Daily Archives: August 27, 2018

August 27: My Momma Done Tol’ Me

Isaiah 55:1–57:21; Luke 21:25–22:23; Job 12:13–25

I went through a phase when I was obsessed with the blues. Something about the soul was at work in the music—a genre created late at night while reflecting on hard times. The music was written more for the songwriter than the audience because the audience had usually gone home by the time these songs were sung. The blues express raw, uncut emotions. The same can be said of the ot prophets.

A blues singer can turn a common phrase into something profound. The idea that “I knew better, but I made the mistake anyway” becomes the blues refrain “my momma done tol’ me,” complete with chord structure and growling voice. And “I’m struggling—everything is falling apart” becomes “my dog done died.” The prophets likewise use mundane things like water and food to describe emotional and spiritual struggles. They explain the root of the problem—the cause of our ills: “Ho! Everyone thirsty, come to the waters! And whoever has no money, come, buy and eat, and come, buy without money, wine and milk without price! Why do you weigh out money for what is not food, and your labor for what cannot satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and let your soul take pleasure in rich food” (Isa 55:1–2).

Jesus did the same thing as the prophet—but on a much grander scale—when He turned the idea of bread and wine into a symbol of His sacrifice for all humanity: “ ‘For I tell you that I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.’ And he took bread, and after giving thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ And in the same way the cup after they had eaten, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood which is poured out for you’ ” (Luke 22:16, 19–20).

But Jesus wasn’t singing the blues about His broken body and His blood poured out; He was turning the phrase for a new purpose. Jesus’ work turns our blues into beauty.

What mundane things is God—through the redemptive act of Christ—turning from blues to beauty in your life?

John D. Barry[1]


[1] Barry, J. D., & Kruyswijk, R. (2012). Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

August 27 The Triumph of Love

“[Love] endures all things” (1 Cor. 13:7).

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Love triumphs over opposition.

Endurance is the final characteristic of love that Paul mentions in this passage. The Greek word translated “endures” is a military term that speaks of being positioned in the middle of a violent battle. It refers not to withstanding minor annoyances but to incredible opposition—without ceasing to love.

Stephen is a good example of enduring love. He preached God’s message without compromise, but his enemies stoned him to death. His last act was to fall on his knees, crying out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!” (Acts 7:60). A lesser man might have hated his tormentors, but not Stephen. He forgave them and beseeched God to do likewise, following the example of his Lord, who on the cross prayed, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). That’s the endurance of godly love.

Love bears all hurts, sins, and disappointments. It never broadcasts them but makes every attempt to reconcile and restore sinners. Love believes the best about others and is never cynical or suspicious. Even when it’s under severe attack, it forgives and clings to the hope of God’s power and promises. That kind of love should characterize every believer.

Your love may not be perfect, but it should be obvious. If you’re struggling with implementing love in some area of your life, remember these five keys:

  • Acknowledge that love is a command (Rom. 13:8–10).
  • Agree that you have the spiritual resources to love others as God loves you (Rom. 5:5).
  • Understand that loving others is normal Christian behavior (1 John 4:7–10).
  • Realize that love is the Spirit’s work (Gal. 5:22).
  • Be fervent in your love for others (1 Peter 1:22; 4:8).

Godly love should be your highest purpose and greatest joy (Matt. 22:36–40). As you love others, you glorify Christ and make Him known to the world.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Review the fifteen characteristics of love from 1 Corinthians 13:4–7, asking God to increase each of them in your life.

For Further Study: Reread each reference in the five keys for implementing love in your life, and commit at least one to memory.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 252). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

08/27/2018 — Wretched

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•Which story is most disgusting
•Abortion Ice Cream, Oprah’s Abortion celebration, Catholic sex-abuse Scandal
•The Republican-majority Senate refused to defund Planned Parenthood
•The physical and Spiritual abuse in the Catholic Church
•One pastor’s tale of adoption in an unsupportive church
•India is putting a muzzle on Christian missions
•Bringing the Gospel into a shooting situation
•Straws and the environment

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AUGUST 27 MEN WHO DO NOT PRAY

The fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

1 Corinthians 3:13

The indications are all around us in Christianity that we are greatly in need of worshipers.

We have a lot of men who are willing to sit on our church boards but have no desire for spiritual joy and radiance and who never show up for the church prayer meeting!

It has always seemed to me to be a frightful incongruity that men who do not pray and do not worship are nevertheless running many of the churches and ultimately determining the direction they will take.

It hits very close to our own situation, perhaps, but we should confess that in many “good churches,” we let the women do the praying and let the men do the voting!

God calls us to worship, but in many instances we are majoring in entertainment, just running a poor second to the theater. This is where we are, even in evangelical churches. Yet God’s first call to us is for the offering of true worship!

Lord, just as You taught Your disciples how to pray, I ask that during this current generation there will be a Spirit-led prayer revival in all our churches. What a spiritual power surge that would create![1]


[1] Tozer, A. W. (2015). Mornings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.