The Church is not a building, but a group of people.

1 Corinthians 1:2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called [to be] saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:

Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

There are various forms of church membership traditions. For some congregations, there is no formal membership, per se, but you are considered a member because this is where you attend. At the other end of the spectrum, for some church groups, there are very strict requirements to become, and remain, a member.

Romans 12:5 So we, [being] many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

1 Corinthians 12:25-27
25 There should be no schism in the body; but [that] the members should have the same care one for another.
26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

Every time the word “member” is used in the Bible, it is referring to a part of the body. When the Bible mentions church membership, it is used as an analogy, comparing The Church with The Body of Christ to picture the various roles that each person fills. We are each unique, yet we are all working together towards the same cause. Many of the physical actions of God on Earth are done by The Body of Christ, that is, Christians. Individual Christians make up The Church as a whole, with Christ as The Head. The Church is the Body of Christ and every Christian is a member.

Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all [things] he might have the preeminence.

In the Bible, there is no use of the terms “member” or “membership” in reference to those who have joined a local congregation. Maybe such a concept is useful in some ways, maybe not. It would be much better if a word other than “member” was used, since that one is already used in a distinct way by Scripture. There are some other possible words that could be used for this, if needed, such as congregant, attendee, fellow, or affiliate. Or possibly some variant of the word “brethren” could be used.

Matthew 23:8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, [even] Christ; and all ye are brethren.

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Word Studies


2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1
14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them;] and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing;] and I will receive you,
18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

1 John 5:16-18
16 If any man see his brother sin a sin [which is] not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.
17 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.
18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.

Jesus told His followers to be perfect, as God is perfect. That seems impossible. Maybe that is the point. We are to live holy lives, but we know that the Bible teaches that we are sinful. We could say that it would be miraculous for us to live in righteousness. Yes! Is that a reasonable expectation? Well, the Bible says that as we pray within God’s will, He hears us and gives us our request. Is it God’s will for us to sin, or is it God’s will for us for us to be holy? The Bible says to delight ourselves in the Lord and He will give us the desires of our heart. It would be a godly desire for us to want to live a life of purity, wouldn’t it? The Bible says for us to cast all our cares on Him, because He cares for us, and it also says to pray without ceasing. If we care about living righteously, then that is approximately the amount of prayer it would take … without ceasing.

The Bible makes it clear that Job was a righteous man. It is also clear this is referring to his behaviour, not just his imputed righteousness that God sees through forgiveness. How can this be?

When we see the glory of God, in His power, in His love, in His knowledge, in His grace, on His throne, then we have no doubt that His way is the right way, the best way, to live. We want Him on the throne of our lives.

We do not need to live in defeat, assuming that there is no hope to avoid sinning. When you are tempted, or even before you are tempted, call out to God for His help. This is one request we can know He will answer, “Yes!” He will do miracles. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

1 John 2:5-6
5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

Hebrews 13:20-21
20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom [be] glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Titus 2:11-12
11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

Galatians 5:13-26
13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only [use] not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, [even] in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
16 [This] I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these;] Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

2 Peter 1:1-15
1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:
2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make [you that ye shall] neither [be] barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
12 Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know [them,] and be established in the present truth.
13 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting [you] in remembrance;
14 Knowing that shortly I must put off [this] my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath showed me.
15 Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.

1 Peter 4:1-8
1 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;
2 That he no longer should live the rest of [his] time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.
3 For the time past of [our] life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:
4 Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with [them] to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of [you:]
5 Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.
6 For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.
7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.
8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

Romans 6:4 … like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

John 8:29-32
29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.
30 As he spake these words, many believed on him.
31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, [then] are ye my disciples indeed;
32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

James 1:26-27
26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion [is] vain.
27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, [and] to keep himself unspotted from the world.

Psalm 26:2 Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.

Psalm 139:23-24
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
24 And see if [there be any] wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Romans 12:1-2
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

John 8:11 Go, and sin no more.

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For this post I chose Enoch as a notable example. It could just as well be titled “Quoting from Noah,” for another example, or Abel. We confidently know from Scripture that Enoch was a righteous man (Hebrews 11:5) and that he was a prophet (Jude 1:14). So, like Noah (2 Peter 2:15), and Abel (Luke 11:50-51), Enoch was a preacher of righteousness. However, we do not always know when some portion of Scripture is quoting something taught by Enoch, or some other patriarch of antiquity. A quote from Enoch is mentioned once in Jude, but we cannot know if other biblical teachings are quoted from Enoch, since we are not always told the source.

There are some who make note that Paul quotes Eliphaz, one of Job’s three friends, as a Scriptural source. Let’s examine this idea. The final eight words in 1 Corinthians 3:19, that Paul quotes, matches the first part of the verse in Job 5:13 verbatim. When we look back to Job chapter four, we can see that the person who is talking, in chapters four and five, is Eliphaz.

It is good to point out that, though the English translation is word-for-word the same, the words of Eliphaz are recorded in the Bible in Hebrew, and the words of Paul are in Greek. So, it is not technically a word-for-word quote, though they do have the same essential meaning.

Paul does say, “it is written,” but who is he quoting? He doesn’t say who he is quoting, so we do not know with certainty. We just know that the source is authoritative.

If I quote Emerson saying “For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness,” then a few years later John Maxwell uses that same quote, is Mr. Maxwell quoting me or Emerson? Of course, he is quoting Emerson. So, when Paul says the same short phrase as Eliphaz, that does not mean Paul was quoting Eliphaz. What if they were both quoting Enoch, for example? The reason this is important is because some would use this quote as a justification for themselves quoting from the arguments between Job and his three friends as the basis for doctrine. God takes exception with this, since He calls Job’s three friends’ arguments “folly” so grave as to be repented of with sacrifices (Job 42:8).

Rat poison is over 99% good food for rats. When God condemned the arguments of Job’s three friends as folly, that does not mean every word they said was utter foolishness. In fact, if they were babbling buffoons, then people would take them for jesters, rather than teachers, so their foolishness would be somewhat harmless. They would not be worthy of such direct attention from God’s judgement. It is the hidden error, among the mostly good teaching, it is the sophistry, that is profoundly harmful. Please see the series of posts that expand on the careful interpretation for separating the folly from the wisdom in the book of Job.


Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added [unto them] about three thousand souls.

Shortly after the ascension of Christ, during the feast of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came upon the believers and they started preaching in tongues. As a result of this preaching, 3,000 people became Christians that day. Many times we hear this account being referred to as the standard for comparison when we are doing our own evangelism. Is this a proper comparison? Are we failing if our methods do not attain this degree of success? What happened here?

There were devout Jews that had come from all over the world in order to celebrate this Jewish feast. They were there in Jerusalem because they believed in the One True God of Israel. They were looking forward to the coming of the Messiah one day. So, when they heard the miraculous preaching, each hearing the message in their own native language, about Jesus being the awaited Messiah, is it any wonder that many of them believed? They were already believers. They were just adding something to their belief that they had been wanting to add, with longing hope.

So, do not be discouraged when your gospel preaching does not win 3,000 souls in one event. That does not mean you are doing something wrong, or that your ministry is ineffective. Your encouragement can come from the gospel message itself, and that God allows us to partner with Him in getting out the Good News.

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Here are three powerful tools everyone can use to help establish a steady footing in life: Forgiveness, gratitude, and honour. Each of these can be practised, or neglected, independently. Yet they are synergistic when combined. A three-fold cord is not easily broken.

Even though all of these are taught in the Bible, not every Christian has learned them. Wouldn’t it be a shame for us to neglect these powerful precepts, while some outside the household of faith have discovered these marvels, and are reaping the benefits?



Forgiveness for every wrong, is so powerful, that this alone will make a huge difference in one’s life.

We are not talking about making up excuses for what people have done. We are not talking about letting criminals go without justice. We are not talking about walking up to each person who has wronged you and saying, “I forgive you.” We are talking about forsaking hatred, bitterness, and anger.

This is a daily endeavour. If you forsake these for this moment, they can all come back tomorrow, or sooner.

Anger has its place, when we are confronted with some grave injustice. But, this emotion does not serve us well in combating injustice. Forgiveness allows our efforts to be employed more effectively, since anger is no longer clouding our vision.

Then there is bitterness. This is completely futile. Bitterness is like ingesting rat poison and waiting for the rat to die. Yes, this person messed up your life in the past. Are you now going to let them mess up your future as well, through bitterness? Forgiveness is for your sake, not theirs. You can have your life back, instead of letting them keep it. Bitterness causes illness, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Forgiveness gives you the freedom and liberty you need to progress toward healing.

Hatred is God’s domain, not man’s. Romans 12:19 “Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the LORD.” You can omit hatred from your life, and leave that burden on the LORD. It will weigh you down. You cannot carry it, without injury.

Matthew 5:43-44
43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

Galatians 5:16,19-25
16 [This] I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these;] Adultery, fornication, … hatred, … drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

When we walk in the Spirit, we can respond in forgiveness, instead of hatred, towards those who have hurt us.

Treat each person with loving kindness. The way you would treat them if you were wanting to draw them to your side. As if you want them to join your team, so the animosity can be put behind us. We will not win anyone over, if all they see is this misplaced wrath, whenever we encounter them. They will feel justified in continuing the strife because, surely, we must be surly, base, and just plain mean; that is all they can see. Meet your enemies, on the battlefield, from higher ground.

Those of us who are Christians, will find it easier to forgive others for every wrong, because we have been forgiven. Even God’s final judgment is ordained for the time of death. Who are we to forsake such godly love in condemning any living soul? Our love will result in forgiveness.



Gratitude for your blessings, is so powerful, that this alone will make a huge difference in one’s life.

Start looking for all of the good in life, and you will find it. Find something to appreciate about each day and each person. Search for the common ground between you and each person with whom you communicate, whether friend or foe. We have had enough practise in finding faults, errors, evils, and disagreements. We can short circuit the vicious cycle of attack, defensiveness, and retaliation.

Instead of regretting the past, be grateful for lessons instead. Just think, if you did not learn that lesson when you did, then you would have continued longer down the wrong path. You can’t learn everything at once. Learning takes time, not only to take in and process the information, but also to prepare your mind to receive the instruction. Sometimes we have a bias that needs to be disassembled first, before we can even see the truth. We said “sometimes,” but maybe we should have said “usually.”

Gratitude is the source of happiness, and happiness is the source of success.

Those of us who are born again, will find it easier to show gratitude for our blessings, because we know the Giver, and we love Him. Our love will result in gratitude.



Honour for your fellow man, is so powerful, that this alone will make a huge difference in one’s life.

Respect for others, just because they are human, is a strong basis for seeing the value of each person. Humility, instead of arrogance, when working with others, will bring out the best in both of us. When we value the contributions of each member, the team can reach its optimum. There are many differences between individual people, and those differences can contribute to a better outcome, if we can see past our prejudices.

Those of us who drink of the water of life, will find it easier to honour our fellow man, because we know that each person is made in God’s image. We know that Christ died for this person. God loves them, so we can love them. Our love will result in honour.

Exodus 31:17-18
17 … [in] six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.
18 And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.

Exodus 20:1,11
1 And God spake all these words, saying, …
11 For [in] six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them [is,] and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

How much more emphatic can this be? God spoke this with a thunderous voice, from a fiery, smoking mountain, underscored it with flashing bolts of lightning, then wrote it in stone with His own finger. This is the testimony of Moses. This is quite important, since Jesus said those who would not listen to Moses, would not listen to Himself either.

Luke 16:31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Genesis 1:5 And the evening and the morning were the first day.
Genesis 1:8 And the evening and the morning were the second day.
Genesis 1:13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.
Genesis 1:19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
Genesis 1:23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
Genesis 1:31 And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
Genesis 2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
Genesis 2:2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
Genesis 2:3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

Each event of creation is contained in a specific, consecutive day. Chapter two verse three specifies that God did not rest, or stop, one day, from the day He started creating until the seventh day.

God’s stated purpose (Genesis 1:14) for creating the heavenly bodies is to tell time, such as seasons, days, and years. So, we accurately know the length of the evening morning cycle that constituted each of the days of creation.

What else did Jesus say about this?

Mark 10:6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.

The first week of creation is “the beginning of the creation,” rather than there being any significant gap between the beginning of creation and the making of Adam and Eve. It is not difficult to calculate, from the biblical record, the 4,000 year time frame between the sixth day, when Adam and Eve were created, and the birth of Christ. If there had been a vast time span between the initial creation and the making of Adam and Eve, then 4,000 years would be short in comparison, putting them closer to the end of creation, rather than the beginning.

Jesus Christ is God’s Word. When we read Genesis, Jesus is personally speaking to us. He is telling us about the origin of the Earth and the origin of earthly life.

John 3:12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you [of] heavenly things?


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Isaiah 33:6 And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, [and] strength of salvation: the fear of the LORD [is] his treasure.

So, if we are to fear God, then why does the Bible say that we should not fear?

Psalm 4:4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.

The only reason we should fear God is if we are in sin. This latent fear keeps us from sin, so that we need not fear.

Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name [was] Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.

The Bible instructs us many times to fear not. It also tells us clearly to fear God. Is this a contradiction? Not at all. The reason we are to fear not, is because we trust God.

When we are outside God’s will, then we have stepped out from under part of God’s protection. In this case, we do need to fear. We now have less protection that was being provided by God’s providence, and we also need to fear God’s chastening.

It is this passive fear, this potential fear of God’s chastening, that will help keep us within God’s will so that we need not actively fear anything.

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

We have nothing to fear. Let’s keep it that way by showing our love to God by staying in His will.

Fear not.

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If I disagree with someone, and they have a higher intelligence than I, does that mean I am the one who is wrong? When two people disagree with each other, is it always the most intelligent of the two who is correct? Of course you can think of examples when that was not the case. Acumen is definitely not the only criteria in determining truth. There are more factors to consider.

Einstein and I could disagree and we could both be right. How can that be? If our disagreement is regarding an opinion, then we may just have different opinions about the topic. That does not mean one is right and one is wrong, they are just different. The opinions may be regarding preferences. The opinions may be regarding subjective judgement rather and objective facts.

Einstein and I could disagree and we could both be wrong. That is almost too obvious to bother pointing it out. For every correct statement, there are an unlimited number of corresponding incorrect statements that could be given. And just because these other views are all incorrect, does not mean that they agree with each other.

Einstein also disagreed with himself. As he was doing his studies over the years, he found better answers to the questions he was studying. So, at one time he published his statements on a topic, then several years later he published again, on the same topic, but they contradict each other. Einstein still had a higher IQ than I, in both of those cases, but I would not be able to agree with both of them, since they contradict.

So, is there ever a time when intelligence is the deciding factor in determining who is right? When the disagreement is between someone who has a limited intellect and someone else having an unlimited intellect, then the finite being is wrong every time.

Job 38:1-7
1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
2 Who [is] this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?
3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.
4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.
5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?
6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;
7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

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Among other biblical studies, we read through the Bible each year. We have tried several Bible reading schedules. There are some preferences that we wanted to incorporate into the plan, so we have now made our own. Here are some of the features of this schedule:

  • It is designed for reading aloud.
  • The amount of reading is fairly consistent each day, about twelve to fourteen minutes, so you can reliably fit it into your schedule.
  • Each chapter is read completely, instead of breaking the chapter up across different days. We have found it to be distracting to keep in mind a specific verse number to end the day’s reading. When we know the entire chapter is included, then we can focus on reading and just check the schedule chart between chapters.
  • The chapters are isolated when they include many names that are hard to pronounce, so easier passages fill in that day’s reading.
  • Consecutive chapters of difficult reading are on separate days, requiring less endurance of the tongue.
  • The schedule can be printed double-sided on a single sheet of A4 or US letter size paper.
  • It can be folded in quarters and used as a bookmark for the next day’s Old Testament reading.

We tried out this new schedule in 2015 and it has worked well for us. We plan to continue using this plan for the foreseeable future. As we have done with other reading schedules, we make a pen mark on the date for today’s reading, then fold it with the pen mark inside, so the fresh ink does not rub off inside the Bible. By the end of the year, the paper is fairly well worn, so we just print a new one.

Congratulations to the winner for our Leviathan Story Writing Contest!

There would have been one first place choice for each age category: under 10 years old, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30+. However, all of the entries were for the 30+ category, so there is only one winner.

Thanks again to those who entered.

And the winner is Jerry Corbaley!



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