Last Christmas I received a new NVI Bible (by request), since my old one was falling apart. It has lines in the margins for notes. My first notes, for a sermon, covered Rom 8.28-39. Quite a good place to start, don’t you think?

Destination of a long journey reached. Needed: rest, food, bath. So have travelers in all eras required after a trek, be it on foot, by Roman cargo ship, by carriage, or by a metal tube hurtling through the skies.

The Lord answered prayer for safe travels and, above and beyond, removed a traveler from our three-seat section so that the Missus and I had some extra space.

On arrival, a beautiful study Bible awaited me, gracious gift from a good friend. Did son and family get neglected for a few minutes while said Scripture got examined with care? The debate is open.

In today’s devotional, Ed Mathews uses Amos 8.12 as the basis for his devotional.

Much is discovered when we search the word of God. Therein we discover what can be found nowhere else: a thorough equipping “for every good work,” II Timothy 3:16,17. The vitality of our soul depends on faithfully reading the Bible. To neglect it will inevitably result in spiritual starvation. Those who ignore His word and despise His instruction will finally quit hearing from Him, Acts 13:46. His word is given in grace. It is taken away in disgrace, Proverbs 1:24-28.

In God’s word is spiritual life and power to please him and serve others.

What passages did you read yesterday in the Bible? What is your plan for today? Tomorrow? For the next week?

So two days ago, I read Isa 51.16 and spent some time studying it. It served as the verse of the day for the 22nd. Now, this prayer uses this same verse in its daily devotional. If it were a common verse like John 3.16, nobody would think a thing. But a relatively unknown verse like this one from Isaiah? Somebody might say the Lord is sending a message.

This boat was dug up in the 1980s. Jesus might have ridden in it. Odds are not favorable, but it’s possible. He likely rode in one like it. May it help to bring home to us even more those stories in the NT when Jesus was near or on the Sea of Galilee.

Tonight in our Bible reading group we talked about finishing what we start — as in resolutions and plans for the year. From Ecc 7.8 we went to 2 Cor 8.1-12 and especially verse 11, where Paul told the saints in that city to finish the task. Planning is good — God does it. And he finishes his plans. (Remember Jesus: “It is finished!”)

Focus question: How can we make our resolutions and plans so as to guarantee, as far as lies within us, their success?

One suggestion is to write them down. Another is to set down as many details as possible.

What suggestion do you have to answer the question above?

#1. Last magazine of the year picked up from the printer today. First one for next year is well along the way.

#2. Rained a good part of the afternoon, but it slacked up enough to let me walk to the gym for one of the most rigorous workouts ever.

#3. Good news a few days ago: Somers reinstating support level from 2016. Will be a blessed relief.

#4. Would be hasty step, but one is tempted to jump to using the Versão fácil de ler. Have been reading the OT portion, recently released.

#5. I usually take weeks to adjust to writing the new year properly. Today I put the date down as 2018. Getting ahead of myself.

#6. An original verse: He ate our food and felt our pains and aches; / With us in our hard war he still partakes.

#7. A Bible verse: “So do not throw away your confidence, because it has great reward” Heb 10.35.