Some Bible Reading Links

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Daily Reading  Online resources that you can get to your email inbox every day.

http://www.ourdailyjourney.org/ a regular reading that can be gotten on line, by email or get the book

http://odb.org/  a Daily Reading with a Read through the Bible in a Year plan.

https://www.biblegateway.com/devotionals/  several devotional reading plans to choose

https://www.biblegateway.com/reading-plans/  Several Reading Plans to choose.

http://dailybible.americanbible.org/   Daily Readings with short introduction.

Get the App Top Ten Bible Apps:

http://www.sharefaith.com/blog/2013/05/top-10-bible-apps-bible-apps-ios-android/

https://www.biblegateway.com/app/  I use this one

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Commitment and Guilt – those reading plans

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New Years.

Yes it seems like a good idea to make a great plan.

Read through the Bible in a year.  However, we tend to shipwreck somewhere between Leviticus and Numbers.

I have a plan to read a chapter of the New Testament and a Psalm in my Spanish/English Bible.

Yet I have already fallen off the wagon.

Alas, I have experience with commitment and guilt.

Here is my advice

  • Avoid over eager plans.
  • Avoid plans with boxes to check off.  All those un-checks stare ate your with outstretched fingers of accusation. Who needs it.  Just read the next chapter whenever you do get to it.
  • The Sabbath is God’s idea, so build in some days without Bible Reading work in it.
  • Remember the point is to learn and internalize.
  • If you are going to try to read the whole Bible, try a plan that mixes OT and NT and a Psalm each day is nice.
  • Reading a genealogy is usually a matter of skimming (but not always as Matthew 1 attests).
  • Reading a parable or proverbs requires that you stop reading and think it over.
  • You did not fail if you fell a few chapters short; think of what you did read.
  • Next year will come soon enough.

Surf or Swim?

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Your computer probably is twice as fast at everything that one you owned a few years ago.  The capacity of your computer, tablet, smart phone or other device increases by about 100% every two years.

Your brain works at about the speed that the human brain has always worked.  This is why the amount of information available is not necessarily making us smarter.  We can access more information with more speed than ever before.

Very often we are only riding the surface, not experiencing the depth.

Suppose you were in a boat off of a tropical island, you would see lovely blue water.  It would only be when you stayed in that location but dove below the surface that you would see the very busy world of life below.

Bible study can be done by surfing or swimming. You can listen to the radio, or read the web, or down load pod casts without end.  Almost every church posts the pastors message these days, even we do!

I advocate that you stay longer in a good location and dive in deeply.  You will learn more if you concentrate for a significant time on a single chapter, or psalm or book of the Bible.

The Lord made your mind for swimming, not for surfing.  You can not really take to heart everything you hear.  You can take to heart that which you explore deeply.

This summer, pick just one chapter, or Psalm or one short book and dive in.  Spend the whole month of July with a short passage and see what you will discover in its depths.

Suggestions:  Psalm 32, 104, 139; Matthew 6; Romans 8, Isaiah 40, Job 28.

a B c

So there will be an emphasis on the ABC’s of the faith this year: Attend whenever you can, Read the Bible Richly, Connect to Christ.  As part of the B the sermon focus from Advent to Easter will be on the Gospel of John.  I did preach John about a decade ago, but this time it will be with a different approach.  We will encourage each other to read, deeply and richly, the Gospel.  As I work out the schedule for the church, it will be posted here.

In the Catholic Tradition it is called “Lectio Divina”, or Divine Reading.  Being rather “low church” here, we will simply call it spiritual reading, or reading richly.  The idea is that we need to not just cast our eyes over the text, or to simply think about it.  We need to enter its story, smell its smells, imagine it’s events, carry around the teaching and chew on it like a dog chews on its bone.  What is more is that bible reading is a personal act – we read the book with the company of the Holy Spirit who walks with us through the text.

 

James, the Word & J. A. Motyer

“We might wonder why the ever-practical James does not proceed to outline schemes of daily Bible reading or the like, for surely these are the ways in which we offer a willing ear to the voice of God.  But he does not help us in this way.  Rather, he goes deeper, for there is little point in schemes and times if we have not got an attentive spirit.  It is possible to be unfailingly regular in bible reading, but to achieve no more than to have moved the book-mark forward; this is reading unrelated to an attentive spirit.”

J. A. Motyer, The Message of James, 1985, IVP