Posts Tagged ‘Bible’

Binge Watching

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

Do you or have you “binge watched” TV show or series? It has become a phenomena. At first I thought binge watching was for those people who have a lot of time on their hands or who were so busy they couldn’t watch a show live. Then, it seems like a good idea for those who wanted to watch a season all the way through with no stops or commercials. Then, I tried it. Maybe I’m a late adopter.

I thought I would get into one of the hot new shows or some great show but I could only last an hour or two. I don’t know how anyone does 24 hours or all weekend.

Then I had a thought, does anyone binge read the Bible? There was a day in Ezra/Nehemiah where they read the OT all day! I started a new Bible reading plan, 90 days through the Bible by Zondervan, I believe. To complete it, it requires 12 pages, yes they are double columns, a day for 90 days. That’s pretty quick through the Bible. The suggestion is to set aside 45 minutes. I’ve found that some days I will read for longer.

One thing I’ve learned as I read these chunks of scripture, phrases of OT are echoed in NT.  I read so much of the New Testament that now in the Old I have some context and I “see” some connections. It is also great to read stories all of the way through like a Abraham, Joseph, Samuel, Elijah and Elisha, plus David and Solomon building the temple. I see the heart of God and his love for his people over and over.

Catch up on the lastest episode in scripture using the 90 day Bible or youversion or your own Bible.

The Bible is beautiful.

Biggest factor in Kids’ Spiritual Health

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

You don’t need a drum roll because there is no suspense here, you know it. Reading the Bible regularly in their home was the biggest predictor of spiritual health as young adults. (Lifeway Research study surveyed 2000 church-going parents, from an article is in Facts and Trends magazine, Winter 2018)

Parents, we need to start or continue Bible reading. We impact our children in so many ways and this is a fairly easy way. Regular scripture reading needs to be one of them. Read it for yourself, read it together, read it one on one. Start today.

The article doesn’t mention how long. It simply stated that the families reported reading the Bible several times a week. If I’m honest, I need help with making this happen. There are so many good Houston Astro’s and Rocket’s games to watch, so many shows to catch up on, so many likes that I can double tap on social media. So, I need help. What I do is tell my kids and family, “we are going to do this.” Then, they end up holding me accountable. They don’t let me forget. You need help, too. Find someone to hold you accountable.

What do you read? Use the scripture from the sermon on Sunday, or from a small group lesson. Use a Psalm or Proverbs for the calendar date, Psalm 28 or Proverb 28 for Feb. 28. Or, start in the Gospel of John or the Letter to the Philippians. Go by your church library or Christian bookstore and find a book of family devotionals. Just read, you don’t need to do much more.

As parents, we  generally hope for and deeply desire that our kids will be physically healthy, mentally healthy, and emotionally healthy. Spiritually healthy is usually last or left off the list. We tend to focus on their friends, their grades, and their safety.

Think further down the road. What do you want for them 10 years from now? Same, right? You want them to be healthy in all of those ways. However, the only thing that will get them through the maddening years of middle school, hectic high school, challenging college, fears starting their first job, plus getting married and beginning a family… the only thing that will get them through these life stages is their spiritual health and a growing relationship with Jesus.

You can make a spiritually significant impact on them today simply by reading the Bible!

The new school year

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

The kids are back in school and everyone at my house is tired. It is back to the school morning schedule and then on to the crazy afternoon pick up and more  evening schedule.

The other night, we looked at a couple of scriptures that speak to the newness of life. Lamentations 3:23, Psalm 33:3 and 2 Corinthian 5:17. We asked questions like… What does new mean? What did you like about your new classes? How are God’s mercies new? to you? What will you do new and different this year? Then, we prayed and thanked God for new things. It was short and sweet but we read God’s word and had a important connecting moment that is crucial for families.

In public

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

One of our great church members sent a link around several months ago for a way to read the Bible on your mobile. I am not usually an early adopter so I put off downloading it. Plus, I’m not always so technically minded it took me awhile to figure out how to actually get it to my blackberry. However, after a couple of clicks an icon appeared and I actually had the Bible on my blackberry.

Next came the tough part…putting down brickbreaker during any “free” time. There were a couple of times I looked a verse or two up at a red light. No, I didn’t try to drive and read! I also used my blackberry to look up several verses for a Life Group lesson and to have another translation. However, one of the coolest times I read the Bible was at the mall. If you haven’t read the Bible in a truly public setting you need to give it a go. That context really affects your senses and your heart and mind.

Here you go,

Out of the mouth of children

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

The other day I was talking with one of my children about praying a scripture and I asked what scriptures were memorized. Without hesitation, “For God so loved the world that he gave His only forgotten son…”

Probably has happened before but it really made me think…what do we really have committed to memory from Scripture?

I’m sure we’ve memorized a lot of stuff before: song lyrics, telephone numbers (before cell phones and their address books); directions, formulas, etc. What about scripture?

Make it a goal to start today, one verse at a time.