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reminder

My friend just commented that it was April that I last posted here. That’s (almost) half a year ago … and yes it’s time to resurrect this site.

Reading the Bible MUST be a spiritual discipline, and as a disciple I really must get back into it … I hope some of you will read this and join me … not sure what format it will take. Watch this space …

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Lenten fast

Sorry Folk! into the Bible has taken a bit of a break since Ash Wednesday. This was totally unintentional on my part. I simply didn’t have time to post while I was away on holiday in London.

What I have been doing myself during Lent, however, is working through Maggi Dawn’s Book Giving it Up . This is a daily devotional for Lent (about 3-4 pages of reading a day including a scripture) and I’ve found it’s very inspiring but also very challenging spiritually (in particular in the area of what it means to be a Christian)!

Over at her blog last week Maggi wrote

It’s a common misconception that Lent is about self-improvement. … [It]is not about giving up luxuries, not about losing weight or gaining other benefits, not about food per se, not about de-cluttering or Feng Shui or about ay other kind of feel-good, de-toxifying exercise. In the end, it’s about denying yourself some of the essentials of everday life in order to focus on the reality that we depend upon God for life itself; about re-aligning ourselves with God and his purposes in our world; about reminding ourselves that all we have is a gift from God in any case.(emphasis mine)

Maggi’s book has been truly a God-sent for me for Lent and while I didn’t mean to give up into the Bible for Lent (and certainly haven’t given the Bible up!) I do think taking a break in the way we’ve been getting into the Bible on this site has been good for me. If you can do get a copy of Maggi’s Book and work through it. You’ll be very glad you did

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Luke has been a disaster

Even when I have read I’ve forgotten to post. I’m sorry.

There are two chapters of Luke left (Luke 23 and 24) Let’s read them at the beginning of this week and start Lent in a new attitude of allowing the Word to read us as we read it.

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sorry

PC problems and then went away for a few days.

tomorrow we continue with Luke.  And then James.

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looking ahead to 2010

oops forgot that we had planned to read through the Gospel of Luke … (thanks for the reminder C!) so we’ll start that on Friday.

As ever Saturday will be a day of grace and Sunday a day of rest – we’ll read five chapters a week (usually) and I encourage us all to think and reflect on what does the chapter in question say to us about where we are and what God is saying and doing in our lives.

The GOSPEL OF LUKE starts with the familiar nativity stories and IMHO is PERFECT for Christmastide

so the plan is

week 1 Friday 1st: Luke 1

week 2 Monday 4th – Friday 8th – Luke 2-6

week 3 Monday 11th – Friday 15 Luke 7-11

week 4 Monday 18th – Friday 22nd – Luke 12-16

week 5 Monday 25th – Friday 29th Luke 17-21

week 6 Monday 1 Feb – Wednesday Feb 3rd Luke 22-24

After the Gospel of Luke we will take James’  Epistle.

Easter Sunday is, I believe, April 4th this year. I hope that we can take 1 & 2 Corinithians before then (in Lent) … that leaves John and Revelation to go through during Eastertide and Pentecost.

Here’s a quick calculation of dates.

Luke, 24 chapters …that’s more or less all of January
then James 5 chapters (one week in early Feb)
1 &  2 Corinithians 16 + 12 = 28 chapters mid Feb to late in March

By then we should be v. close to Easter (I haven’t checked)
then John 21 (four weeks) in April closing up with Revelation  (22 exciting chapters) during the period of Pentecost right after Easter

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If in doubt what to read over the next couple of days … here are a couple of suggestions:

St Stephen’s Day (Dec 26th)   Acts 6:8-10; & 7:54 – 59

St John the Evangelist (Dec 27th)  Jn 20:2 – 8 and/or Jn 21:15-25

Holy Innocents (Dec 28th) Matthew 2:13 – 18

I’m still not sure what to read come January which is already on Friday!

In order to read through the NT we’ve still got the Gospel of John and Revelation to work through, the Epistles of Paul to the  Corinithians (1 and 2), as well as that of  James.

Any requests or suggestions?  What is working for you? What isn’t? Do let me know either in the comments or an email to seethroughfaith AT gmail DOT com should get to me.

-stf

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twas the week before Christmas

On Monday I’ll post a series of Advent and Christmas readings for the next week or so … take time to get into the word during this busy season and allow even very familar passages speak to you

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