Introduction

You’ll find this devotional is unique in at least a couple of ways.

First of all, it doesn’t contain one word or thought by us or any other non-inspired author. The only words in this devotional come directly from the Bible—God’s word—as found in one of the most popular modern translations, the New International Version.

The reasons are simple:

  • “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (He 4:12).
  • “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Ti 3:16-17).

We would be pleased if an angel were to look at these devotions and say, “These are the true words of God” (Re 19:9). Nothing more, nothing less.

Our human words and thoughts, at their very best, simply do not these reach the righteous standards indicated in the bullet points above. And even if we choose to try, we’d likely bump against this admonition: “I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll” (Re 22:18).

Of course, picking and choosing Scripture … re-packaging it, if you would, into topical devotionals” which read as short letters to you from God … could be accused of breaking the basic rules of sound biblical exegesis … but we hope you’ll agree that it works.

Our desire is that these devotionals will allow God to speak to you in a new way with His truth, honesty, and bluntness.

Second, as you begin to meditate upon Morning Glory, Evening Grace, you’ll notice that the verses or paragraphs do not look like they would in your “normal” Bible. There are no book references or chapter and verse numbers. There are no study notes or cross-references. There is no red lettering.

Why? Because we’ve found that all these additives … none of which are original to Scripture[1] … can sometimes get in the way of letting God’s Spirit speak to us and teach us from His word and His heart.

In our experience, when people first come across God’s word without an indication of book, chapter, and verse, they are often leery that someone has changed the verse(s) in this or that way. Therefore, for both confirmation that we’ve properly handled God’s word, and for any further study, we’ve put the book, chapter, and verse references at the bottom of each devotion and hyperlinked them to an online Bible.

Often people will look for devotionals that reflect this or that theological leaning. You won’t find that here either.

What we’ve labored to do for you, over the last decade, is gather together significant verses or thoughts from God’s word of a wide variety of topics that we think will be of interest to most people.

We’ve worked to order the verses to accurately reflect the whole counsel of God’s word. Our guide was this: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).

Last, but not least, let us encourage you to NOT just read this devotional. Rather, slowly and prayerfully taste and chew on God’s word. Feast upon it. Meditate upon it. Allow it to infuse your soul and change you from the inside out.

Our prayer is that God will use His word to bear His fruit in and through you. To the degree that He accomplishes this, we will join you in giving Him all the praise and glory.


[1] The Bible chapters were developed early in the 13th century with verses being added in the 16th century. The first Bible in English to use both chapters and verses was the Geneva Bible published in 1560. These chapter and verse divisions have since been used in nearly all English Bibles.

26 Comments

  1. I appreciate that this is scripture, plain and simple. Putting it in a more conversational format is a great approach and can be a powerful tool to help familiar passages seem fresh and alive. Thank you!

  2. You’re welcome. We pray that God will continue to bless you as you read, meditate upon, and memorize His word.

  3. I share your message everyday with someone asI see how it applies each day, GOD USES YOU ALL TO REMIND NE OF HIS POWER IN MY LIFE AND MY IM
    PORTANCE TO HIM

  4. Walter, dear Walter,
    I’ve meant to write you much earlier and I’m truly sorry I haven’t because these devotions are great — pure Scripture. The WORD will do its work in our hearts and the HOLY SPIRIT does HIS work to get it out into the life. I trust that I will apply it to my everyday life.
    Keep them coming.
    Love to you and Barb, joys of our life and ministry.
    Mary

  5. Amen, Mary. Thanks for the encouragement and affirmation. You are, and always have been, such a blessing to us. Love ya, BIG.

    Walt

  6. Dr. Larimore,

    You continue to be a source of encouragement and inspiration to me and my family. Thank you for your pure love for God and sharing what is in your heart in such a way that moves others to loving Him! Thank you for sharing God’s Word and your story!

  7. Tammie,

    Thanks for the kind words and encouragement. Both are a blessing for me.

    I have such fond memories of you all and hope you had a Christ-centered, warm-memory-creating, family filled Christmas and have a most Blessed New Year.

    Dr. Walt

  8. I am new to your website, Dr. Walt. I am looking forward to your devotionals when you start them up again in 2019. Thank you for your commitment to the inspired Word of God–nothing more, nothing less, and nothing else–for your devotionals!

  9. Hope you’ll help us spread the work, Joy!

    And, I hope you and yours have a Christ-centered, warm-memory-creating, family-filled Thanksgiving and Christmas season.

    Walt

  10. Amen, Laura. And, I hope you’ll help spread the word.

    I hope you and yours have a Christ-centered, warm-memory-creating, family-filled Thanksgiving and Christmas season.

    Walt

  11. So good to be receiving your devotionals once again. When I got a new computer your
    devotionals were lost in the “shuffle”!
    I remember the day that I was privileged to meet Barbara and you in Sylvia, N.C.
    Your both were so gracious to have a picture taken with me!
    When we started seeing a new Doctor in town, Dr. Kit (Christopher) Helm,
    I gave him a copy of your first Bryson City books. I hope he liked it well enough to
    purchase the other 2 Bryson City books.
    God Bless you and your family,
    Sincerely, Elizabeth Ann Bennett

  12. Help. I want to unsubscribe but the site says I’m not subscribed. I get messages constantly, usually more than once a day. Please unsubscribe me or block me.

  13. Hey Cheryll,

    You’re unsubscribed. So sorry for the trouble. Blessings on the journey.

    Dr. Walt

  14. Dr Larimore….I‘ve just finished listening to you speak on today’s radio broadcast of “Focus on the Family”. It was a pre-recorded message from a time you had spoken some very moving and powerful words at one of their marriage retreats – and it was directed to husbands. I was so touched by your Christ-centered values and your effective communication that When the program ended, I searched on-line to learn more about you.. I was encouraged greatly from what I found.! And then when I came across these twice-daily devotions, taken completely from Scripture, I was over-joyed! I‘m adding these to my daily readings and meditations beginning today……and I’ll be sharing your website with my friends and family…. and my church family as well. May you continue your good work in the LORD….and be blessed! Thank you.

  15. Penny,

    Thanks for the kind and encouraging feedback. I can’t tell you how much it means. You’ve blessed me beyond measure.

    Walt

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