Lady Wisdom Calls Out

Reading the Word Proverbs 1:20–23 (ESV) 20  Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice; 21  at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks: 22  “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge? 23  If you turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you. Understanding and Applying the Word Wisdom is personified as a woman who calls … Continue reading Lady Wisdom Calls Out

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Learning from Your Parents

  Reading the Word Proverbs 1:8–9 (ESV) 8 Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, 9 for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck. Understanding and Applying the Word Yesterday, I posted the opening words to the Book of Proverbs. As I considered those words, I thought, “Why not spend some time in the Book of Proverbs and examine some f the things we learn there?” So, that is what I plan to do for the next several days. Let me know if you have any favorites that you … Continue reading Learning from Your Parents

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The Importance of Teachers

Reading the Word Ephesians 4:11–16 (ESV) 11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness … Continue reading The Importance of Teachers

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The Devotion of the Early Church

Shaped by the Word is a daily, Bible-reading devotional. On Sundays, I do not include supplemental material, but I do post a suggested Scripture reading. Please be sure to subscribe to this page so you can follow along each day. Thanks for reading! Reading the Word Acts 2:42–47 (ESV) 42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. … Continue reading The Devotion of the Early Church

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The True Source of Authority

Reading the Word John 7:14–24 (ESV) 14 About the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and began teaching. 15 The Jews therefore marveled, saying, “How is it that this man has learning, when he has never studied?” 16 So Jesus answered them, “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me. 17 If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority. 18 The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but the one who … Continue reading The True Source of Authority

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