Read a good chunk of it (out loud) on a recent trip. This was actually one of the first books I ever read. It’s the one in which the Israelites demand a king “like their neighbours” and God warns them of what that will entail…(1 Samuel 8) 2 weeks ago
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Finished my study of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John with time to spare before Easter! I’ve spent a lot of time on this so will take a break, get caught back up on other things I’ve let slip.
After Easter, I want to jump back in with a brief study of the geography of those 4 books, then continue on with Acts. Then I’ll have to decide how I will return to the OT. 2 weeks ago
I’m doing the Youversion 90 day reading plan, so I spend 45-50 minutes with the word everyday. I’ve finished 78% of my reading and I hope to finishing reading through the Bible in two more weeks. I plan to slow down the pace and do a more focused book-to-book study after that. 3 weeks ago
But in a good way. Reread Matthew 4 about Jesus being tempted in the wilderness as part of the beginning of lent and got caught up in rereading the 4 gospels of the NT as part of my lenten season preparations for Easter.
I’m really enjoying understanding the overlap of the stories. The first time I read it I found it repetitive to read accounts told again and again, but now I understand better that each gospel was supposed to be a first-hand account of Jesus relayed to the churches of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. So, of course, the most important stories would be included in each of their letters. Also interesting is the connecting of the dots from stories that DON’T overlap. Why was an event included in one or more accounts and not the others? I don’t know. I guess it depended on what an individual group of followers needed to hear? But I’m enjoying a better understanding this time around.
So glad I made an outline/took notes as I read it the first time. My memory is terrible, so my word doc is a perfect study companion to reading the text.
I’ll get back to the OT after Easter. 3 weeks ago
How I did it: Read from both the Old and New testaments daily.
It is as simple and complex as that.
I pray before I start reading to open my mind and heart to God's word and simply read wherever the Spirit leads. The new testament is always a little more orderly than the old.
I have tried the "chapter a day' thing and it didn't work for me. I literally let the Bible fall open and start reading as long as it is a book I had not already read recently.
Never thought I’d say this, but nowadays I long to read the bible. Just like you can long for an ice cream in the hot summer, I long in the day to read the bible when I go to bed.
I’ve now finished 1/3. Best book ever. 1 month ago
- How to Have Faith
- The Origin of Evil
- A Life of Prophecy
- The Good News
- How Jesus Will Come Again
- Signs of the Second Coming
- Sabbath Keeping
- Truth About Death
- Holy Spirit
Visit: http://goo.gl/1Th6ot 1 month ago
Every Christmas I’ve resolved to read a gospel. Mark this year. Luke last year. I guess Matthew is up next.
Seems appropriate at that time of year and will get you through the major chunks that everyone always talks about. 1 month ago
I finished reading Deuteronomy 12 – 26 yesterday. Next I am moving onward to Judges. 2 months ago
A lot of details of building and setting up the ancient Israelites Tabernacle to give the people a way of being in relationship with God.
I’m moving on to Leviticus, which will be much more details of the early laws of worship and living, and had the question: why is it important to us in modern times to read these rules and specifics about ancient worship? If Jesus is the modern day High Priest and his was the ultimate sacrifice so that we don’t have to kill animals and offer them to God, then why is it important to know about all that stuff? Can’t I just skip over it and get onto more “modern” stuff?
One answer about reading this stuff is that it helps to understand God’s holiness. It says in both Leviticus and 1 Peter, that if God is your God, then you must be holy because He is holy. Hmmmmm.
Also, to understand the sacrificial system of the OT is to better understand the sacrifice that Jesus made for us when his time came. Ok.
And then I got the guilt laid on me from 2 Timothy: All scripture is inspired by God and is profitable (2 Tim. 3:16-17)
Alright, alright, I’ll stick with it and won’t skip over Leviticus. I think I’m going to need lots and lots of help from God (and probably just as much coffee) to get through it! 2 months ago
The gift of time today got me delving deeper into my reading of Exodus. The Israelites were getting into a pattern of complaining to Moses in the wilderness when their basic needs weren’t being met. I found this message in the notes of my study bible:
Complaining focuses on what is wrong with the present. Faith is grateful for what is and believes the best is yet to come.
I can certainly relate to this and remember to stop complaining and put my faith first.
Made it through Exodus 30 today. They are ordaining Aaron and his sons as priests and building and appointing the Tabernacle. Not breaking any speed reading records, but plugging away at it. Goal to finish Exodus this week. 2 months ago
- Laws governing Israel’s worship (chapters 12–16a)
- the appointment and regulation of community and religious leaders (16b–18)
- social regulation (19–25)
- confession of identity and loyalty (26) 2 months ago