It is a new year, and that means I finished last year’s devotional book. I don’t always read a devotional book. In fact, it had been a few years since I’d done it. I both love and hate them. They can re-focus you, moving you to different places than your ordinary reading. At times it can seem routine, as the heart struggles to engage and can’t find the line between healthy rhythm of life and legalistic ritualism. You have that problem too, right?
When I saw that New Growth Press had released Saving Grace by C. John (Jack) Miller, I thought this would be a good one to use. It would keep pushing the gospel into my face. You need that too, right?
The risk with any such devotional is being utterly scattered, lacking any organizational principle. I sometimes feel this with Morning and Evening and it is only January 11th. But in this devotional there are themes that may run through a week or two. I got a good sense of continuity as I worked through this devotional. There were times that emphasized prayer, for instance.
Taken, I believe, from sermons, these are very good excerpts that accomplish the goal. It helps us to engage with God and the gospel. The focus is on grace. Yes, he talks about holiness/sanctification and not just justification. So, if you are thinking of buying and reading a devotional book, I’d recommend this one.
As I consider my 2015, it was filled with challenges. I was involved in a never-ending building project. I was also editing my own book for publication through much of the year. We had a family leave our congregation. Parenting and husbanding is filled with challenges and distractions. In the midst of this, and the ordinary burdens of ministry, this kept bringing me back to the simple gospel I need to make it through each day, week, month and year.