How can this book help you in your spiritual growth? Here’s what one pastor-missionary says: “John’s approach is clear, simple and manageable for anyone who is interested in getting to know their Bible. “Cover to Cover” reminds its readers that God wants us to reflect upon His Word so that our lives will be challenged to grow in Christ. But it does so in a manner that makes reading the entire Bible a delight. This book is valuable for personal devotions or for use in fellows
The Bible gives us a rather in depth look at the life of David. We are fortunate in this because there are many great lessons to learn from one whose life would otherwise be an enigma. Note: This blog post is based on last week’s reading: 2 Samuel This week we returned to the life of David beginning with his mourning for the death of Saul and Jonathan and ending with some final words and his purchase of the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite for use as an altar to the Lo
A road trip of many hours frequently elicits the whining question of kids, “Are we there yet?” But what if the trip were not for many hours but for forty years? Would we whine or would we look for important lessons to learn about God and Mankind? This blog is based on last week’s reading: Numbers 11-36 Numbers–the story of a forty-year journey What stands out in the book of Numbers? God is gracious but His people are rebellious. God provides everything for Israel’s success
In Acts we see the power of Christ to change lives. One such man—a worthy example to us–considered his life expendable in the service of his Lord. This blog is based on last week’s reading: Acts 13-28; Numbers 1-10 Alternating between Old and New Testaments This is the tenth week of the winter quarter. Last week our schedule took us through the end of Acts and into Numbers. Most of the time, we are alternating between Old and New Testament books so if you are new to the Bi
The New Testament teaches us how to read the Old. Hebrews and James are rich in instructions that open up the purpose and meaning of the Books of Moses. The Unique Contribution of Hebrews What if the Epistle to the Hebrews were not in our Bibles? Hebrews makes a unique contribution to our understanding of the purpose and meaning of the Old Testament law. In Hebrews we learn how the Aaronic priesthood and the tabernacle and sacrifices were all given to point the Jews (and e
Reading the Bible in Chunks This reading schedule will take you through the Bible one book at a time during the year and is based on the concept of “reading the Bible in chunks” developed by Dr. Benjamin Shaw of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Used by permission. The chart gives weekly reading assignments (22 chapters on average) which generally alternate between Old and New Testament books. The purpose is to read each of the 66 books seeking to understand eac
How accurate is your view of God? Scripture reveals Him as having both wrath and joy. He is angry with sin but also joyful with His redeemed people. Today’s Reading Zephaniah 1-3; Revelation 15 Selected Verses On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem:
“Fear not, O Zion;
let not your hands grow weak.
The Lord your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud si
God calls His people to endurance, by faith, even in the most severe of trials, because His promises are sure and His power is invincible. Today’s Reading Habakkuk 1-3; Revelation 14 Selected Verses Yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
God, the Lord, is my strength;
he makes my feet like the deer’s;
he makes me tread on my high places. Habakkuk 3:18-19 Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of
Those who boast proudly before God now will someday learn to keep silence before Him. What should be our attitude toward God? Today’s Reading Obadiah; Revelation 8 Selected Verses The pride of your heart has deceived you,
you who live in the clefts of the rock,
in your lofty dwelling,
who say in your heart,
“Who will bring me down to the ground?”
Though you soar aloft like the eagle,
though your nest is set among the stars,
from there I will bring you down,
No one enjoys adversity, but did you know that a trial is not the worst thing that can happen to you? Are you aware of the danger of prosperity? Today’s Reading Hosea 12-14; Revelation 3 Selected Verses But I am the Lord your God from the land of Egypt;
you know no God but me, and besides me there is no savior.
It was I who knew you in the wilderness, in the land of drought;
but when they had grazed, they became full, they were filled,
and their heart was lifted up; there
To hate what God hates is good, but not if we do not also love what God loves. We need hearts that are in sync with God’s. Today’s Reading Hosea 9-11; Revelation 2 Selected Verses How can I give you up, O Ephraim?
How can I hand you over, O Israel?
How can I make you like Admah?
How can I treat you like Zeboiim?
My heart recoils within me;
my compassion grows warm and tender.
I will not execute my burning anger;
I will not again destroy Ephraim;
for I am God and not a
Those in spiritual leadership must take care to contend for the faith, that is, to teach the truth accurately and oppose error. Why is this so important? Today’s Reading Hosea 1-4; Jude 1 Selected Verses My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;
because you have rejected knowledge,
I reject you from being a priest to me.
And since you have forgotten the law of your God,
I also will forget your children. Hosea 4:6 Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you ab