Slow Reading

I have a well-worn Bible. It’s my favorite study Bible. I’m not sure how many times I’ve read it all the way through, but I just finished journaling all 66 books of the Bible again.

I’ve heard others talk about reading through the entire Bible in a year. This sounded like a good idea to me, so today was Day 1. According to here’s what I should have accomplished this morning:

GENESIS 1:1-2:25
MATTHEW 1:1-2:12
PSALM 1:1-1:6
PROVERBS 1:1-1:6

Want to know how far I got? Genesis 1. That’s it. One chapter. I got so enamored with the words said, called, and blessed that I had to look more deeply. And before I knew it, an hour had gone by and I only finished Genesis 1.

Oh, well. It was worth a try.

Now I’m just back to reading slowly and loving God’s Word even more than ever. It’s the most fascinating Book I’ve ever read. I read it slowly because there is just so much there.

What kind of Bible reading program do you have? I hope you’re getting into God’s Word every day. It’s good stuff!

The World Needs Men

In our week of prayer we’ve been focusing our prayers on a different area each day. Last night we prayed for men. Men who love Jesus need to be the pacesetters in our families, our churches, our communities, our businesses.

What kind of men? We used this poem from Ted Engstrom to help us focus our prayers —

The world needs men
who cannot be bought;
whose word is their bond;
who put character above wealth;
who possess opinions and a will;
who are larger than their vocations;
who do not hesitate to take chances;
who will not lose their individuality in a crowd;
who will be as honest in small things as in great things;
who will make no compromise with wrong;
whose ambitions are not confined to their own selfish desires;
who will not say they do it “because everybody else does it”;
who are true to their friends through good report and evil report, in adversity as well as in prosperity;
who do not believe that shrewdness, cunning, and hardheadedness are the best qualities for winning success;
who are not ashamed or afraid to stand for the truth when it is unpopular;
who can say “no” with emphasis, although all the rest of the world says “yes.”

Can you be that man? The world needs you to be that man.

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