January 22 – Scripture of the Day

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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.

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

New for 2015 – Quote of the Week

If you’ve looked around the blog at all, you’ve noticed that I am intentionally and purposefully taking 15-30 minutes each day to read the Bible.  Then, I am posting the verse(s) that speak to me daily.

Today starts another new series of posts for the blog: inspiring quotes of the week.  Every Monday I am going to post an inspiring quote.

I’d love to know what you think of them…. be sure to post a Facebook comment below!

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The BIG 2015 Announcement!

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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?