It’s a little hard to believe that we are already twelve sermons into our adventure through the Bible called The Whole Story. I have been very encouraged to hear from many of you how this pace of moving through the Scriptures week-by-week, book-by-book has helped you see things you’ve never seen before, and appreciate our Father and his Son, Jesus, so much more. Personally, I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed preaching as much as I have this year, discovering how, as our friends at The Bible Project say it, “The Bible is a unified story that leads to Jesus.”
That truth is exactly what we discovered as we came upon Holy Week and Easter Sunday. It wasn’t necessary at all to step away from The Whole Story (at this point in the book of Samuel) to find Jesus, and clear promises about who he is and what he is doing in the world. What a delight to uncover, in the middle of this story about Israel’s first kings, the promise of a forever king and forever kingdom, and how that connects from the time of David all the way to the resurrection of the Christ.
If you’d like to see some of those connections from a slightly different perspective of what we studied together on Easter Sunday, please check out this great resource on the Messiah from the team at The Bible Project. And, if you weren’t able to be with us on Easter Sunday, you can watch the sermon, “King of My Heart” here. If you missed our Good Friday service, you can find that sermon here.
Finally, I’d like to encourage you again to read the Whole Story along with us. I just received yet another note yesterday from someone sharing the impact of doing that this year. She said, “So thankful for your encouragement to read through the Bible…changed my life. Wow.”
God’s words have a way of doing that.
I would love for you to have the opportunity of that life-changing experience as well, and all you have to do is take up this book, and read. And really, it’s more achievable than you may think.
Did you know that the average person reads about 200-250 words per minute? So, let’s take the average of that, and say you can read 225 words per minute. If you divide out all the words in the Bible (775,000) by the days in a year and that average per minute, you can read the whole bible in a year with an investment of about 10 minutes per day. That’s really doable.
Maybe for you, it would help to be able to listen to the Bible. With most narrations of the Bible coming in at about 75 hours long, you can read/listen to the whole Bible in a year with an investment of about 12 minutes per day. You can listen for free at ESVBible.org.
Even if you haven’t been reading along thus far, please don’t miss out on a life-changing experience by letting that stop you. Jump on our little moving train of The Whole Story and read 1 and 2 Kings this week, in preparation for Sunday. And if you are really up for a challenge — and a treat! — take a separate 20 minutes a day on Genesis through 2 Samuel, and you’ll catch up in no time.
Happy Reading! And, see you Sunday.
So blessed to be on The Whole Story journey with you,
Day Thirty: Vistas of Wisdom
I am very near the end of this little writing experiment called “31 Proverbs.” While I’m unsure how helpful it has been to how ever many have read it, I know that the process of sitting down six days each week to read, ponder, and then ponder some more by plunking on a keyboard has helped me grow in my understanding of wisdom.
Day Thirty-Two: A Mother's Wisdom (part two)
Yesterday, we heard from what was likely King Solomon’s mother imparting worthy words of wisdom in the area of leadership. For the sayings of wisdom we find here are those “which his mother taught him” (Proverbs 31:1). And she now turns her attention to the search for a woman of virtue and noble character, suitable to be a wife and mother.
Day Twenty-Nine: Please—Quietly Hold Your Tongue
Anger. noun. “a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility.” (New Oxford American Dictionary) As I entered day twenty-nine of Proverbs this morning, and came to 29:11, it struck me that this book has quite a bit to say about anger, strife, wrath, quarreling, fights, and rage. It is a theme that Solomon keeps coming back to, probably because he knows that it is a theme woven through humanity and history. Sometimes the best way to see a theme is to pull on that string so all the wisdom he has offered comes together for our observation. The accumulation helps us feel the weight of it.
Day Twenty-Six: A Morning Conversation With King Solomon
A conversation that happened this morning as I came upon a visitor in our fireplace room….
Day Nineteen: God Chose Her, Not You
The doctrine of God’s rule and reign in and over all things comes crashing into the human conception of the self-made man. We are tempted to think we have so much to do with our happinesses. But the wisdom found from James speaks a wakefulness into the pondering of our circumstances—the good gifts we have come not from our own hands, but by the grace and providence of our heavenly Father. And the wisdom of Solomon makes clear—one of man’s greatest gifts is something only God can give, an understanding wife.
Day Seventeen: The Great Gain Of Godly Contentment
We live in a world where the temptation is constant to believe the amount of our wealth and possessions directly translates to our joy and happiness. The Bible, once again, confronts our culture and holds out another possibility. Namely, “better” does not imply “more,” “bigger,” or “expensive.” It suggests that the reason you still haven’t found what you are looking for is because you’ve been searching in all the wrong places. Wisdom opens our eyes and hearts to deeper wells of contentment.
Day Fifteen: I Always Feel Like Somebody’s Watching Me
I always feel like somebody's watching me. And I have no privacy. Woh, I always feel like somebody's watching me. Tell me is it just a dream? So sang Rockwell in the dawning of my high school years back in 1984. All the cool kids were singing it at the time, and its the tune that sprang to mind when I read this similar sentiment this morning: Yahweh is watching everywhere, keeping his eye on both the evil and the good. (Proverbs 15:3, New Living Translation)
Day Fourteen: Death By Living
For those of us desirous to live a good life, we’ve known since the very beginning of this book that it begins with a healthy awe, reverence, and trembling before the God of the universe whose name is Yahweh (Proverbs 1:7). And here we are again reminded that this humble posture before the Holy One is a fountain overflowing with life.