90 Day Bible Reading Update

おわりました! Finished!   It has been a long time since I posted.  I have really been tested through the process this last month.  I have been preparing for a special guest from the USA.  I have been quite ill with what is probably influenza.  But through it all, God has been good to me.

When I began this journey, I didn’t think I would be able to complete it.  I actually was able to finish a little early.  The illness probably helped with that, since I didn’t feel like doing anything anyway.  I passed some of the hours reading.

This journey was well worth the effort.  If you have not done this, I recommend that you try.  I have seen God and His marvelous plan of salvation in a way I never saw it before.  His love is on every page. From Genesis to Revelation there is the constant reminder of God’s sovereignty.  “In the beginning God…The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.  Amen.”

Thanks to all for your prayers and your encouragement.  If you decide to start this journey, please let me know so that I may do the same for you.

“Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” ~Revelation 1:3

From Around the Web

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Behind on Bible Reading?

“Don’t give up, friends! Find time. Make your reading a priority. Don’t worry about getting behind or doing it the wrong way. Reading Scripture is an eternal investment with immeasurable rewards.”

Bible Memory Resources from Do Not Depart

This web page is a list of links to their resources for different passages.  It’s a wonderful resource if you are memorizing Scripture or want to start.

5 Things Every Missionary Wants You to Know About Culture Shock

“We all love to hear about missionaries preparing and going to the field, don’t we? But the truth is, just as many families going are also coming back due to burnout, health issues, and relationship struggles.  We don’t hear much about that. For the most part, they come off the field and no one really knows what happened. This is sad, because I really believe that some of their struggles on the field would be softened by caring people reaching out consistently. More than ever, we as individuals and churches need to work at understanding our missionaries–  Work at knowing how they think, what they are going through, and how we can be actively involved in their care.”

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I try to avoid controversy on my blog.  I realize that I am probably stepping it in when I post the following links.  You will know how I feel about observing Lent when you read the posts below.  I do not understand the fascination of Protestants with this observance…and I am not alone.  I have converted Catholics as friends that just shake their heads.  If you have an opposing view and choose to comment, please be kind. 

Why I’m not giving up cupcakes for Lent?

“God doesn’t want you to give up chocolate, meat, or cupcakes in His name. He wants you to totally give your all on a daily basis in for Him.”

5 Reasons to Not Observe Lent

“Carl Trueman said it well when he wrote, ‘…just as celebrating July the Fourth makes sense for Americans but not for the English, the Chinese or the Lapps, so Ash Wednesday and Lent really make no sense to those who are Presbyterians, Baptists, or free church evangelicals.'”

photo credit:  Tim Melton

From the books…

“Abandon to God is of more value than personal holiness. Personal holiness focuses the eye on our own whiteness…fearful that we will offend Him. Perfect love casts out all that when once we are abandoned to God. We have to get rid of this notion– ‘Am I of any use? ‘ and make up our minds that we are not, and we may be near the truth. It is never a question of being of use but of being of value to God Himself. When we are abandoned to God, He works through us all the time.” ~Oswald Chambers on Mark 14:6

“If I were to ask you, ‘What does the fine linen the bride is wearing stand for?’ you might be inclined to say, ‘The righteousness of Christ that covers us.’ Significantly, however, the text says something different: ‘Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints’ (Revelation 19:8). It’s only because of the Bridegroom’s work that the chosen princess, the church, can enter the presence of her Lord. Yet her wedding dress is woven through her many acts of faithfulness while away from her Bridegroom on the fallen Earth. The picture is compelling. Each prayer, each gift, each hour of fasting, each kindness to the needy, all of these are the threads that have been woven together into this wedding dress. Her works have been empowered by the Spirit, and she has spent her life on Earth sewing her wedding dress for the day when she will be joined to her beloved Bridegroom.” ~Heaven by Randy Alcorn, pp. 199-200.

 

 

Awake, my soul…

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Awake, my soul, and with the sun
Thy daily stage of duty run;
Shake off dull sloth, and joyful rise
To pay thy morning sacrifice.

Lord, I my vows to Thee renew;
Disperse my sins as morning dew:
Guard my first springs of thought and will,
And with Thyself my spirit fill.

Direct, control, suggest this day
All I design, or do, or say;
That all my powers, with all their might,
In Thy sole glory may unite.

~Thomas Ken