In this “Motivational Moment” Chris Laning talks about how by simply soldiering on and persisting at activities we think we can’t do we may actually become good at it.
In this “Motivational Moment” Chris talks about a blog post he read about how Benjamin Franklin planned out his day.
Here is the blog post he was talking about: https://onebook.me/blogs/blog/ben-franklin-s-daily-planner-is-a-productivity-masterpiece
“Start with the New Testament, not the Old”, the pastor added as the praise team crescendoed the vamp they had been playing during the benediction. The words, an afterthought to his charge to “Read your Bible daily.”, were nearly lost in the musical playout.
Last post I mentioned how a guest pastor at our church had strongly encouraged us to read our Bible’s daily and how, though I had heard this many times before from pastors, this time it manged to motivate me. I also mentioned that I have since been reading a daily Bible in a Year plan on the app from Bible.com.
I am not exactly new to Christianity. While there are many parts of the Bible I am quite sure I have never read, I have read and heard enough from the Old Testament to know what he was talking about. You know, God striking down huge populations of people to make room for the Israelites, or the alarmingly severe penalties for sins most of us are guilty of on a daily basis.
What I was not prepared for though is much of what I have had to read so far. You see, it started in Genesis, as one would expect. Some good stuff there with the Creation story and Noah and Moses. But what is also there is the genealogy. If you think all the “begats” in the beginning of Matthew are a strain to read, just try Genesis.
The 32 verses of Genesis Chapter 5 taking us from Adam to Noah are just the warm up. There are 32 verses in Chapter 10 just to let us know how Noah and his kids repopulated the earth.
Then we have some variation in Chapter 14 talking about a lot of kings and who battled who and who allied with whom. Not genealogy per se, but still a lot of names!
Chapter 25 gives us Abraham and his descendants in great detail. Chapters 30-35 give us details on Jacob and his kids, albeit mixed in with story as well. Chapter 36 covers Esau’s crew. Chapter 38 details Judah’s bunch.
I get that knowing how people are connected is important, but all of those names can be difficult when thrown at you at once. Especially if you don’t yet know which ones are critical to know and which you will never hear again. It can be overwhelming!
So I have started to understand why that pastor said what he did. When it comes to the Bible, unlike most books, it doesn’t hurt to peek at the ending!
If you are doing a Bible in a Year type plan, just be prepared for it. But if reading on your own, maybe focus more on the New Testament as it seems it is better, in this case, to know where we are going before knowing from whence we came.
(NOTE: While I will still continue to post videos periodically, I will endeavor to post more regular blog posts. So you are stuck reading me more than watching me….oh darn.)
Several weeks ago, there was a guest minister at the church we are attending. While he gave a great (albeit long) sermon, one of the suggestions he raised in the sermon was that we should all be reading our Bibles everyday. I am going to go out on a limb and say he was probably not the first minister to ever suggest that.
While my initial reaction was typical of my reaction in the past to such a suggestion, “What? Read the Bible everyday? Really?”, this time that reaction was actually short-lived. Within a few minutes I found myself actually thinking about trying this. “Maybe I could get one of those One Year Bibles.”, I thought to myself.
Ultimately, I went the cheap route (as I usually try to do). I have, as most of you should, the Bible.com app on my phone. It offers several reading plans. I searched for one year plans and it came up with like a dozen of them. I selected “Bible In a Year”.
Once you begin it maps out the days to specific days on the calendar. If you miss one (or three like I did) it lets you know and shows you what days you missed. I started on July 9th. As of today, Aug 11th, I have am only showing two missed days (7/15,7/16), but I will make them up eventually with a “Bible Doubleheader”!
The reading generally takes about 10 minutes a day. I for most part read when I first get up in the morning.
In my next few posts I will let you know what the experience has been like. But in the meantime, have any of you done a One Year Bible or similar plan? What was your experience?