Bible-reading-in-a-year….and for the new year

As 2018 has come to a close, so does the Bible-in-a-year journey for many of us.  I must say I was pleasantly surprised by the participation in this and enjoyed hearing comments along the way.  It was a challenge; some parts were tough slugging; some passages were surprising; it was a good thing to experience.  Personally, I am glad to have done it but would not recommend this as the only reading plan.  Ultimately the purpose of reading the Bible is not “to get it done” as much as “to meet Jesus”, whether that be his story in the gospels, teachings about him in the letters, or the history that anticipated him in the Old Testament.

         Now for 2019.   In keeping with the focus of “meeting Jesus”, the plan is to focus on the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) for the whole year.  We will start the year with a series on the “I am” sayings of Jesus in John.  For Lent we will probably plan a series on the Passion of Jesus, as we follow Him to the cross.  That planning will be done in conjunction with intern/associate pastor Derek Ellens, as will whatever else we do for the year.

     Thanks for getting engaged with the Bible-in-a-year and look forward to a year of being immersed in Jesus stories.


7 – A Lenten Experiment

7 – “an experimental mutiny against excess”

Jen Hatmaker engaged in a transformative experimental mutiny against excess with her family, and wrote a book about it.

Feeling deeply the vast gap between those of us in the Western world and so many others in God’s world, she explored with her family the idea that our lifestyles, our abundance of everything, might be standing in the way of a deeper connection with Jesus, and an understanding of His desire for us. In her own words:

We have so freaking much. So much money, education, resources, opportunities, knowledge, possessions, gifts, consumer power, privileges, advantages. We have every tool at our disposal, yet we are chronically plagued by ailments – social, spiritual, physical, emotional. Enough. 

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