In 1st Corinthians 14:18-19, Paul wrote: “I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all; yet in the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I may teach others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue.”
I do not have the gift of tongues – at least, not yet. But still, I would rather speak five words of instruction and share them with the world, than receive a thousand words and keep them to myself. This blog is a place for me to share what the Holy Spirit speaks to me as I study the Bible, God’s Holy Word. So long as God continues to share His Word with me, I will share it with others.
My goal here is to teach others, and in the process I myself am being taught. These started off as daily devotionals emailed to friends, but they have since evolved into short lessons on Scripture. I am not a Bible scholar, and by title, I am a mere deacon at my church. (The WELL, meeting in Coralville, IA) But part of my service as “diakonos” is to teach the Word of God as it is revealed to me.
With these lessons I hope to help people focus daily on the Bible. We should all start our day with a daily reading of the Word, to keep “the sword of the Spirit” fresh in our minds as we face our daily routines and trials. These devotional lessons are one way to do that.
My prayer is that those who read these little lessons and reminders will be challenged to read God’s Word themselves, seeking the deeper truths to be found in listening to His voice. I also pray that these promptings from the Spirit will be a blessing to new and old Christians alike, bringing us all a little closer to our Blessed Savior by reflecting on His life, His death, and His resurrection.
I will try to post the daily devotion every morning, right after I send out the emails to my circle. If I run short on time, I’ll post it in the evening.
I have decided to compile some of these writings into a book called, appropriately enough, I Would Rather Speak. You can track my progress (such as it is) and read some other musings of mine on my other blog at I Would Rather Speak–the Book, not the Movie.
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May God bless you all.
P.S. – By the way, “Pastor Gadget” was my late wife’s nickname for me, because I rarely go anywhere without a tool on my belt. Peace, GP.