Devotion

Prayer

“Tell God all that is in your heart, as
one unloads one’s heart, its plea-
sures and its pains, to a dear friend.
Tell Him your troubles, that He may
comfort you; tell Him your joys, that
He may sober them; tell Him your longings…

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Who is God? What is He like?

Yesterday I wrote about a sermon I heard recently that has been impacting how I read my Bible. Today we’ll go on with the second resource that’s been inspiring my reading habits lately. Over at Desiring God, Noel Piper wrote an article about how she abandoned her usual Bible-in-a-Year plan for a more engaging way of reading, and I’ve fallen a little in love with it.
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Reading to listen

I have posted before Bible reading habits and plans. I’ve come across a couple of resources in the past few weeks that have shaped my current reading habits (you might call this flavour of the month, I tend to change things up frequently). Before we start, obviously primary considerations when reading the Bible devotionally are

a) What does the text mean? (draw your own mindmap from that concept involving historical and textual context, writer intent, original reader context, literary qualities, etc)

b) What might God be trying to say to me through it, or want me to get out of it?

Starting more specifically on the latter, we heard a sermon in church the other Sunday (entitled “Jesus’ Words” if you look for it) about