Forty-one. That’s the number of days of Lent this year between what many know as Ash Wednesday (March 9) and Easter Monday (April 25). It also happens to be the number of Scriptures and bloggers that will be engaged in the Lenten Blog Tour. I’m privileged and excited to be one of those writers (Isaiah 55:1-9; April 5).
In this Tour you’ll find writers from a number of branches of Christendom: Disciples of Christ, Methodist, Presbyterian and more. Peruse the list and you’ll find that along with myself, Jim Martin (Waco, TX) and Mark Stevens (Adelaide, South Australia) have their roots in Churches of Christ.
Those of you who follow my blog know that I pen a brief devotional thought each day. The devotionals currently going up here find their inspiration from some Scripture in each particular day’s assigned reading in my church family’s ninety-day journey through the New Testament, the Fresh Eyes project. These devotionals I regularly refer to as Fresh Bread and they will continue through the project’s completion date, April 1.
However, starting tomorrow (March 9), God willing, I’ll double up on those devotionals for a time as I join the Lenten Blog Tour, March 9 thru April 25. One of those daily devotionals will be my regular Fresh Bread posting, while the other will be from that day’s Scripture in the Lenten Blog Tour.
Both of these devotionals will make use of a new Bible translation known as the Common English Bible (CEB). The New Testament has been available for several months now and the Old Testament portion is scheduled to go to print this August. I’d encourage you to become familiar with this fresh, pleasant-reading rendering of the word of the Lord. In fact, I’ll give a free, first edition copy of the New Testament portion of the CEB (a $15 value) to the first person who, upon seeing this post, contacts me and says: “I want my CEB!”