a heap of ugly

October 31, 2014

light vs darkness

When we see any beauty, we must understand that it is simply being what it was created to be. God did not make anything ugly. I know that there are some strange creatures out in the world, but each one brings a certain degree of pleasure to the Creator. He created all of this for His delight. We can only imagine the enjoyment God gets out of some of the things that I have seen.

 

 

There is an old saying that we hear often: “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Could I be so bold as to change that a little bit and make it more biblically correct? “Beauty is in the eye of the Creator.” That makes more sense to me. I have seen babies with a face only a mother could love. I don’t say anything, because every baby is beautiful to its parents. Why? Well the answer is obvious. The parents see something of themselves in that little bundle.

 

 

C. K. Chesterton makes the comment, “we used to judge everything by how beautiful it was, a poem was beautiful, a book was beautiful, a statue, a play, even love making (in the confines of marriage) was beautiful.”

 

 

When did everything get ugly?

 

 

Now it’s all about how it makes us feel, or what do you think. In my humble opinion I think that since the creation no longer worships the creator we have lost our sense of beauty.

 

 

Everything now days is sexy, sex sells everything, cars, boats, your clothing (ironically a blue jean company in Italy was sued because the clothes made women look like women and not men, the company was forced to pull all its inventory).

 

 

The reason things are as out of place as they are is because of sin. When God created man and put him in the garden, everything was perfect. There was not a bit of ugliness anywhere to be found. And God looked at everything and pronounced, “It is good.” The world God created, and the world in which God placed man, was perfect and good.

 

 

In the untouched beauty and majesty of God’s creation, we begin to understand God’s great appreciation of things beautiful. Only man’s touch on God’s creation taints it with ugliness.

 

 

Instead of the Midas touch where everything turns to gold, we have the ‘sin touch’, where literally everything we touch gets ‘the ugly’.

 

 

Only the redeemed have the ability to like what God likes and to be pleased with what pleases God. It’s the same with receiving instruction, only those who love God will receive from him instruction and correction.

 

 

Forget ‘rose colored’ glasses we need surgery. Heart surgery to solve the sin problem and see the beauty of it all.

 

 

God wants beauty in our life, but it will come from order not chaos, it will come from his plans being followed by us. Submission (an ugly word to so many) to God brings beauty into our lives.

 

 

Those that practice true humility will see great beauty. Humility comes from following God, if he is the center of our lives there will be beauty.

 

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

claim your inheritance

October 30, 2014

the bible

Matthew 5:5King James Version (KJV)

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

In the NT meekness (prautēs and adjective praus) refers to an inward attitude, whereas *gentleness is expressed rather in outward action. It is part of the fruit of Christlike character produced only by the Spirit (Gal. 5:23, KJV).

 

The meek do not resent adversity because they accept everything as being the effect of God’s wise and loving purpose for them, so that they accept injuries from men also (as Moses above), knowing that these are permitted by God for their ultimate good (cf. 2 Sa. 16:11). The meekness and gentleness of Christ was the source of Paul’s own plea to the disloyal Corinthians (2 Cor. 10:1). He enjoined meekness as the spirit in which to rebuke an erring brother (2 Tim. 2:25, KJV), and when bearing with one another (Eph. 4:2).

Similarly, Peter exhorted that the inquiring or arguing heathen should be answered in meekness (1 Pet. 3:15, KJV). Supremely meekness is revealed in the character of Jesus (Mt. 11:29, av; 21:5, KJV), demonstrated in superlative degree when he stood before his unjust accusers without a word of retort or self-justification.

Meekness and Gentleness are fruit of the spirit and is to be part of our godly character. Unlike patience, this is one gift/fruit you do want to pray for.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

RESCUE THE PERISHING

October 29, 2014

churtch

Yesterday we introduced the idea of what is the state of mind of the abuser, today we are going to look at the abused person and the dynamics of that abuse and give you an idea so you can be aware that this is an ongoing problem even in the church and you will reach out to someone you know that is being abused.

 

 

The abused wife, husband, girlfriend or boyfriend represents one of the uglier aspects of our society.  Only a small percentage of such cases is ever brought to light. The abuse – physical and sexual as well as verbal and emotional – may continue for years. The abused spouse or friend can be found in all socio-economic levels, and in all educational, racial and age groups. And, Christians are not immune.

 

 

The abuser often masters the “art” of the put down, foul and abusive language, and threats. At times this abuse is so destructive of personality that the victim feels deserving of any physical battering which follows.

He/she is characterized by low self-esteem, depression, and a variety of stress related disorders and psychosomatic illnesses.  He/she is trapped and vulnerable, confused and uncertain.  It is impossible to assess objectively one’s position or to make decisions.

There is a martyr-like endurance and frustration: responsibility for the mate’s behavior will often be assumed by the victim.  The vague hope exists that change is “just around the corner,” and that “someone will soon come and get me out of all this.”  At the same time, there is emotional isolation and no real contact with the family.

 

 

In the case of a wife, it may take from three to four months of counseling before she can begin to heal emotionally, even after she has been separated from her tormentor.  Once she and the children are in a safe place (where he cannot reach them because he doesn’t know where they are) and she has had time to reflect and sort out her feelings, he may be very angry.

 

 

The abuser of spouse and family seldom changes unless exposed and subjected to legal action.

 

  1. Reassure and encourage.

He/she is doing the right thing in talking about the problem.  We want to be of help and are happy to listen.  He/she is not alone: many others are experiencing the same treatment.

  1. Ask questions. It is quite common for abused persons to have difficulty in expressing their feelings. Ask:

How do you feel about the way you are treated?

How long has this been going on?

Tell me about your husband/wife. What is he/she like?

How do you feel about yourself at this point?

What do you think you can do about all this?

The goal is to lead the victim to express herself/himself and to make them realize that they have some God-given rights as a woman/man and wife/husband.

Remember that more police officers are killed or wounded in domestic situations. Performing an intervention can be dangerous. Always refer to a professional.

  1. Inform him/her not to feel deserving of such treatment. He/she does not have to be a victim any longer. Even though the spouse blames her or him and attempts to justify the abuse, it is not his/her fault.

  1. Inform him/her that he or she doesn’t have to take the abuse anymore. It must stop! He/she must be decisive and firm.  The spouse’s conduct is illegal.  He/she can be punished for what he/she is doing, even put in jail. (Often the victim will think of loss of income, having to move, police reports and fall back into the victim mode and not proceed.)

  1. In order to break the cycle of abuse, the victim must contact a local pastor or family services office and tell her or his story. They will be able to help the victim sort things out, suggesting legal action if necessary.  Separation from the tormentor may be in order.

  1. Suggest that further counseling and emotional support is a must. Arrangements must be made with a qualified pastor, a Christian professional, or a counseling service.  Impress upon the victim that decisions must be made urgently and decisive action taken.  The counselor may make suggestions, but concrete steps will have to be taken by the person involved.

Scripture

 

“Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

            Matthew 11:28, KJV

“I sought the Lord and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.”  Psalm 34:4,5, NIV

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

            1 Peter 5:7, NIV

“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts you.  Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal.”     Isaiah 26:3,4, NIV

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5,6, NIV

Other suggested Scripture: Psalm 23; Psalm 42:11.

 

 

If you are the victim, pack up, take all the money you can, and move out of town, call the police. (it helps that for every trip to the hospital, every fight you call the police, yes it often makes things worse, but you will eventually be killed or maimed for life.)

 

 

Don’t be fooled by the “honeymoon” phase, after the abuse, the abuser is so tender, so kind, you can get addicted to the ‘sweetness’ and go through the abuse just to get that ‘special moment’, that is wrong thinking and detrimental to your self-worth. GET OUT

 

Everyone that reads these devotions please pray for these folks that are going through this horrible ordeal and pray for their safety and the courage to leave.

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

STOP!

October 28, 2014

churtch

 

We’ve been asked to discuss abuse, we are going to take a little different take on the subject and start with the abuser, then later we will deal with the abused.

 

THE ABUSIVE PERSON

Background

The abusive person is found in all socio-economic levels, in all educational, racial, and age groups. There are abusive women as well as abusive men.  The following could be applied to either.  Though there are similarities in the characteristics of the abuser, we shall briefly list three categories:

The Wife/Husband Abuser:

 

Although case histories vary, there are similar threads running through each.  The abuser has a very “low boiling point’ and knows of only one way to vent anger – abuse.  He has little self-esteem, often considers himself a failure, relates poorly to people, is jealous, and accuses his mate of being non-supportive or unfaithful.  He attempts to control all her activities and even spies on her, believing that his behavior actually promotes the good of the family.  He has an insatiable ego, is very demanding, accepts no blame for failures, often offends without feeling, and admits no guilt on the emotional level even after admitting his problem.

 

 

Abusers tend to justify themselves, either feeling that their partners goad them to the point of abuse or denying that they are abusive.  Frustration will trigger abuse: He can’t punch his boss at work, so he takes it out on his wife and children at home.  Alcoholism and drug abuse are sometimes causes of the explosive mistreatment.

The Child Abuser:

Most of the above symptoms are present in the child abuser.  Add to this that he is very demanding, wanting to be obeyed blindly and immediately.  He is extremely impatient, and often vents his frustrations, and the hurts and pains of his childhood on his own children.  His expectations are far too high for them, so he often berates them or puts them down.  Often his verbal abuse, accompanied by foul and obscene language, will be so devastating that the children begin to accept passively the physical abuse with a feeling that they deserve it.  They become victims.  Alcohol and drugs are involved in many cases.

The Sexual Abuser (incest)

NOTE:  Girls are not the only ones being abused.  There is much abuse of boys.

The characteristics of the wife abuser are generally true of the sexual abuser.  He is emotionally isolated, although he may appear to be emotionally whole.  He seems to be passive, but exercises a growing, rigid control over his daughter’s actions as she grows up.  He is callous, egocentric, self-indulgent, and sees people only as objects.  Alcohol and drug addiction often are related to incest.

 

Sexual abuse is usually long-term and repetitive, accompanied by intimidation and coercion.  When confronted, the abusive adult will deny involvement or responsibility and tends to blame the victim.  In all probability, he was sexually abused as a child.

A wife who has failed to protect a child from sexual abuse (when she is actually aware of it), will remain passive and, more often than not, support her husband’s denials or rationalizations.  When caught, the offender often promises “not to do it again.” Such promises are not to be trusted!

 

If you are the abuser you must stop! There are no valid reasons to continue this behavior and it will only escalate. Please read the following scripture and please contact us at scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Scripture


“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it . . .So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies.  He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth it and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church.” Ephesians 5:25,28,29, KJV

“Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”  Esphesians 6:4, NIV

“Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders no r thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.  And that is what some of you were.  But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

            1 Corinthians 6:9-11, NIV

“The Spirit, however, produces in human life fruits such as these: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, fidelity, tolerance and self-control – and no law exists against any of them .”

            Galatians 5:22, Phillips

through the eye

October 27, 2014

light vs darkness

Somehow many of the world’s religions have assumed that God is a kindly old gentleman who is so tenderhearted toward the sinner that He is willing and able to receive any pittance which the sinner offers to Him as the basis for that person’s salvation. As a consequence, there are many religions which teach man to struggle through life, isolating himself from happiness and from anything providing pleasure, in order that he may win an escape from the person that he really is and from the responsibility which that brings.

A horde of religious acts are saddled on grieving sinners with the solemn promise that by keeping these works, the sinner somehow will gain favor before a holy God. Sinners are led to believe that by these works they may gain the favor of God and release from the judgment which they deserve. Romans 1–6 explains that such an approach to salvation is part of the broad way which leads to destruction (Matt. 7:13). Or, just as bad, many teach that God’s work through Christ on the cross was not quite adequate to achieve a man’s salvation without certain vital works which the sinner must contribute.

The first 6 books deals clearly with the technical, legal means by which God has made this provision available for fallen man without impugning God’s own righteousness. God is perfectly just. In His perfect righteousness He will not make one step which would make Him unjust in order to save fallen man. He will not accept any work which a person may offer to Him as a basis for the sinner’s salvation. The first half of the book of Romans is a treasure in that it resolves this otherwise insolvable problem. It explains precisely how God is able to save fallen mankind without Himself becoming guilty by forgiving man without a just basis for doing so.

Paul in Romans very clearly explains that there actually is only one way by which a person can be saved. It is the way which has been provided by God as a free gift on the basis of the finished work of the Messiah.

Romans is possibly the most important book of the bible.

 

If I could only have two books of the bible it would be the Gospel of John and the book of Romans. If I could only have one book it would be a hard choice but it would be the Book of Romans.

 

If I were to test a candidate for ordination or the pulpit I would quiz him on the book of Romans.

 

If you told me you were a mature believer I would quiz you on the Book of Romans. And if you told me you were interested in growing as a Christian, you can guess.

 

Yes I read other books, it’s one of the most frequent questions I get; “what are you reading?”

So here’s my current reading list;

  1. Orthodoxy by C. G. Chesterton

  2. The Confessions of St. Augustine

  3. The Imitation of Christ (which I just keep reading over and over again).

  4. What’s missing from your bible; by David Daniels

  5. The Common Book of Pray for everyday Radicals

  6. Translators Revived: A biography of the Authors of the English Version of The Holy Bible

  7. A Gospel Primer

  8. And gasp, a 4 Volume set on the history of the Detective Novel (I’m so ashamed).

So at my funeral I know it’s kind of pagan but would somebody please slip into my casket or funeral pyre a book. (If it’s a comic book make it the Green Lantern).

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

lightbulb

In 1987, 75 million people rented a XXX porn video. Five years later, that number had rocketed to 490 million rentals of the most graphic porn. By 1996, the rentals reached 665 million. Pornography is being produced around the world, but the center of consumption is here in America. We distribute more than anyone else.

 

 

Americans are the only nation in the world that claim it is a Christian nation, yet we use more drugs, consume more alcohol. Americans use 80% of all pain killers in the world. Our infant mortality is staggering, the number of Americans with STD’s is off the charts.

The divorce rate in the American Evangelical church is 4% higher than the national average.

 

 

2 Chronicles 7:14King James Version (KJV)

14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

 

 

The first step in handling your addiction is admitting you have a problem.

 

 

Look in the mirror and seriously ask yourself, how humble are you?

 

 

Pride is continually condemned in both Old and New Testaments. Man is God’s creature and has no right to lord it over other persons, since God alone is over man. Christ, Moses, and many other admirable characters in the Bible are portrayed as humble men who acted as servants, not arrogant lords. Those who exalt themselves will, according to Scripture, be humbled while the humble will be exalted. The person who would be first should make himself servant of all, for the  last shall be first and the first shall be last (Matt. 20:16).

 

 

Many people do not realize that much of their behavior is the result of being on an ego trip.  Pride is part of our natural sin of self-centeredness. (I’m tempted to say our National Sin). Almost every problem we experience can be traced to it, and it can be taken to such extremes that a person may actually worship himself, as evidenced by total devotion to their own self-interest.

 

 

The Spirit of God living in Christians has the power to help us obey God, it’s our calling to be holy, obedient and faithful to the Word of God. But we have to admit we are screwed up, seriously flawed and laugh at the idea we can be perfect.

 

 

As singer, song writer Ray Steven’s says; “oh Lord it’s hard to be humble when you are perfect in every way.”

How long has it been, or ever that you ever prayed “Lord let me be a servant, let me learn humility” that long huh.

 

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

DIRTY WORDS

October 25, 2014

i am a christian

Long time since we’ve done a rock song and devotions, but this one really stuck in my mind.

 

Consequences by the Robert Cray Band, good blues band.

 

 

Not a day goes by
That a man doesn’t have to choose
Between what he wants
What he’s afraid to lose

Along comes temptation
And he can’t refuse, no
I know the difference ‘tween wrong and right
Don’t make no difference in the middle of the night

Take the bait, you pay the price
It’s much too late for good advice
You know and I know
That our good thing’s through

Because there’s consequences for what we do
Consequences for me and you

 

Robert Louis Stevenson wrote, “Everybody, sooner or later, sits down to a banquet of consequences.” He was right, but we tend to disbelieve him. We live in a day when many Christians, even Christian leaders, shrug off serious sin by saying, “We’re under grace.” If you preach against sin and for holiness, you’re labeled as an unloving, judgmental legalist.

Concepts such as God being angry with sin or sinners and inflicting consequences for sin are viewed in our modern era as outdated and unfavorable.

 

 

We forget that the first word before bible is holy, the holy bible, God is a holy God and he is working in his saints for them to be holy.

 

Scripture is clear: “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh shall from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit shall from the Spirit reap eternal life” (Gal. 6:7-8).

The principle applies to those under God’s grace.

Yes we are under grace, but the penalty (another dirty word) is that our fellowship with God is shipwrecked when we choose carnality over spirituality.

 

In grace, God forgives all our sin, but He does not remove all the consequences of it.

 

 

A friend of mine once slept with a prostitute, immediately afterwards he called me and confessed his sin and we prayed for forgiveness. His repentance was genuine, shortly after he found he had a venereal disease. His phone call was one of anger and disbelief; “how could God do this to me?”

My answer was, “if you murdered someone and then were really sorry and you confessed, would the person come back to life?”

 

 

Do the crime do the time, do the sin, pay the cost, it’s not pretty but that’s the way it works.

We often create our own sorrow or our joy, free will, sometimes it’s a pain.

 

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

 

Well we finally heard from Olivia, no feeding tube, and so far no surgery, but she goes back into the hospital next week, please keep her in prayer

 

Pray for Ed, his mother is very sick and may not make it. Please keep both Ed and in mom in prayer.

I WALK THE LINE

October 24, 2014

sugar coating

The preceptive will of God is found in His law. The precepts, statutes, and commandments that He delivers to His people make up the preceptive will. They express and reveal to us what is right and proper for us to do.

The preceptive will is God’s rule of righteousness for our lives. By this rule we are governed.

 

 

 

The most common form of this is the Ten Commandments, we know we are supposed to follow them, yet somehow we manage to fall into sin every day.

 

 

 

The problem today is most evangelical Christians commit one of two grievous errors. One, we chalk everything up to fatalism, what will be will be, stuff happens; or secondly we chalk it up to “hey it’s all under the blood, I don’t live by works, it’s all by faith.”

 

 

 

So then we are not accountable to anything or anyone.

When we consider our walk with God and doing his will we have to understand that our declared righteousness does not exempt us from the laws and precepts of the bible. The goal of our redemption is for us to become Christ-like, and the one example of Christ is that he was committed to doing the father’s will.

“Your will be done” not mine, that is the practical righteousness God expects to see in us.

 

 

 

“And you must think constantly about these commandments I am giving you today” (Deut. 6:6) DO YOU KNOW THAT JESUS QUOTED FROM THE BOOK OF DEUTERONOMY MORE THAN ANY OTHER BOOK, DANG, I SHOULD HAVE SAVE THAT FOR A BIBLE QUIZ.

 

 

How relevant is Jesus Christ to your daily life? How faithful are you in applying the principles of his Word to everyday living?

 

 

 

Decide to make the Bible the dominant guiding force in your life. Ask God to give you the kind of hunger for his Word that draws you away from less important things which make no worthwhile contribution to your life.

 

 

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

the yellow brick road

October 23, 2014

the sky is the limit

Continuing on in our quest to know God’s will (part II)

 

 

 

The Bible speaks of the “will of God” in more than one way. This is the key problem that complicates our quest and serves as a warning against simplistic solutions. In the New Testament, there are two Greek words that can be and have been translated by the English word will. It would seem that all we need is to identify precisely the meanings of the two words and check out the Greek text every time we see the word will, and our problems will be solved.

Alas, it doesn’t work that way. The plot thickens when we discover that each of the two Greek words has several nuances of meaning. Simply checking the Greek text for word usage is not enough to solve our difficulty.

However, finding the meanings of the Greek words is a helpful starting place. Let’s examine the two words briefly to see whether they shed any light on our quest. The words are boule and thelema.

 

 

 

The term boule has its roots in an ancient verb that means a “rational and conscious desire,” as opposed to thelema, meaning “an impulsive or unconscious desire.” The ancient subtle distinction was between rational desire and impulsive desire.

 

 

 

In the New Testament, boule usually refers to a plan based on careful deliberation; it is used most often with respect to the counsel of God. Boule frequently indicates God’s providential plan, which is predetermined and inflexible.

 

 

 

This is the resolute decree of God is in view, which no human action can set aside. God’s plan is impregnable; His “will” is unalterable.

 

 

The word thelema is rich in its diversity of meanings. It refers to what is agreeable, what is desired, what is intended, what is chosen, or what is commanded. Here we have the notions of consent, desire, purpose, resolution, and command. The force of the various meanings is determined by the context in which thelema appears.

 

 

So God has a plan for us, one is rigid and unchanging, like consequences for disobeying, or for blessings and being blessed, there is a law of sowing and reaping.

But there is also the flexibility of God, the flow of the river and the many courses it may take, all are part of the same river, yet it can flow in different paths. That’s the beauty of life and myriad ways it can take us, still in the will of God.

 

 

 

(part III tomorrow)

 

 

 

Prayer requests and comments please send to scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

 

God bless for all the great prayers and support, peace and love.

just do it

October 22, 2014

the bible

If you’ve been following along we are answering questions most often asked. Today’s question is; how do I grow, mature, develop as a Christian? It’s usually  in the form of a question “I want more out of my Christian life pastor, what should I do?”

  1. A spiritually hungry heart is the requisite for entering into the growth truths of identification with Christ.

  2. Prayerful study on the part of the believer is the means by which the Holy Spirit ministers these truths.

  3. The concentration of the Christ-life truths in brief daily studies facilitates their assimilation.

Colossians 1:9-10New International Version (NIV)

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,[10 so that you may live a life worthyof the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God…

 

 

 

There are dozens of versions of the book; ‘The Imitation of Christ’, I try to read a new version every three months, it’s not a large book, often I can only read a sentence or two and have to either confess or pray it’s that powerful. Although some editions are more voluminous that others. I found one today that I have read part way through and it is now my favorite version so much that I am giving you the ISBN so you can see about ordering your own copy, (978-0-89942-323-4) this is a leather bound book with a zipper so you can throw it in your bag, or purse and not worry about damaging the pages, I like it that much.

Next to the bible this is the second most recommended book I can think of reading.

Third would be ‘In His Steps’ by Charles Sheldon, it is ranked only second to the bible in popularity after selling over 30 million copies.

 

 

 

So one great truth we need to focus on today, are you living in God’s will today?

 

 

 

I am always surprised when I bring up this topic, one, people think that finding God’s will is mystical and only for the initiated. Nothing could be farther than the truth.

OK, I’m going book crazy here, fourth book you have to own, ‘Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation’ (that’s the whole title). ISBN 978-07586-1121-5; if you own just those four books (number one is your bible) you can pretty much answer any question and solve any problem life throws at you and never doubt about knowing the will of God.

 

 

 

If you read one chapter of the bible every day it will take you three years to read the entire bible. (That’s not a bad thing).

 

 

 

 The book of Proverbs has 31 chapters, read one each day (for the rest of your life)

 

 

 

Put a bookmark at Genesis, one at Job and one at Matthew, read one chapter every day starting at each place.

 

 

 

Psalms, this one takes some math, but read chapter one, then verse 30 and then chapter 60, than 90, just keep adding 30, then 60 and then 90 and then just keep adding 30 to each chapter.

 

 

 

Read just the red letters of the bible (you need a red letter edition) which are the words of Christ.

 

 

 

If you have insomnia like I do, you can read the whole bible starting Friday after dinner and reach the end by Sunday night or Monday.

 

 

 

Or listen to it on tape.

 

 

 

Read each book by how many chapters, many old versions of the bible would list the table of contents several ways, a; in order of appearance, b; in chronological order, c; by how many chapters in each book and then d; alphabetically. So the book of Obadiah has one chapter, read that book first.

 

 

 

I like bibles that give an introduction to each book so I know what’s going on before I start.

 

 

 

If I could own only one bible, it would be the Thompson Chain Bible, keep the directions that come with it so you can understand how it works and it will help you find anything you want to know, the second bible I would pick is ‘The KJV Subject Bible by Dr. Everett Gaddy (go to the KJV Store on the internet).

 

 

 

Well this turned out entirely different than I planned but hey lets go with it.

 

 

 

Read It, Live It, Love It, the Word of God.

 

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com