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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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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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Imperishable and Precious Beauty

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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.


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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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Favorite Christian Resources

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The resource page of this site mentions some books, podcasts, and study tools, but I thought I’d put some of my favorite Bible study tools and apps here in a post as well.

Some websites and recently found Christian entertainment sources aren’t noted in the resources section yet.

(The list of favorites will stretch over two or three posts. I won’t get them all in today).

Favorite podcast: Wretched Radio

I have found a few good Christian podcasts, but by far my favorite is still Wretched with Todd Friel. The podcasts are freely available and available to listen on the web or with a variety of different podcast apps. The main website for Wretched is Wretched.org where you can also watch Wretched TV episodes.

Also, Wretched can be found on radio at these stations and on satellite radio systems.

Favorite podcast app: Podcast Republic

Not a “Christian” resource, but for years, I have used the free podcast app Podcast Republic. It is available on Android and is ad supported. The ads are not intrusive but if you want to remove ads, you can do so for a very small fee. It has all the features I need, like sorting podcasts into played and unplayed and which ones are downloaded (for when I think I may hit an area with a spotty internet connection). It’s easy to forward or rewind a few seconds within a podcast and has a sharing feature as well. I include the link to Podcast Republic here, opened to the page where you can listen to the Wretched Radio podcast.

Favorite Bible Study tool/app: Blue Letter Bible

Blue Letter Bible is available on the web at BLB.org and in an app that is available on both iOS and Android platforms. You can read the Bible in various English translations, use the Interlinear tool to find the original Hebrew and Greek words, access text and audio commentaries on almost every verse of the Bible, make notes, highlight passages, read devotionals, and more. I have not made use of all the tools available at BLB and am still learning about what is available there. Check it out! You won’t be disappointed.

Favorite Sermon and Commentary websites:

(There are too many websites that I use for me to narrow it down to just one website. Also, please be diligent to study your Bible prayerfully, no matter which site you use. I don’t agree with all the teaching found on these sites. These ministries are good, solid resources but are put together by fallible men. Let the Bible be your final authority on all matters! Pray for discernment and wisdom always).

  • Grace To You – the Bible teaching ministry of John MacArthur and others at Grace to You are available here. There is a huge collection of sermons and blog articles along with the ability to search on a wide variety of topics for Christian living.
  • Got Questions – easily search on thousands of subjects and get answers from the Bible.
  • Answers in Genesis – So many good articles about the Bible and Christianity are here with, as the name suggests, an emphasis on the book of Genesis. I subscribe to the ministry’s Answers Magazine which is available in print, online, or audio formats. Each issue comes every two months with an insert especially for kids. From the AIG about page:

Answers in Genesis is an apologetics (i.e., Christianity-defending) ministry, dedicated to enabling Christians to defend their faith and to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ effectively. We focus particularly on providing answers to questions surrounding the book of Genesis, as it is the most-attacked book of the Bible. We also desire to train others to develop a biblical worldview, and seek to expose the bankruptcy of evolutionary ideas, and its bedfellow, a “millions of years old” earth (and even older universe).

  • Living Waters – Get equipped to share your faith and purchase some of the best Gospel tracts around. The free evangelical videos produced by the ministry (see Fully Free Films) are outstanding!
  • Religious Affections Ministries – This website is the one I read the most lately. Have you ever been disappointed with the music that is described as “worship music” these days? Have you ever wondered why music can be such a divisive factor in churches? Do you feel you could benefit from learning what the Bible has to say about worship, emotions, music, and proper affections? If so, browse this website. And, if not, but you call yourself a Christian, browse this website. A good place to start is with the articles that are categorized as Essential Resources.

I was about to add a list of some of my favorite Twitter accounts to follow, but instead I’ll leave that for another post along with the Christian entertainment source I found.

Please share your favorite Bible study tools, websites, apps, and other resources with me by commenting on this post. Thank you!

 

 
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Bible Study and Commentary

I’ve been thinking of some ways to organize this blog and basically wondering about the direction that I want to take with it. As I’ve reserved another website in my name (Patricia Grace), I think it’s best to post personal, journal type entries there and keep this site for more general Bible study topics.

So, with that in mind, I plan to make notes as I read through the Bible, with either a category or tag made for the chapter(s) and verse(s) under review, for ease of searching specific passages later.Grape bunch on vine with sunlight behind

I’m writing what I’m learning, either directly from the Holy Spirit through His enlightenment, searching through other Scriptures that shed light on a passage, or from other commentaries to which I will give proper credit. All of these methods, of course, if they yield proper and truthful information and are useful to understand and apply the Scriptures, are from the ministry of the Spirit of Christ. May the Lord keep me faithful and grant discernment and all spiritual wisdom as I seek to understand and apply His good Word and share what I learn with others.

If there are any explanations or interpretations which my readers feel are in error, please don’t hesitate to comment or send me a message ASAP!

Blessings,

patricia grace

 

 
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Posted by on May 30, 2017 in Bible, Bible Study, Commentary