The Naked Prophet August 22 Devotional

Eocene

The Lord made you a priest in place of Jehoiada, and you are now the chief officer in the Temple. It is your duty to see that every crazy person who pretends to be a prophet is placed in chains with an iron collar around the neck. Why haven’t you done this to Jeremiah of Anathoth, who has been speaking as a prophet to the people?

(Jeremiah 29:26-27) Good News Translation

The Lord, the God of Israel, said to me, “Write down in a book everything that I have told you, because the time is coming when I will restore my people, Israel and Judah. I will bring them back to the land that I gave their ancestors, and they will take possession of it again. I, the Lord, have spoken.”

(Jeremiah 30:1-3) Good News Translation

If we (that’s me and the Holy spirit) use deductive reasoning in how we account for the evidence, a buried ecosystem, we come to the conclusion that the Eocene was deposited in a world-wide flood.

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WS First

Today we want to give a big THANK YOU to winstonsalemfirst for their 30 Days of Prayer stories on Instagram. We stumbled onto it at a moment when we needed an encouraging word and it was exactly what we needed, right when we needed it.

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Think on These Things

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

(Philippians 4:8-9) ESV

By the grace of God we’re intellectually and physically free. We get to think about whatever we want and decide how we spend our time. There are few constraints but we should be mindful not to squander our freedom.

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Rejoice in the Lord Always

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

(Philippians 4:4-7) ESV

We’re going to take a moment to step back from methodically interleaving the Bible with science, just for a day. This is a snapshot of our life taken this day in 2019.

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We’re moving

We just got to the end of Biblio’s Blood on Instagram (the story so far) and I’m getting ready to start a new series. I have to say I’m really excited about the Christmas holiday, as it’s going to be all about Biblio’s Blood, including moving to a new domain! Between now and then I was thinking about running through all of the Matty’s Paradigm material again, but I’m pausing to think for a moment. I love sharing Matty’s Paradigm on Instagam because it’s a safe, friendly place where I can relax and let it out in the form of a casual conversation. Instagram is non-judgemental and supportive. Not like Twitter.

Matty’s Paradigm has been slowly bubbling away for many years until a year ago I began blogging it. Twitter immediately became the battleground where all of the issues and ideas have been subjected to hard fighting. In some ways it is reminiscent of wrestling with God, perhaps like what Jacob experienced in Genesis. Wrestling perfectly summarises Twitter, but I have to give it its dues: there is no better forum for ideas. I feel like Matty’s Paradigm is being rigorously stress tested. It’s been a year of fierce battles and huge success, so in the run up to Christmas I’m going to chill out. I have decided to begin to pull together all the material I have that is based on my life in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Wake Forest University. I hope that you’ll enjoy it.