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Be Willing to Be Foolish 29 June 2007

Posted by Jason Bowman in Christianity, Daily Bible Verse, Devotional.
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Today’s Daily Bible Verse is 1 Corinthians 1.18 (KJV):

For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

God truly picks some strange things to use! At least, from a worldly or natural point of view, much of what the Lord does is strange, and even “foolishness.” God’s work “doesn’t make any sense to lost people” (CEV translation). It’s “nonsense” (GNB) to people who cannot discern the work of God in people’s lives.

Paul understood this and said it in his letter to the believers living in Corinth. He also gave the reason that lost people cannot understand the things of God: “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2.14). The unsaved, unregenerated person cannot begin to comprehend spiritual things, because spiritually he or she is dead. One must be born again, that is, spiritually alive, to understand spiritual truth.

Meanwhile, God the Father will continue to astound and surprise believers when He chooses to use us. Personally, I am always amazed when the Lord uses my gifts and talents; even this devotional, which I feel compelled to write, surprises me daily. Just when I want to give up, God uses it. What is “foolish” for you and me is not necessarily foolish; it may in fact be the wisdom of God.

Trust God. Be willing to be “foolish.” Others may not understand your calling from God. They probably will even mock you and insult you. Peer pressure is intense, and no one wants to look ridiculous in the eyes of his friends, but be willing to follow God’s commands. Stand firm and be different. The results will surprise you. And to “us which are saved” your willingness to be “foolish” will reveal the power of God.


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Trust and Obey 28 June 2007

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Today’s Daily Bible Verse is Luke 6.46 (KJV): 

And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

Sarah learned a great song at church and school. The first line expresses the truth of today’s Bible verse: “Obedience is the very best way to show that you believe.”

Jesus asks a rhetorical question; he is not expecting a verbalized answer to the question. Indeed, the only answer to His question is that those who do not obey really do not believe and trust Him. Obedience is proof of faith in God. The apostle James said, in James 2.18, “I will show you my faith by my works.” When we trust God to deliver on His promises, then we obey the instructions He has given along with those promises.

Trust and obey. It’s more than a line from a hymn. Trust God and show your faith by obedience. It really is the very best way to show that you believe.


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Give Up the Old Nature 27 June 2007

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Today’s Daily Bible Verse is Galatians 2.20 (KJV):

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

This Bible verse resonates with the strong message given yesterday in John 12.24-25. The self-will must die. The old man must give way to the new man: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” The new creation is possible only when the old nature is crucified with (and “in”) Christ.

Are you made new? Who is living inside of you? Crucify the flesh with its carnal nature and let Christ has dominion in you. Give up the old nature so you can gain the new!


Hit, Catch, and Throw! 26 June 2007

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David and I played baseball this morning while Sarah was at Vacation Bible School. While teaching him to hit, catch, and throw, I thought of the title for newest website: Hit, Catch, Throw. The target audience for this website is fathers like myself who enjoy spending time with their sons. (Hmm, Dr. Johns, are you reading this?) Since I already had another blog which was not being used, I took that blog and redesigned it and published my post about this morning’s baseball practice with David. It’s entitled “Ready to Hit,” which is a great title not only for David’s whole outlook on life and the article itself, but it also suggests my attitude and outlook for writing about my own personal experiences.

Hit, Catch, Throw is distinguished from this website by its purpose and audience. While The Précis is designed for students, parents, and teachers, Hit, Catch, Throw is designed for fathers and its purpose is to encourage fathers to play with and to read to their sons. Thus, material on the site will be narrowly limited to those episodes from my personal experience which fit with that purpose. The Précis, in contrast, has a wide range of material and reflects the many aspects of interaction with students, parents, and other teachers. Personal posts on this site allow me to share with my family life with my students, their parents, and my friends and family.

Although some content may appear on both sites, I plan to keep the material on Hit, Catch, Throw unique. This offers me a personal and professional challenge with my writing. I am writing for a purpose, as well as for recreation and personal growth. One could say that my websites are my journal (really, they are). Instead of a composition book, which is required for my students, I am writing online!


You’ll find links to my other websites in the sidebar to the left. By the way, I moved it from the right to the left side of the page to make viewing easier for certain of my readers, and I welcome comments on the readability and usefulness of this site!

  • How do you use The Précis?
  • Does it help you spiritually?
  • Does it help you in English or Bible classes?
  • Is there something missing from the site which would be a great help?

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Die to Self and Give Christ All 26 June 2007

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Today’s Daily Bible Verse is John 12.25 (KJV):

He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die.” This is so true and it is an excellent summation of this Bible verse. The preceeding verse (John 12.24) emphasizes the importance of ending our self-will. We are so determined to have everything, even our salvation, according to our wishes and preferences. We want the easy way; we want to avoid suffering and hardship. We don’t want struggle and we don’t want labor. But Jesus says, “He that loveth his life shall lose it.”

Your commitment to Christ must be final, total and complete. There is no true “Halfway Covenant” in Christianity. You can’t be a Christian halfway! You must go all the way, and your inward self-will must die. Let go and Let God. You must let Christ have all of you if you want all of Him! Die to self and give Christ all!


To view other Daily Bible Verse devotionals by Mr. Bowman, click here. These are written specifically for high school students! For a list by date, visit the Bible References index.

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Make the Joy of the Lord Your Strength 24 June 2007

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Today’s Daily Bible Verse is Proverbs 17.22 (KJV):

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

The Hebrew literally means that joy promotes healing and health. A person’s spiritual and emotional health affects the body. This is expressed also in Proverbs 15.13: “A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance…” What is on the inside of an individual finds expression on the outside, in his or her countenance, and joy promotes health.

In contrast, a broken spirit — that is, sorrow and depression — leads to sickness and physical suffering. The word bones in this verse is a figure of speech called synecdoche, in which a part stands for the whole; bones here represent the whole body, and by extension, physical health. The effects of depression are well-known and demonstrate that our phyisal well-being is connected to our spiritual well-being.

What kind of heart do you have? What is revealed in your face and countenance? If your heart is heavy, make the joy of the Lord your strength (Nehemiah 8.10). Spend time in prayer and Bible reading and encourage yourself in the Lord. Psalm 144.15 reminds us that “happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.”

To view other Daily Bible Verse devotionals by Mr. Bowman, click here. These are written specifically for high school students! For a list by date, visit the Bible References index.

Do Not Be in a Hurry 23 June 2007

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Today’s Daily Bible Verse is Galatians 4.4 (KJV):

But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

The NET translates “the fulness of time” as “the appropriate time.” The NIV has “when the time had fully come.” God chose the right time to send Jesus. It was not too early and it was not too late. The Lord’s timing is absolutely perfect. The year, the month, and the day were specifically chosen, because everything in the universe was operating on God’s schedule.

Today, do not be in a hurry. Let go and let God operate according to His timetable. “Wait on the Lord,” David said, “be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart” (Psalm 27.14). Waiting is hard, yes, but if you are not standing at the bus stop at the right time, you may miss the bus! If you walk away too soon, you will miss it. Wait, just wait. Roy Lessin said, “God may seem slow, but He’s never late.”

To view other Daily Bible Verse devotionals by Mr. Bowman, click here. These are written specifically for high school students! For a list by date, visit the Bible References index.

Give God Every Bit 22 June 2007

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Today’s Daily Bible Verse is 1 Thessalonians 5.23 (KJV):

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul does not want any part left out; he prays for the Thessalonian believers’ spirits, souls, and physical bodies! Not one part of the believer is to be left unchanged, unsanctified, and untouched by the Master’s purifying work. As the NET has it, Paul prays that “the God of peace himself make you completely holy” (emphasis added). Every bit of the believer is to be brought under the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit.

Does God have all? Are you allowing the Holy Spirit to work completely in you? Give God every bit, every corner, every recess of your spirit, your soul, and your body. Only He can “preserve” us blamelessly until the coming of our Lord Jesus. Any part that you hold back from God will be marred by sin. Only what you give to the Father will be cleansed, used, and preserved for Christ.

To view other Daily Bible Verse devotionals by Mr. Bowman, click here. These are written specifically for high school students! For a list by date, visit the Bible References index.

Having Fun at the Barbershop 21 June 2007

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Having Fun at the Barbershop

Sarah pretended to have a barbershop and David was her only customer, of course (I have no hair to cut after my last haircut!). Sarah took her toy hair styling appliances and made David look handsome. He giggled the whole time.

Visit the Bowman Family Photos to view more photos of Sarah and David.

A Three-Year-Old’s Questions 21 June 2007

Posted by Jason Bowman in Christianity, Family.
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He was supposed to be in bed, but I found him in his sister’s room.  When he came out of her room, David asked me, “When do we go to heaven?”  I took him back to his bed for naptime and told him that we go to heaven when we die or when Jesus comes back, if we have Jesus in our hearts.  I told him that his Oma is in heaven; Big Daddy is in heaven, and Grandmother Holt is in heaven. I asked him if he has Jesus in his heart and he nodded yes.  I know that he does not understand much of this, but I claim his salvation as the priest of my household.  I am certain that David himself will embrace the Lord Jesus Christ as his own Savior soon!

This is not the first time that David and I have had this conversation.  I am very pleased that he is asking questions; it is evidence that God is working in his life and that David is paying attention at home, church, and at school.  He is clearly concerned about death and heaven and wants to know more.

I’m grateful that talking about Christ has been so easy for our family.  Sarah made a profession of faith on 18Apr06 and accepted Christ as her Savior after memorizing John 3.16, which she was quoting on the way home from school.  (Thank you, Mrs. Fox, for teaching her.)  I simply talked about the meaning of the Bible verse at bedtime that evening and she was ready.  Now, David has been so easy to talk to about Christ and I have not felt any need to force anything or press him for a “decision.”  That will come when he is ready.

One of the best things about being Daddy is a three-year-old’s questions!  Sometimes they are exasperating, but frequently they are incredible opportunities  — not just “teaching moments,” but more importantly, moments for real intimacy and connection with two people (Sarah and David) I want to nurture.  And their questions often reveal just how deeply they soaking up all of life and all of the world around them.

Multi-Level Comforting 21 June 2007

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Today’s Daily Bible Verse is 2 Corinthians 1.3-4 (KJV):

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

Your testimony has authority and weight.  It carries or conveys power.  It’s no wonder, then, that advertisers rely heavily on product endorsements and testimonials from ordinary people and from celebrities.  Testimony has authority.

Your testimony of how God comforted you in affliction or trouble will have authority with someone!  It will be a help to someone in need.  In the midst of his difficulties, Paul realized that God was doing a work in him so that Paul, in turn, could be a blessing a someone else.  Everything has a purpose in the plan of God, even the troubles we experience, and one purpose for those troubles is our testimony of God’s “comfort” and help.

It’s a divinely orchestrated system of “multi-level comforting.”  God helps us so through someone so that God can then help others through us.  When we fail to share how the Father of mercies has helped us, the “system” does not work.  Our testimony carries authority and power.  Be a comfort to someone in trouble by sharing what God has done.

To view other Daily Bible Verse devotionals by Mr. Bowman, click here. These are written specifically for high school students! For a list by date, visit the Bible References index.

Putting the Puzzle Together 20 June 2007

Posted by Jason Bowman in Christianity, Daily Bible Verse, Devotional, Family.
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Today’s Daily Bible Verse is Philippians 4.13 (KJV):

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me

Paul affirms that he can do anything God allows and brings to pass in his life. Paul has learned, he says, to handle any situation by trusting in Christ (See Philippians 4.12). No matter what comes his way, Paul is ready to face it.

Putting the Puzzle Together

“I can!” — On Monday, then on Tuesday, and also today on Wednesday, Sarah complained that she couldn’t put this puzzle together. Each day I gave her less and less help. After much whining and moaning today, I helped her find some of the edge pieces and she did the rest. She was so proud of herself while she worked on it; she called me every few minutes to come and look at her progress. When she was finished, what a smile!

Then we talked about the putting the puzzle together. Daddy wouldn’t ask her to anything that she could not do. Daddy even helped her along the way, doing less and less, as she was able and willing to do more.

Our Heavenly Father guides us in a similar fashion. He will not lead us through anything that we cannot handle by trusting and obeying Him. Today, do not say, “I cannot.” Instead, face the world and your fears by saying, “With God’s help, I can.” There is nothing facing you that Christ Jesus cannot handle! Just put the puzzle together one piece at a time.

To view other Daily Bible Verse devotionals by Mr. Bowman, click here. These are written specifically for high school students! For a list by date, visit the Bible References index.