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Shelley Says...

Your Weekly Encouragement From Point Of Grace

Over the past several weeks my Bible study has been in prep mode to begin reading the Bible chronologically. Which is not how it is written exactly. We are all really really excited about this, because we've admitted that even though we know isolated stories throughout the Bible, that not one of us have correct broad range understanding of the bigger perspective. I think most normal people could say that, actually. It's probably not until later in life that you would even be presented with opportunity to do a more chronological historical study. At first, I was thinking that it sounded really boring and that I was so far removed what happened at the beginning of creation that I wouldn't be able to stay focused or interested. But it's so weird how the opposite has happened. And we really haven't even cracked the surface.

There is one quote I read that really stood out to me, so I wanted to share it with you- if you have ever felt dumb about God and Bible history, or disinterested, or unmoved by it all, today's POG blog is to challenge you to jump back in and try again. See where you fit into God's big story-his redemption plan for the world. There's only one way.

"Begin reading your Bible this very day. The way to do a thing is to do it, and the way to read the Bible is actually to read it. It is not meaning, or wishing, or resolving, or intending or thinking about it, which will advance you one step. You must positively read...The words of Scripture must actually pass before your mind." -J.C. Ryle

Blessings to you!
Shelley

i am reading the Bible chronologically right now! woohoo! I'm in the gospels currently... but have slowed down the pace some since the baby got here. lol. it is an awesome way to read the Bible, though!

Misty Fagan

It's kinda interesting you talked about reading Bible today... I was just thinking about that!

I always felt the same, little lost and bored to read the whoooole Bible. After many attempts, me and some friends decided to read it, not chronologically, nor from genesis to revelation... but choosing the books order! At the beginning we were 4... only 2 of us are still focused on finishing it! And what before was just an attempt, it has became a compromise, and it's has shown a great chance to learn lots, a see a different perspective of what God has to say! A great experience! We're almost at the end, and I'm sure that after we finish, I'm gonna read it all again! Maybe chronologically! :}

Blessings from Brazil,
Karen