If you read my previous post on Bible reading plans, you saw the link to deliberatepeople.com, the ministry of Phil Joel. I was revisiting his site, and he made a new video describing his ministry, which I thought would be appropriate to share as part of the focus of this blog. It describes how a basic Bible reading schedule helped reconnect him with God, and how God changed his relationships and his life. It all started with a deliberate attempt to pursue God.
He's a little dramatic, very hip, and perhaps not everyone's cup of tea, but I find his exuberance encouraging and his simplicity and eagerness a fresh reminder that you can be deliberately pursuing God and studying his word without being academic or stuffy. His Deliberate People Album, though not a chart topper, is one of my top 5 devotional CD's and maybe one of my Top 5 CD's of all time. Check out deliberatepeople.
what makes dP? from deliberatePeople. on Vimeo.
Reading the Bible is an act of love, as we engage with God because of the love that He's placed in our hearts and as He reveals His word to us through the Holy Spirit. It's not about knowledge. It's not about study. It's about a relationship with Jesus. Reading is part of our walk and talk with God. It is not an end to itself.