He sent a man named Dwight Hill

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by John Carroll

I wasn’t looking for God when I entered VA Tech in the summer of 1963, only a few days after my High School graduation.   Not at all.  Rather, I was on a fast track to the “good life:” get a degree, land a job, and get married.  By fall of the next year, I had been in school without a break for six quarters (19 months).  I had decent grades, was a corporal in N Squadron in the VA Tech Corps of Cadets, and worked as a disc jockey at WUVT, the campus radio station.  I was about to join Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity.

Sure, I was achieving my goals on schedule, but there was a problem. My successes were empty.  My life had no meaning beyond the next social event.  I was living from weekend to weekend and crossing off the days in between. Somehow I was haunted by the thought that my dreams for money, marriage, and lots of stuff would become nightmares when they all came true.

About that time, I met a man named Dwight Hill who had come to the campus with a Christian organization called The Navigators.   That didn’t impress me much.  I was more impressed with Dwight’s new Dodge and beautiful wife, Ruth.

One day, Dwight asked me to show him around the radio station.  After the tour, he invited me for a coke at the Squires Hall snack bar.  No, I had no idea I was being “set up” for a challenge to get serious about following Christ.  Dwight was intense, a no-nonsense ex-Marine from Seattle.  He would later admit that he doubted that spending that hour with me would make any difference in my life.  I struck him as an un-teachable person, committed to my own plans, and unwilling to obey God.  He was right on the second point, but not the first.  That day, Monday, November 9, 1964, would be the turning point in my spiritual life.

In the snack bar, Dwight grabbed a napkin and began to draw what I later learned was the “wheel” illustration, a rim (my life), a hub (Jesus Christ), and four spokes (Word, prayer, fellowship and witnessing).   He, paused after drawing the hub, looked me in the eye and stated flatly,

“John, you will never have happiness in your life until Christ is in the center of it.”

His words hit me like a sucker punch.

How did he know that I was finding no happiness in my life?  The night before, I had dragged back into the dorm after another disappointing weekend.

Maybe he saw that his words were sinking in.

He continued filling in the various parts of the “wheel.”   When he got to the “witnessing” spoke, he leveled with me again,

“I am here on this campus to reach men for Christ.  Listen, I think you need to be doing the same thing.”

Another punch to the gut.

How did he know that one of my biggest hang-ups was unwillingness to identify openly with Christ and risk ridicule and rejection?

I thanked him for the coke and we said goodbye. I staggered out of the snack bar and headed for my dorm room in Major Williams Hall on the upper quad.   It was a short walk, maybe five minutes.  But I walked slowly.  Dusk had fallen.  I was glad to have darkness around me shielding me a little from possible onlookers as I walked and thought.  Somehow, I felt I was being given one final chance to turn to God.  I felt like I was approaching the last off ramp before Hell.  Privately, I had given up on Christianity  out of frustration with my own sin and endless failures to improve myself, combined with my fear of being ridiculed by the cool people in my world.  But the emptiness and the guilt, accentuated by Dwight’s two comments, had caught up with me.  I was in crisis.

I prayed silently.  “God, I have made a mess of my life.  It seems as confused and tangled as a bowl of spaghetti.  I cannot be a Christian.  I have tried so many times.  I know I will fail again, but I am willing for you to change me if you will.”

Back in my dorm room, I sat down and wrote my girl friend telling her something of what had happened.

But I was caught between doubt and desperation.  Did God hear my prayer?  Would He respond to my crisis?  Would anything really change in my life?

Yes.  Something already had changed.  Only it took 24 hours for me to realize it.

On Tuesday afternoon, it dawned on me that suddenly I wasn’t using the vulgar language and profanity that had permeated my speech,  the kind of language used in a men’s dorm that was not fit for the ears of your mom or little sister.  My roommate, Jim, and I had attempted to eliminate it for the sake of our moms and little sisters but with absolutely no success. This time it was different.  The impossible had occurred.  Later I would understand that the Holy Spirit had regenerated me and I had been “born again.”

Over the next months , Dwight spent time with me, teaching me to study the Bible, pray, trust God for my future, and tell others the good news of life in Christ.  He and Ruth invited several of us to live in their home for a summer so we could concentrate on “knowing Christ and making Him known.”

Last week, Dwight went to meet the One who was the center of his life, the One whom he urged me to make the center of my life.  Dwight served Him, loved Him, and proclaimed Him.  Because he did, a formerly guilt-ridden, empty college student also serves and loves and proclaims Him fifty years later.  And so do innumerable others.

I wasn’t looking for God in college.  But I learned that He was looking for me and He sent a man named Dwight Hill.

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Dwight and Ruth Hill with me on February 20, 2014 (photo by Mary Carroll)

 

 

Complete in Thee

Recently, I was honored to be asked by my friend, Derick Dickens,  to contribute articles to his new blog site, “Complete in Thee”.  Today, my post “Stalked by Death” (originally posted here) was published.  Please take a look and consider following Derick’s excellent site.

On another note, my dear friend and mentor, Dwight Hill, mentioned in the “Stalked by Death” article, passed away last night.  This morning when I checked “Care Pages” for the latest on Dwight, I read this:

<<Ruth, Wes and Julie want to share that at 9:10 pm on April 10 (Dwight’s 78th Birthday) he passed from this world on to the next where he is in the presence of His beloved Father.

Last week he shared with us that he was so excited to go to heaven and when he got there he felt he would fall at the feet of Jesus and say “Lord, have mercy on me.” Dad truly understood the wonder and glory of his heavenly Father.  He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and all those he touched.>>

It had only been 8 days since the tumor was discovered. This is a sad day for many of us who will miss a great man of God. “Precious in the sight of the Lord, is the death of His saints.”  Psalm 116:15

Stalked by Death

In the past seven days, I have been bombarded with reminders of the ever-present shadow of death upon us.

Three friends died (one was brutally murdered).  A fourth, we suddenly learned, is dying of a brain tumor.  A close relative escaped with only minor injuries from an automobile collision which totaled her vehicle.

I attended two funerals this week.

Usually, this many sad things do not happen this close together.  When they do, I ponder the question: “why is there so much pain and suffering in this life?”

A thoughtful study of the Bible gives answers.

1. This is a fallen world.  While some seem to suffer more than others, no one escapes suffering completely.  Since sin and death entered creation, all suffer the consequences.  Ultimately, we are delivered from this fallen condition only by death, which, for the believer in Jesus Christ, means entrance into eternal life.  Paul writes:

22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.  Romans 8:22-23 (ESV)

2 We often contribute to our own suffering.  At least some of our suffering is caused by our own sin and stupidity.  We do bring some of it on ourselves.  Peter addresses that in I Peter 1:20a:

20 For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure?

3.  Christians suffer for and with Christ for God’s glory.  Peter goes on:

1 Peter 2:20-25

But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. 21 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. 22 He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. 23 When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. 24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.

Frankly, most of my suffering comes under categories 1 & 2 above.  But whatever the cause of the suffering, it reminds us that we are not home yet. Let us press on in faith, following the one who suffered for us that we might, through Him, live to righteousness.  Soon our adoption will be complete.  Our bodies will be redeemed.  That hope keeps me going when death stalks me.

 

 

The Value of a Human Life- Johnny Farese

I am currently teaching a class at Grace Church called “Suffering and Contentment”.  Here is an example of suffering and contentment in the life of a man, born with disabilities and expected to die by age 8 who, by God’s grace, used his life for great good.  I am told that he passed away yesterday, at the age of 57.  If you think your life is meaningless or useless, or if you or someone you love is suffering greatly stop now and click on this link.  Keep the Kleenex handy.

http://farese.com/video1.htm

How great is His salvation!

My reading today took me to Leviticus and Matthew.  It’s dramatic to read the laws about Old Testament sacrifices along side the accounts of Jesus’ final days of ministry leading up to His great offering for sin, the once-for-all sacrifice.  How great is His salvation! How wise of God to portray the need for offerings for sin by means of the Old Testament system, but, then, to accept the offering of Jesus Christ, His Son, as sufficient for the cleansing and redemption of all His elect people.

Do you need a reminder of your desperate state apart from Him?  I do.  Today, I read these words from the Puritan prayers found in the Valley of Vision (p. 66):

“Thou Blessed Spirit, Author of all grace and comfort,

Come, work repentance in my soul;

Represent sin to me in its odious colours that I may hate it:

Melt my heart by the majesty and mercy of God…

Give me that faith which is the means of salvation,

and the principle and medium of all godliness;

May I be saved by grace through faith,

live by faith,

feel the joy of faith,

do the work of faith.

Perceiving nothing in myself, may I find in Christ

wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, redemption.

 

 

 

Getting a Divine Perspective on Human History

We are almost at the end of January.  My reading today was in Exodus 22-24 and Matthew 20:17-34.  If you are following the same schedule as I, then you know, in our Old Testament reading, we have passed the events surrounding the deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt, the momentous crossing of the Red Sea, and the dramatic encounter with God at Mt. Sinai.  In the 30 days of reading, hundreds of years have passed since God made His covenant with Abraham.  Thousands of years pass between the events of Exodus and Jesus’ life and ministry in Matthew.

What are we to make of this timeline?  One thing for sure: God’s schedule for unfolding His plan to redeem Man is not one which may be grasped by observing the events of a single life time.  The span of time between the birth of my grandparents and the death of my grandchildren may be more than 200 years.  Yet, apart from God’s revelation in the Bible, even that time span is far too short to detect the slowly unfolding purposes and works of the Eternal God.

Perhaps we need a bit more humility as we make assumptions based on what we see going on around us.  The Bible gives us a divine view of human history which should teach us that, just as the actors on the stage of history in the past could not understand all the ways God was working out His eternal decrees so, we, too, cannot understand even vaguely what He is doing apart from the wisdom He gives us in His Word.  One bit of that wisdom says,

“Be still, and know that I am God

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in  the earth.”  (Psalm 46:10)

As the first month of 2014 draws to a close, let us be unshaken in our trust in Him, our obedience to Him, and let us keep our eyes fixed on the new creation to come.

Meeting God in Genesis

Genesis, the first book of the Bible, lays the foundation for all that is to follow.  These foundations include:

1.  The actions and attributes of God.  He is self-existent, that is, He existed eternally before the beginning and was not created nor is He dependent on any thing or any one for His being.  He is sovereign, creating things merely by speaking them into existence.  He is wise and gracious, making all that is necessary for life that is good.  He reveals His will to Man, giving limits to man’s choices and warning of consequences should the limits be exceeded.  He oversees the affairs of men and nations, making apparently insignificant decisions and events work out for His great and good purposes.

2.  God’s salvation of Man. The need for salvation is shown (Genesis 3 and subsequent examples of the consequences of the Fall into sin and death).  The promise of salvation is revealed (Genesis 3:15 the offspring of the woman would crush the serpent’s head).  The means of salvation is designated (Genesis 12, 15, 17 God makes a covenant with Abraham to bless all the families of the earth through him, pointing to the Messiah, Jesus Christ, the Savior to come).

3.  Examples of obedient faith and disobedient rebellion.  Genesis zooms in on the personal lives of several characters showing why believing God results in blessing (Noah, Abraham, Joseph) while disobeying Him results in disaster (Adam & Eve, Cain, Esau).  We are both encouraged and admonished by these examples.

Here in Genesis, we get essential information to understand why mankind is in the mess we are in but also reassurance that God is still in control of our destiny and in Him we have a sure hope of deliverance and eternal life to come.

 

Cover to cover Bible reading schedule

In case you are following the schedule I used in 2013, here is an updated version with the dates for 2014.

Matches 2013 blog posts

Wednesday, January 1, 2014 Genesis 1:1-3:24

Thursday, January 2, 2014 Genesis 4:1-5:32

Friday, January 3, 2014 Genesis 6:1-9:17

Saturday, January 4, 2014 Genesis 9:18-12:9

Sunday, January 5, 2014 Genesis 12:10-16:16

Monday, January 6, 2014 Genesis 17:1-19:29

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 Genesis 19:30-22:24

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 Genesis 23:1-24:67

Thursday, January 9, 2014 Genesis 25:1-26:35

Friday, January 10, 2014 Genesis 27:1-29:13

Saturday, January 11, 2014 Genesis 29:14-31:21

Sunday, January 12, 2014 Genesis 31:22-33:20

Monday, January 13, 2014 Genesis 34:1-36:30

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 Genesis 36:31-38:30

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 Genesis 39:1-41:40

Thursday, January 16, 2014 Genesis 41:41-43:34

Friday, January 17, 2014 Genesis 44:1-45:28

Saturday, January 18, 2014 Genesis 46:1-48:22

Sunday, January 19, 2014 Genesis 49:1-Exodus 1:22

Monday, January 20, 2014 Exodus 2:1-4:31

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 Exodus 5:1-7:24

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 Exodus 7:25-10:20

Thursday, January 23, 2014 Exodus 10:21-13:16

Friday, January 24, 2014 Exodus 13:17-16:36

Saturday, January 25, 2014 Exodus 17:1-20:21

Sunday, January 26, 2014 Exodus 20:22-23:13

Monday, January 27, 2014 Exodus 23:14-25:40

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 Exodus 26:1-28:30

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 Exodus 28:31-30:21

Thursday, January 30, 2014 Exodus 30:22-33:11

Friday, January 31, 2014 Exodus 33:12-36:7

Saturday, February 1, 2014 Exodus 36:8-38:20

Sunday, February 2, 2014 Exodus 38:21-40:33

Monday, February 3, 2014 Exodus 40:34-Leviticus 5:13

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 Leviticus 5:14-7:38

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 Leviticus 8:1-10:20

Thursday, February 6, 2014 Leviticus 11:1-13:46

Friday, February 7, 2014Leviticus 13:47-14:57

Saturday, February 8, 2014 Leviticus 15:1-17:16

Sunday, February 9, 2014 Leviticus 18:1-20:27

Monday, February 10, 2014 Leviticus 21:1-23:25

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 Leviticus 23:26-25:55

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 Leviticus 26:1-27:34

Thursday, February 13, 2014 Numbers 1:1-2:34

Friday, February 14, 2014 Numbers 3:1-4:33

Saturday, February 15, 2014 Numbers 4:34-6:27

Sunday, February 16, 2014 Numbers 7:1-89

Monday, February 17, 2014 Numbers 8:1-10:36

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 Numbers 11:1-13:33

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 Numbers 14:1-15:41

Thursday, February 20, 2014 Numbers 16:1-18:32

Friday, February 21, 2014 Numbers 19:1-21:35

Saturday, February 22, 2014 Numbers 22:1-24:14

Sunday, February 23, 2014 Numbers 24:15-26:65

Monday, February 24, 2014 Numbers 27:1-29:40

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 Numbers 30:1-31:54

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 Numbers 32:1-33:56

Thursday, February 27, 2014 Numbers 34:1-Deuteronomy 1:8

Friday, February 28, 2014 Deuteronomy 1:9-3:11

Saturday, March 1, 2014 Deuteronomy 3:12-5:33

Sunday, March 2, 2014 Deuteronomy 6:1-9:6

Monday, March 3, 2014 Deuteronomy 9:7-11:32

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 Deuteronomy 12:1-14:29

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 Deuteronomy 15:1-18:22

Thursday, March 6, 2014 Deuteronomy 19:1-22:12

Friday, March 7, 2014 Deuteronomy 22:13-25:19

Saturday, March 8, 2014 Deuteronomy 26:1-28:14

Sunday, March 9, 2014 Deuteronomy 28:15-29:29

Monday, March 10, 2014 Deuteronomy 30:1-32:47

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 Deuteronomy 32:48-Joshua 2:24

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 Joshua 3:1-6:27

Thursday, March 13, 2014 Joshua 7:1-9:27

Friday, March 14, 2014 Joshua 10:1-12:24

Saturday, March 15, 2014 Joshua 13:1-15:63

Sunday, March 16, 2014 Joshua 16:1-19:31

Monday, March 17, 2014 Joshua 19:32-21:45

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 Joshua 22:1-24:33

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 Judges 1:1-3:30

Thursday, March 20, 2014 Judges 3:31-6:40

Friday, March 21, 2014 Judges 7:1-8:35

Saturday, March 22, 2014 Judges 9:1-10:5

Sunday, March 23, 2014 Judges 10:6-13:25

Monday, March 24, 2014 Judges 14:1-17:13

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 Judges 18:1-19:30

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Judges 20:1-Ruth 1:22

Thursday, March 27, 2014 Ruth 2:1-1 Samuel 1:20

Friday, March 28, 2014 1 Samuel 1:21-4:22

Saturday, March 29, 2014 1 Samuel 5:1-8:22

Sunday, March 30, 2014 1 Samuel 9:1-12:25

Monday, March 31, 2014 1 Samuel 13:1-14:52

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 1 Samuel 15:1-16:23

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 1 Samuel 17:1-18:30

Thursday, April 3, 2014 1 Samuel 19:1-22:5

Friday, April 4, 2014 1 Samuel 22:6-24:22

Saturday, April 5, 2014 1 Samuel 25:1-27:12

Sunday, April 6, 2014 1 Samuel 28:1-31:13

Monday, April 7, 2014 2 Samuel 1:1-3:21

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 2 Samuel 3:22-6:23

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 2 Samuel 7:1-10:19

Thursday, April 10, 2014 2 Samuel 11:1-13:22

Friday, April 11, 2014 2 Samuel 13:23-15:37

Saturday, April 12, 2014 2 Samuel 16:1-19:7

Sunday, April 13, 2014 2 Samuel 19:8-21:22

Monday, April 14, 2014 2 Samuel 22:1-23:39

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 2 Samuel 24:1-1 Kings 2:12

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 1 Kings 2:13-4:19

Thursday, April 17, 2014 1 Kings 4:20-7:12

Friday, April 18, 2014 1 Kings 7:13-8:61

Saturday, April 19, 2014 1 Kings 8:62-11:25

Sunday, April 20, 2014 1 Kings 11:26-13:34

Monday, April 21, 2014 1 Kings 14:1-16:20

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 1 Kings 16:21-18:46

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 1 Kings 19:1-21:29

Thursday, April 24, 2014 1 Kings 22:1-2 Kings 2:18

Friday, April 25, 2014 2 Kings 2:19-4:44

Saturday, April 26, 2014 2 Kings 5:1-8:6

Sunday, April 27, 2014 2 Kings 8:7-10:17

Monday, April 28, 2014 2 Kings 10:18-13:25

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 2 Kings 14:1-16:20

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 2 Kings 17:1-19:13

Thursday, May 1, 2014 2 Kings 19:14-22:20

Friday, May 2, 2014 2 Kings 23:1-25:30

Saturday, May 3, 2014 1 Chronicles 1:1-2:2

Sunday, May 4, 2014 1 Chronicles 2:3-4:23

Monday, May 5, 2014 1 Chronicles 4:24-5:26

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 1 Chronicles 6:1-7:5

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 1 Chronicles 7:6-8:40

Thursday, May 8, 2014 1 Chronicles 9:1-11:9

Friday, May 9, 2014 1 Chronicles 11:10-13:14

Saturday, May 10, 2014 1 Chronicles 14:1-16:43

Sunday, May 11, 2014 1 Chronicles 17:1-20:8

Monday, May 12, 2014 1 Chronicles 21:1-23:32

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 1 Chronicles 24:1-26:19

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 1 Chronicles 26:20-29:20

Thursday, May 15, 2014 1 Chronicles 29:21-2 Chronicles 5:1

Friday, May 16, 2014 2 Chronicles 5:2-7:22

Saturday, May 17, 2014 2 Chronicles 8:1-11:17

Sunday, May 18, 20142 Chronicles 11:18-16:14

Monday, May 19, 2014 2 Chronicles 17:1-20:30

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 2 Chronicles 20:31-24:27

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 2 Chronicles 25:1-28:27

Thursday, May 22, 20142 Chronicles 29:1-31:21

Friday, May 23, 2014 2 Chronicles 32:1-34:33

Saturday, May 24, 2014 2 Chronicles 35:1-Ezra 1:11

Sunday, May 25, 2014 Ezra 2:1-3:13

Monday, May 26, 2014 Ezra 4:1-7:28

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 Ezra 8:1-10:44

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 Nehemiah 1:1-4:23

Thursday, May 29, 2014 Nehemiah 5:1-7:72

Friday, May 30, 2014 Nehemiah 7:73-10:39

Saturday, May 31, 2014 Nehemiah 11:1-12:47

Sunday, June 1, 2014 Nehemiah 13:1-Esther 3:15

Monday, June 2, 2014 Esther 4:1-9:17

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 Esther 9:18-Job 3:26

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 Job 4:1-7:21

Thursday, June 5, 2014 Job 8:1-10:22

Friday, June 6, 2014 Job 11:1-14:22

Saturday, June 7, 2014 Job 15:1-18:21

Sunday, June 8, 2014 Job 19:1-21:34

Monday, June 9, 2014 Job 22:1-25:6

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 Job 26:1-31:40

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 Job 32:1-37:24

Thursday, June 12, 2014 Job 38:1-41:34

Friday, June 13, 2014 Job 42:1-Psalm 7:17

Saturday, June 14, 2014 Psalm 8:1-15:5

Sunday, June 15, 2014 Psalm 16:1-19:14

Monday, June 16, 2014 Psalm 20:1-25:22

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 Psalm 26:1-31:24

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 Psalm 32:1-35:28

Thursday, June 19, 2014 Psalm 36:1-39:13

Friday, June 20, 2014 Psalm 40:1-45:17

Saturday, June 21, 2014 Psalm 46:1-50:23

Sunday, June 22, 2014 Psalm 51:1-57:11

Monday, June 23, 2014 Psalm 58:1-64:10

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 Psalm 65:1-68:35

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 Psalm 69:1-72:20

Thursday, June 26, 2014 Psalm 73:1-77:20

Friday, June 27, 2014 Psalm 78:1-79:13

Saturday, June 28, 2014 Psalm 80:1-85:13

Sunday, June 29, 2014 Psalm 86:1-89:52

Monday, June 30, 2014 Psalm 90:1-95:11

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 Psalm 96:1-102:28

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 Psalm 103:1-105:45

Thursday, July 3, 2014 Psalm 106:1-107:43

Friday, July 4, 2014 Psalm 108:1-114:8

Saturday, July 5, 2014 Psalm 115:1-118:29

Sunday, July 6, 2014 Psalm 119:1-85

Monday, July 7, 2014 Psalm 119:86-176

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 Psalm 120:1-131:3

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 Psalm 132:1-138:8

Thursday, July 10, 2014 Psalm 139:1-144:15

Friday, July 11, 2014 Psalm 145:1-Proverbs 1:7

Saturday, July 12, 2014 Proverbs 1:8-3:35

Sunday, July 13, 2014 Proverbs 4:1-6:35

Monday, July 14, 2014 Proverbs 7:1-9:18

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Proverbs 10:1-12:28

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 Proverbs 13:1-15:33

Thursday, July 17, 2014 Proverbs 16:1-18:24

Friday, July 18, 2014 Proverbs 19:1-21:31

Saturday, July 19, 2014 Proverbs 22:1-24:34

Sunday, July 20, 2014 Proverbs 25:1-27:27

Monday, July 21, 2014 Proverbs 28:1-30:33

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Proverbs 31:1-Ecclesiastes 2:26

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Ecclesiastes 3:1-6:12

Thursday, July 24, 2014 Ecclesiastes 7:1-10:20

Friday, July 25, 2014 Ecclesiastes 11:1-Isaiah 1:1

Saturday, July 26, 2014 Isaiah 1:2-4:6

Sunday, July 27, 2014 Isaiah 5:1-8:22

Monday, July 28, 2014 Isaiah 9:1-12:6

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Isaiah 13:1-17:14

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Isaiah 18:1-22:25

Thursday, July 31, 2014 Isaiah 23:1-27:13

Friday, August 1, 2014 Isaiah 28:1-30:33

Saturday, August 2, 2014 Isaiah 31:1-35:10

Sunday, August 3, 2014 Isaiah 36:1-38:22

Monday, August 4, 2014 Isaiah 39:1-42:17

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 Isaiah 42:18-45:25

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 Isaiah 46:1-50:11

Thursday, August 7, 2014 Isaiah 51:1-56:8

Friday, August 8, 2014 Isaiah 56:9-60:22

Saturday, August 9, 2014Isaiah 61:1-65:25

Sunday, August 10, 2014 Isaiah 66:1-Jeremiah 3:5

Monday, August 11, 2014 Jeremiah 3:6-5:31

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 Jeremiah 6:1-8:3

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 Jeremiah 8:4-11:17

Thursday, August 14, 2014 Jeremiah 11:18-15:21

Friday, August 15, 2014 Jeremiah 16:1-19:15

Saturday, August 16, 2014 Jeremiah 20:1-23:32

Sunday, August 17, 2014 Jeremiah 23:33-26:24

Monday, August 18, 2014 Jeremiah 27:1-29:32

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 Jeremiah 30:1-31:40

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Jeremiah 32:1-34:7

Thursday, August 21, 2014 Jeremiah 34:8-37:21

Friday, August 22, 2014 Jeremiah 38:1-41:15

Saturday, August 23, 2014 Jeremiah 41:16-45:5

Sunday, August 24, 2014 Jeremiah 46:1-48:47

Monday, August 25, 2014 Jeremiah 49:1-39

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 Jeremiah 50:1-51:64

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Jeremiah 52:1-30

Thursday, August 28, 2014 Jeremiah 52:31-Lamentations 5:22

Friday, August 29, 2014 Ezekiel 1:1-5:17

Saturday, August 30, 2014 Ezekiel 6:1-10:22

Sunday, August 31, 2014 Ezekiel 11:1-14:11

Monday, September 1, 2014 Ezekiel 14:12-16:63

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Ezekiel 17:1-19:14

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 Ezekiel 20:1-21:32

Thursday, September 4, 2014 Ezekiel 22:1-23:49

Friday, September 5, 2014 Ezekiel 24:1-27:36

Saturday, September 6, 2014 Ezekiel 28:1-31:18

Sunday, September 7, 2014 Ezekiel 32:1-34:31

Monday, September 8, 2014 Ezekiel 35:1-37:28

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 Ezekiel 38:1-40:37

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Ezekiel 40:38-43:27

Thursday, September 11, 2014 Ezekiel 44:1-46:24

Friday, September 12, 2014 Ezekiel 47:1-Daniel 1:21

Saturday, September 13, 2014 Daniel 2:1-3:30

Sunday, September 14, 2014 Daniel 4:1-6:28

Monday, September 15, 2014 Daniel 7:1-9:27

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Daniel 10:1-Hosea 1:1

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 Hosea 1:2-5:15

Thursday, September 18, 2014 Hosea 6:1-11:11

Friday, September 19, 2014 Hosea 11:12-Joel 2:27

Saturday, September 20, 2014 Joel 2:28-Amos 4:13

Sunday, September 21, 2014 Amos 5:1-9:10

Monday, September 22, 2014 Amos 9:11-Micah 1:7

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Micah 1:8-7:7

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 Micah 7:8-Habakkuk 2:1

Thursday, September 25, 2014 Habakkuk 2:2-Zephaniah 3:20

Friday, September 26, 2014 Haggai 1:1-Zechariah 3:10

Saturday, September 27, 2014 Zechariah 4:1-9:8

Sunday, September 28, 2014 Zechariah 9:9-Malachi 1:1

Monday, September 29, 2014 Malachi 1:2-Matthew 1:25

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Matthew 2:1-5:20

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Matthew 5:21-7:23

Thursday, October 2, 2014 Matthew 7:24-9:38

Friday, October 3, 2014 Matthew 10:1-12:14

Saturday, October 4, 2014 Matthew 12:15-13:46

Sunday, October 5, 2014 Matthew 13:47-15:39

Monday, October 6, 2014 Matthew 16:1-18:35

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 Matthew 19:1-21:22

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 Matthew 21:23-22:46

Thursday, October 9, 2014 Matthew 23:1-24:51

Friday, October 10, 2014 Matthew 25:1-26:35

Saturday, October 11, 2014 Matthew 26:36-27:44

Sunday, October 12, 2014 Matthew 27:45-Mark 1:45

Monday, October 13, 2014 Mark 2:1-4:20

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 Mark 4:21-6:29

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 Mark 6:30-8:21

Thursday, October 16, 2014 Mark 8:22-10:16

Friday, October 17, 2014 Mark 10:17-12:17

Saturday, October 18, 2014 Mark 12:18-14:26

Sunday, October 19, 2014 Mark 14:27-15:41

Monday, October 20, 2014 Mark 15:42-Luke 1:56

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Luke 1:57-2:52

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Luke 3:1-4:44

Thursday, October 23, 2014 Luke 5:1-6:45

Friday, October 24, 2014 Luke 6:46-8:25

Saturday, October 25, 2014 Luke 8:26-9:56

Sunday, October 26, 2014 Luke 9:57-11:36

Monday, October 27, 2014 Luke 11:37-13:9

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 Luke 13:10-15:32

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 Luke 16:1-18:17

Thursday, October 30, 2014 Luke 18:18-20:8

Friday, October 31, 2014 Luke 20:9-22:6

Saturday, November 1, 2014 Luke 22:7-23:25

Sunday, November 2, 2014 Luke 23:26-24:53

Monday, November 3, 2014 John 1:1-2:25

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 John 3:1-4:54

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 John 5:1-6:24

Thursday, November 6, 2014 John 6:25-7:44

Friday, November 7, 2014 John 7:45-9:12

Saturday, November 8, 2014 John 9:13-11:16

Sunday, November 9, 2014 John 11:17-12:50

Monday, November 10, 2014 John 13:1-15:17

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 John 15:18-18:18

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 John 18:19-20:23

Thursday, November 13, 2014 John 20:24-Acts 2:13

Friday, November 14, 2014 Acts 2:14-4:22

Saturday, November 15, 2014 Acts 4:23-6:15

Sunday, November 16, 2014 Acts 7:1-8:25

Monday, November 17, 2014 Acts 8:26-10:22

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 Acts 10:23-13:3

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Acts 13:4-14:28

Thursday, November 20, 2014 Acts 15:1-17:9

Friday, November 21, 2014 Acts 17:10-19:41

Saturday, November 22, 2014 Acts 20:1-21:36

Sunday, November 23, 2014 Acts 21:37-24:27

Monday, November 24, 2014 Acts 25:1-27:26

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 Acts 27:27-Romans 1:32

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 Romans 2:1-4:25

Thursday, November 27, 2014 Romans 5:1-8:17

Friday, November 28, 2014 Romans 8:18-11:10

Saturday, November 29, 2014 Romans 11:11-15:13

Sunday, November 30, 2014 Romans 15:14-1 Corinthians 2:5

Monday, December 1, 2014 1 Corinthians 2:6-6:20

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 1 Corinthians 7:1-9:27

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 1 Corinthians 10:1-12:11

Thursday, December 4, 2014 1 Corinthians 12:12-15:11

Friday, December 5, 2014 1 Corinthians 15:12-2 Corinthians 1:11

Saturday, December 6, 2014 2 Corinthians 1:12-6:2

Sunday, December 7, 2014 2 Corinthians 6:3-10:18

Monday, December 8, 2014 2 Corinthians 11:1-Galatians 1:24

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 Galatians 2:1-4:31

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 Galatians 5:1-Ephesians 2:22

Thursday, December 11, 2014 Ephesians 3:1-5:33

Friday, December 12, 2014 Ephesians 6:1-Philippians 2:30

Saturday, December 13, 2014 Philippians 3:1-Colossians 2:23

Sunday, December 14, 2014 Colossians 3:1-1 Thessalonians 3:13

Monday, December 15, 2014 1 Thessalonians 4:1-2 Thessalonians 3:15

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 2 Thessalonians 3:16-1 Timothy 6:2

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 1 Timothy 6:3-2 Timothy 4:8

Thursday, December 18, 2014 2 Timothy 4:9-Philemon 25

Friday, December 19, 2014 Hebrews 1:1-6:12

Saturday, December 20, 2014 Hebrews 6:13-10:18

Sunday, December 21, 2014Hebrews 10:19-12:29

Monday, December 22, 2014 Hebrews 13:1-James 3:12

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 James 3:13-1 Peter 2:12

Wednesday, December 24, 20141 Peter 2:13-2 Peter 1:21

Thursday, December 25, 2014 2 Peter 2:1-1 John 3:10

Friday, December 26, 2014 1 John 3:11-Jude 2

Saturday, December 27, 2014 Jude 3-Revelation 3:13

Sunday, December 28, 2014 Revelation 3:14-8:5

Monday, December 29, 2014 Revelation 8:6-13:10

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 Revelation 13:11-18:24

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 Revelation 19:1-22:21

 

Praying to Feel More Needy

This is the fourth day of the year and so far I am up to date on my Bible reading.  How about you?

Thanks to a Christmas gift from a family member, I have my own [ie. don't have to share with Mary :) ] leather bound copy of The Valley of Vision which I am reading as part of my Quiet Time now. I was struck today by the prayer “God the Source of All Good” and the request “give me to feel a need of [Christ's] continual saviorhood.”

I confess I usually pray for growth in sanctification. Am I in danger of seeking to escape from a sense of need of his continual saviorhood?  Do you pray for a greater sense of your sin which would promote that awareness of need for his continual saviorhood?

Maybe this is an element of prayer I need to include consciously and deliberately.