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High Privilege

​My daily devotional journey began with the Moravian Daily Texts. Probably the most widely-read devotional guide in the world, there are scripture readings, hymn stanzas, two verses, and a prayer for each day. Bible readings move through the psalms in a year and the rest of the Bible in two years. With the Daily Texts, my devotional time is firmly established in God’s Word (Heb. 4:12).

I also read from A Year with Dietrich Bonhoeffer. These daily meditations are drawn from Bonhoeffer’s letters, books, and sermons. Through two millennia, mature believers have applied biblical truth in their context with wisdom that resonates in every age (1 Cor. 2:6-16). Like other Christian devotional classics, Bonhoeffer’s insights challenge me to a deeper walk with Christ.

Recently, I have added a third book, Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day. Written by a pastor who emerged through the rock band scene to become a Christ-follower and church planter, Friar Tuck offers a daily “gospel riff” in a compact, straight-talking, and hard-hitting devotional. Every day Friar Tuck relentlessly presses me to decide for Christ (Josh. 24:15).

With these devotional readings, I start each day with the bedrock of Scripture, the wisdom of the sages, and a call to decision—a practice that, more often than not, draws me into the presence and counsel of Jesus (Deut. 4:7; Jer. 23:18,22; Rev. 3:20).

In your devotional patterns, as they develop, you share in this high privilege.

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