Hello. I just wanted to point out that your view of the resources available is very different on a phone verse a laptop/computer/email (I think).
Next week we will jumping into the Patriarchs and I will have a lot of handouts in the sidebar (maps, graphs, genealogy…)
If you prefer your phone that is OK! The sidebar that you see on your desk screen is just at the bottom of the page rather than the side.
- If you get the “email” updates in the morning and want to get to the full page just click the URL: at the bottom.
Many people hold the view that the Bible is a collection of ancient stories about people’s efforts to find God (this was my view for a long time). After reading the Bible, I now know that the Bible is not an account of human efforts to find God, but rather an account of God’s effort to reveal Himself to humanity.
Some fun facts:
The Bible is 66 books all inspired by God. He used 40 authors (yes there are books Paul did not write). The Bible covers a time period of about 1,600 years. The Old Testament was written in Hebrew, the New Testament was written in Greek. The word Bible in Greek is Biblos, meaning “book” . The word Testament means “Covenant”, or agreement. So the Old Testament is a covenant with His people before Christ. The New Testament is His agreement after Christ.
The Old Testament books has: 5 Law books, 12 Historical Books, 5 Poetical Books, and 17 Prophetical Books 5 major; 12 Minors.
The Old Testament: Christ quoted from 22 OT books: in Matthew 19 times, in Mark 15 times, in Luke 25 times and in John 11 times, (the book of Hebrews quotes the OT 85 times and Revelation quotes the OT 245 times!) so how does one read the New Testament without the Old?
So we are about to read 31,102 verses and about 775,693 words. “Sources” say it takes about 80 hours to complete the Bible (they have no idea how slow of a reader I am) but I figured God is giving us 8784 hours this year to find only 80 to Read the Book He wrote for us. I can do it. (.009 of my year)
Well, every time I pray about committing to a read through the Bible I hear a confirmation from the Lord to do it and I ignore it. Such a big commitment I argue with Him! Once I make it official, there is no turning back. But He so kindly points out that I make time for Netflix, Candy Crush, puzzles, or sitting on my screen….and yet I just don’t “find” the time to be in His Word regularly. Ouch! He is also so quick to point out that without accountability I start lots of projects…and well…I finish few.
So here is my commitment and my accountability. I am setting up this blog for anyone who wants to join me. It will have a Reading Schedule in the menu that will allow you to click on the daily reading and for those who prefer to listen to it while getting ready or in the car, you just click the little speaker button. It really leaves us all without an excuse!
I am old, so I will be using an actual “Bible”….you know, a book. The schedule will be chronological! This way we can read His Story as History!