Archive for January, 2016

Week 5: Genesis 37-50 Joseph

According to BibleGateway.com, Jeremiah 29:11 is the most searched verse in the Bible. But as for me, there is just something about a verse found in this week’s readings that goes so much deeper and pierces the heart to the core. Genesis 50:20! We shall discover that rascals beget rascals…and yet even still…God works in us all!

Just click on the picture below to see a wee 3-page synopsis of this week’s readings about Joseph, which bring us to the close¬†of the first book of the Bible!

The favored son of Rebekah grows up to show favoritism to one of his own boys...and even in that...God orchestrated it for the good of the family and Egypt.

The favored son of Rebekah grows up to show favoritism to one of his own boys…and even in that…God orchestrated it for the good of the family and Egypt.

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Week 4: Genesis 23-36 Isaac and Jacob

This week we will read about a bunch of conniving and deceiving choices. If you read of all of Genesis straight through you kind of get a picture that all the bad characteristics are genetic…handed down from parents to children ūüė¶

But amazingly, we also get to discover the joy of serving a God who can turn our poor choices into something rich. He has the power to redeem even our most selfish acts into something helpful. Each day as you read, see if you can see yourself in any of the stories!

Just click on the picture below to get to the 2-page pdf file that¬†moves God’s Story forward from Isaac to Jacob’s family as found in Genesis 23-36…

God demonstrating His patience and care for Jacob

God demonstrating His patience and care for Jacob

 

Week 3: The Book of Job

Job appears nearly half way through the Bible as it is ordered in our books. But chronologically it seems to have occurred during what is called the Patriarchal age (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob).

Some of the reason it is thought to be during this time span is because Job’s life appears to have been after the flood (mentioned in 22:15-17) and before Moses or the nation of Israel was formed. His life span is 140+ years and the financial bottom line is expressed in livestock rather than gold and silver, in keeping with the Patriarchal era.

So this week we will cover the book of Job…42 chapters in 7…definitely condensed!

Click on the picture below to get to the 2-page handout!

Job with his friends trying to make sense of it all

Job with his friends trying to make sense of it all

 

Week 2: Genesis 12-22 Father Abraham

In Week 2’s passages we learn a lot about Father Abraham and how things seemed to work during the Patriarchal era. While you read each passage, it may prove helpful to ask the Lord to show you a bit of Himself as well as a bit of your ownself.

Just click on the picture below to get to the 3-page pdf file that shows Abraham’s travels and a little synopsis of Genesis 12-22…

The stars as seen in Big Bend...so Abram was promised that his descendants would outnumber even the stars seen here!

The stars as seen in Big Bend…so Abram was promised that his descendants would outnumber even the stars seen here!

 

Week 1: Genesis 1-11

01 Introduction & Week 1 Genesis 1-11

By reading one chapter a day for the next 350 days, an overview of God’s Story as contained in the Bible can be read.

Attached below is a 10-page pdf file containing

  • an introduction to the whole reading program,
  • a bird’s eye view of the Bible,
  • all 350 portions to be read this year,
  • week one’s passages, and
  • an overview of this week’s readings.
Introduction to 2016 Reading Plan (about 1 chapter a day)

Introduction to 2016 Reading Plan (about 1 chapter a day)