If you found the Bible in 90 Days too daunting, how about the New Testament in 120 days. This is a leisurely reading pace, one that will allow you to ponder the words, dig a little deeper, bask a little longer. Some friends and I began this new scheduled reading on the first of May, but it isn’t too late to join in. We will go through the New Testament twice before the end of 2006. This first time we are using the New American Standard Bible as our primary version.
Here is the reading schedule for the month of May:
May 1 Matthew 1-2
15 Mark 1-3
24 Luke 1-3
I’ll try to make certain I post the next month’s schedule a few days before the end of the current month. I hope some of you will join me as we stay accountable for being in the Word daily.
My reading today in Matthew 5 caused me to look at the entire passage, not just little nuggets about murder and hate and lust and adultery and divorce. Because if we look at it in small bites, we seem to pick and choose. We love the parts about who is blessed, and we are big on demanding compliance with some of these verses while letting others slide. We make some of them Christ’s unbendable law but others His mere suggestions. For instance, how many one-eyed Christian men do we see who plucked out their right eyes because they lusted after women who weren’t their wives? I believe we need to read within the context of his entire message. I’m not done mulling this over yet. I may never fully understand or be able to apply it to my life. But I’m mulling.
In the grip of His grace,