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A wretch saved by the grace of God and made new in Christ. John 3:3; 2 Cor 5:17-21.

Bible Binge Reading

I’m wanting to continue posting as I read through Genesis, but before I get back into that, I wanted to encourage anyone who had read about the 25 Day Bible Reading Plan to seriously think about doing it if you haven’t already.

It doesn’t have to be 25 days. There’s my 35 Day Plan. You can even make your own schedule.

In this article from missionary Tim Berrey, he gives lots of practical advice and encouragement for completing a fast read through the Bible and why you really should consider it. He links to another good article about binge reading the Bible, too.

Think of all the time spent with social media, tv, and being distracted by advertisements and mindless web surfing. If you can trade that time for Bible reading, you can truly be redeeming the time, and being a better steward of it.

Instead of binge watching a tv series or movies, binge read the Bible! If you do it, please share with me about your experience.

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2020 in Bible, Bible Study

 

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Cheeky Little Game

Here’s a little game to play. Let’s call it “Music Match-up”

I’ll post several pictures divided into three groups. Here what to do: Using the labels “Rock Concert“, “Worship“, and “Church Service“, match the appropriate label to the set of pictures.

I use several websites that house royalty-free image collections, for use in my own websites. One group of pictures was found searching for images about “worship”. Another group of pictures is from searching using the term “church service”. Still another group was put together from the search words “rock concert”. Can you guess which label goes to which set of pictures? Keep in mind, these aren’t necessarily the images that I would choose to match with each label — these are simply the groups of images I found when searching for each of those terms. It is said “a picture is worth a thousand words.”


First Group


Second Group


Third Group



I shared some Bible verses after the groups of pictures that came to mind after putting all these together.

So, can you guess which label yielded which set of pictures? Were you surprised at all, or were you expecting to see more variety in the groups? What are your thoughts? Any Bible verses come to mind?

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world–the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life–is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

1 John 2:15-17 ESV

If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.

John 15:19 ESV

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.”

2 Cor 6:14-18 ESV

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:2 ESV

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2020 in church, culture, Ecclesiology, Music, Worship

 

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35 Days Through the Bible

As noted in a previous post, I was editing someone’s 25 Day Bible Reading Plan. I added 10 days to my own plan to make a five week long plan instead. I have linked to the 35 Day Reading Plan here.

Sometimes the reading got very difficult to work through in the 25 day plan, especially in the Old Testament, so I added 10 days to spread the reading out, while still (hopefully!) preserving the experience of getting a great overview of the Bible in a short period of time.

In my plan, I didn’t write it with specific dates, so you can start it whenever you want. I would highly recommend setting a date to start and then counting ahead to find what the end date will be if you don’t miss any days. Try to go by those dates! If you don’t, it becomes too easy to miss a day and restart the plan over and over. Set a specific date in mind and stick to it!

I am often starting projects that I don’t finish. It was SO satisfying to finish this short, fast-paced reading plan. By God’s grace, I even finished a day early. My husband is doing the plan, but at a slower pace. He is using a Bible app with narration. He listens to the narration as he reads along. This has kept him from becoming distracted and slowing down too much.

May God bless all your efforts to get into His Word. Happy 2020!

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Edit: Image updated; there was a typo in the original. I had spelled the last book of the Bible as “Revelations” hehe
 
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Posted by on January 11, 2020 in Bible, Bible Study

 

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Bible Study and Reading plan

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Just finished a 25 Day plan of reading through the entire Bible! It was a great experience to get an overview of the Word of God and to see the powerful hand of God at work in His creation and to see the MANY examples of His mercy and patience with fallen man. The 25 day reading plan is found here: 25 Day Plan  This was made with college students in mind, to be completed over their Christmas holiday break. My Sunday school teacher has asked me to bring in a copy, so I’m working on updating it with current dates. I’ll post it here if I remember. [Update: I made a 35 Day Bible Reading Plan. You can find a link to it on the Resources page.]

Neither the plan creator nor I would advocate only completing a quick read through of the Bible, but it was beneficial as part of a larger reading plan.

For the rest of 2020, I am planning to follow a chronological reading plan (One plan is linked here: Chronological Bible Reading Plan ).  As I go through the Bible, I plan to record insights on this blog but I wanted to use this separate post to explain my goals and process.

  • Each book and chapter will be both tagged and have separate categories made.
  • As I learn more about a passage, I may go back and edit the original post, so that I may keep the insights of a particular passage together. I’m going to make new posts as I go and use categories and tags to group similar subjects instead of adding on to the original posts.
  • I’m studying the Bible with a chronological plan, so my posts may not follow the canonical order of books.
  • I’m a participant in other Bible studies, outside of my personal study, that are currently studying New Testament epistles. So, some posts may jump ahead to the New Testament if choose to record what I’m learning in those other study groups. That’s why I’ll make sure to use Categories and Tags for each book to make searching easier later.
  • The insights will be primarily from my personal study of the Word of God. I like using commentaries, but my goal is to gather insights from reading and asking God for knowledge and wisdom first, before I read the commentaries. I am thankful to God for faithful, knowledgeable Bible teachers. He has given the spiritual gift of teaching to some for the building up of the body of Christ, so we are wise to pay attention to good teachers. However, as with the Bereans, see Acts 17:11 , we must know the Scriptures ourselves in order to be armed against error and to build up our powers of discernment, by the grace of God.
  • As I record the insights of others, I will properly credit other sources used in my study.
  • I do all this writing, reading, and studying prayerfully, remembering that we make plans but it is God Who establishes all things. Prov 16:9
  • I am doing this as part of an overall goal to be more disciplined. I was delighted to finish the 25 day reading plan; I even finished a day early! I don’t often follow through with my plans, however, and that’s something I would like to change. I want to be more disciplined in posting and studying to the glory of God.

What are your goals for reading and studying the Word of God this year? May God bless you in all your efforts!

Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established. – Prov 16:3 ESV

May God bless you in all you do for His glory. Happy New Year!

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Images by Jaclyn Clark on isorepublic.com

 

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Quoteable

From “Advice for Seekers” from Charles H. Spurgeon:

“…give up relying upon your prayers, your tears, your baptism, your repentance, and even your faith itself. Your reliance is to be on nothing but that which is in Jesus Christ.”

Amen!

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Posted by on January 8, 2020 in Quotes, Spurgeon

 

Imperishable and Precious Beauty

Red water lily with its reflection on the water. If you have any trouble navigating these posts with screenreaders please send a note to patricia at gospelwine dot com

I’ve been studying the book of 1 Peter for the past couple of weeks. A major theme of the book is suffering and the letter also has several things to say about submission. Submission is about as popular a topic as suffering to our fleshly nature. Yet, my study has yielded some delightful findings. 

While suffering and trials are a big theme here, the descriptions of God and His work throughout Peter’s epistle instill hope and joy, words like: living, imperishable, undefiled, unfading, precious, holy, pure, abiding, chosen, good, gracious.

A couple of adjectives in particular caught my eye this week– “imperishable” and “precious”. These words and their synonyms run through Peter’s letter. I’d made notes about how the words were used to describe things like “our inheritance” (1 Peter 1:4), the “word of God” (1 Peter 1:23), “faith” (1 Peter 1:7), and the “blood of Christ” (1 Peter 1:19). What I hadn’t noticed before is that the same (or similar) words are used to describe the “beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit” with which women are called to adorn themselves. Not only does God tell us that the beauty of that gentle and quiet spirit is “very precious”, but He describes it with the same term (“imperishable”) used to describe such lofty and wonderful things as the Word of God and our eternal inheritance

Being a wife, the verses beginning in chapter three always stand out to me. In the first verse here, we read the command to wives to “be subject to your own husbands”. (1 Peter 3:1). I’ve seen both the world and professing Christians get tripped up on that verse. If you do any web searches on the meaning of the verse,  you will find folks falling all over themselves to explain what the verse doesn’t mean (“It’s not about subservience! It’s not about women being inferior!”). You may, as I have, heard it taught with what seems like reluctance from a pulpit. It’s as though Christians feel they need to excuse commands that clash with worldly, fleshly philosophy. But, looking closely at these verses about the godly behavior of wives, we see how much God values the beauty of a gentle and submissive heart.

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The beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit is said to be very precious “in God’s sight”. In this epistle, “a living stone” (which is Christ) is also said to be precious “in the sight of God” (1 Peter 2:4). So, that beautiful spirit of believing wives is brought into likeness with no trifling thing, but rather to things glorious and eternal and to the Person of King Jesus.

However, cultivating this adornment is no light matter. Usually, when I read the verse about being subject to my husband, I’m reminded of how I fall short of this command. I pray for God to change my heart and to help me submit to my husband. When I read 1 Peter 3:4, I long to have that abiding “gentle and quiet spirit”. Even in writing this post I have been tempted to reply harshly when I felt that my husband was interrupting me! How slow I am to learn!

As difficult as submission may seem though, we believing wives have a great privilege in making ourselves beautiful with this precious ornament and outfitting ourselves with this unfading, imperishable robe. In Christ we have victory and can count on His faithful process of sanctification. We are His workmanship and if we are trusting in Him then we cannot fail. (see also Phil 1:6, Eph 2:10, Lamentations 3:22-23). 

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious [timios, G5093] and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. (2 peter 1:3-4 ESV, emphasis added.)

There is no mistaking the value to God of this adornment of women who belong to Him. We certainly don’t need to apologize to the world for such things.


Images by Couleur from Pixabay


I thought I should add that the word “precious” found in the ESV is not always from the same Greek word in the original manuscripts. I attached a pdf table below to further your own research. You can find an interlinear Bible at blb.org (Blue Letter Bible).

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Posted by on November 21, 2019 in 1 Peter, Bible Study, Submission, Women

 

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