January 23, 2019

Last year we followed the 5×5 reading plan – basically five minutes of Scripture reading five days a week.  Following that plan we read through the New Testament together.  This year we are reading through the entire Bible following a seven-day plan that takes us to different types of Scripture.  As we began I was a little overwhelmed – reading multiple chapters every day and switching between books every day of the week.  But now in our 4th week I am really loving following this plan, for several reasons.
 
1) Clearer Context.  Reading several chapters at a time, particularly in the Law, History, and Gospels (and currently Job (Poetry), helps me to “settle in” to the narrative, and gives me a much clearer sense of the context of the accounts we are reading. For example, last week Noah and his family were in the Ark, and this week they are on dry ground (Gen. 8-9).  As some time passes and the earth is re-populated (ch. 10), it doesn’t take long until the evil intentions of mankind (Gen. 8:21) shows up again in the building of the tower of Babel (ch. 11).  
2) Continuity and Variety. Reading from 7 different books a week, but the same book on the same days of the week, gives me both continuity (every Thursday reading from Job) and variety (Joshua yesterday, Psalms today).  It is a wonderful blessing that God consistently speaks through His Word to give me instructions, encouragement, and corrections for the things I am facing that day.  This morning I was speaking with a friend who is going through a very difficult time.  I was reminded, and able to remind Him, 

“7 But the Lord sits enthroned forever;

    he has established his throne for justice,
and he judges the world with righteousness;
    he judges the peoples with uprightness.
The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
10 And those who know your name put their trust in you,
for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.
Psalm 9:7-10
3) Intentionality.  Reading through the Bible in this way requires intentionality.  Some days our text tells a story. Some days we are singing a song of praise to God. Some days we are sitting at the feet of Paul as he instructs us.  And on Fridays we are listening to the prophecies of Isaiah. These can be hard to understand.  Here is a link to an excellent resource on how to read the Prophets devotionally. 
 
I am glad we are on this journey together, and I want to encourage you to be faithful in your reading of the Word of God.  Reading God’s words and God’s deeds reveal God himself to us.  Reading prayerfully, submitting to the truth of Scripture, deepens our relationship with God and changes us, transforming us into the image of Jesus.
 
 

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Week 2 – 2019

Daily Bible Reading for January 6 – 12, 2019

Sunday 1/6/19 The Epistles, Romans 1-2

Monday 1/7/19 The Law, Genesis 1-3

Tuesday 1/8/19 History, Joshua 6-10

Wednesday 1/9/19 Psalms, Psalms 3-5

Thursday 1/10/19 Poetry, Job 3-4

Friday 1/11/19 Prophecy, Isaiah 7-11

Saturday 1/12/19 Gospels, Matthew 3-4


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Week 1 – 2019

Daily Bible Reading for January 1 – 5, 2019

Tuesday 1/1/19 History, Joshua 1-5

Wednesday 1/2/19 Psalms, Psalms 1-2

Thursday 1/3/19 Poetry, Job 1-2

Friday 1/4/19 Prophecy, Isaiah 1-6

Saturday 1/5/19 Gospels, Matthew 1-2


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January 2, 2019

Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 1-2
 
On Wednesdays we are reading from the book of Psalms. This “has been and still is the irreplaceable devotional guide, prayer book, and hymnal of the people of God.” (Wiersbe) A songbook, the Psalms are filled with prayer, praise, and exhortations. As you prayerfully read each Psalm listen to God speaking to you.  In this blog I’ll be sharing some of my thoughts and prayers, and you are welcome to share in the comments how God speaks to you.
 
Psalm 1 tells us right off the bat of the blessings of being in God’s Word. I love the description of the one whose “delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night.” When we consistently meet with God through His Word we are “planted” (established), strengthened, fruitful, and victorious.
 
I was, or at least attempted to be, an athlete in High School. One hot summer day our coach had heard all he could stand of our complaining about the heat, the sweat, how hard practice was, how tired we were, and a multitude of other things (I have discovered I can be most creative when I am lamenting!) He called a halt to practice, gathered us together, and eloquently pointed out our lousy attitudes, our ungratefulness for the opportunities we had, our short-sighted focus, and our immaturity.  He told us that we had potential, real potential to win the conference, and that some of us could go to State. He said that anything worth having was worth working for, and anything worth doing was worth the effort to do it well.  Then, of course, he clarified that we weren’t suffering, that we didn’t even know what suffering was, and that if we wanted to learn, all we had to do was keep on whining…  well, we got the point.  At least for that day.
 
This is a clear memory – it may have been the first time I realized that though the work was hard I was really grateful for the opportunity, and excited about the potential.  As we begin the Daily Bible Reading (DBR) plan this year, it is going to get tough.  We will get busy, tired, and distracted. But I pray we will get excited about the opportunity to meet with God in His Word daily! That we will clearly see the goal of being well established, refreshed, and fruitful as a way of life. That we will embrace the effort required to “delight” in God’s Word, and to allow Him to fill our minds daily.
 
Father, create in me a hunger for your Word. Give me the discipline to meditate on it continually, and to allow it to change me from the inside out.  Make my life as stable as a tree planted by streams of water, fill me with life and fruit, sustain me and make me a blessing to others.  I am so grateful that You know me, and that You love me. Amen.
 
 
 

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January 1 2019

Daily Bible Reading for January 1, 2019: Joshua 1 – 5 (History)
I am deeply grateful to my parents for instilling in me from a very early age the love of reading. There is so much to read – newspapers, magazines, biographies, history, fiction, and non-fiction. There are hardbacks, paperbacks, and now eBooks. (Kindle is my friend!) But there is one book that is radically different from all of the rest – God’s book, the Bible.  What makes it unique is that God, the Creator of the everything, has given it to us and preserved it for us. It is literally “God-Breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16). The Bible is how God speaks to us today.
Last year we read through the New Testament together in a 5-day reading plan.  This year we are expanding this to read through both the Old Testament and the New Testament in a 7-day reading plan. Each day will have a reading from different types of Books found in the Bible; Sunday – The Epistles, Monday – The Law, Tuesday – History, Wednesday – Psalms, Thursday – Poetry, Friday – Prophecy & Revelation, and Saturday – The Gospels and Acts. This plan will take us through all 66 Books of the Bible in a year.

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