July 30, 2023

July 30, 2023

Daily Bible Reading

To prevent the frustration of falling behind, which most of us tend to do when following a Bible reading plan, each month of this plan gives you only twenty-five readings. Today we start a few “free days” . We encourage you to catch up on any readings you may have missed this month.

If you have finished the month’s readings, you can use these final days of the month to study the passages that challenged or intrigued you.

Daily Devotion

Some years ago, Sis. Seagraves and I were doing a unique tour of the downtown waterfront of Seattle. The guide focused our attention on a plaque attached to a large stone block on the corner of a building. The plaque marked the location that the Great Seattle Fire is believed to have started.

The plaque is what we were looking at. However, without the large stone block securely holding the plaque it would have been lost in time.

The original building(s) of the downtown area of Seattle were generally of wood construction. Wood is a fuel for fire. Stone is not a fuel for fire. Stone construction can show scars from fires, yet they will not be consumed by the fire.

In reading the 118th Psalm, the psalmist writes in verse 22; “The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.”

When we think of a head stone we generally think of a memorial marker. Wooden memorial crosses look romantic, however, there is a permanence to a memorial made from stone.

The chief cornerstone is not a temporary part of the building that must be replaced in a few years. The chief cornerstone is placed there to stand the trials of life, the tribulations of the age and point towards eternity.

~Pastor Seagraves