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“The first thing you’ve got to do every morning is get the Word into you,” says Ann Voskamp, blogger, Compassion partner, and New York Times bestselling author of One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are. Voskamp’s family has cultivated a tradition of reading the Bible at every meal. “My husband’s family never left the table without reading Scripture. If you’re going to eat food, you’re going to eat real food as well—‘Man does not live by bread alone.’ In the 18 years we’ve been married, we’ve never left the table—breakfast, lunch or dinner—unless we quote from the Bible and read together. It’s a way of preaching the gospel to yourself all of the time.”—Jessi Strong
Dr. Sunday Agang, provost of the Evangelical Church Winning All Seminary (ECWA) in Kagoro, Nigeria, tells his students that they need to talk with Muslims. “We need to be interacting and engaging each other in a manner that treats people with respect as human beings. In Colossians Paul says, ‘Clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, and peace, gentleness and patience’ (Col 3:12). I tell my students that when we are violent, we lack compassion, and so we are missing out on what God wants us to do.” He says, ‘put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony’ (Col 3:14). You cannot be peaceful if you do not have love.”—Jessi Strong
As children, we learn of Jonah being swallowed by a “big fish” and then spewed out after three days. This seemingly climactic moment is just one of several obstacles Jonah faced while evading God’s commands (see Jonah 1:4; 4:6–8). However, by focusing so much on Jonah and the fish, we (like Jonah) might downplay the greatest miracle of all: the entire city of Nineveh repenting and turning to God (see 3:4–10).—Miles Custis
We often think a biblical prophecy is genuine only if it comes to pass, as Deuteronomy 18:21–22 seems to support: “When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously.” But using this passage to explain the nature of all biblical prophecy is inaccurate. Prophecies sometimes did fail—by God’s design.—Robert B. Chisholm
Hosea’s autobiography-as-oracle transforms stark imagery into something intensely personal. He becomes more than preacher—he is a character in his own sermon. This melding of person and message is a standard feature or “trope” of the Bible’s prophetic books. . . . The biblical prophets weren’t afraid to get personal when preaching God’s word.—Eli T. Evans