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Your Daily Appointment with God
Introduction

For over ten years, The Appointment With God devotional guide has been produced to be a resource for those who desire to have a daily time of reflection and prayer. Here in these pages you will find words from members of the First Baptist family that will encourage, sustain, and challenge you in your quest to be more like Christ.

The scripture readings have been formatted around the Revised Common Lectionary. The RCL is a scripture reading plan whose purpose is to provide an organized way to read through most of the Bible in a three-year window. We use the RCL as a guide in planning the Sunday morning worships services at First Baptist. Each Sunday’s readings include:

  • An Old Testament Reading
  • A reading from the Psalms
  • An Epistle Reading
  • A Gospel Reading

The scripture readings for each week in this year’s devotional guide are the readings from Sunday’s worship. We hope that the connection and continuity from Sunday’s worship content to your daily devotions will be helpful.

Devotional reading is intended to encourage reflection and communion with God. The daily readings from our members are not intended to be Bible Study, though your engagement with this material may lead to or from a serious study of the Bible. So, you are invited to use this material as an important part of your devotional life and a catalyst for a deeper plunge into God’s Word.

Don’t stop here. God calls us to be and to do. Your time of quiet is both a stopping place and a beginning place. Fredrick Buechner put it this way:

"To journey for the sake of saving our own lives is little by little to cease to live in any sense that really matters, even to ourselves, because it is only by journeying for the world's sake - even when the world bores and sickens and scares you half to death - that little by little we start to come alive." (from The Sacred Journey: A Memoir of the Early Days)

Stop... and then go.
Phil Mitchell

 
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