I’m enjoying working my way through Paul’s epistles again.  I’ll begin this month by finishing Philippians, and then move through Colossians . . . perhaps the one little book in Paul’s writings that has had the most profound effect on my personal life, as it was this little book that arrested me the most, in the spring of 1975, as I was desperately searching God’s Word for direction in my personal journey in pastoral ministry.  I didn’t know what I was looking for, but I was looking, and the Holy Spirit was absolutely all over leading me into Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians, and when I got into Colossians, and worked my way into chapter two, I was ready to hear Paul challenge me that being such a good Sunday school boy, and keeping the church rules, was not getting me to where God wants me to be.  And I acknowledged that I certainly wanted a living style that was authentically following Jesus, and that I would not be satisfied with just keeping the church rules and satisfying the rule-makers.  It messed me up, to be sure, but it was answering the questions I didn’t know how to ask, and that journey into freedom is continuing today, continually intruding into my life, and forcing me, once again, to examine whether I’m just keeping the look-good rules or authentically following Jesus. 
 
. . . and then Acts became more meaningful to me.  And I read the accounts of how the men and women of the early church acted and lived with a new enlightenment. 
 
Perhaps you catch the drift that I experienced an encounter with God, over those few weeks, that has profoundly affected and guided my life over the last several decades?  Yep!  Welcome to my journey, and it’s really good to have you along as my traveling companions.  And I hope you have a powerful encounter with the Holy Spirit as we wander along in our devotional reading . . .
 
Shalom,

D.P. 
 

Devotional Reading Calendar – May 2019

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

 
April 29th
Phil. 1
 
April 30th
Phil. 2
 
May 1 
Phil. 3-4 
 

Col. 1-2 
 

Col. 3-4 
 

Acts 1 
 

Acts 2 
 

Acts 3
 

Acts 4
 

Acts 5
 

Acts 6
 
10
Acts 7
 
11
Acts 8
  
12
Acts 9
 
13 
Acts 10
 
14 
Acts 11
 
15
Acts 12
 
16
Acts 13
 
17
Acts 14
 
18
Acts 15
 
19 
Acts 16
 
20 
Acts 17
 
21 
Acts 18
 
22 
Acts 19
 
23 
Acts 20
 
24
Acts 21
 
25
Acts 22
 
26
Acts 23
 
27 
Acts 24
 
28 
Acts 25
 
29 
Acts 26
 
30 
Acts 27
 
31
Acts 28