May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ our Lord
(2 Peter 1:2)
Hard to believe that this blog is now in its 4th year! Last year, we had readers from 151 different countries! When I first started this blog, I never considered that I would do anything but write on these pages.
But now I have published four books, with two more already on the way. Please check my author website out, as well as my Facebook page, and give me a “Like” if you don’t mind. You will find the links at the menu item “The Author’s Books.”
The primary focus of this site has been on the Bible reading schedule that I am using in the current year. This year, I am reading the entire New Testament along with other members of the church I attend. We start the year off in Mark and then move to some of Paul’s epistles and the Book of Hebrews, before returning to the Gospels. It is one chapter per day, 5 days per week to finish the entire New Testament.
Since the schedules I use are a 5 day per week plan, I write as often a I can on Sundays about Christianity in other specific areas – either apologetics, summaries of various books of the Bible, and other areas of interest. This year, I will be posting on Tuesdays and Fridays, and many Sundays. In addition to comments on the daily Bible reading, I will be attempting to focus on ways to strengthen our faith and our prayer life.
The goal is to help people read some of God’s word to some extent every day. But if you cannot keep up, don’t fret. Find out what you can do. If it’s a dozen verses a day, read your 12 verses every day. Maybe it’s just a half-dozen that you can do, or maybe it’s less. If you can only read a couple of verses a day, then get in the habit of reading two verses every day. What is important is “train” yourself to be reading God’s word every day. It takes a little time and effort to do that, but if you continue, it will be become one of the few habits you can be glad about.
Why is reading God’s word every day so important? We need to think of it as spiritual food. If we do not eat properly every day, sooner or later we will get weak. If we go long enough without eating, we will die because of it. We were made to have a relationship with God. In order to build or maintain a relationship with anyone we must talk to them, and we must hear what they have to say to us. To grow and nurture a relationship with God, we must talk to him regularly in prayer, and hear him through His word. We need the nourishment of God’s word both to grow and to keep from becoming too weak to finish the journey to our destination, which is home with the Lord.
The writer of the book of Hebrews, in Chapter 5, and the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 3:2 speak of God’s word in terms of both milk and solid food – the former referring to the nourishment needed to get us strong enough to be ready to fully receive the latter. The world is full of people whose lives are empty because they are trying to fill that place in their heart that needs God with everything but Him.
I hope you enjoy reading what I post here as much as I enjoy writing it!