by Mike Plewniak
New Year’s Day is next week, and it’s time for everyone to evaluate and plan out devotions for the year. Odd, isn’t it, how New Year seeps over into everyone’s life….diets for some, resolutions for others, bible reading plan for me. Anyway, here are some helpful resources if you are interested in reading through the bible in a year. I have done most of these over the last eight years and have enjoyed each of them. One thing that I’ve found is that having a plan of what I will be reading is SO HELPFUL. It helps me be consistent, provides some accountability, and while some think this makes devotions rote, I have found the exact opposite to be the case…reading through the bible like this has been rich and fruitful. Enjoy!
M’Cheyne Reading Plan:
“Robert Murray M’Cheyne (also known as McCheyne) was an early 19th century pastor and preacher. Amongst his legacy is his scheme for daily Bible reading. In its original formulation it takes the reader through the the Old Testament once and the New Testament and Psalms twice per year. This means reading about four chapters a day, taken from different parts of the Bible.”
Discipleship Journal Bible Reading Plan:
This is the plan I used for three years. I found it very practical (in that I could get the reading done each day) and well organized. A few highlights of this plan are:
— By reading from four separate places in the Scripture every day, you should be able to better grasp the unity of the Scriptures, as well as enjoy the variety of seeing four different viewpoints.
— To prevent the frustration of falling behind, which most of us tend to do when following a Bible reading plan, each month of this plan gives you only twenty-five readings.
— If reading through the entire Bible in one year looms as too large a task, you can alter the plan to meet your needs. For example, you could read the gospels and the wisdom books this year, and the other two categories next year.
We will also have copies of these for free in the CCK bookstore the next couple of weeks.
For the Love of God by DA Carson:
This book (volume 1 or volume 2) walks through the M’Cheyne reading plan, but also has a one-page summary of what you just read by Carson. Often while using this, I would be amazed at the unity of scripture as Carson took what I read in the OT and NT and showed how they both were pointing to Christ…or some days what you would read in NT would be the fulfillment of what the OT was pointing towards.
Along with this, I would highly recommend “God’s Big Picture” by Vaughn Roberts. By far, the best little book on understanding the unity and storyline of the Bible. I can’t think of a better way to start the New Year!
Filed under: Devotions
by Mike Plewniak
Devotions are something every guy needs to establish as soon as possible. As you begin to lead a wife and a family, it leaks over (maybe pours over would fit better) into each one of them. So, for those who already have kids, here are resources to help.
Some helpful questions and tips on family devotions. Ligon Duncan says: “My own answer is you start family worship as soon as possible, as soon as one is married, and continue it after children come along, no matter how young the children are (and the younger the better). The point is not for the youngest children to be able to comprehend (or even to sit still during it!). The point is impress upon them, by paternal example the priority of God and his word in all of life. They learn this, even if they comprehend nothing in the reading, praying and singing, simply by seeing a father pausing day after day to read the word with his family.”
Here is a little advice on family worship by John Newton (writer of Amazing Grace): “I think, with you, that it is very expedient and proper that reading a portion of the word of God should be ordinarily a part of our family worship; so likewise to sing a hymn or psalm, or part of one, at discretion; provided there are some people in the family who have enough of a musical ear and voice to conduct the singing in a tolerable manner: otherwise, perhaps, it may be better omitted.”
Here is a scripture reading plan by Eric Liddell for family devotions.
(HT: Justin Taylor)
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By: Travis Evans
What would you like for Christmas? An iPhone? A trip to Hawaii? Shoes? A brand new car? Books? Well, I’m getting everyone ONE OF EACH!! Though I would love to be able to do that, I cannot. However, I can give all of you the best gift ever this Christmas. A gift that will never rust nor break nor be stolen; a gift that bears with it eternal consequences and everlasting joy. Whether you have received this gift before or are getting it for the first time, this gift is more precious than all other gifts combined.
From: Me, with all of my love and care
There is a God in heaven. He is holy and righteous. He is set apart from us, unable to have sin in His presence. He created the entire world, even us. Therefore, He has all authority. However, we have rebelled against Him. We have loved other things and worshiped other things. This is sin. We all have sinned. God is loving, true, but He is also just. He must punish sin. So, there is a problem: we are deserving of God’s wrath because of our sin. Yet, this same God, out of His love, provided a solution that we could not provide. He sent His only begotten Son, fully God and fully man, who lived a perfect life and never once sinned. However, He died on a cross for our sins. He died for the guilty, dying a sinners death. He satisfied God’s wrath so that we may go free. This is good news. Christ paid the price for sin. So that by faith in His death for our sin, we are forgiven of sin, declared righteous by God, and given eternal life.
If you have become a Christian this year, what a wonderful Christmas this is for you! If this gift is only a reminder, there is still no greater gift that I can give you than to remind you of your salvation and God’s mercy, grace, and kindness. May this Christmas be shaped by the most wonderful gift, the greatest gift.
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by Mike Plewniak
Since I’m originally from Buffalo, and my kids really want to build a snowman this year and have a snowball fight, and since there is a slim to none chance that is actually going to happen in Knoxville, and since i think this is hilarious, here you go!
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Filed under: Books
“Books are windows through which we catch glimpses of God.” – C.S. Lewis
Filed under: News
Video games have come a long way (to say the least). What is it about males and video games? I don’t know about you, but I’d rather play the old school systems. NES! NES! NES! Any favorite games/ systems? I know you’ve got the memories. Share them! I loved/ hated Donkey Kong on the NES. All time favorite: Boogerman on the Sega Genesis. Here are some samplings of “video games past.” Enjoy!
Filed under: Culture
By: Travis Evans
And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast: The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, “Sir, we would see Jesus.” — John 12:20-21 (KJV)
As men, we should desire Christ-likeness. We should daily adorn the gospel. Do you reflect Christ? When others spend time with you do they see Jesus?
The other part of this pursuit is to look for Christ in the sermons we listen to, the books we read, the songs we hear, etc. Do you see Jesus? Let us be cross-centered.
Be much in hearing concerning Jesus. Souls by hundreds come to faith in Jesus under a ministry which sets him forth clearly and constantly. Few remain unbelieving under a preacher whose great subject is Christ crucified. Hear no minister of any other sort. There are such. I have heard of one who found in his pulpit Bible a paper bearing this text, “Sir, we would see Jesus.” Go to the place of worship to see Jesus; and if you cannot even hear the mention of his name, take yourself off to another place where he is more thought of, and is therefore more likely to be present. — Charles Spugeon
In the Grace Baptist Church, Philadelphia, Dr. Russell Conwell was moving the city mightily from his pulpit. To this day one sees inscribed upon the back of the pulpit the simple words: “We would see Jesus.” These words, visible only to the preacher, stared Dr. Conwell in the face every time he rose to preach. They were placed there at his own request. It was his desire to present Christ to the great congregation. — Benjamin P. Browne
This image comes from “Around the Wicket Gate” by Charles Spurgeon, chapter 7 “Difficulty in the Way of Believing”