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Devotional Practice

Postby Dave Roberts » Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:33 am

I completed this morning reading through the Bible in my personal devotions. This was at least my 35th time through the scriptures. I am looking for a new approach for the next cycle. I have done chronological readings, as best one can, readings beginning with the classics of the Psalms and one of the gospels, and have read from Genesis to Revelation. Anyone have suggestions for an approach I might want to take?
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Re: Devotional Practice

Postby Haruo » Tue Nov 27, 2018 1:38 pm

Have you tried it in different versions? Say, Greek (if you're able), or Moffatt, or a Catholic version e.g. Jerusalem or New Jerusalem (or Douay-Rheims!)? Or listening to it, as an illiterate might have to?
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Re: Devotional Practice

Postby Dave Roberts » Tue Nov 27, 2018 2:11 pm

Haruo wrote:Have you tried it in different versions? Say, Greek (if you're able), or Moffatt, or a Catholic version e.g. Jerusalem or New Jerusalem (or Douay-Rheims!)? Or listening to it, as an illiterate might have to?


I have rotated among NRSV, RSV, TEV, NEB, KJV, NIV, Cotton Patch NT, and Phillips. I have an audio version of the NT which I might try. Thanks for those suggestions.
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Re: Devotional Practice

Postby Dave Roberts » Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:46 am

Had a friend make a suggestion that I am trying. Since Luke is the primary gospel for year C, she suggested beginning December 1 and read one chapter each day through December 24th. Good idea!
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Re: Devotional Practice

Postby Haruo » Wed Dec 05, 2018 4:31 pm

Any other Advent practices that you're following the meanwhile?
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Re: Devotional Practice

Postby Dave Roberts » Fri Dec 07, 2018 7:49 pm

Haruo wrote:Any other Advent practices that you're following the meanwhile?


We do weekly advent candles, try to find service projects during Advent. This year we are working with a weekend backpack feeding project for 50 students at an elementary school to send food home where children have been identified as chronically not fed by families on the weekend.
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Re: Devotional Practice

Postby Tim Bonney » Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:01 pm

I'm not as consistent as I once was but I prefer to the practice of following the daily office twice a day. I've also used Anglican prayer beads quite a bit. They are similar to the rosary but the prayers are varied and not prayers to Mary or the saints. The beads simply help you concentrate on your prayers.
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Re: Devotional Practice

Postby Haruo » Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:04 am

Think I'll start a separate Advent thread. Dave, in your response to my Advent question you said "we" do candles, "we" do service projects. I'm guessing you meant you and your church, but I'm not sure. Anyhow, as the second Sunday of shorter Advent looms, I do have several other questions, only tangentially pertinent to personal devotional practice, so I'll ask them in the new thread,
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Re: Devotional Practice

Postby Dave Roberts » Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:28 am

Haruo wrote:Think I'll start a separate Advent thread. Dave, in your response to my Advent question you said "we" do candles, "we" do service projects. I'm guessing you meant you and your church, but I'm not sure. Anyhow, as the second Sunday of shorter Advent looms, I do have several other questions, only tangentially pertinent to personal devotional practice, so I'll ask them in the new thread,


Some in cooperation with church, but we have used a home advent wreath for a number of years.
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Re: Devotional Practice

Postby Dave Roberts » Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:40 am

Just finished reading through the Psalms today. May tackle the Corinthian correspondence next, but as a unit or as four letters?
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Re: Devotional Practice

Postby KeithE » Thu Jan 24, 2019 11:49 pm

Dave Roberts wrote:Just finished reading through the Psalms today. May tackle the Corinthian correspondence next, but as a unit or as four letters?



Is it 2, 3, 4, or 5 letters? scroll down to “How many letters..."

4 letters

5 letters

I forgot where (may have been a Fuller Seminary class I once took) but one scholar thought 1 Cor 13 was once a separate passage that was recited or sung.

Let us know what you think. But one does not need to know the number of separate letters to be blessed by its reading.
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Re: Devotional Practice

Postby Haruo » Fri Jan 25, 2019 2:49 am

KeithE wrote:[Some have] thought 1 Cor 13 was once a separate passage that was recited or sung.

Let us know what you think.

I think it's quite plausible. But whether it was or wasn't, it makes a great song today.

Here is a metrical Faith, Hope & Charity that is sung to LONDONDERRY AIR ("O Danny Boy" or "Would I were Erin's apple blossom o'er you"):

If we could speak all tongues of earth and heaven
but have not love our prophecy is vain;
though every mystery to us is open
to talk of love will be an empty claim.
But love is swift to clear misunderstanding,
love is not proud, insisting on display
and love is rich in patient understanding:
grant us, oh Lord of love to seek the better way.

If we should give to others when we prosper
but have not love, we fail the final test:
if we should place our substance on the altar,
our sacrifice, if boastful, is not blessed.
For love is clean and clear in its intentions,
lifts up its face to face the light of day,
love is pure harmony without pretension:
grant us, oh Lord of love to find the better way.

If by our faith we make the mountains tremble
but have not love, then nothing do we win:
we are but noisy gongs or clanging cymbals
condemned to sink to silence in the end.
But love is always faithful in rejoicing,
lifts up a song of hope that never fails
love is a choir of perfect blended voices:
grant us, oh Lord of love to choose the better way.

When we were young we fought for worldly glory,
but worldly ways in time all have to die.
We see in part as in a mirror darkly
and wait in hope for love’s bright sun to rise.
Faith, hope and love, these three remain our story
but faith and hope will vanish in the day;
as we await love’s triumph in the glory
grant us, oh Lord of love to love the better way.

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Re: Devotional Practice

Postby Dave Roberts » Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:30 am

Dr. Dale Moody at SBTS used to set the Greek of I Corinthians 13 and Philippians 2:5-11, and other passages to common metre tunes like "Amazing Grace" or "Faith of our Fathers" Made a plausible case for several sung passages.
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