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Jesus Paid Taxes

Here is a very helpful message on the christian and government for you all by Mark Dever. Great stuff to consider heading into the election next Tuesday. Click here to listen.

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Reading 10 chapters of the bible a day

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Yesterday I started my new bible reading plan. It is the Horner plan. You read 10 chapters a day, with the readings coming form 10 different books of the bible. I have thus far enjoyed it ton! I chose to change what and how I was reading in the word because I saw my heart growing unimpressed with God in my bible reading. So I figured I should overwhelm my heart with God in his word.

In football terms, I’m loading the box. No quarterback can get a play off with ten men in the box. The pass is going nowhere. You might get the ball to the running back, but its a tackle for a loss; you aren’t getting out of the back field.

And this is what I want to do with my heart; I’m dialing up a blitz every morning.  I can’t escape God when I’m reading about him in this many places.

I walked away from my bible reading today amazed with who God was.

As a result I want to tell you more about the plan:

Horner writes of the plan,

On day one, you read Matthew 1, Genesis 1, Romans 1, and so forth. On day 2, read Matthew 2, Genesis 2, etc. On day 29, you will have just finished Matthew, so go to Mark 1 on the Gospel list; you’ll also be almost to the end of 2nd Corinthians and Proverbs, you’ll be reading Psalm 29 and Genesis 29, and so forth. When you reach the last chapter of the last book in a list – start over again. Rotate all the way through all the Scriptures constantly.

Since the lists vary in length, the readings begin interweaving in constantly changing ways. You will NEVER read the same set of ten chapters together again! Every year you’ll read through all the Gospels four times, the Pentateuch twice, Paul’s letters 4-5 times each, the OT wisdom literature six times, all the Psalms at least twice, all the Proverbs as well as Acts a dozen times, and all the way through the OT History and Prophetic books about 1 12 times. Since the interweaving is constantly changing, you will experience the Bible commenting on itself in constantly changing ways — the Reformer’s principle of ‘scriptura interpretans scripturam’ — ‘scripture interpreting scripture’ IN ACTION!

That last line is one of the elements other than the before mentioned heart blitz. I want to have the scripture interpreting itself in my reading plan. part of why i don’t like the M’CHEYNE plan is that I read the same four chapters at the same time every year. I’m all for reading the bible in a year but after doing that plan a few times i like that this one has me in a different set of readings after the first go round.  With the lists you are finishing and starting over at different points in time. take a look:

THE TEN LISTS:
List 1 (89 days)
Matthew, Mark, Luke, John

List 2 (187 days)
Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy

List 3 (78 days)
Romans, I&II Cor, Gal, Eph, Phil, Col, Hebrews

List 4 (65 days)
I&II Thess, I&II Tim, Titus, Philemon, James, I&II Peter, I,II&III John, Jude, Revelation

List 5 (62 days)
Job, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon

List 6 (150 days)
Psalms

List 7 (31 days)
Proverbs

List 8 (249 days)
Joshua, Judges, Ruth, I&II Samuel, I&II Kings, I&II Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther

List 9 (250 days)
Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

List 10 (28 days)
Acts

I know some of you worry about how fast you read. Again, Horner says,

After you’ve read any particular book once or twice, your speed in that book usually doubles or triples because you’re familiar with it and can move quickly and confidently — because you are no longer merely decoding the text but thinking it through in the context of all of the scripture!

Even an ‘average’ reader, if focusing on moving through the text, rather than trying to figure everything out, can usually do this in about an hour a day – 5-6 minutes per chapter. Many people report moving confidently through the ten chapters in 35-40 minutes. If it is taking you longer, then you are ‘reading wrong’ – stay relaxed, focus, and just keep it moving. Moderate but consistent speed is the key. This is “gross anatomy” — looking at the whole body; you’re not closely studying organs or systems or tissues or cells — it is not microbiology. BUT — microbiology and the study or organs makes more sense when you know what the whole structure of the human body is like, and how all the parts, large and small, relate in perfect interdependence.

After just a few days the reading gets much easier; in a month it will be a habit, and in six months you’ll wonder how you ever survived before on such a slim diet of the WORD.

My hope is that I will look back in six months and wonder how I did four chapters a day before.

One Tip I do recommend following is this one:

get ONE Bible, keep it, and do all your reading in it, so you learn where everything is. I’ve had the same Bible since 1983 and I know it intimately. If you keep switching Bibles, you ‘lose’ this intimacy with the text. Find a translation and format you like and stick with it. THIS IS CRUCIAL.

I agree with this one. I tried this plan once before and did not take this advice and it died out after a few days.  I selected a bible that I would want to read for the rest of my life. In my case it was an ESV Single Column Reference Bible, Brown/Cordovan, TruTone, Portfolio design.

I selected it for the following reasons:

One more thing about having one bible you do the reading in. Leave it at home. I don’t plan on my daily reading bible to be used for anything other than the Horner plan. It will stay on the coffee table. I have a few other bibles i use outside the house.

Another Tip I recommend:

Keep a journal and write down one phrase about what you read for each section. Today I read psalm 1 and I wrote, “Lord make me the blessed man.” simple and short. I am not with my journal now and I could recall it. and that is the whole point. The act of writing one short easy to remember phrase for each section of the reading down is that you can recall what you read later.

 

Lastly I leave you with this link for a downloadable description of the plan and printable bookmarks (get them laminated).

Click here to download the plan.

Something to Consider

The first sexual thought in the universe was God’s, not man’s. —Doug Barnett

Who Do I Work For Anyway? or How To View My Boss and Job

Some times going to work is hard. Some times having a boss is tough. I recently found myself thinking  about this reality. I found myself forgetting who i work for. I went to God’s word for help. Below are 3 questions I now ask myself every morning before I go in to work:

Am I viewing my master (read boss or supervisor) as worthy of all honor (1st Tim 6:1)?

Why do I need to view them will all honor? because God tells that how we show honor is tied to heather or not the name of God and our doctrine will be spoken against or not.

Am I obeying my master (read boss or supervisor) the way i would Jesus (eph 6:5-8)?

to put another way am I working for my current boss the way i would if Jesus was my boss? Ouch.

Am I obeying my master (read boss or supervisor) from the heart or only giving eye service (eph 6:5-8)?

to rephrase this one, are you doing what you’re asked because you are being watch or because you want to obey as a slave of Christ? Double ouch!

Lastly, remember that God holds all of your life, even 9-5, in his hands and is working it out for our good.

Most people do not see clearly the evils of their own century

I came across this great article over at first things, that chronicles the work an undercover abortion activist. I was particularly moved by the following two quotes:

One cold, wet day in San Jose, California, I was stuck inside my childhood home, looking for a book to read. Because I was homeschooled, the daughter of passionate book lovers, and one of eight children, our home was full of books of all kinds. It was my goal, at the age of nine, to read all of them. On the bottom shelf of a bookcase, I found something called the Handbook on Abortion by Dr. and Mrs. J.C. Willke. Curious, I opened it. And there they were: pictures. In shock, I quickly shut the book and pushed it away. And then I opened it slowly and looked again. I was looking directly at the picture of a tiny child, maybe ten weeks old, with tiny arms and legs, who had been the victim of an abortion.

Right then I knew it was ugly and wrong. But over the next decade I grew in my understanding of the gravity and urgency of this holocaust of unborn children, of our duty to protect them, and of my desire to help.

When I was thirteen I wrote in my journal, “God, it’s time I actually do something about abortion.”

I found this quote so moving because I myself had such a moment in my life with abortion. For me it was the 2008 anniversary of roe vs. wade. I was walking to the Main library at ASU to study and I saw all these girls having a party. I read their shirts and they said “choice” on them. The most troubling thing I saw was a sign that said,” roe v. wade, never go back.” I went into the library and prayed, “lord whatever I have to do to never see such a sign again I’ll do.” That moment changed my life.

The second quote is as follows:

Most people do not see clearly the evils of their own century, their own age. It is the history makers, the revolutionaries, and the visionaries who identify the failings, injustices, and opportunities of their century and work tirelessly to address them.

Amen. Abortion is the most horrific injustice of our day. We have created a way to make money from, to have women pay to kill their children. Lord, forgive us.

Click here to read the whole thing.

Thoughts on Church Membership

We Come to God’s Word to Meet the God of the Word

A wonderful statement that I often take for granted, is that we come to God’s Word to meet the God of the Word.  How often do I come to God’s Word for some lesser reason, or how often do I just not read my Bible because there is something else that I think I need to do?  Here are 3 verses that help shape my view of scripture:

2 Peter 1:17-19 
Peter gets to witness Jesus receive honor and glory as God says, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”  Then he goes on to say, “And we have something more sure, the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention.”  Peter in essence said that reading God’s word is worth more than actually getting to see Jesus shining on the “holy mountain.”

Hebrews 1:1-2
“Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son.”

He goes on to talk about the greatness of God’s Son, Jesus.  The climax of God showing himself to men is found in the person of Jesus Christ, who we know is God.

1 Timothy 3:16-17
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” 

For the man of God, Scripture is profitable for changing and improving his life.

As a result of these passages, anyone who desires to know God must look to His word.  We must look specifically to His Son Jesus, and we can expect to find application that will lead us more and more towards being a “man of God.”

These are a few verses that I need to remind myself of when I read or study any passage, and I hope they are helpful in your daily pursuit of God.

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