomed children into his lap broke down the barriers to God erected not only by sin in general but especially by those who were supposed to represent the Almighty. He was indeed a threat to them, which they well understood. So they continue in the same vein to protect their interests by arresting the Lamb of God through violence and subterfuge.

Jesus heals the lonely soul and drives the rebellious into white-hot resistance. Which are you?

do-not-stumble

Jesus warned his followers ahead of time what would happen to him. He would suffering at the hands of the authorities, would be killed, and on the third day would rise from the dead.

I have told you these things to keep you from stumbling.
John 16.1 HCSB

Stumbling in this context means to lose or abandon one’s faith (see NLT). “Forewarned is forearmed,” says the proverb. The disciples would not be caught unawares. They would know that God was still in control and that all would happen according to his plan. Continue reading

People worry about the world being destroyed by a meteor or by human interference. They shouldn’t.

The LORD reigns!
He is robed in majesty,
the LORD is robed,
he wears strength around his waist.
Indeed, the world is established, it cannot be moved.
Psa 93.1 NET

Psalm 93, in Book 4 of Psalms, was apparently written to help the people understand that even in the midst of exile and anarchy, God still reigns. It brings solid truth to a shaken humanity, even today. Continue reading