Monday, August 24, 2020

How I Am Beginning This Day - 8/24/20


7 AM. 

I start this day with two devotional books.

I read the daily entry from Faith That Matters: 365 Devotionals from Classic Christian Leaders. In today's entry Brennan Manning tells me this: “Once you come to know the love of Jesus Christ, nothing else in the world will seem beautiful or desirable.”

These words slow me down. Yes. I read the same idea, recently, in Becket Cook's book

Next, I open Hearing God Through the Year: A 365-Day Devotional. Dallas Willard quotes John 3:3.

“No one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” (John 3:3 NRSV). 

Willard adds, "Without this birth we cannot recognize God’s workings: we do not possess the appropriate faculties and equipment."

I have been "born from above." One result, immediately, was that I began to experience the ethics of Jesus. (See, e.g., here.) Today I am reminded of this, and give thanks. 

I then open to Proverbs 31. For months I have been slow-cooking in Proverbs. Sometimes I can only handle one verse. Proverbs is epistemically thick.

I stop at 31:10-11.

A wife of noble character who can find? 

She is worth far more than rubies. 

Her husband has full confidence in her 

and lacks nothing of value.

I have found her.

My last stop, this morning, is Matthew chapters 5-7. Yesterday morning, at Redeemer, I issued a renewed call to discipleship. I asked people to respond by coming forward. I handed each person a paper, containing an assignment. 

This week, slow-cook in Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. If God speaks to you, email me what you are hearing. (

I'm joining this movement.

I open to Matthew 5.

Jesus' disciples came to him,

and he began to teach them.

I came to him fifty years ago. This morning, I find myself still sitting at his feet.