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Shirley Thomas' Devotion

Good morning

By: Shirley Thomas

25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does (James 1:25, NKJV).

I am learning that I do not have to take giant leaps for humanity in your name. You only ask that I be obedient to Your will and word. Please guide me today in all my steps, big or small.

The Victor Greeted

The Victor Greeted
The Victor Greeted

Day’s End, Sea of Galilee

Day’s End, Sea of Galilee


Matthew 6:29 Excerpt

The third king of Israel (c. 971–931 bc), son of David and Bathsheba (2 Sa. 12:24); also named Jedidiah (‘beloved of the Lord’) by Nathan the prophet (2 Sa. 12:25). Solomon (šʾelōmōh, probably ‘peaceful’) does not figure in the biblical narrative until the last days of David (1 Ki. 1:10ff.) despite the fact that he was born (in Jerusalem; 2 Sa. 5:14) early in his father’s reign.

Hubbard, D. A. “Solomon.” Ed. D. R. W. Wood et al. New Bible dictionary 1996 : 1116. Print.

Portion of a Manuscript in Syriac

Portion of a Manuscript in Syriac
‎From a Photograph by Mrs. Lewis. ‎Found in the convent of Sinai in 1892 by Mrs. Lewis. ‎Luke 7:44–47

The Woman Caught in Adultery

The Woman Caught in Adultery

This story, beloved for its revelation of God’s mercy toward sinners, is found only in John. It was almost certainly not part of John’s original Gospel. The NIV separates this passage off from the rest of the Gospel with the note, “The earliest and most reliable manuscripts and other ancient witnesses do not have John 7:53—John 8:11.” That is, the earliest Greek manuscripts, the earliest translations and the earliest church fathers all lack reference to this story. Furthermore, some manuscripts place it at other points within John (after John 7:36, John 7:44 or John 21:25), others include it in the Gospel of Luke (placing it after Luke 21:38), and many manuscripts have marks that indicate the scribes “were aware that it lacked satisfactory credentials” (Metzger 1994:189). Furthermore, it contains many expressions that are more like those in the Synoptic Gospels than those in John.

Whitacre, Rodney A. John. Vol. 4. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Pres…

Eve Spins While Adam Digs

Eve Spins While Adam Digs
Eve spins while Adam digs; thirteenth-century stone relief, Sainte Chapelle, Paris.
As the narrative continues, Eve is tricked by the “crafty” serpent into eating forbidden fruit (Gen. 3:1–7). In part, she apparently believes that if she does so, she will not die, but will become like God, knowing good and evil (a possible figure of speech for “knowing all things”). She also wants to eat the fruit, however, because she sees that it is good for food and a delight to the eyes. After eating the fruit, she gives some to her husband, who the text says “was with her” (i.e., party to the exchange with the serpent, though silent throughout), and he eats as well. As a consequence of this disobedience, both Adam and Eve are suddenly ashamed of their nakedness, and they create garments of fig leaves for themselves. Then, God expels them from the garden and Eve is specifically punished in two ways: she (and apparently, though not explicitly, all women after her) will hav…

Strymon River Valley

Strymon River Valley ‎The Strymon River valley near Amphipolis, Greece.

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

January 28

  Not as I will, but as thou wilt
Matt. 26:39
There are no disappointments to those whose wills are buried in the will of God.


Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1997. Print.

Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan

January 28: Carpe Diem
Genesis 44; Hebrews 8–9; Ecclesiastes 11:1–4

The Latin phrase Carpe Diem, means “seize the day.” Taking risks to make your life extraordinary is biblical, if done according to God’s plan and principles. The idea behind this comes from Ecclesiastes: “Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days” (Eccl 11:1).

Bread acts as the symbol for substance in the ancient world; the author of Ecclesiastes is suggesting that we should follow God’s plan, even at the possible cost of our livelihood. He then suggests that what we give to God, He will return. This is opposite from a self-protection mentality. The “waters” in the proverb represent chaos, suggesting that in letting go of even the most chaotic circumstances, we learn about God’s ability to give what we need.

This is further illustrated when the author says, “Give a portion to seven, or even to eight, for you know not what disaster may happen on earth.… He who observes the wind will not sow, …

My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year

January 28th
But it is hardly credible that one could so persecute Jesus!

Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me? Acts 26:14.

Am I set on my own way for God? We are never free from this snare until we are brought into the experience of the baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire. Obstinacy and self-will will always stab Jesus Christ. It may hurt no one else, but it wounds His Spirit. Whenever we are obstinate and self-willed and set upon our own ambitions, we are hurting Jesus. Every time we stand on our rights and insist that this is what we intend to do, we are persecuting Jesus. Whenever we stand on our dignity we systematically vex and grieve His Spirit; and when the knowledge comes home that it is Jesus Whom we have been persecuting all the time, it is the most crushing revelation there could be.

Is the word of God tremendously keen to me as I hand it on to you, or does my life give the lie to the things I profess to teach? I may teach sanctification and yet exhibit the spirit of Satan, …

Morning and Evening: Daily Readings

Morning, January 28      Go To Evening Reading
         “Perfect in Christ Jesus.”           — Colossians 1:28
Do you not feel in your own soul that perfection is not in you? Does not every day teach you that? Every tear which trickles from your eye, weeps “imperfection”; every harsh word which proceeds from your lip, mutters “imperfection.” You have too frequently had a view of your own heart to dream for a moment of any perfection in yourself. But amidst this sad consciousness of imperfection, here is comfort for you—you are “perfect in Christ Jesus.” In God’s sight, you are “complete in him;” even now you are “accepted in the Beloved.” But there is a second perfection, yet to be realized, which is sure to all the seed. Is it not delightful to look forward to the time when every stain of sin shall be removed from the believer, and he shall be presented faultless before the throne, without spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing? The Church of Christ then will be so pure, that not even t…