January 22 – Scripture of the Day



I remember reading the Bible for the first time, many years ago. I was new in faith, and one day the Lord spoke to me and told me that I needed to read the scriptures. The message struck me right between the eyes. I needed to do this.

I was telling a very good friend of mine that I wanted to read the Bible, and so he offered to meet with me each week and we read through the New Testament together.

I remember coming in week after week, excited, proclaiming “Do you know what’s in here?!?!? Do you know what this says?!?!” I was amazed at what wisdom was contained in the scriptures.

We shouldn’t be amazed, but if you haven’t read them, you will be.

It’s incredibly eye-opening to read the Bible for the first time. Or to re-read it after a long period away.

If you’ve never read the Bible, it may seem daunting. If nothing else, you can start by reading the entire Bible in 200 words. Once you’ve done that, start reading just a little bit at a time. Pray and ask God to show you what he wants you to know as you read.

Job 12:13 says “But true wisdom and power are found in God; counsel and understanding are his.”

There is no doubt this is true. And a great deal of the wisdom and power God has for our lives are in the scriptures.



Today’s reading: Job 12:1-14:22
Tomorrow’s reading: Job 15:1-18:21

Most Popular Bible Verse 2014

The Bible app YouVersion has been downloaded an astonishing 164 million times.  It is a great app; I have it on my phone and tablet.

One of the most interesting things I have enjoyed seeing for the last few years, are the most popular verses that have been highlighted, shared or bookmarked.

For 2014, it is the verse in the above graphic:  Romans 12:2.

I thought this was interesting because for a long time it has been one of, if not my favorite, verse.  I think that’s the case because it speaks to what God has done in my life; and a big way he has done it is by changing what I think about, and how.

My first “sermon” I ever delivered was based on Romans 12:2.  And, the first post on this blog was also.

Kinda cool.  At least I think so.

Interestingly, the second most popular verse was Philippians 4:8, which reads, “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”

Also of interest, the third most popular verse on YouVersion is Philippians 4:6, which was the most highlighted verse according on Amazon’s Kindle Bible.

What’s your favorite verse?



Scripture link:  Romans 12:2
Photo credit:  Pixabay.com
Source link:  Most Popular Bible Verse YouVersion 2014

The BIG 2015 Announcement!


I am excited to announce that in 2015 I am committing to reading the Bible.

Every day.

In our over-busy, instant gratification, too-much-of-everything society, we rarely take the time we should to simply sit quietly.

So, beginning on January 1, 2015, I am going to purposely and consistently take 15-30 minutes each day to read the Bible, and sit quietly to reflect on what I’ve read.

In doing so, I will read the entire Bible in 2015.

I am going to be using the 365-day Chronological Bible, in the New Living Translation (NLT).  It’s an interesting approach; instead of reading the books in order from Genesis to Revelation, this version puts the readings in historical order.  I’m looking forward to it.

Additionally, I am going to post a verse or two on the blog each day.  Some days I may add some thoughts to the scripture, others days perhaps just the scripture.

We’ll see how it goes.  I am really excited to commit to this focused, quite time each day.

Want to join me?

The Bible is a Really Long Book

bible-200words-pixabayThe Bible is a really long book.  Actually, the Bible is made up of many books.

To be precise, 66 books.

About 1,189 chapters.

Approximately 800,000 words.

800,000 words!

But stick with me here, because I am actually helping you rationalize or explain why you haven’t read it much, or perhaps at all.  That’s cool.  No, really, it is.

Because the Bible is a really long book.

I’m not going to give you crap about not reading the Bible.  Why not?   Because for a really, really long time I hadn’t read it either.

So, if you haven’t read it much or at all, this is for you.  Let’s start simple.

Here is the BIble in 200 words.  Yup, 200 words.  You can read that.

God created the universe and everything in it.  He made us in His own image.  He created us because he loves and wants relationship with us.  But in our freedom we rejected His perfect creation and relationship.  But He still loves us and had a plan to make everything right. He gave the Law to guide and prophets to teach, but they couldn’t restore the relationship. So, he had to come in person, in His Son Jesus Christ.  God with us.  The Way, The Truth and The Life.  Jesus showed us the Way then gave His life on a Cross to pay for our sins and restore our relationship with God.  After three days in the grave, He rose to life demonstrating His power over life and death. He gave His Holy Spirit to guide us and created His church to bring hope to the world.   Everyone who rejects Jesus will spend Eternity separated from God.   Everyone who repents and follows Jesus will have everlasting life in relationship with God.   His Grace is a gift we cannot earn, we receive by faith.  Jesus will soon set everything right, make all things new and we will be with Him forever. Amen.

See, now that wasn’t so bad, was it?

Hey, you gotta start somewhere.


Photo credit:  Pixabay.com
The original version of the Bible in 200 words, or at least the one I saw first and was inspired by, was written by Dave Willis.  Dave is a Pastor, Author and the Founder of www.StrongerMarriages.org.  The original blog post is here:  http://soulcaffeine.wordpress.com/2012/01/25/the-bible-in-200-words/