Bob’s Boy’s Plans for 2015

This year, I’m reading the entire New Testament. One chapter per day and five days per week. My blog will still be published on Tuesdays and Fridays, with frequent Sunday editions as always. In addition to commenting on the week’s Bible reading chapters, I will be working on growing in faith and in my relationship to the Lord. I hope that you will join me, and that you may be enriched in your walk with God, as I know I will be.

One of the books I am currently writing is about the subject of apologetics. I don’t know how long that one will take to write, as I am just beginning it. But my 2015 blogs will be sure to have much to say on Christian evidences and such, as a result. I am in the editing stages of publishing my 5th book on the Gospel of Luke. The title has been selected, and I will reveal it in this blog before publication.

Reading the New Testament in one year will certainly enrich your life. The average chapter in the New Testament is 30 verses (7956 verses divided by 260 chapters). I selected a chapter with about 30 verses and clicked the link to listen to a reader who reads it at a leisurely pace. It took 3 minutes and 37 seconds. Less than 4 minutes per day out of your life – five days a week – to enrich your life for years to come.

Join me this year, as we strive to get closer to the Lord and make a real difference in our lives,as we prepare for a home with Him!

 

Bible Reading Schedule for this month
Click here to read or listen to audio of this week’s chapters in Mark

/Bob’s boy
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The Tempting of Jesus

As Luke chapter four opens, Jesus is just returning from the Jordan River and His baptism, filled with the Holy Spirit. And it was the Spirit, Luke tells us, that led Him into the wilderness for 40 days, where He was tempted by the devil. The 40 days reminds us of the 40 days that Moses went without food in Exodus 34:28, as well as the 40 years that the Israelites spent wandering in the desert before entering the Promised Land (Numbers 14:34). The parallel with this latter seems significant. God provided manna for them daily, teaching them dependence on Him. The Spirit, it would seem, was leading Jesus to depend on faith that God would provide for Him. It was this faith that the devil was determined to derail.

There are those who have expressed the opinion that Jesus could not truly have sinned, since He was the Son of God. This opinion refers to what is called peccability,” from the Latin verb “peccare” – meaning to sin. If He had not been able to sin, there would have been no real temptation. But we know this to be false, as the Hebrew writer tells us in Hebrews 4:14-16.

The Temptation of Christ (detail)

The Temptation of Christ (detail) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

John the baptist had indeed prepared the way for Him, and God knew that Jesus needed these tests. This was a great opportunity for Satan because he knew that Jesus’ ministry was about to begin. His hunger and weakness was very real after 40 days in the wilderness. The temptation to deviate from the Spirit’s direction and satisfy His own hunger would be great. Then Satan showed Jesus a large portion of what must have been the Roman Empire (the “kingdoms of the world” in verse 5) that could be under his authority if he would simply bow down to him. The last temptation would have made Jesus famous throughout the land, and nobody would have been able to doubt His greatness after throwing Himself down from the Temple. And after all, would God really allow harm to come to Him?

One of the lessons we can learn from these temptations that Jesus was able to overcome can be seen by looking at how Jesus answered the devil. In each case, he used the Scriptures to answer (Deuteronomy 8:3, Deuteronomy 6:13, and Deuteronomy 6:16). Jesus showed us that our best defense against temptations is a thorough knowledge of God’s word. By reading and studying the Bible, we come closer to God, and His word gives us the answers – the knowledge and understanding to get through the trials of this world.

(This year’s reading plan for Luke, Acts, and 1 and 2 Chronicles averages just 15 verses per day – 5 days per week!)
Schedule for this week
Read or listen to audio of today’s selection from Luke here
Read or listen to audio of today’s selection from 1 Chronicles here

/Bob’s boy
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some images © V. Gilbert & Arlisle F. Beers

All of my comments in this blog, however, are solely my responsibility.  When reading ANY commentary, you should ALWAYS refer first to the scripture, which is God’s unchanging and unfailing word. Reading schedules can be found on the “Bible Reading Schedules” page of my website at http://graceofourlord.com.

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Update – Luke, Acts, and Chronicles!

English: the first page of the Gospel of Luke

English: the first page of the Gospel of Luke (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s official. We decided to map out a reading schedule for the blog ourselves this year. The schedule for January has been posted here on the “Schedules” page. We will read a chapter a week of the Gospel of Luke (24) chapters, and then about June, we will start reading the Book of Acts (28 chapters). In addition, we will  read 1 and 2 Chronicles (a total of 65 chapters) this year. Why the Book of Chronicles? Due to an unfortunate placement in our Bibles just after 1 and 2 Kings, these two books are probably the most neglected books of the bible – next to Revelation. Since some of the text in 2 Samuel and in the Books of Kings is contained word for word, most of us get to Chronicles and figure – why read that again?

Well, surprise! the Books of Chronicles are actually very unique in their perspective, and contain much more than a mere repetition of other passages. In fact, our first blog of this year’s schedule (to be published in a couple of hours) will focus on an introduction to Chronicles that we hope you will find informative and helpful.

English: I took photo with Canon camera.

English: I took photo with Canon camera. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We will begin the first week with Luke chapter one and the first chapter of 1 Chronicles! The best part is that the pace of reading necessary to keep up with this schedule is quite easy. Although there will be weeks when we may cover 20 to 30 verses per day, on the average, it will only take 15 verses per day to read these four books this year!

Finally, a reading plan that practically anyone can keep up with! 15 verses per day, and you get the whole story of the birth, life, death, and resurrection of our Lord, followed by the details of how the Apostles carried out the commission he gave to them. And all the while, you will learn much of the history of God’s people from the time of Saul, then David, all the way to the end of the Babylonian exile!

And on Sundays, we will be focusing on other New Testament books, the subject of apologetics, and (we feel most importantly) ways to enrich your prayer life. We invite you to join us this year in what we feel will be a very enlightening year of reading and commentary in God’s word

/Bob’s boy
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