Reading with the Pastor Proverbs 2; Psalm 63 and Hebrews 11 Reading Proverbs 2 today with the echo of yesterday’s chapter 1 and a glance across the page at chapters 3 and 4, I am struck by the concern Solomon displays for his son’s growth in wisdom and discernment. 1:8 “Hear, my son … More What Does a Thirsty Soul Want?
Read Psalm 37 (especially verses 1-8) 4 Delight yourself in the LORD; . … And He will give you the desires of your heart. ………….. (Psalm 37:4) What does verse 4 … More “I Call These Noises Silence”
Today in my devotions I was reading Psalm 16. I don’t know why. It was a mistake. I should have been reading Acts 16 and Psalm 21 as a part of Reading with the Pastor. But somehow I went to Psalm 16 first. I’m glad I did. The second verse reminded me of the greatness … More Your Majestic Neighbors
Friday is for Heart Songs Reading with the Pastor Luke 21 and Psalm 103 (Click on the sound file to the right of this post just above the search box.) Today’s reading is 38 verses in Luke but it is the first four verses that have captured me. See if they don’t do the same for … More The Widow’s Large Gift
Reading with the Pastor Luke 6 and Psalm 81 a brief offering for “The Poetry Project”* Read Psalm 81 Sing for joy to God our strength; …… Shout joyfully to the God of Jacob. (vs. 1) . . . Open your mouth wide and I will fill it. (vs. 10b) Our Souls Leak Not only … More Our Souls Leak
Reading with the Pastor James 3 and Psalm 56-57 As a teacher, it is hard for me to get past verse 1 of chapter 3 in the letter of James. “Let not many of you become teachers, my brothers, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment.” There is a weight that any teacher … More How is it Possible to Write Without Pain?
Meditations on Matthew 18 and Psalm 22 Read the parable of the unforgiving servant in Matthew 18:21-35. Let it sink into your soul. If the body of Christ would master just this one parable, the whole life of the church, our families, our relationships with others would be radically changed. Pray for that. Start with … More What Jesus Was Thinking on the Cross?
What does it Take to Thrive Under Pressure? Part of the Poetry Project Suggested by a Reading of Psalm 12 Read Psalm 12 “There is no strength left in the world of men.” —Elrond, in The Fellowship of the Ring, by J.R.R. Tolkein Resilience is the ability to thrive under pressure. I have seen some … More Resilience: The Ability to Thrive under Pressure
Wednesday is for Prayer Sleep is over-rated. One hour, and then toss, switch sides, too hot, toilet, a thousand thoughts, turn them into prayers, what was that sound?, more thoughts, more prayers, give up, rise up, light on, rearrange bed, locate Bible, listen to the voice of God. Last night, reading, praying, meditating on Psalm … More The King and a Blade of Dry Grass (a meditation)
The Poetry Project Continues Poems for Psalms (Part of the “Poetry Project”) Suggested by Psalm 127 In December of 2009 or thereabouts, my son, Marty Schoenleber III (aka Marty S. Dalton), put a video up on Youtube.com. It inspired me to keep working on a project I thought of a couple of years ago. The idea is to … More Delighting in Undeserved Gifts