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Does anyone know of an active community that has the same aim as this one?  I've tried contacting the mod of this comm several times over the years but I don't get a reply, and as such would prefer to join an active community somewhere...

I think I've decided to start putting up weekly posts on Wednesdays. And yes, I know it's not Wednesday, but I figured I'd get us started and try not to get behind again. Here is this week's post. Next week, on Wed., I'll post again. This is the new format I've come up with for now. If you like it, or if you think there should be something added, deleted or changed, let me know.

Passages:
Mar 11: Josh 1-4
Mar 12: Josh 5-8
Mar 13: Josh 9-11
Mar 14: Josh 12-15
Mar 15: Josh 16-18
Mar 16: Josh 19-21
Mar 17: Josh 22-24

Dig Deeper:
The Book of Joshua from Wikipedia

Fun Link:
Rahab & the Spies Activites & Coloring Page from Calvary Chapel Children's Ministry

Discussion/Thought:
Joshua is an interesting person. He was the successor of Moses...Talk about big shoes to fill. There are so many interesting stories in this book. My personal favorite has always been the story of Rahab. To me it speaks about how a woman who was definitely not perfect helped changed history. And to top it off she ended up being included in the line of Jesus. This just shows us that one person can make a difference, and that no matter how hard or how far you fall, there is always hope.

So yes...I fail at committment. I'm sorry all. I fell off the reading wagon shortly after my last post here,not even halfway through January. For a while I thought I'd continue as soon as I caught up. Then I considered quitting altogether...Then I started reading again. Granted, I'm far behind. I'm just starting Exodus when I should be finishing Deuteronomy. But I press on. This community fell by the wayside as I struggled with my reading schedule. I'd always intended to start back with this, but I just wasn't sure how. And the more time that went by, the harder it was to get back to it.

This morning snuck  replied to an old post and asked how it was going and expressed her wish that this project work and continue. I agree with her and she has inspired me to try again.

So for starters I'm posting the reading schedule up to today's date for all to read at their own leisure and catch up when you can if you've fallen behind like me. Courtesy of BibleYear.com

Reading Schedule from Jan 1st through March 10th...Collapse )
 

Here are two at once again.

Genesis 23 - 24 and Genesis 25 - 27

Please feel free, at any time during the year, to join this post with any discussion, questions or comments you may have on this reading session. Every day I will post a discussion question, just to get us thinking about the verses and what they might mean to us today. You can answer it, challenge it or totally disregard it as you wish. It's just there to start discussion.

Discussion Starter # 8 & 9:

The story of Jacob and Esau is an interesting one. Jacob was the brother that was chosen by God and yet he was the dishonest one who cheated his brother. Do you think that Esau was irresponsible or uncaring in the selling of his birthright? Was he as much to blame as Jacob was? Why do you think Jacob felt the need to lie and cheat his brother Esau? How did this all figure into God's ultimate plan?
Sorry everyone, I missed yesterday. So to make up here are two in one day.

Genesis 17 - 19 and Genesis 20 - 22

Please feel free, at any time during the year, to join this post with any discussion, questions or comments you may have on this reading session. Every day I will post a discussion question, just to get us thinking about the verses and what they might mean to us today. You can answer it, challenge it or totally disregard it as you wish. It's just there to start discussion.

Discussion Starter # 6 & 7:

In these passages we find that Abraham was chosen by God to be the father of the Israelites...but he wasn't perfect. Isn't that encouraging? Even Abraham lied and mistrusted God on occasion. What are your thoughts concerning this patriarch we're reading about?

Chronological Read Through - Day # 5

Genesis 13:1 - Genesis 16:15

Please feel free, at any time during the year, to join this post with any discussion, questions or comments you may have on this reading session. Every day I will post a discussion question, just to get us thinking about the verses and what they might mean to us today. You can answer it, challenge it or totally disregard it as you wish. It's just there to start discussion.

Discussion Starter # 5:

Given the choice between lush, fertile lands or the dry desert which would you choose? Was it greed that drove Lot to choose the more fertile area? What should that teach us about how we live our lives today? 

Chronological Read Through - Day # 4

Genesis 10:1 - Genesis 12:20

Please feel free, at any time during the year, to join this post with any discussion, questions or comments you may have on this reading session. Every day I will post a discussion question, just to get us thinking about the verses and what they might mean to us today. You can answer it, challenge it or totally disregard it as you wish. It's just there to start discussion.

Discussion Starter # 4:

I just read in the news today that the world's tallest tower opened up in Dubai. It seems we're still trying to build towers to Heaven. What do you think angered God about what the people in the Tower of Babel story were doing? Do we do the same kind of things today?

Daily Stress Buster

I'm reading the Bible starting with the New Testament as my Daily Time Quiet Journal my dad got for me for Christmas dictates.  Earlier in the week I was asked if I could post what I have been posting on my journal on here and I am only too happy to oblige!  All the stuff that I am posting comes from the Family Christian Store "2 Minutes a Day: Beating Stress" Daily Devotional.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NKJV - "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of god in Christ Jesus for you."

Is prayer an integral part of your daily life, or is it a hit-or-miss habit?  Do you "pray without ceasing," or is your prayer life an afterthought?  Do you regularly pray in the solitude of the early morning darkness, or do you lower your head only when others are watching?  The answer to these questions will determine the direction of your day-and your life.

So here's your challenge: during the next year, make yourself a prayer warrior.  Begin your prayers early in the morning and continue them throughout the day.  And remember this: God does answer your prayers, but He's not likely to answer those prayers until you've prayed them.

"Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer." - John Bunyan

Today's Prayer: Dear Lord, make me a person whose constant prayers are pleasing to You.  Let me come to You often with concerns both great and small.  And, when You answer my prayers, Father, let me trust Your answers, today and forever.  Amen.

Stress Buster: If you find yourself becoming overly stressed, find a quiet place to go and pray.  Ask God fr His guidance, and while you're at it, ask Him to give you the courage to meet the challenges ahead.  And rest assured: When you ask, He answers.

-Family Christian Stores: - "2 Minutes a Day: Beating Stress 100 Devotions to Lighten Your Day"; ©2007 Family Christian Stores
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Some tips on bible reading

I've had this methodology described to me by a few different theology lecturers - and am keen to continue using it here if you don't mind.

It's called the COMA :

Context: How does the passage you are reading fit into the overall message of the Bible? What took place before it and what happens after it? What is the main message of the particular book of the Bible in which it is found?

Observation: What is the structure of the passage? Can it be broken down into smaller sections? What are the important words that need to be carefully understood?

Meaning: What does this passage mean to its original hearers? What does it tell us about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, God’s people, and God’s world? How would you sum up the passage in a short sentence?

Application: What meaning does this passage have for us today? How does it add to my understanding of who God is and how he wants me to live? Does it require me to ask God for strength to change any of my attitudes or behavior? How should I respond to the passage?

 

I've just copied that from here: http://www.rivbap.org.au/birds%20eye%20view%20of%20the%20bible.htm

I looked before for a comm like this on LJ, and I'm glad there is one now! And I hope that we are able to get some really interesting discussions going. As for now? I'm off to read the last two days which I've missed, and ponder on before replying.

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Chronological Read Through - Day # 3

Genesis 7:1 - Genesis 9:29

Please feel free, at any time during the year, to join this post with any discussion, questions or comments you may have on this reading session. Every day I will post a discussion question, just to get us thinking about the verses and what they might mean to us today. You can answer it, challenge it or totally disregard it as you wish. It's just there to start discussion.

Discussion Starter # 3:

The story of Noah's ark is one of the best known in the Bible. Do you believe this story actually happened? What do you think is the significance of the first thing Noah did upon leaving the ark? God made a promise to Noah to never destroy life upon the earth. How does this promise effect us today?



"As long as the earth endures,
       seed time and harvest,
       cold and heat,
       summer and winter,
       day and night
       will never cease."