For several years Pam and I have read a daily devotion after breakfast. Yes, there are days that we miss. There are those times when I let her sleep in and head to work before she gets up. We have learned that missing one day does not mean that we admit failure and stop our daily time together with God. Over the years we have used various devotional guides. Some multiple years. Henry Blackaby’s Experiencing God Day by Day is our current guide. We have used this book many times. Other years we have used Spurgeon, Chambers, Tozer.

Today, Blackaby focused on Galatians 2:20. As I set at my desk and re-read this devotion, I am reminded of one of my mentors, Dr Stephen Olford. Dr Olford mentored me through much of my doctorate work in expository preaching. He was a powerful man of God. Galatians 2:20 was his life verse. Many times in class I have heard his booming voice recite: I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (NKJV)

Dr Olford’s life was so guided by that verse, he wrote an entire 192 page book about how it guided his life. If you want to read a challenging book, I encourage you to find a copy of not I but Christ. Billy Graham wrote this about the book: “….is a message sorely needed in our time. No reader can ponder its truth without being challenged and changed.”

God’s blessings as you pursue the Christ-life.

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