The Expository Thoughts Website has an article that graphs the Daily Devotions of to the ESV devotions site. We see that there is, as you might expect, a spike in January and then a drop that only goes up at another huge spike in December.
There are two things that this makes me wonder. The first is what can we as preachers do to help people keep up their daily devotions? While it is true that ultimately whether a person keeps daily devotions is up to them, the preacher can probably do some things that might at least influence people to continue devotions?
The second thing I wonder about is what does the graph look like for preachers? My guess is that it is exactly the same graph. As preacher’s we must recognize that our power comes from our connection to God. That connection comes from prayer and Bible study. Without it, we are adrift. So the second question that we as preachers must contemplate is how can we motivate ourselves to pick up and continue our devotions?
The book Blackening of the Bible is a survey of African American approaches to reading the Bible.
How do you find a text to preach? In this episode we discuss a few possibilities. This is Step 1: Choosing a Text which is the first in a series of podcasts that are essentially the audio book of You Can Preach: 7 steps to an effective sermon. I would encourage you to listen to the audio here and download the ebook if you have not done it yet.
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What was the way in which God brought the heavens into existence? – Psalms 33:6-9.
What is it that Christ uses to uphold all things? – Hebrews 1:3.
Of what great truth are some willingly ignorant? – 2 Peter 3:5,6.
By what are the present heavens and earth reserved for a similar fate? – 2 Peter 3:7.
What other passage of Scripture also reveals that creative power is exercised through the word of God? – Psalms 148:5.
What change is wrought out in the life of one who is in Christ? – 2 Corinthians 5:17.
Jesus described this same experience in what other passage? – John 3:3.
By what agency is this new creation or new birth accomplished? – 1 Peter 1:23.
What is the first creative commandment that is mentioned in the Bible? – Genesis 1:3.
Did God also command another light to shine out of darkness? – 2 Corinthians 4:6.
What was it about Christ’s teaching that astonished people? – Luke 4:32.
What important fact testified to the power of Christ’s word? – Luke 4:36.
In ancient times, how did God bring healing to His people? – Psalm 107:20.
In what way did the Roman centurion reveal his strong faith in Christ? – Matthew 8:8.
What did Christ say is the seed of the kingdom of God? – Luke 8:11.
Where does God want Christ’s word to dwell? – Colossians 3:16.
Could those who believed not on Jesus Christ receive this important seed? – John 5:38.
How does the Word of God work in the life of the believer? – 1 Thessalonians 2:13.
What new nature is imparted to us through the promises of God? – 2 Peter 1:4.
What is it that can cleanse the lives of believers in Christ? – John 15:3.
How can a young man cleanse his ways? – Psalm 119:9.
What is the result of accepting the Word of God into the heart and life? – Psalm 119:11.
What does the first scripture in the Bible reveal about God? – Genesis 1:1.
What Bible contrast is repeatedly drawn between the true God and false gods?
Jeremiah 10:11,16. Jeremiah 14:22.
Through whom did God work in the creation of all things? – John 1:1-3.
Through whom is our redemption provided? – Romans 5:8,9.
What passage of Scripture speaks of the Creator as Redeemer? – Isaiah 43:1.
Which prayer of David reveals that God’s redemptive work of man is a creative work? – Psalms 51:10.
Where are we told that Christ, the active agent in creation, is also the head of the church? – Colossians 1:16-18.
What scripture clearly shows that it is God’s creative power which transforms the believer?
Who is it that keeps the stars in their places in the heavens?
What can the same Creator do for you and me?
How much of this power is available to help us in our need?
Who sustains the universe and keeps it each moment?
Why is God worthy to receive our worship, praise and honor?