Books Read 2021: Holy Bible.

I have a ‘Books Read’ page accessible via a tab above. It currently records all of the books I read last year not including my Bible reading.

I start this year’s list with the Bible, because for the first time I read it as a book and not as THE HOLY BIBLE (imagine that being said in a resounding, booming voice, enhanced with a touch of reverb).

It’s NOT the first time I’ve read it1 – but I don’t normally start from Genesis and read straight through to Revelation. My usual practice is to read the books in related sections. For example, I start the NT with Luke (not Matthew) and then Acts followed by Paul’s letters, in the order they were written and not according to the traditional published order.

I also read the OT in a more chronological order instead of reading from Genesis and through to Malachi. It helps me to make better sense of the context of what I’m reading.

I started the year reading (mostly2) only the Bible taking up the #BibleBulldoze challenge issued by Stephanie Quick from FAI. The challenge was set to start on January 1st and run for 28 days, thereby reading the whole Bible in a month.

I did my reading with a CSB Reader’s Bible, printed more like a novel, with a single column of text, and chapter3 and verse numbers removed. It also doesn’t have the usual topic headings that are scattered throughout most Bibles.

That challenge is now completed! I read the last word of Revelation this afternoon: “Amen”.

I started on 30th December instead of waiting until 1 January, and it took 16 days, so I beat the scheduled 28 days by 12 days. I think I averaged a little under 4 hours of reading per day. Gloria finished yesterday, but she started a day before me.

I look forward to starting again tomorrow but this time at a much saner pace. And I’m pleased to be able resume my usual note taking as I read.

One thing that surprised me when I told people about what I was doing – is how many Christians confessed they had never really read the bible consistently, all of it; just bits of it here and there in a piecemeal fashion. So it’s not surprising that so many believers seem to have little idea of God’s overall agenda and how our individual salvation fits into His much larger, and glorious, eternal plan.

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Footnotes:

1 Last year I read the OT twice and the NT ten times.

2 I did read an occasional chapter of another book, which will probably end up listed as my second book of the year on my Books Read list. Ironically it was a book by Stephanie Quick that I’d started the day before she issued the #BibleBulldoze challenge

3 Chapter verses are given unobtrusively at the bottom of each page instead of interrupting the text itself

Fifth Seal

When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?” Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, were killed just as they had been. Revelation 6:9-11

“We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty,
    the One who is and who was,
because you have taken your great power
    and have begun to reign.
1The nations were angry,
    and your wrath has come.
The time has come for judging the dead,
    and for rewarding your servants the prophets
and your people who revere your name,
    both great and small—
and for destroying those who destroy the earth.” Revelation 11: 17-18

New Year Challenge

2020 was a very profitable year for my Bible reading.

Making the most of the combination of chemo and covid restrictions, I tried to use the ‘isolation’ time wisely. By the time the relative isolation was no longer necessary, I’d developed a valuable habit and was able to read through the NT ten times and the OT two and a half times within the twelve months.

The following, from Facebook, is a challenge (opportunity) to give 2021 a running start.

I’m going top give it a go…

Anyone else?

Full reading program here: Facebook

Fellowship of the Fifth Seal

A song from a very powerful section of the newly released film from FAI – ‘Ballads of the Revelation’.

Audio only below.

The film can be accessed free via the FAI STUDIOS.

When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.

Trailer for the film.

Leverage Your Life

A challenging short video.

So much of my life wasted. I look back at missed opportunities that can never be regained, but its no use dwelling on what could have been / should have been.

 “…forget those things which are behind and reach forward to those things which are ahead”

But for others those opportunities may not have been missed.