A Fresh Journey Through The Scriptures


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I was busy tending to my daughter when I heard the doorbell ring followed by the thud of a package dropped on the doorstep. Knowing its contents I was a little annoyed at how carelessly the package was handled, but I reminded myself the book inside probably wasn’t damaged.

I had been looking forward to receiving this particular box for over a week. I tore open the package like a kid unwrapping a Christmas gift. Inside that box was my new Bible. I don’t really need a new Bible. It’s just that I decided to embark on a new adventure through the Scriptures and thought a new “vehicle” would help me get the most out of my upcoming journey.

Four times I’ve taken the challenge to read the Bible in one year, and each time was a blessing. This time, I’m taking a different approach. I’m going to read the Bible in three years. I know it sounds like I’m taking a half-hearted approach, but hear my plan.

  • Year 1: Read the New Testament, history between the testaments, and the study notes for each verse. Read a Psalm and a Proverb every day.
  • Year 2: Read ½ the Old Testament, (Genesis to Esther), history of the Israelites and the study notes for each verse. Read a Psalm and a Proverb each day.
  • Year 3: Read the second half of the Old Testament, (Ecclesiastes to Malachi), accompanying world history and study notes for each verse. Read a Psalm and a Proverb every day.

Instead of speed reading the Bible, I look forward to savoring every morsel. I want this trip through the Scriptures to be a personal exploration of the Bible. I also want to plant all of God’s Word deep in my heart and soul. To do that I need to take more time to mediate on individual verses and passages – something difficult to do when you intend to read the entire Bible in just one year.

So, for my three-year quest I bought a new Bible, in a different version. It’s a Study Bible with thousands of articles and dozens of maps. These tools should guide this new adventure like a compass and detailed map. Fortunately, I will also have a dedicated tour guide for my quest – God. Care to join me?

Blessings on your day.

*The Bible I selected is the ESV Study Bible.

 

Psalm 119: 18     Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

Psalm 119:105     Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Joshua 1:8

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

Hebrews 4:12

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

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Thankfulness – Day 28


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Dear God,

Thank you Lord for providing us with Your Scriptures that we may understand You as we study them. Thank you for translating the Bible into many languages so that everyone has the opportunity to get to know Your ways. Open our hearts to the truth You are teaching us. Lead us to the passages that we need to read. Bless us as we get to know You through the reading of the Bible.

Joshua 1:8

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

Psalm 119:11

I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

Psalm 119:105

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Proverbs 3:1-2

My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you.

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Thankfulness – Day 18


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Dear Creator,

Today I thank you for the sun, moon, and stars to light our world, and guide our way. Thank you for the beauty and wonderment in these objects. Help us begin to understand Your greatness as we stand in awe of Your handiwork.

Job 9:9-10

Who made the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the chambers of the south; who does great things beyond searching out, and marvelous things beyond number.

 Amos 5:8

He who made the Pleiades and Orion, and turns deep darkness into the morning and darkens the day into night, who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out on the surface of the earth, the Lord is his name.

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Psalm 8:3-4

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?

 

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Thankfulness – Day 16


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Dear Lord,

Today I thank You for hardships, hurts, and sorrows. The pain in my life has led me to You where I found peace and comfort. During the storms of my life You were always there. I am a stronger person today because you have been by my side and led me through each trial. Help me endure future problems with confidence as I know You will always be by my side.

Romans 5:3-5

Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

 Psalm 34 19

 

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Thankfulness – Day 7


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Precious Lord,

Today I thank you for fun, recreation, and celebration. Thank you for the opportunity to enjoy Your creation and many, many blessings. Thank you for giving us permission to celebrate (Leviticus 23).

 Ecclesiastes 2:24

There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God,

1 Corinthians 10:31

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

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Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

Luke 15:23-24

And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.

 

Enjoy the blessings of the Lord!

 

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It’s Science Fair Time


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Graduation season is in full swing, but for younger students it’s Science Fair time. Last week my daughter presented the experiment she has been working on.

Elianna had a simple idea and set out to prove it. Her project required that she grow plants. She grew two different types of plants from seeds, and used another plant already established. She started by planting two different types of seeds. The seeds were tiny, and though they were for two different types of plants they looked very similar. We waited several days for the seeds to sprout. Once they did it was easy to tell the difference between plants.

How creative our God is. The genetic code for all living things is housed in a tiny seed, or egg. Curiosity got the best of me, so I looked up some scientific facts about plants. Botanists say there are approximately 400,000 different species of plants.[i] Can we wrap our head around that number?

There’s more. God didn’t stop with plants, he created animals too. Zoologists estimate the number of animal species on the planet to be 50,000.[ii] There are also nearly 1 million species of insects.[iii] And then there is man. There are currently over 7 billion people on the planet and each of them is unique. But that is a small number in comparison to the number of people who have ever lived – approximately 107 billion![iv]

Perhaps these numbers will help us see how powerful and creative our God is. Once we understand this, we can begin to let Him work in our lives in amazing ways.

Have a blessed day.

Genesis 1:11

Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so.

Genesis 1:20-21

And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1:24-25

And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds:the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

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[i] https://www.bgci.org/ourwork/1521/

[ii] http://www.worldstory.net/en/species.html

[iii] http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0934288.html

[iv] http://www.prb.org/Publications/Articles/2002/HowManyPeopleHaveEverLivedonEarth.aspx

Fresh Bread


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“Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.’” John 6:35

The aroma of warm bread just out of the oven is enticing. People love the smell and look forward to savoring freshly-baked breads. To experience its full flavor, bread should be eaten soon after it is baked. Stale bread, bread that has sat for a few days, is unappealing and usually tossed in the trash. That’s why bakeries and restaurants bake their breads throughout the day – everyday.

To keep our faith fresh and appealing to others, we must constantly feast on the words of Jesus Christ, the bread of life. That’s not always easy to do. Our lives are busier than ever. Finding a few minutes alone with our Lord is difficult, but so rewarding. Tasting and savoring a bit of Scripture every day nourishes us spiritually.

One thing I have noticed about devotionals is that each day’s reading focuses on just a few verses, and a short narrative. The Bible is so alive and relevant that we can read just one or two verses and be spiritually nourished for the day. It’s amazing to me how these few verses each day speak to my spirit.

We don’t eat just once or twice a week. Instead, we enjoy regular meals to maintain our strength. Our spiritual health depends on receiving regular nourishment too.

 Rather, he delights in the teachings of the Lord and reflects on his teachings day and night.” Psalm 1:2 (GW)

 

Blessings on your day.

 

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