With so many new visitors on my site, I wanted to say hi 🙂 and share with you why this blog is here.
You see, one thing that has been imparted to me throughout my decades at Calvary, has been the need and love for reading through and studying scripture. I loved listening to Bob Coy teach. But contrary to popular (and condescending) opinion, it was not for his jokes. Let’s be honest. After 20+ years, I have just about heard all of his jokes. And when he tells that one liner again for the millionth time, I would normally just smile and roll my eyes like I do with some of my dad’s jokes. The real reason I loved listening to BC teach is that he dedicated so much time behind the pulpit to actually reading the scriptures. So many preachers start with a verse, and then talk about that verse for 45 minutes. But the real life changing power of preaching is in presenting the scripture- and lots of it. (I also developed a love for alliterations under this guy! Can you tell??) But how, you may ask, could God use a man that was living in sin for whatever length of time? The answer is simple. God can use anybody or anything, like a donkey, the stars, a rock. Anything! That truth goes for you too, by the way. So the next time you feel particularly proud of yourself for being “used” just consider the company with which you keep.
Since having started this online devo blogging, I have learned so much. The process of really searching out the scriptures to discover more about God’s character and then expressing it in words has been incredibly edifying and educational for me. It has also deepened my appetite and awareness for how desperately I need that time in God’s word! Feeling anxious? Get in the word. Feeling sad? Get in the word. Feeling blessed? Get in the word. And really, get in it! Meditating on it all day, remembering the lessons extracted from the living breathing Word of God that morning, that is powerful.
Our Father longs to comfort us through His promises, teach us through His commandments, encourage us through His exhortations. But friends, we have to read it. And not only read it. Search it. Hold on to it. Meditate on it. Share it. Here’s why. 😉
the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
But know this. I am not a professional blogger, writer, theologian, or grammar specialist. So adjust your expectations accordingly. 🙂 Nevertheless, I do consider myself an apologist because this:
noun: apologist; plural noun: apologists
a person who offers an argument in defense of something controversial.
||Defender, supporter, upholder, advocate, proponent, exponent, champion, campaigner:
Oh, and for fun look at the antonym given : critic……Ouch.
I would love to have you join me on this study through God’s word and life in general. Each section of scripture is so full, and I am not doing a verse by verse exposition. So there will be other elements of God’s character or lesson to be learned from each passage that I don’t cover. In the comment section tell me what you
saw, or if you can relate with what I saw, tell me how
I am so grateful to those of you that have “held me accountable” thus far even by simply reading through the devo posts. Just knowing you are there reminds me to keep going. And if we have learned nothing from these past 2 weeks, I hope we have learned the importance of accountability.