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Matthew 1-7 Late posting on the first week of reading!! We are well into the second week. Happy Reading!!

It's Thursday today!  I have gotten thrown off my game with the new reading plan in regard to when to post for you all!!You see, I am in a group called Community Bible Reading (CBR).  The weekly reading starts on Tuesday and ends the following Monday.  But with the blog, I ended my reading on Sunday and then posted.  I have been struggling to figure out the best way to continue with CBR and also encourage people in their reading using the blog. So, I didn't post regarding the first week of reading.  If you want to see a video from CBR related to the 1-7 ch. reading, you are welcome to do that.  It's about 1/2 an hour.  Please excuse the technical difficulties we were having with our zoom recording.😖Click this link: https://youtu.be/yvzwHpOlmBYIf you have started Matthew with me, you should be on chapter 10 of Matthew today.  There is soooo much rich content in the reading!!  I would love to hear what has stood out to you!  Please feel free to comment in the comment secti…

Starting a New Reading Plan!!

Hello fellow readers! I am starting a new plan to read through the New Testament in one academic year.  Starting today, if you read one chapter a day, you will be done with the whole New Testament by the first week of June!  What a great challenge!! Read with me!  Each week I will post something about the seven days of reading.  I would love to hear your comments about the reading as well!  It would be like we were in a Bible study together....but....not together...We are getting used to that since COVID, right?!  😝HOWEVER, if you are getting sick of this "virtual" thing and want to actually be with people, you can join me each week at South Shores Chruch to be with people face to face, talking about the week's worth of reading.  If you want more info. on that, ask in the comment section, and I will get back to you with the info.Ask a friend to join you!!  You will find the reading plan on the "Spiritual Fervor" tab.Hope you join me and Happy Reading!!!!

Judges 20- Ruth 4- We are done with the summer reading!

We are done!!
We finished our summer reading in the Old Testament! That was fun!  How did you like getting to know our God, three in One,  a little better?

This past week's reading was interesting to me! Did you catch how Judges ended and Ruth began?  Judges ended with, "In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit." (21:25), which implies everyone was doing their own thing, not what God commanded in Joshua. Disobedience and waywardness was running rampant!

Then the book of Ruth starts off with, "In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land." (Ruth 1:1). That's a clear reference to the time of “Willy Nilly” the Israelites were practicing during the “time of Judges”. Yet, as we read Ruth, we learn of a couple who are of  “noble character" (Ruth 2:11 &  3:11), actually following God’s commands.  I loved the reminder that even in the bleakest of times, there always seems to be a remnant of true believers in the …

Judges 13-19~ This reading definitely has some important take-aways!!

Again, I found myself wondering what I can get out of this terribly sad reading we are doing in Judges.  I was sad reading about Sampson (ch. 16), but my stomach turned reading chapter 19!  In fact, my 8-year-old son, who was sitting across the room from me when I was reading said, "What are you doing with your face, Mom?"  I laughed when I realized he had looked at me right when my face was twisted with horror as I read about the poor concubine.
I simply said, "I don't like what I am reading!" Thankfully, he didn't ask what I was reading specifically,....yet he knew it was from the Bible. 😬😳 I wonder what that little guy thought of that answer?!... I should probably talk to him about it later.  But, at the time, I couldn't respond with much more.....I wouldn't have been able to explain the Bible right then and there for him...I needed time to process...what am I reading?... and why is this in the Bible?!!

Well, I have processed now, and this is…

Judges 6 - 12- God is faithful even when our faith falters!

I don't know about this past week's reading.....in just 7 chapters we read about 8 leaders of Israel...who weren't the stellar examples of godly leadership for the "chosen people of God"! To be honest, I was left feeling uneasy about how the country was going (a little like how I feel these days in our own county). Even Gideon, who I remember as being one of the "heroes of the faith" mentioned in Hebrews (ch. 11), didn't seem like a hero I would encourage my boys to emulate.

So....what can I get out of this reading?  How is this part of scripture "God-breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." (2 Tim. 3:16-17)?
Humm...well, Gideon might not be the picture of faith, since he faltered several times,.....but we can certainly learn a lot about God through Gideon's faltering faith! God is faithful even when our faith falt…

Joshua 23-Judeges 5- It all points to Jesus!

Monday we read Joshua exhort the people, "So be very careful to love the Lord your God." (23:11) Then through the rest of Joshua he continues to warn and plead with the Israelites to "Yield their hearts to God."  As I was reading Joshua, I was kind'a surprised that he didn't have a lot of hope for these people to remain faithful. After all, he had spent the last years of his life on the battlefield with the men of Israel who continually rallied to battle to defeat and conquer the people in their promised land.   
Yet, Joshua was right,  as soon as the exhortations were out of his mouth he states, "You are not able to serve the Lord.  He is a holy God, he is a jealous God." (24:19) We saw the truth in that statement as soon as we started to read Judges!  Immediately, in chapter 3, we start to see the pattern of the people: live in peace --> sin --> fall into captivity --> moan for help --> God rescues --> peace again comes, but the pa…

Joshua 16-22- Inquire of the Lord while you wait!

After reading how the land was divided between the tribes in this week's reading, I bet some of you were thinking...."Do I really need to read all these names? I can't find a lot of practical application for myself in this reading, do I really need to keep reading?....."

Come on, be honest, did you have any of those thoughts?  Well, I have a challenge for you! If you feel you got nothing out of the reading take a look again, looking for these subjects:

Thoughts on women's rights (chapter 17)?  An acknowledgment for the need for capital punishment yet there is a time for not implementing capital punishment (chapter 19)?Did you notice to whom the cities of refuge were given? I thought it was interesting that the one's designate to be the priests (the intercessor between the people and God) would be the ones to receive those who needed mercy. Maybe God felt they were the best equipped to deal wtih the emotions involved in those cases, who knows, I just found tha…