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.

16 Responses to Introduction

  1. Paul lyons says:

    God bless you.

  2. admin says:

    Thanks, Paul. Hope these will be a blessing.

  3. Danny Price says:

    I am sending this out to several people. There may be some overlap with others, but that is fine.

  4. admin says:

    Danny, your support is a great encouragement and blessing.

  5. Dean Rizzo says:

    This looks great! I’m edified and encouraged.

  6. admin says:

    Thanks for the feedback. You’ve blessed us.

  7. PK says:

    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!

  8. admin says:

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

  9. admin says:

    And, we hope you’ll share this devotion with your friends and folks at your church!

  10. pat purcell says:

    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

  11. Mary Tabb says:

    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

  12. Walt Larimore says:

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

    Walt

  13. May the Lord keep pouring His Word into our lives, our hearts and minds so that we take on the image of Christ to the glory of God. Be blessed.

  14. Tammie Blom says:

    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!

  15. Dr. Walt says:

    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

  16. Elfreda Williams says:

    Thanks & God Bless You!

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