My friend Scott Myers issued the following facebook Bible challenge for 2009.
I submit to you the 2009 Bible challenge. My desire for all is that we know God more. I urge and request everyone to stop reading all books except the Bible for the year 2009, this includes all spiritual books and books about the Bible, just read the Holy Scriptures only for all of 2009. The entire Bible can easily be read in one year by simply reading only 15 to 30 minutes a day. When we get alone with God’s word daily He shows up ‘big time’ to reveal and instruct His people. I believe when you take the time to read the entire Bible you are making a statement to God that you want to know as much about Him as possible.
May God bless you all, Hope to hear some wonderful testimonies in 2009.
Note: Recommended Bible translations , NKJV,NIV & NASB
Who am I to argue with that? The challenge that Scott lays down would be extremely rewarding. Who wouldn’t benefit from reading the Bible more? In the past 3 years I have read more from my Bible than I probably did in the previous 29! Each time I read it, I can honestly say that I feel God is talking to me and giving me more understanding.
While I will continue to read the Word, I will not be able to live up to this particular challenge. Scott, I’m sorry. As mentioned in previous posts, I want to be transparent about my walk. One thing that I resolved (dude I hate the phrase “New Years Resolutions”) is to watch less television in 2009. Less reality shows for me is going to be a huge change in my life! I am committing to spend that time reading more and growing in holiness.
Currently on my side table:
- God in the Market Place – Henry and Richard Blacaby
- You are Here – Danny Holland
- Lead Like Jesus – Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges
- For Parents Only – Shaunti Feldhahn and Lisa a Rice
- For Men Only – Shaunti and Jeff Feldhahn
There are more that I want to check out. One thing that I have beside me at all times when reading these books is my Bible. God’s Word is still the Plumb Line in which to measure all other books. He meant it for us. He continues to speak through it.
Back in September I issued a similar challenge. You won’t find it on my blog, but it was something I put on facebook. Reprinting now.
A year ago before our annual trip to Florida, I purchased a John Macarthur Study Bible. I just realized that. I’ve been more in the Word this year than any year in my life. I don’t agree with all the views or interpretation as J-Mac, but the insight that God has been showing me through it has been incredible.
I have read through the Bible many times in my life, but this year I read through it differently. I didn’t keep to a schedule and didn’t care if I parked in one chapter or book for days on end. I kept track of those scriptures that really challenged me and make it a point to come back to those. I learned that you really do have to harmonize the scripture.
Creation, Election, forbearance, propitiation, The church, conscience, homosexuality, Post Modernism… all areas that I’ve been attempting to harmonize God’s purpose, His word, and my place in it. I still think our human minds try to make human sense of it all. I think too many people box God into that. He is much bigger than the box we put Him in.
I challenge my facebook friends to join with me and make the next 12 months count. Pick up your Bible. Pick up the Message Bible if you must. Read the Word. You will never understand why you are on this planet until you read this playbook. I’m starting in Romans again. Join me there and help me figure out what all these “…tion” words mean.
God’s playbook is His Word to us. I am confident that as long as the foundation remains His Word, He will speak to me through other books as well.
Again, Sorry Scott. Forgive me. For all you other people…Listen to Scott. He’s smarter than I am.