Monday, December 30, 2013

Closing Out 2013 and Looking Forward to 2014

In 2013 I read the Old Testament once; the New Testament read twice, although a few of the books were read multiple times, for example 1, 2, 3, John; Jude; 1 and 2 Peter; were all read three or four times each.
The Old Testament was read from the New King James Version MacArthur Study Bible.
The New Testament was first read from the New King James Version MacArthur Study Bible, second time from English Standard Version Crossway Study Bible.
The New Testament book of Revelation was read twelve times in twelve different translations.
The translations read:
1. King James Version
2. New King James Version
3. New American Standard Bible
4. New English Bible
5. Common English Bible
6. New Living Translation Study Bible
7. English Standard Version
8. The Holman Illustrated Holman Christian Standard Bible
9. The Interlinear Bible Greek/English
10. The New Testament An American Translation by Edgar J. Goodspeed
11.The New Testament in Modern English Translated by J.B. Phillips
12. Amplified Large Print Bible
All these Bibles are owned by me, hardcover (not e-books).
In 2012 when I was thinking about what New Testament book to read twelve times in twelve different translations, I wanted to read 1 Corinthians; however, Revelation kept popping into my mind, annoyingly so. Revelation is what I chose, or rather the Holy Spirit led me to read.
Before, I'd had limited reading from Revelation. I was not afraid of it, or maybe a little. It is an unusual book and the reader needs help in understanding it. In all my years of Sunday school and Bible study, few lessons have been on Revelation.
How do I feel after reading Revelation twelve times?
1. I'm more familiar with it.
2. No longer afraid or intimidated by it.
3. In the past I'd looked at it as a purely Armageddon, fire and destruction, tumultuous book.
Now, my first response is Revelation is a New Testament book that insures me God has a plan and
He is victorious. My hope and faith rest in Him; because the ending of this earth and age has been written, determined, and ordained by God.
Last night I watched a DVD on The 7 Churches of Revelation. The DVD is from Discovery House Publishers. Joe Stowell is the narrator and guide. Stowell teaches at each of the remaining sites where the churches were. He gives a lesson on the history of the cities, geography, stories handed down about the type of people living there in first century, Roman occupation, the litany of pagan gods worshiped, early church problems and discipline. If you are able to I recommend this DVD, it's fantastic.
The following is three Youtube videos:







The following links are on end of the year devotions, Bible reading, Bible reading plans.
From Bible Gateway: Devotions http://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2013/12/devotions-for-the-new-year-are-here/

Posts on Bible reading, including Bible reading plans:
http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2013/12/26/how-to-read-the-whole-bible-in-2014/?comments#comments#comment-145738

http://www.dennyburk.com/a-plan-to-read-through-the-bible-in-2014/

http://www.ligonier.org/blog/bible-reading-plans/

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2013/12/27/a-bible-reading-plan-for-readers/

From Ray Pritchard: The Year of Good Riddance http://www.keepbelieving.com/sermon/2009-12-30-The-Year-of-Good-Riddance/

and Strength For The Journey: http://www.keepbelieving.com/sermon/2008-05-10-Strength-for-the-Journey/
"Your doubts are not the end of the story.
Your fears are not the end of the story.
Your worries are not the end of the story.
Your uncertainties are not the end of the story.
Your unbelief is not the end of the story."


and One Word You Shouldn't Say http://www.keepbelieving.com/articles/1993-01-03-One-Word-You-Shouldnt-Say-In-1993/  

and Let Us Fix Our Eyes On Jesus http://www.keepbelieving.com/sermon/2001-01-07-Let-Us-Fix-Our-Eyes-on-Jesus/
"To fix our eyes on Jesus requires a holy habit of soul. It demands a continuous and sustained action, like a mariner in rough seas watching his compass to make sure he stays on course. This touches all that we do and asks us to consider how we use our time. What fills your gaze? Is it Jesus? How could it be anything else?"

Further articles to read by Ray Pritchard  http://www.keepbelieving.com/blog/2012-12-24-47-new-years-sermons/


2 comments:

Cathy said...

I've never thought of reading a book from the Bible in 12 different translations. What a great idea.

Glad Revelation came alive for you in your reading. I might have to try that too.

I also love these videos from Day of Discovery, so informative.

Happy New Year Annette! : )

Joyful Reader said...

Most preachers are afraid to preach out of Revelations. There is too much controversy over the meaning. Although we have found in our extended family that folks HUNGER to know God's plan and want to study it and talk it out. This gives them reassurance that God is in control and knows what is coming next. Most pastors (not all) fear for their position and don't rock the boat. We are praying that this will change and they will start preaching the full truth from the pulpit.

I have a chronological reading plan set up for next year (tomorrow I start!) and I am very excited to get started.

Happy New Year Annette and God bless!