Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of October 30, 2005
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of October 30, 2005
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of
daily devotions, "Living as the Beloved:
One Day at a Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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Reading the entire Bible
"For ever, O Lord, thy word is firmly fixed in the
heavens. Thy faithfulness endures to all generations;
thou hast established the earth, and it stands fast."
[The readings in "Living as the Beloved"] from April
until the end of October, [take us] through the
Gospel of Matthew. Congratulations! Reading an
entire book in the Bible is a marvelous accomplishment.
These wonderful words of life uplift, sustain,
encourage, and provide us with moments of God-power.
I love reading the Bible. No other book has so deeply
influenced my life. The Bible is worth a lifetime of
study. Perhaps this is why so many fondly call it
"the Good Book."
If you have enjoyed reading the Gospel of Matthew,
consider reading the other Gospels of Mark, Luke,
and John. Each offers unique insights and lessons
for living. Each shares the Jesus story in powerful
ways. Mark offers a gold thread of discipleship.
Luke is the beloved physician writing about Jesus
as the Great Physician. John teaches us how to
simply be with Jesus.
You may even find yourself wanting to read the entire
Bible. There are many Bible reading plans. I used
one for many years that a friend recommended. It
involved reading ten chapters in the Bible on a daily
basis. Many others have used it and have been
transformed. It involves a bit of disciplined
reading but is extremely rewarding.
The ten chapters divide into four daily sections: Old
Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs. Daily
read two chapters in the Old Testament, beginning with
the first book in the Bible known as Genesis. When
Genesis is completed, continue on to the next book
in the Bible, Exodus.
While reading in the Old Testament, continue daily
readings with two chapters in the New Testament,
beginning with Matthew's Gospel, which we have just
read. Throughout your reading discipline, include
five daily Psalms with one chapter from the book of
Proverbs. The Psalms are cherished prayers that have
helped people pray throughout the centuries. We need
the Psalms for the care of our soul. The Proverbs are
a treasure of ethical insights for living.
What does this particular reading plan accomplish? By
the end of a year, you will have read the entire Old
Testament twice. You will have read the New Testament
three times. You will have read the entire prayer book
known as the Psalms on a monthly basis, including the
marvelous ancient wisdom of Proverbs. If ten chapters
seem too difficult, time consuming, or intimidating,
do what you realistically can. Expect a daily blessing
whether you read ten chapters a day or ten verses or
even just ten words. The Bible will nourish your soul.
God will honor your reading and efforts. These sacred
words have been known to change lives.
God, help me to grow spiritually every day. Amen.
Grace and peace,
Chi Rho Press
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