…because if you already struggle with time to keep up with the discipline of devotional reading, you will not have the time to blog about it. Duh.

Besides that disclaimer, I’m really enjoying the Gospel of Matthew!

I should have mentioned that I have a specific methodology to my reading. I use the ESV Literary Study Bible my wonderful wife got me for Christmas to read Scripture. This helps me to approach the text without relying on study notes, as well as my own highlighting/comments, that seem to draw me down the exact same path of determining how God is speaking to me. I also like the organization of this bible, in that it puts notes about the literary style of the specific text in a block before the text. I usually read a couple of chapters, then close my eyes to picture the text. This always seems to help me meditate on the narrative.

The most important thing I’ve found is that “just doing it” always cause me to “just do it” more.

Ain’t discipline a great thing?

The Gospel of Matthew

April 10, 2008

I just completed my devotional reading of 1 John, so it’s time for a gospel infusion!I’ve also been teaching a little out of 1 Corinthians, so I’ve been “epistle-heavy” for the last few months.

I studied Mark and John in the fall, so I think it’s time to get back into Matthew.

After I work my way through Matthew, I’d like to go back to one of the prophets. It’s very easy to neglect both the major and minor prophets in devotional study. I want to train my mind to see the gospel in the Old Testament.

But first…Matthew 1:1-17