Published February 24, 2010
I’ve officially reached the half-way point of the bible, and I’m perusing Proverbs today. This 90-day bible reading experience is quite a task, but it’s proven so far to be very beneficial.
On another note, one year ago I was about 1 month into my trip in Kenya. For the last few days, I’ve been going through the journals I kept, and it’s neat how I’ve seen God speak to me in current situations from my journals written one year ago. Here is a an excerpt:
God is good. Just a few moments ago, I was sitting here in the field thinking about grass… how that in the big picture, I’m just a blade of grass that fades away and most people will never know about.
But this thought didn’t leave me sad. The Bible says that we wither away as grass, but the Word of the Lord endures forever.
And I took great comfort in withering, because God has ordained the process. He has an outline for me and I have no need to fear. In fact, I have no fear- in Jesus’ name.
And as I thought about how short my life is, like a blade of grass turning brown, or a mist quickly vanishing, I was reminded that only one thing is needed. And that one thing is not money, power, fame, or favor…
It is sitting at Jesus’ feet and learning from him.
2/20/09 Kijabe, Kenya
Published February 7, 2010
So, I read a third of the bible last month.
That’s the first time I’ve ever been able to say that. I’ve been doing this really intense scripture-reading plan that I was first introduced to by my brother-in-law a few years ago. The Bible in 90 days. It’s really easy. Just take the number of pages in your bible, divide by 90, and then read that many pages each day for 3 months.
Those are the nuts and bolts of it, but reading scripture this way is different than anything I’ve ever done. I tend to take my time on certain passages, even meditating. I can spend a week on a few chapters. That’s kind of the zoomed-in, microscopic level.
But this 90-day reading is like the birds-eye view/airplane window level. What’s so different about it to me is that you can see all the ins and outs of stories… even within one sitting. Yes, you miss a lot of detail and or secondary meanings because you don’t have time to ponder each verse. But I’ve also found that I’m catching details that I’ve never seen before simply because the story is still so fresh.
I read through Genesis in 3 days. 3 days! It’s crazy how much you can see the plot lines in big brush strokes of the patriarchs of our faith.
Anyway, that’s a random thing I’m doing, along with a guy in our church. We’re pretty stoked to be 1/3 of the way through, and we’re still trying to find the most appropriate way to celebrate at the end of the 3 months.
In other news, I’m excited that we’re beginning our new series tomorrow at Anchor Gaslamp on the 4 G’s. (Four Great Truths about God.) I’m preaching about the first one tomorrow – “God is Great- so we don’t have to be in control.” It’s funny how I’m speaking about something that has often been difficult for me to learn, as evidenced by my last post. But I suppose that is part of discipleship!