Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Five Links I Have Enjoyed -- Dec 31, 2014

In this first article, David Mathis from Desiring God shows us how Bible reading is an art: "Bible reading is like watching the film in real-time. Study is like going through a clip frame by frame. Meditation, then, along with Scripture memory, is for lingering over particular frames and pressing the significance to our hearts, and into our lives."

Next, we get some advice on how not to read our Bibles from Matt Smethurst over at TGC: "When it comes to daily (or not-so-daily) Bible reading, January 1 can be a welcome arrival. A new year signals a new start. You’re motivated to freshly commit to what you know is of indispensable importance: the Word of God. Yet this isn’t the first time you’ve felt this way. You were entertaining pretty similar thoughts 365 days ago. And 365 days before that. And 365 days . . . you know how it goes. So what’s going to make 2015 different? What, under God, will keep you plodding along in April this year when staying power has generally vanished in Aprils of yore? From one stumbling pilgrim to another, here are five suggestions for what not to do in 2015."

I love reading ancient Jewish literature such as the apocryphal and deuterocanonical books as well as other works such as the book of Enoch. I missed this post originally, but saw it when it was mentioned in a "Best of 2014" list. I really enjoyed this look at angels in the book of Enoch from Philip Jenkins.

'Tis the season for reading plans to complete the Bible in a year. Here is a similar plan to read through Shakespeare’s works in a year from Matthew J. Frank.

Finally, I loved this story about a 9 year old boy from Pennsylvania who wanted to go hunting with anyone who would take him. This kid was me when I was 9. I never knew my dad, nor did I have any positive male role models or influences in my life. It's one of the reasons I spent a year volunteering for Big Brothers/Big Sisters and will again as soon as I know I will have the proper time to devote to it. Major kudos to Sheriff Alex Underwood for stepping up and being there for this kid.

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