January 5, 2021
Genesis 4:26
Seth also had a son, and he named him Enosh.
At that time people began to call on the name of the Lord.

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               A dear friend recently lost her dad.  As we met and prayed about her loss, we remembered how at the same time of year some 19 years ago, she and her husband lost their young daughter to leukemia.  In her grief, she gave me perspective when she said, “Once you lose one of your children, no other loss compares.”  This sounds right to me, though I have never endured that pain.

                It is hard to imagine all that Adam and Eve lost in the fall.  They not only lost innocence and their home, but ultimately they lost one of their sons because his brother killed him.  In answer to the question, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” God’s answer is always, “yes.“ We are always responsible for protecting the lives of others.    

                In the aftermath of Abel’s death, Adam and Eve had another son named Seth.  As their other descendants ran amok, Seth gave them new hope.  After his birth, the writer of Genesis tells us that in that time people began to call upon the name of the Lord.  Having children will certainly make you pray.  But even before God’s revelation of his name “Yahweh,” “I am that I am,” to Moses, people called on that name.  Why?  What drove them to prayer?

                What drives us to prayer these days?  Is it the loss of someone precious?  Or is it the desire to lead your family well?  Audrey Assad, one of my favorite singers in recent years sings a wistful song to God, “After all has been said, after everything I’ve lost, after all we’ve been through, I’m still drawn to You.”   This is Adam and Eve’s song after they lost paradise. 

                No matter what we’ve been through, we should definitely call on God by name today.  Call on the name of the Lord, because he answers.  Call on the name of the Lord because “everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13).  

Pray with me:         
Lord, we call upon your name today.  Where else could we go but to the Lord?  You have the words of life.  We need you today.  We need you everyday.  We need you every hour, most gracious Lord.  Lord hear our prayers.  Draw us near to you.  Save us from our sin.  Comfort us in our grief.  We want to know you more than ever before.  In the name of the Lord we pray.  Amen.  
Scripture memorization for this week:    
Genesis 1:27
So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.
Hebrews 11:7
By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.
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Our 2021 Every Day with Jesus readings will follow the Foundations Bible reading plan.  Copies of the reading plan are available at Tallowood Baptist Church, or download your copy here:
https://www.tallowood.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Read-Through-Bible-Download.pdf
We would love for you to join us as we read through the 66 marvelous books of the Bible in one year, while still having the flexibility of reading 5 days per week.  In addition, I will continue my long-standing practice of reading one Psalm a day through the year.  We will also memorize 2 scriptures each week.  As we journal together this year,  Robby Gallaty’s H.E.A.R. plan is a good resource: Highlight a verse that stands out to you, Explain what it means, Apply that truth to your life and Respond to what you’ve read with an action or prayer.
Joyfully, 
Duane 

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