New Year’s Resolution Read My Bible

“SKIP THE JOHN-WAYNE-LONE-COWBOY METHOD”

Congratulations on choosing to Read the Word! It’s that time again when people are making New Year’s Resolutions. One of the big one’s we’ve all probably made is to read through the Bible in a year. So we’re just peeking in on how others do it, or attempt to do it. Very few of us are as highly disciplined as we would like to be.

One reader on Huff Post whose opinion hit the nail on the head which we would agree with said,

“Reading the Bible is something best undertaken with other trusted people who are on the journey too. So skip the John-Wayne-lone-cowboy methodhttps://drive.google.com/file/d/1523XkfNhUqxtnn5G1Gy41-r8tI1YwH1a/view?usp=sharing most of us default to at first and go right to the better option of reading the Bible together. Other people will hold you accountable to your reading goals, but even more importantly, they’ll be a sounding board when you don’t understand something or want to discuss how the Bible applies to your life today.”

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NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS-READ MY BIBLE

What is your New Year’s Resolution re your Bible Reading plan? If you write it down you are far more able to complete your goal.

One very successful person said, “One can’t make it in life as a wandering generality.” Meaning you have to be specific in setting your life goals.

“A survey in 1953 conducted at Yale University stated, that among the graduating seniors only 3% had taken seven steps as it related to setting goals, while only 10% had taken three steps. The final 87% had no definite plan or idea on how to proceed! And that was Yale University!

Fast forward 20 years. “The 3% who had set dates, listed obstacles, identified people, groups and organizations and what they needed to know, had a game plan of action, had WRITTEN IT DOWN IN MINUTE DETAIL, written down what’s in it for me, written down measureable goals–>>ACCOMPLISHED MORE THAN THE OTHER 97%!!

“The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage, but everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty. -Proverbs 21:5.

“Take hold of instruction, do not let go. Guard her, for she is your life.” Proverbs 4:13

ANNUAL BIBLE READING CALENDAR

At Exploring God’s Library we take special care to put out an annual reading calendar calibrated to the year we are actually living in with all of its holidays.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1523XkfNhUqxtnn5G1Gy41-r8tI1YwH1a/view?usp=sharing

COACHING SESSION

Tuesday evening 6-7pm Pacific Standard time on Facebook Exploring God’s Library Group.

Each Tuesday evening we meet online for an hour and review the readings, define terms such as doctrines which appear in the course of reading select passages for the week, introduce a resource such as a commentary or Biblical help such as a Bible Dictionary or Concordance, which may help one understand a passage or build a library, and share links to other vital resources which may assist you in reading through the Bible with greater understanding.

YOU TUBE CHANNEL

Don’t forget to subscribe to our curated You Tube channel for more valuable resources as well. Make sure you look at our playlists which are extensive. Exploring God’s Library You Tube Channel.

Exploring God’s Library 2021-2022 Bible Reading Calendar

Greetings fellow Readers!!

As you may know, our EGL2021-2022 #BibleReading journey begins on October 2 using the Reading Calendar. You’re welcome to share it with your church, colleagues, neighbors, friends and family who desire to read through the Word this year. There is no fee.

Here’s the link to the Exploring God’s Library 2021-2022 Bible Reading Calendar.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1523XkfNhUqxtnn5G1Gy41-r8tI1YwH1a/view?usp=sharing

Our one year reading calendar is a bit different from other calendars in that it commences in the fall according to an ancient Jewish reading regimen of the Torah which begins anew each year following the fall feast known as the Feast of Tabernacles. It is different though in that it also contains daily readings from the Old Testament historic books and Prophets, the Psalms, Proverbs and readings from the New Testament.

The calendar we use is the western calendar, but it also lists appropriate holydays from the Hebrew Calendar as well as the Christian calendar for those who come from the various Christian and Messianic traditions.

You may also wish to subscribe to our Exploring God’s Library Facebook group which enables you to join us on Tuesday evenings for a one hour coaching session from 6-7 pm Pacific Standard Time (Los Angeles, California) based on that week’s readings.

Please Subscribe here to the private EGL FB Group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1871385569648323/?ref=share

If you are unable to attend the session because of time differences or if you are not on Facebook, we will also post it on the Exploring God’s Library YouTube channel on Thursday. We recommend that everyone subscribe to the channel so that you are automatically notified.

Please subscribe here to the EGL YouTube channel. https://youtube.com/channel/UCx236kaMv50VylKKDYvneMA

Looking forward to being on the journey with you this year.

In Christ’s refuge and strength,

James and Elizabeth Stephens

Continue reading Exploring God’s Library 2021-2022 Bible Reading Calendar

Scripture for 9.14.2021

 TORAH –  And he went (Vayeilech) 

Deuteronomy 31:18-21

PROPHETS

Micah 3 & 4

THE GOSPELS & LETTERS

Acts 21

Wisdom
Psalm of the Day 82

Psalm 133

Proverbs 29:20-21

If you are on the journey with us reading through the Bible, welcome to day 334

or if you are joining us now welcome and be prepared for a life changing experience.

(We have a 5 lesson introduction to the Bible on youtube) – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqqu9kmO73rhhVJDQQLR6hyPAqiP1XzP3 

There is a recap/coaching session every Tuesday night 6-7pm pst on facebook and after it will be put on Youtube.

Below are the links to the book information & other resources for your library for your lifetime of study.

The books, commentaries and film resources for the upcoming readings will be posted  here before we get there to be ahead and not behind. See the weekly class session posts for all the information. 

Please share this reading schedule & resources with others. 

Questions?  Please email us at: exploringgodslibrary@gmail.com. 

Or write to us at: Exploring God’s Library   Post Office Box 116 Sierra Madre, CA 91025

Our links:

on facebook live 6-7pm pst  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1871385569648323

on youtube  https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=exploring+god+library

The following are the texts and commentaries we are reading and studying through. We have provided the ISBN numbers for your convenience. Please visit and support your local Christian book.

Bible
Study Bible by John MacArthur
0849912229

Psalms
The Treasury of David by C. H. Spurgeon  0825437121

Proverbs
Proverbs by Charles Bridges 085151088

Westminster Confession of Faith

Deuteronomy

The Book of Deuteronomy by Peter C. Craigle

Micah

Feinberg, Charles L. The Minor Prophets. Moody. 1976

Early Church Fathers-Athanasius

Woven into our reading, we will highlight historic figures which are key to understanding how the Word of God and doctrines of the Church were established. The early church Father Athanasius was instrumental in establishing the Doctrine of the Trinity. He was also the first to recognize the canon of the 27 books of the New Testament.

“According to Athanasius, an early church Father, the life and works of our LORD Jesus Christ puts to shame all magicians, sorcerers and tyrants.

“What mere man or magician or tyrant or king was ever able by himself to do so much? Did anyone ever fight against the whole system of idol-worship and the whole host of daemons and all magic and all the wisdom of the Greeks, at a time when all of these were strong and flourishing and taking everybody in, as did our Lord, the very Word of God?

Yet He is even now invisibly exposing every man’s error, and singlehandedly is carrying off all men from them all, so that those who used to worship idols now tread them under foot, reputed magicians burn their books and the wise prefer to all studies the interpretation of the gospels.

They are deserting those whom formerly they worshipped, they worship and confess as Christ and God Him Whom they used to ridicule as crucified. Their so-called gods are routed by the sign of the cross, and the crucified Saviour is proclaimed in all the world as God and Son of God.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athanasius_of_AlexandriaAccording to Wikipedia-

Athanasius was a Christian theologian, a Church Father, the chief defender of Trinitarianism against Arianism, and a noted Egyptian leader of the fourth century.

“Athanasius of Alexandria, also called Athanasius the Great, Athanasius the Confessor or, primarily in the Coptic Orthodox Church, Athanasius the Apostolic, was the 20th bishop of Alexandria. His intermittent episcopacy spanned 45 years, of which over 17 encompassed five exiles, when he was replaced on the order of four different Roman emperors. Athanasius was a Christian theologian, a Church Father, the chief defender of Trinitarianism against Arianism, and a noted Egyptian leader of the fourth century. Conflict with Arius and Arianism as well as successive Roman emperors shaped Athanasius’ career. In 325, at the age of 27, Athanasius began his leading role against the Arians as a deacon and assistant to Bishop Alexander of Alexandria during the First Council of Nicaea. Roman emperor Constantine the Great had convened the council in May–August 325 to address the Arian position that the Son of God, Jesus of Nazareth, is of a distinct substance from the Father.”

EGL Historic Persons Athanasius Playlist. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqqu9kmO73rgiXzu1yAYDlrgrodM131FE