26 May 2007

Today's Reading May 26

This morning's reading, from the Old Testament
First Chronicles, chapters 17, 18, and 19

This evening's reading, from the New Testament.
The Gospel of John, chapter 10, verses 1 through 21
Jesus is teaching again, using the illustrations of a Shepherd and the sheep.

10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

Reading for May 25

Sorry for the delay. Exigent circumstances and all that.

Morning reading from First Chronicles, chapters 14,15, and 16
Some recounts of the early reign of David, and the movement of the Ark of the Covenant. I love the account of the celebration attached to this. A great number of people are named there, people who were deeply involved in every part of this. They were there because God Himself wanted them there, none were there accidentally. And, thousands of years later, their names are remembered. God has not forgotten them, and He doesn't forget us either. Question: are we as excited, as committed, as they were?

Evening reading from the Gospel of John, chapter 9, verses 24 through 41

25 He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.

I love that verse, and not only because of the best-loved song ''Amazing Grace'' but also because it is part of the testimony of many of us. I truly don't understand all the deep theology of Salvation. I don't, and probably in this life never will. And I don't need to - there's no test. What I do know is that He came into my life, and now things are different. And that is what is important. The rest will come in time.

24 May 2007

Today's Reading May 24

Morning Old Testament reading
First Chronicles, chapters 11, 12 and 13.
Greater detail of the life and times of David.

Evening reading, New Testament
The Gospel of John, chapter 9, verses 1 through 23
Jesus heals a blind man, and gets everyone upset over it.

23 May 2007

Today's Reading May 23

Today is my 200th post here. Not a record, surely, but some sort of milestone.

Morning reading, from the Old Testament, is First Chronicles, chapters 8,9, and 10
I know that the list of names, the begats, the places of dwelling, can get a bit tedious. But these were real people with real lives. And the LORD knew them all by name. He knows my name too, which is a comfort when the world threatens to overwhelm us, to stamp us down into the dust to be forgotten. God does not forget.

Evening reading, from the New Testament, is from the Gospel of John, chapter 8, verses 37 through 59.

56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.
57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?
58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

Get that? Recall that name for Almighty God as revealed to Moses? Right. I AM.

22 May 2007

Today's Reading May 22

The morning reading from the Old Testament
First Chronicles, chapters 6 and 7

The evening reading from the New Testament,
The Gospel of John, chapter 8, verses 21 through 36

31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
33 They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?
34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.
36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

21 May 2007

Today's Reading May 21

Morning reading, from the Old Testament First Chronicles chapters 3,4, and 5
Evening reading from the New Testament the Gospel of John, chapter 8, verses 1 through 20

20 May 2007

Illegal Immigration, Part 1008 or more

Many of us are outraged by the latest effort by the White House, the Rockefeller wing of the Republican Party, that hate-America wing of the Democrats (most of them, in other words), LULAC, La Raza, the government of Mexico, the Wall Street Journal, and a whole mess of others to dismiss the sovereignty of the United States and to render citizenship as a worthless thing.
Part of this effort involves a whole spin effort, lies and deceit actually, by the President and his flaks. I expected better of him and am now sorry for my votes and other efforts in his behalf.
Red State has posted several good articles on the matter. I particularly commend to the attention of all the point by point refutation of the official lies on the subject. You may find it at http://www.redstate.com/stories/featured_stories/

Today's Reading May 20

First Chronicles chapters 1 and 2
John 7 32 to 53