Wednesday, December 20, 2017

My 2018 Bible Reading Plan

I have already started my 2018 reading plan.

The Cornerstone Plan


I'm building on habits I formed previously by continuing to follow the Cornerstone Reading Plan. I'm starting in John and reading portions of chapters of the Gospels each day rather than whole chapters, so I can take more extensive notes. I'm starting the Apostles section in Romans and the Prophets section in Ezekiel before cycling back around to Genesis. I'm starting in Ezekiel because of an extensive study of Isaiah and the Minor Prophets this year.

Gospels: One section (10-20 verses) starting in John 1
Apostles (Epistles): One chapter starting in Romans
Prophets (OT): Two chapters starting in Ezekiel


The Edition


Last year I received an Interleaved ESV Journaling Bible in leather for Christmas. I was stunned by how nice it is. Almost too nice to write in. Almost.


I am taking notes on the blank pages in this edition during my reading through the Gospels.


My notes have a simple structure: Date, Reference, notes. I'm left with plenty of space to add notes later and see what I learn over the years.

The Notebook


I'm taking notes on the rest of my reading in my notebook. I have similar format:
Date
Reference
At least one note on what I read (even if it's obvious).
A summary of simple applications from all of my readings in a What is God Saying? section.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

I Memorized First John this Year

I finished my 2017 memorization goal! I used the 5 x 5 method to memorize First John. I wouldn't be able to rattle off the whole thing in order right now, but I could probably do chapters 4 and 5. My goal for 2018 will be to review each chapter and make sure I have them rock solid for the rest of my life. 

I will follow a 5 x 5 schedule of review.

Monday: 1 John 1
Tuesday: 1 John 2
Wednesday: 1 John 3
Thursday: 1 John 4
Friday: 1 John 5


1 John 1 and 2



1 John 3




1 John 4



1 John 5


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Back on Pace!

Got back on pace for memorization. I hope to get through the book by the end of the year. I'm using the 5 x 5 Method to memorize 1 John. I will be reviewing these ten verses 5 times per day for the next week.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Commentary Sale!

My favorite commentary set right now is the Expositor's Bible Commentary. While, I can't vouch for all the content I own the New Testament volumes and some of the Prophets as well. I consistently find it clear and readable with important information on history, background, and textual issues but an emphasis on exegesis and the meaning and interpretation of Scripture. These commentaries contain the full text of Scripture as well as the notes and are written in a more popular style. This makes them great for reading as well as reference.

Right now a number of volumes of the Expositor's Bible Commentary are on sale for $4.99 on Kindle, including my favorite commentary on Jeremiah by Dr. Michael Brown. I highly recommend the commentary and purchased a second copy on Kindle (I already own a hardcover). I also grabbed the Isaiah commentary.

You can check out what volumes are on sale at Amazon.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Abiding in Christ - Character Studies

Two church planters in Houston, Texas Andrew and Carlee Coker shared some studies they made on Abiding in Christ, and they are awesome!

You can check get the study here.

But here's a preview:

Abiding in Christ - Character Studies


Passage
Who is this passage about?
What were some of their character traits?
How did they abide in God?
Daniel 6.3-4,10
Daniel
     Consistant
     Persistant
     Distinguished
     Extraordinary Spirit
     Blameless
     Trustworthy
     Faithful
     Attention to details
     Thankful
     Prayed 3x daily
     Steadfast in the face of persecution
     Thankful
     Godly example

Jonah 2.1-33
Jonah
     Humble before God
     Wise
     Persistent in the face of death
     Remembering the Lord
     Yields to God
     Thankful
     Faithful
     Resentful
     Self absorbed
     Vengful
     Prayed
     Repentanted
     Obeyed God
     Gave thanks
1 Samuel 3.1-10; 7.10-17
Samuel
     Teachable
     Humble Servant
     Listens
     Quick to Serve
     Obedient
     Remembering the Lord
     Dependant on the Lord
     Faithful to the Lord
     Persistant
     Enduring
     Strong work ethic
     Not attentive to details
     Worshiped
     Remembered the Lord
     Listened to the Lord
     Ministered before the Lord
     Quick to Obey
     Finishes well
Nehemiah 1
Nehemiah
     In touch w reality
     Compassionate
     Disciplined
     Works hard
     Persistant
     Knows God and His Word
     Repentant
     Trust the promises of God
     Humble
     Bold
     Trustworthy
     Prayer
     Acted out compassion
     Trusts God
     Confession
      
Luke 10.38-42
Mary
     Humble
     Attentive
     Hungry
     Teachable
     Focused
     Wise
     Listening
     Being with Jesus
     Jesus First!
Matthew 4.1-2; Luke 5.15-16; 6.12-13
Jesus
     Holy
     Obedient
     Committed
     Disciplined
     Compassionate
     Seeks Solitude
     Consistant
     Enduring
     Focused
     Encouraging
     Leader
     Model
     Pace Setter
     Spiritually Strong
     Humble
     Level Headed
     Led by the Spirit
     Obedient
     Prayed
     Spent lots of time w the Father
     Fed and Led the Flock
     Loved the people
     Persistent in doing the right thing






Friday, May 5, 2017

Back to my Notebook


This year I moved from taking notes in my margins back to my taking notes in a notebook. This week, I finished the notebook I started in January. I'm following The Cornerstone Reading Plan: 2 Chapters in the Old Testament starting in Genesis 1 Chapter in the Old Testament starting in Psalms. 1 Chapter in the Epistles and 1 Chapter in The Gospels/Acts (although I'm mixing that up with a Gospel Harmony study).

My notebook entries include the date, the chapters I'm reading and notes on each chapter. I follow a general rule that I have to write something down about each chapter even if it's obvious. I don't always do a good job with this, but it helps me slow down.

I usually do a verse by verse or topical study along with this and am memorizing First John. It's a lot, but I'm full time and need to give myself to the Word and prayer (Acts 6:4)

I have four months of notes in one notebook. I'm excited to start another. I'm not done taking notes in my Bible, but I will save that for another post.