January 23, 2016

Bible Reading Plan 2016-2017
Gen 37.2-36, Ps 23 Today's Reading For the remainder of the book of Genesis, I am altering the passages to be read each day from the original plan. The story of Joseph is contrasted with similar situations that Judah experiences, and I wanted to highlight this. The change is minor. I invite you to look for differences in how each man responds as the story unfolds. This understanding comes from one of the best books in my library, linked here for you. Yes, you.
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Jackpot Lunacy

Discipleship, Life
You know what really cracks me up? Hearing people imply that the Powerball jackpot is/isn't up to an amount that is worth their time. Everybody seems to have their own threshold amount that prompts them to buy a ticket. The jackpot is "only" $10 million? No thanks. But when it gets up to $100 million? Let me run to the nearest retailer and get in line! Your odds of winning are the same in either instance. The only difference is that when the jackpot rises enough for even more people to decide it's worth their time, your odds of sharing the jackpot increase. With unchanging odds, why is a paltry $10 million not worth one's effort but a larger amount will have them running to the nearest convenience store? Let me tip my…
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2-Year Bible Reading Plan

Bible Reading Plan 2016-2017
This is a new year and so many Christians have a goal to read through the Bible in that time frame. I've done it and believe it's a noble effort. Heck, I first came to faith while doing it! But reading the Bible in one year is a time commitment that many people may find to be difficult. Also, it doesn't allow for much flexibility if you want to pause in a section and marinate in the word. I had pondered a do it yourself reading non-schedule where I would read a chapter a day, figuring that would take about 3 years to get through it all. While a one year plan is a real commitment, a three year plan seemed like a noncommittal action on my part. Splitting the difference,…
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Christ and His Church: Our Complentarian Roles

Discipleship
For the purpose of this post, I will be assuming the complementarian view. You are free to disagree with me on your own, but this post and any resulting comments are not intended to debate the relative merits of egalitarianism. As I look at the Bible, I notice that marriages are found throughout. It begins with man and woman being brought together to form a union. God made woman out of man in order to complement his role in expanding the glory of God throughout all the world. They were to share the same goal, but each of them had unique strengths, and by utilizing these strengths together they could more accurately reflect the glory of God upon creation. Marriage is celebrated throughout the Bible and is used as a…
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