“But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you….Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”—Luke 6:27,28; 35b,36
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Seems like one thing that a lot of people struggle with is making Bible reading/study a daily habit. I got this in the mail the other day and thought I’d share it here…(it’s from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association):
MAKE GOD’S WORD YOUR DAILY BREAD
a simple Bible reading plan for the new year
Read a chapter a day, or a whole book—it’s up to you. Each weekday, read from the section listed for that day, then return the same day next week to where you left off. This way you will know the joy of reading from the entire Word of God on a regular basis.
Read from Genesis to Deuteronomy
Read from Joshua to Esther
Read from Job to Song of Solomon
Read from Isaiah to Malachi
Read from Matthew to John
Read from Acts to Revelation
Let your church activities guide your reading today—or read any portion you like
“When we fall in love, we want to spend time with the object of our affection and willingly give our attention to the relationship. Falling in love with Jesus should be no different, but believers often hasten through Bible reading and prayer. The result is a superficial faith kept alive by habit rather than worship. To attain lasting intimacy, we must approach God with a sense of purpose and determination.
Purpose—’Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God,’ King David advised the leaders of Israel. (1 Chronicles 22:19) Believers must choose whether to pursue God or chase after idols. If we desire intimacy with Him, it is necessary for us to approach the spiritual disciplines purposefully. Before opening Scripture, ask the Lord what He wants to say to you. Pray to understand His ways—He loves answering that plea. And enter church with the intention of taking home a new truth from the Lord.
Determination—’Indeed, my spirit within me seeks you diligently,’ Isaiah told Yahweh. (Isaiah 26:9) But even when we do not feel like putting time into our relationship with Christ, we must determine to do so. A revelation from God will not come every day, but a believer need not despair. Those who diligently seek the Savior experience His presence frequently in their worship.
Getting to know Jesus brings pure joy into a believer’s life. However, we must be willing to offer Him prime time,not our leftover minutes. God gives us His best; we should put forth no less in return.”
(This is from the devotional section of ‘In Touch’ magazine; the October 2005 edition:)
but I don’t want to take it off of my list because I like the reminder that having it on my 43things list provides.
It would be nice if when we clicked the I want to do this again button if we had the option of putting it back on our main list, because when things remain in the ‘I’ve done this’ list, they tend to get lost and forgotten about…
for the last few days, I have been soaking up Ephesians chapter 4, especially verses 17-32. It is worth reading, if you feel so inclined. (But then again, every word of the Bible is worth reading…)
National Bible Week is November 20-27 this year. That’s only 3 days away!
Why not use that as an excuse to really work on accomplishing this goal!
I’ve been reading the book of Daniel, and so far it is fascinating! This is a book that I don’t read often, so it is refreshing (even though I’ve read it before) to read:)
is when I’ll really find out how I’m doing with this goal. Last night was our final night of Bible study.
I will do this! No excuses!
the final week of our Bible study group. (We had to skip two weeks, 1 because of vacation, and 1 because of commitments that people in the group had to our local autumn glory festival celebration…)
I’m looking forward to seeing how this has helped me become more disciplined in my Bible reading when it is no longer a daily ‘assignment’ that I’ll be discussing with others at the end of the week…
I love the quote that I’m seeing at the right hand side of the page right now:
“I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more begins to make sense.”
- Harold Kushner
It made me think…Good Book-
>Bible->the further you get into it, the more it makes sense…That is the truth!!!!!
I’ve been reading quite a bit lately, and things are just jumping out at me that I’ve been wondering about, or that other people have been wondering about so that I can point them to it…God is so very very good!
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