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Daily Devotion for January 19, 2010


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Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.

Amen.

Christ, as a light illumine and guide me.
Christ, as a shield overshadow me.
Christ under me; Christ over me; Christ beside me on my left and my right.
This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.
Be in the heart of each to whom I speak; in the mouth of each who speaks unto me.
This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful.
Christ as a light; Christ as a shield; Christ beside me on my left and my right.
Amen.

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with us, wherever He may send us. May He guide us through the wilderness, protect us through the storm. May He bring us home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown us. May He bring us home rejoicing once again into our doors.


Amen.

Community of Prayer

Heavenly Lord, I know I am not alone saying these prayers or reading your Word this morning, but many people unknown to me, from all stations of life, have joined together in this brief moment of devotion. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be among the community of all who pray in the name of Christ this morning, and remain among us always.

Amen.

Think of the day ahead in terms of God with you, and visualize health, strength, guidance, purity, calm confidence, and victory as the gifts of His presence.

Jonah 1

Jonah Flees From the Lord

The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: "Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me." But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.

Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up. All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the ship. But Jonah had gone below deck, where he lay down and fell into a deep sleep. The captain went to him and said, "How can you sleep? Get up and call on your god! Maybe he will take notice of us, and we will not perish."

Then the sailors said to each other, "Come, let us cast lots to find out who is responsible for this calamity." They cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah. So they asked him, "Tell us, who is responsible for making all this trouble for us? What do you do? Where do you come from? What is your country? From what people are you?"

He answered, "I am a Hebrew and I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the land."

This terrified them and they asked, "What have you done?" (They knew he was running away from the Lord, because he had already told them so.)

The sea was getting rougher and rougher. So they asked him, "What should we do to you to make the sea calm down for us?"

"Pick me up and throw me into the sea," he replied, "and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you."

Instead, the men did their best to row back to land. But they could not, for the sea grew even wilder than before. Then they cried to the Lord, "O Lord, please do not let us die for taking this man's life. Do not hold us accountable for killing an innocent man, for you, O Lord, have done as you pleased." Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm. At this the men greatly feared the Lord, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows to him.

But the Lord provided a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was inside the fish three days and three nights.



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This fresco is found in an ancient church in eastern Turkey. Jonah's big fish looks more like a giant sturgeon than the traditional whale.

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  • Daily Devotion Comments • Re: Bible translations

    Mason, quite a while ago you made discourse on the various Bible translations. Can you direct me to when that was so I can review your thoughts. I am thinking about getting a new study Bible and want some guidance. . . .
    Neil +++ 4/18/24
    I can't find the article right now, but I can give you my thoughts. The NASB is the most accurate Bible and good for very close study. The ESV is a good blend of accuracy and readability. It's what I use -- I have a big white ESV study Bible, and it is really good but heavy. The NKJV is great also and retains much of the beauty and poetry of the KJV. My #1 choice for Psalms and such. There is a less common "Berean Study Bible" (on Bible Hub) that I also use and really like.

    The NLT is simplified and quite good -- I use it for reading difficult passages, especially like Exodus, Numbers and such, but it's fine for getting the primary meaning of Pauline Epistles and such. Just don't argue about word choices with someone using another Bible, lol -- it's not authoritative about fine points.

    I encourage people to avoid the NIV -- the NT is poorly translated and, at least in a couple of instances, apparently intentionally mistranslated to favor reformed theology. There are hundreds of little mistakes in it.



  • Daily Devotion Comments • Bible translations

    This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice!
    Mason, quite a while ago you made discourse on the various Bible translations. Can you direct me to when that was so I can review your thoughts. I am thinking about getting a new study Bible and want some guidance.
    Everyday you help me begin my day by focusing on God. Thank you for your tireless commitment to this ministry. Know that you are sharing God’s love with many people.
    Neil +++ 4/18/24



  • Daily Devotion Comments • Please read the directions

    We have a new record for "most registrations by one person" LOL

    Please read the instructions: "PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER MORE THAN ONCE! After you register, nothing will happen: You will not receive an email and your account will not be activated for a day or two. Please, once you have registered, just wait a day or two and then try to post."

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  • Daily Devotion Comments • Re: The Apocrypha

    Mason,
    I enjoyed today's taste of the Apocrypha from the Book of Wisdom. I have read a few of these books, including Tobit, Bel and the Dragon and I think Ecclesiasticus. They were great reads, Tobit, for some reason, being my favorite. Thanks for opening up a new source of "inspiration" for us. Tom K. 4/14/24
    The Tobit came from Daily Prayer I'm sure -- I spent a long time researching the original manuscripts and then translating and commentating it. I think we will do a reprise soon, actually, which I'm working on new studies for Joshua, Judges, and Ephesians.

    We did some coverage of Ecclesiasticus once, also. Bel and the Dragon, I bet you got in Sunday school -- I remember it from when I was a kid, because it's such a great story!



  • Daily Devotion Comments • Re: Ancient wisdom

    Any chance we can have Apocrypha Tuesdays?
    Or 3 books of Enoch Saturday's?
    No, sorry, not in the Daily Devotion: there is just way too much Bible to cover, and so little time. We might do Tobit at some point, because I did a lot of work on a translation that is not available anywhere else.
    But right now, I am actually working on adding three new books we have never studied on Daily Prayer: Joshua/Judges and Ephesians. We're doing the Samson story in a few weeks, but there are some very weird and usually unread parts of Judges I'd like to read in depth. So, if we go through Judges, we really might as well go whole hog and read Joshua first.

    And Ephesians is just so great!!



  • Daily Devotion Comments • The Christian Vacuum

    Contemporary Christian leaders have discouraged active political engagement by Christians. Yet, we clearly see the vacuum created in their absence. Institutions, once solidly Christian, break and crumble like dry bones, and morph into their evil antithesis, and evil has filled the vacuum left by retreating Christians. While pulpits preach obedient retreat, nations degenerate into cesspools of sin and corruption, and once-full churches are just empty relics of the past.



  • Daily Devotion Comments • Todays lesson and inspiration

    Mason:
    Such powerful messages today from both the Word and the Daily Inspiration. First to understand God allowed the greatest sin of killing his Son is so thought provoking and reflects his wisdom and his love. Second, to make clear the secular issue when we claim one religion or another but miss or forget the fact we are Christians, was a great reminder. Thank you for your teachings today.

    Pete



  • Daily Devotion Comments • Re: Bible Quiz 4/11

    "Joy To The World" ;-)



  • Daily Devotion Comments • Ancient wisdom

    Any chance we can have Apocrypha Tuesdays?
    Or 3 books of Enoch Saturday's?



  • Daily Devotion Comments • The Apocrypha

    Mason,
    I enjoyed today's taste of the Apocrypha from the Book of Wisdom. I have read a few of these books, including Tobit, Bel and the Dragon and I think Ecclesiasticus. They were great reads, Tobit, for some reason, being my favorite. Thanks for opening up a new source of "inspiration" for us.

    Tom K.
    4/14/24



  • Daily Devotion Comments • Re: Bible Quiz 4/11

    Good one Tom. He also was a good friend of mine.

    Pete



  • Daily Devotion Comments • Bible Quiz 4/11

    Mason,
    I have to disagree with you on the question about Jeremiah. 3 witnesses working on a Dog Night, attested to the fact that Jeremiah was, indeed, a bull frog. I find it difficult to refute this kind of testimony. :P

    Tom K.
    4/11/24




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