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Begin a yearlong journey with God by spending daily time in his Word and learning to speak the language of prayer! Walking through Jesus' stories in the Gospels of Matthew and John, Peterson's devotional features Scripture readings from The Message, short meditations, reflection questions, and application prayers plus room for your personal petitions or notes. 400 pages, hardcover from NavPress. Copyright 2012.
"How can I account for this generation? The people have been like spoiled children whining to their parents, 'We wanted to skip rope, and you were always too tired; we wanted to talk, but you were always too busy.' John came fasting and they called him crazy. I came feasting and they called me a lush, a friend of the riffraff. Opinion polls don't count for much, do they? The proof of the pudding is in the eating." - MATTHEW 11:16-19
Every generation wants God to dance to its tune. And every generation complains that God doesn't meet its expectations—like bored and whining children. But it is God who makes demands on us, not we on him. It is God who includes us in his plans, not we who include him in ours.
What was the difference between John and Jesus?
I pick up the consumer mentality, Lord, and shop for religion the way I shop for groceries—sorting through the shelves (the churches!) to find what suits my taste. Forgive me. Let me be still before you and respond to all that you are for me, in faith, in adoration. Amen.