Saturday, January 10, 2015

Bible Challenge 01/11 - 01/17

Happy New Year!

The New Year is upon us! You know what this means? It means a new year to spend reading and being transformed by God's Word! It means a new year to participate in our Read the Bible In a Year plan together.

I hope that if you participated in 2014 that you are back for more. I also hope, that if last year just did not quite work out for you, you are back to try again. For those of you unfamiliar with the plan, basically it is just a reading plan that when followed will take you through the Old Testament once and the New Testament twice, in one calendar year. We read almost everyday and we read four chapters a day.

Please do not let this exercise be filled with pressure for you. I simply encourage you to do what you can, as you can. If you miss a day or days, please do not try and go back and catch up. Just pick up with the next day and keep plugging along. Any time you can spend reading through the Bible with us, is time God can and will use to reach out to you. Come and join us, have fun with it, and I know you will not only learn something new, but you will also grow deeper in your walk with Christ.

This week we are finishing up the Gospel of Mark and reading almost all the way through the book of Luke.

Luke is the first of a two part book written by the same author. The first part is an account of Jesus' life and the second part, the book of Acts is an account of the history of the early church. The author Luke was a physician who was a traveling companion of the Apostle Paul on several of his missionary journeys. He addresses the books of Luke and Acts to Theophilus, probably a Gentile who was either a new believer or someone seeking to learn about Christ. Luke elaborates on a lot of the information from Matthew and Mark, including more parables and more stories about Jesus' interactions with people that show his interest in the non-Jewish world and the poor. Other highlights in the book of Luke include: the parables about lost items (chap 15), Jesus and Zaccheus (chap 19), Jesus praying in the Garden (chap 22), the Crucifixion (chap 23), and the Resurrection (chap 24).

Here is our schedule for this week:

11 - Mark 13-16

12 - Luke 1-4

13 - Luke 5-8

14 - Luke 9-12

15 - Luke 13-16

16 - Luke 17-20

17 - Luke 21-24

May God add his richest blessings to the reading, the hearing and most importantly the living out of His Holy Word. Amen.

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