October 15, 2020
3 John 1-4
The elder,
To my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in the truth.
Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.  It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it.  I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

New International Version (NIV)
How is your soul doing these days?  We are trying to care for our physical health.  But what about our souls? 

John wrote his third letter to Gaius.  As he prayed for his friend’s good health he recognized that it was well with his soul. 

My friend Karl answers the question, “How are you?” with a hearty, “I am always fine.”  Then he may say, “My arm or my head may hurt but I am always fine.”

These verses gave Horatio Spafford  the familiar line in my favorite hymn.  Remember he had lost his children in an accident at sea.  Near the area where they were lost he wrote, “When peace like a river attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll.  Whatever my lot you have taught me to say, ‘It is well, it is well with my soul’”.

As we care for our bodies and minds, let us be sure to care for our souls.  In Christ, even when we are not “fine”, it can still be well with our souls if we are walking in the truth.
Pray with me:         
Father, give us the joy that comes to those who walk in your truth.  Let us love one another today so that our joy May be full and our souls may be well.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.
Join us in memorizing the Word.  Scripture for this week:    
Matthew 7:7-8
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Our 2020 Every Day with Jesus readings will follow the Foundations New Testament reading plan.  Copies of the reading plan are available at Tallowood Baptist Church, or download your copy at REPLICATE.ORG 
We would love for you to join us as we read the New Testament through this year, five chapters a week.  In addition I will continue my long-standing practice of reading one Psalm a day through the year.  Use Robby Gallaty’s H. E. A. R. plan to study each chapter (also found at REPLICATE.ORG). Highlight verses which speak to you, explain what they mean in your own words in a journal, apply them to your own life, then respond by doing what God tells you to do.  

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