An Appointment, Not a Habit

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Dear Ones –


Alec Motyer* in his daily devotional on the Book of Isaiah (Isaiah By the Day) says this:


“Isn’t there a disciplined habit to be cultivated if we are to get to know our Bibles like Jesus knew his? Yes, indeed. But isn’t it easy for the habit to become an end in itself, a pride in moving the book-marker on the requisite number of pages per day? But no pondering the Word, no making sure its truth is reaching from the page to the mind and so to the heart, no concern for the Word to change us into the likeness of our Savior?”


As we continue to work our way together through the Bible in 2018, don’t get discouraged if you fall behind “the requisite number of pages per day.” Our Bible reading should never be just a habit. It should be an appointment with our God we look forward to keeping every morning and evening; an opportunity to allow God’s Word to change us into the likeness of Jesus.


If you are not tracking with us through the Bible with Robert Murray M’Cheyne’s reading plan, it’s never too late to start. Start today. If you’ve fallen behind, forget the past and start again with today’s reading. M’Cheyne’s reading plan is easily accessible from our church app, allowing you to read each day’s reading right from your Smartphone or Tablet.


Keep reading. Pray as you read.


*J. Alec Motyer (1924 – 26 August 2016) was a renowned Old Testament pastor-scholar from Dublin, Ireland. Born John Alexander Motyer (pronounced maw-TEAR [as in the “tear” of “teardrop”] in Dublin, he graduated with a BD (1949) and MA (1951) from Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Ireland, and did further studies at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He was ordained in the Church of England in 1947 as a deacon, and then in 1948 as a priest, serving as a curate in Penn Fields, Wolverhampton (1947-1950), and at Holy Trinity Church in Bristol (1950-1954). In Bristol, he also served as Tutor, and then Vice Principal, of Clifton College (1950-1965). From there, he became Vicar of St Luke’s, West Hampstead (1965-1970), but returned to Bristol as Deputy Principal of Tyndale Hall (1970-1971), and then became the Principal of the reconstituted Trinity College (1971-1981). His final decade of active parish ministry was as the Minister at Westbourne (Bournemouth) (1981-1989).