The Bible

Did you watch The Bible TV miniseries? I watched most of it. But after watching an interview with producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett I must admit I’d like to watch it again.

During the interview they stated more than 100 million people watched.

100 million people!!!

WOW…

I watched the series but found myself a bit distracted by missing stories and trying to decide whether I thought they had done the bible justice. Lord forgive me. My heart so wanted them to get it right. But how could they. How can you attempt to cram the Bible into 10 hours?

It reminds me of those Cliff Notes books. I tried it once (or maybe twice…youth). My friend and I waited to the last minute to read Uncle Tom’s Cabin. I still haven’t read that book. Anyway, we decided to go and buy the little yellow and black book to save our lazy behinds. LOL!

Needless to say, we read it but reading the summary is never as good as the book. The synopsis tells what the publisher deems “good” and it does not always align with what you believe is “good”.

After nearly failing the test I vowed…”never again”. I’m sure that was not totally true. I’d like to say “I learned my lesson”. But… 😉

In that light, I now realize there is no way they could have met the expectations of every viewer. However, when we look at this as an opportunity for the gospel to be shared it takes on a new light. Its not just entertainment.

The Gallup Poll said 77% of Americans identify themselves as Christians. (See it here.) I believe that number seem pretty high. I’ll use it for the sake of an illustration. Using that number this means there was a potential of 23 million unbelievers watching in the US.

Again…WOW!

 

But the Book is Better

Movie aside can you image what would happen if that 77% read the bible and shared the gospel? If we, as believers, read the Word of God, believed the Word of God, and lived according to the Word of God?

What would our lives be like? How would our world change?

 

[pullquote3 quotes=”true” align=”center” variation=”teal” cite=”Romans 15:4 NASB”]For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. [/pullquote3]

 

Here’s Your Chance

Today we are starting Part 2 of our bible reading journey. We are going to read the bible over the next 39 weeks. I’d love for you to join us.

Will you?



 

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Did you watch The Bible TV miniseries? What did you enjoy the most?

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Taking in the Details – Part 2 of Bible Reading 2013

Part 2 of our reading is going to slow us down quite a bit. The reading plan is an original plan I’ve designed with a 5 day reading schedule. This allows for 2 days weekly of unscheduled reading. We will also have suggested memory verses, which highlights the importance of reading, studying and meditating on scripture.

This plan is 39 weeks. Participating readers will receive the assigned reading weekly. I plan to also include resources by book of the bible and periodic videos.

Again, readers can select their preferred version of the bible, whether print or electronic. I plan to use YouVersion app and The New Inductive Study Bible.

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Introduction

Can’t see the video? Click here to view it online.

 

Materials Needed

  • Bible
  • Reading schedule

 

Materials Suggested

  • Binder and Notebook Paper or Spiral
  • Index Cards
  • Pencils/Pens, Highlighter, and/or color pencils

 

Join Us

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Do you read your bible daily? If so, what are some tips you can share with other readers for staying the course?

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Week 5: The Dos and Don’ts of Reading the Bible Like a Novel

Are you trying to increase the amount of time you read your bible?

We are in our fifth week of reading the bible. I must admit I’m behind, according to the schedule, but I’ve given myself a pass. A pass to enjoy my daily reading like a novel.

The Dos and Don'ts of Reading the Bible Like a Novel by Dana Pittman

 

You may have started this year with a resolution to read your bible in 90 days, 6 months and/or one year. You went and bought a nice bible with the plan and things went well until…well…Day 4 or so.

Okay maybe you made it to Week 3 or 4. But you realized this is harder than I thought.

Week 4: Distractions

Every morning I wake and try to read and pray before my feet hit the floor. Because if I don’t…I’ll find myself distracted.

Distractions by Dana Pittman

I’m sure I’m not alone in the matter. We homeschool, work from home, and I find my list of To-Do’s takes on a life of its own. Yet, today while listening to scripture I found a verse very intriguing…

Week 3: Be Holy

I read in bed most nights. Last night I read a passage that suggested surrendering is the process of emptying all that we are in order to be filled with all of Him. The author was rather wordy in making this point, wordiness aside I find the thought to be true.

Be Holy by Dana Pittman

This thought, or concept, is what I’d most like to achieve during my reading of the bible. I want an emptying of myself so that I am a vessel willing, ready, and able to live a life for His glory.

Saturday’s Sister to Sister: Make Your Requests Known (Part 1)

Saturday’s Sister to Sister is shaping into the vision in my head…and heart. In today’s video I share Part 1 of Make Your Requests Known.

 

 

 

I pray you are blessed. I’m providing the resources below.

 

Resources

Featured Video: Here’s the direct link to the video.

Blog Post: A Journey Worthy of Your Time. This is the post from early this week.

Scripture: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 ESV.

Question to consider: Do you have places in your life you’re seeking advice from others? Have y ou sought clarity from God?

Scripture: Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. Jeremiah 33:3 ESV. See a picture with this verse.

Question to consider: Are you seeking the peace of God? Where? (This question is a great one to add to your Love Journal.)

 

 

Question: How can you begin to take hold of your current situation and move forward? Add your comment below.

 

 

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