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Invitation To Read The Bible In 2013

The Daily Bible Review is a “read through the Bible in one year” online class that will appear each day at this website. Starting tomorrow in this space you will find the scripture for the day, a brief summary of the day’s text, and a question or thought for discussion.  Those who sign up (by subscribing on the right)  will receive a reminder each day and be able to join the discussion.

Our schedule of readings is based on the outline in LaGard Smith’s Daily Bible.   He has arranged the Bible story chronologically – which is a very logical way to read the 66 books of the Bible (which in our Bible’s table of contents are not arranged chronologically).  For example  – it makes sense to read the Psalms of David at the point in his life at which they were written.  Again, its a  very logical way to read the Bible.

January 1st and Genesis 1 are the best time and place to begin so share this with your friends today. You can do that by liking us on Facebook using the link below. You could also share the web address with friends by email.

Any other good ideas as to how to invite more people to participate?

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“ALL scripture is….profitable…

Tuesday we begin our “Daily Bible Review”.  It’s a year long journey through the Bible. Some of this we are very familiar with: Genesis is great of course…the creation…Noah and the ark.  Then in Exodus we have the parting of the Red Sea and the 10 Commandments.  It will be MID OCTOBER before we finally get to the life of Jesus!

Our biggest challenge may be staying “tuned in” through the Old Testament history of Israel and some of the obscure prophets like Obadiah, Habakkuk, or the 52 chapters in Jeremiah.

2 Timothy 3:16 says “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable ….”.  All of it! That includes Obadiah!  (Not sure why I am picking on Obadiah). There is something worthwhile in every word of the Bible.  Every story and every character can help us in some way.  God included it for a reason.

Some parts may take a little more concentration than others. Maybe we should begin everyday with with this simple prayer:  “Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law.”  (Psalm 119:18).

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Where Can I Find 15 Minutes Per Day?

The average American reads over 200 words per minute.  At that rate it would take 12 minutes a day to read through the Bible in one year.  Our “Daily Bible Review” readings are actually shorter because where there are parallel accounts (such as the in the 4 gospels or in the Old Testament in the Kings and Chronicles) the reading is reduced to just one account (eliminating duplicate material).  So really, on average, we are probably asking for a commitment of about 10 minutes per day to do the readings.

On the other hand – we are very, very, busy people!   Before saying “there aren’t enough hours in the day” we should remember that it was God who designed the 24 hour day (as we will read January 1)!  Ultimately it will come down to our priorities and motivation. David, a man after God’s own heart, wrote “Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day” (Psalm 119:97).

Today’s question: How do you plan to stick with your daily readings?  Keep in mind that your ideas may be helpful to others.

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THE DAILY BIBLE REVIEW STARTS JANUARY 1

The Daily Bible Review is an online “read through the Bible in a year”  program that starts January 1.   Each day there will be a text to read and an opportunity to interact with others participating in the class.

The schedule of readings is based on “The Daily Bible” –  a chronological Bible edited by LaGard Smith.  It  is not necessary to purchase this book to participate in our study.

The daily readings will take 10-15 minutes to complete on average. In addition to the text there will be comments designed to help us understand what is happening and to suggest practical application. We hope you will share your thoughts and participate in the discussion. This is what will be unique about this “read through the Bible in a year” program – we will get to interact with one another and learning from one another.

At the end of the year we will be rewarded with having completed a journey through the Bible Story.  We hope you will join us on this journey!

Sign up today and invite your friends!

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