Monthly Archives: January 2015

Budapest at night

I’ve never flown in at night over the city before…

Three bridges and Margit Island

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Outline of city park is distinct.

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Journey begins!

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controlling what you read? thinking about how to read the Bible

I believe that we should have a strategy for Scripture reading as part of our greater plan to train our hearts and minds as disciples of Jesus. But, I want to make the case for NOT controlling all of our reading. I think it is natural for us to gravitate to that which is helpful and encouraging, and this is fine. But, I think if we are in control of what we read, we are probably missing some blessing from the Bible’s vast resources that we may miss. This is why I am a big advocate of the Bible reading plans available out there. I am very thankful that today we have the YouVersion Bible application.

Here are three lists that I think are particularly helpful:

The first step I’d take is The Essential 100, I like it because it give a big picture of the Bible, a great place to start if you’ve had trouble developing the habit of daily Scripture reading.

The second step I’d take is The Essential Jesus. Now that you have begun the habit, this is a great way to get to know Jesus by reading some familiar texts about Him.

The best step, in my current thinking, is The M’Cheyne Reading Plan which takes you through the Bible in one year (and the New Testament twice).

By reading texts not of your choosing, by relinquishing control of what you read, God the Holy Spirit can show you things that you may not see otherwise. As we begin a new year, let’s renew our efforts to know God better and let Him speak through His word.

Oh, the YouVersion has apps for both iPhone and Android.

Good Reading!

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The Light has come – Epiphany

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (‭John‬ ‭1‬:‭1-5‬ ESV)

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Resolutions?

Happy New Year!

There has been and will be, for about 10 days or so, a lot of talk about resolutions.

I suggest that if we really want to make a valuable resolution and need a list, here are some suggestions:

1. Go to YouVersion Bible App and start reading the M’Cheyne reading plan every day.

2. Go to CBD and buy Keller’s new book on Prayer. I noticed they have free standard shipping today. This book will really help you understand prayer in ways you may not have considered.

3. Set a time and a place to read and pray daily. Begin what Dallas Willard calls training our heart and mind.

4. Commit to giving away a little more than you did last year.

5. If you are not involved in disciple making, get involved in someone’s life for some fellow disciple making. Meeting and discussing Keller’s book would be a great way to start.

These ideas are designed to help one grow spiritually. In answer to this question:

How do you want to grow spiritually in 2015?

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