1.15.2018

Reading Through the Bible in One Year

Hello,

     I have had a few questions on how to read through the Bible in a year.  I thought it might be good to put some reading plan options in one place so they are easy for you to find.  Take a look at the list below and remember, you can't go wrong!  Reading through the Bible is a great investment and the plan you choose doesn't matter as much as the choice to do it.

Chronological Plans:

https://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-reading-plan/chronological.html

Blue letter Bible (printable): https://www.blueletterbible.org/dailyreading/PDF/1Yr_ChronologicalPlan.pdf

Bibleplan.org (they will email you your reading each day):   
http://bibleplan.org/plans/chronological-bible-in-a-year/

 Other Plans:

Bible.com:   https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/10489-bible-in-one-year-2018


Biblica.com:  https://www.biblica.com/resources/reading-plans/

1.12.2018

Job 1-4



1:1 - Job "blameless and upright" feared God and shunned evil

1:3 "greatest of all the people of the East."

1:12 Satan's ability to harm Job required permission from God

1:21 following loss of everything, Job said, "Naked I came from my mothers womb and naked shall I return there.  The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord."

2:1 sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, satan among them

2:6 Next level of persecution also required God's permission

2:10 after wife told him to curse God and die, he asked, "Shall we indeed accept good from God and shall we not accept adversity?"

2:12 -13 initial response of Job's friends = mourning with him in silence

3:19 describing the place where stillborn babes are, "the servant is free from his master."

4:17-21 - foolishnesh of trust in men from Eliphaz Job's friend

1.11.2018

Genesis 7 - 11




In Genesis 7, we see specific details regarding the Flood with specific reference to Moses' age.


In chapter 8, we see a promise from God.  What is the promise and what is His reminder of the promise?

What is the relationship between Genesis 1:26 and 9:4-6?

10 - The nations that came from Noah's family

11- Tower of Babel, Shem's descendants ->  How quickly we get from the events of Creation to the patriarchs!

1.08.2018

Genesis 4-6


4:26 Men began to call on the name of the Lord - what did this mean?  Formal worship? 

5 - long lives - note exceptionally long lifespans before the flood.

5:24 Enoch walked with God and was no more.  Did anyone else in the Bible have a similar experience?  Any commonalities in their experience?

6:2 sons of God + daughters of men - Who are the sons of God?

6:3 lifespan shortened to 120 years

6:5 depravity

6:6 & 7 seem to indicate God regretting His decision to create humanity.  Does God make mistakes?  How are we to understand these verses?

Gen 6:13-22 God tells Noah whats going to happen and what to do about it

1.07.2018

Genesis 1-3

 From the very beginning of Genesis, we get a series of powerful clues regarding the God this book is revealing.  5 times in the first 24 verses, we see a hint of the authority of God:

1:3 God said let there be light and there was

1:9 God said... and it was so

1:11 God said... and it was so

1:14 & 15 God said... and it was so

1:24 God said... and it was so

Next, we learn something about ourselves -

1:26&27 Created man in His image, male and female

We are created in the image of God.  What does that mean in terms of how we view and treat one another?  (More on that in coming readings) Does gender matter?

2:3 sanctified the seventh day

2:7  formed man out of the dust, breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, man became a living being

2:17 literally "dying you shall die" - What did this warning mean?

2:24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

Gen 3:15 - This verse has been called the "protoevangelion".  Compare with Romans 16:20.  What does protoevangelion mean and why is the context here (the fall of man) relevant?

Gen 3:21 God made coverings of skin

Gen 3:22-24 What's going on here?  Why would it be bad for fallen man to eat from the tree of life?  (Hints in Romans 8, Hebrews 10, Revelation 2, Revelation 22)

1.05.2018

Drinking Deeply in 2018

How are you?

     It has been a while since my last post.  I hope to increase the frequency of my posting in 2018.  The first step in that direction will be sharing some results from my reading plan for this year.  We will be using the "Firm Foundations"  bible study produced by ethnos360 this year at church.  This is a chronological, overview type trip through the Bible.  I decided to map out a plan of reading through the Bible twice in 2018, also in chronological order.  That was a pretty easy plan to make given the wealth of reading plans available now.  Google "Bible reading plans" and you will find something that fits your schedule or can be easily modified to do so. 

     Due to the pace of this reading plan, I expect that most of what you see here will be simple observations from the interaction with the text, but I do anticipate sharing some questions that we can wrestle with together here on the blog.  Some of these may provide a forum for some interpretation and application of what we are reading together. 

     I have enjoyed covering longer portions of Scripture more quickly than usual.  I find that much of my day, most days, demands placing attention on things of varying quality and value.  It is refreshing to take in large chunks of God's Word and focus on reliable truth...no "fake news" here!

7.28.2016

Fighting Hypocrisy

Jesus doesn't want His followers to be like hypocrites, we should be different.  Our lives should be lives of authenticity.  Jesus repeated this over and over again in three different sets of religious activities. 
  •     Prayer/devotions
  •     Giving
  •     Fasting
Authentic Christian integrity involves both the relationship and discipleship.  It's about a relationship, but there are regular disciplines we need to make in our life in order to grow in God.


Matthew 6
1  Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.

2  So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men.  Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.

"When" is repeated over and over.  None of them are conditional.  These are behaviors expected of us as followers of Jesus Christ.

Do our motives matter?
We do many things because of the people around us instead of because of our relationship with God.  Our relationship with God is not something that should be put on display to bring attention to us.  Life is not only what you do, but also why you do it.  It matters to God why we do the things we do.
As followers we shouldn't advertise our giving by drawing attention to yourself.

3  But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. 

4  So that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

As followers of Christ, we should keep our giving on the "down low".  Jesus tells us not to make our devotion a display.
6  But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

We should be diligent in devotion when no one knows about it but you and God.
15  But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.

16  Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting.  Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.

Fasting is a time going without food and focusing on God.  Some people take time without media.  Fasting is not a spectator sport.  Instead we should make our chosen sacrifices a secret between us and God
We tend to grumble about the commitments we have at church so other people can know how faithful we are.

Why do all these things if no one is going to give me credit?
God didn't put us in church family so people could see how awesome we are, God put us in a church family to serve one another and glorify Him.  No one is ever going to come to Jesus if all they see if me lifting myself up.  It's about us lifting up Jesus Christ by faithfully serving Him.

Show who God is when we're tempted to hide
Hide when you're tempted to show
Glorify God instead of ourselves

4  So that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

We want our interactions with people to show us in our best light
God sees the intimate secret details of your life
If we want to avoid hypocrisy, we need to cultivate that secret place in our life

Who are you when it's just you and God?
Who are you in the secret place?
1  Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.

Everybody is living for a reward.  As we live for a reward, we have a choice to make.  Many of us live for a reward of public opinion.  For people around us to think we're a great person.
Jesus calls us to a higher reward.  If you live a life of integrity following Christ, He will reward you openly

You can trade your life for the reward of public approval, or you can accept the Reward who traded His life in public for you.

Are you going to live a life based on Jesus Christ or will it be based on what other people think of you?