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Devotional Reading

January 31, 2011

Along with my Bible reading (90 days modified Horner System), I’m now regularly reading from a few devotional books / emails.  A well-known one, which I receive by email, is Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening — available here.  I usually only read the morning one, since that’s when I’m in front of the computer reading email.

Another good one I’ve recently discovered is ICR.org’s “Days of Praise”.   Apparently the devotionals come in three-month booklets, and unlike Spurgeon’s devotional book the content changes from year to year.  The archives from previous years are available on the site as well.  Written by Henry H. Morris as well as a few other writers, these devotionals often deal with texts upholding the importance of God’s word, as well as some that relate to science and/or creation.  Recent devotionals have included texts such as 2 Timothy 3:16 (Jots and Tittles), several of the Psalms, and Genesis.  One devotional on Genesis 2 pointed out that Eve was really formed from “Adam’s side” (not merely a bone, a rib) — and saw this incident as a prophetic foreshadowing of the deep sleep which would come upon on “the last Adam”:

As Adam’s sacrifice gave life to his bride, so did the death of Christ quicken “the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood” (Acts 20:28).

In the evenings I usually read an entry in John MacArthur’s “Readings from the Life of Christ, volume 2,” a hardbound devotional book I received through the Grace to You mailing list, and part of a three-volume set of devotionals focused on the gospel accounts.  As with MacArthur’s other devotional books, three of which are available online (no archives, only the current day), the entries are only from the New Testament:  in this case, from the gospel accounts.  MacArthur’s devotionals have more of a teaching style, bringing up specific technical points concerning a passage.  Often these are interesting and point out new things I had not noticed — as in a devotional from Hebrews 1, mentioned in this previous blog.  The readings also highlight some more MacArthur-specific ideas that I don’t always agree with, but they at least provide opportunities to further study such texts.  My next blog (for Thursday) will consider one such matter:  MacArthur’s definition of “types.”  I would also point out here that the epilogue “application” parts are not as useful, and often seem a forced format to “apply” the good teaching to something completely unrelated.

My day’s routine is not complete without the J.C. Ryle quote of the day.  I’ve just subscribed to the Octavius Winslow devotional, and will see if I enjoy it as much as the J.C. Ryle quotes.

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