‘Monopoly for one’

October 4th, 2013

Hello everyone. Woah, 3 posts in 3 weeks. Yes I am feeling ok, that you for the barrage of people checking in for a laugh. The best thing is for over 2 years I never missed a thursday, then I missed them so often that not the expectation level is so low I can’t lose. Under promise and over deliver, the solid foundation of any good blog.

Speaking of good blogs, have you read this weeks episode of The Thursday Blog?

See what I did there with that lead in? If you did let me know because I have no idea what I did but it sounded clever.

‘Monopoly for one’

When I was young warthog (1st rule of blogging, get a lion king reference in early) I was in layman’s terms stange. I would do the strangest things that defined all human logic and always was confused when it upset people. For example I had a job to do when I was 8, to walk down the road to the Fish and Chips Shop (independently owned fast food place) and get $2 worth of chips (fries). If you are aged 30 and above you would remember just home much $2 worth of chips would get you. It fed a family of 8….. which is no joke, i come from a family of 8.

So my job was to go down to the shop, buy the chips and come home. I did all that but i couldn’t muster the come home bit because two kids were playing the ‘WWF Wrestling Video Game’ and I stood there and watched for an hour. When I got home I was so confused why my parents were upset, why they had called the whole neighbourhood and went looking for me. It didn’t occur to me that people get worried when people don’t show up. Also that people like their food not to be stone cold.

It also didn’t occur to me that you needed more than one human player in Monopoly. I used to play by myself, not really with an imaginary friend but more of an adversary who was a very generous trader. You would like this would be boring but I loved every second of those games.

Now my childhood was lovely but my behaviour was cause for concern so my good parents sought professional help. There had to be something wrong with me and we needed help? Or was it the total opposite. Well I believe it was both. I definitely needed help to function as a normal human being who eats his food hot and I got that help but I don’t believe that there was anything wrong with me. In fact I have just realised today that what was ‘wrong with me’ is actively helping me in life today.

I have a strange brain. That brain caused me to stand for one hour watching someone else play a game while our food went cold. That same brain thought it was fun to play a board game that is most in need of a second player, and it was fun. That brain causes me to daydream, go into detailed scenarios in my head, get in trouble in class. That same brain causes me never to be bored. That brain sometimes isolates me as I am in my little world but the same brain fights and wins against loneliness.

That is what I realised today. My beautiful Princess, Little Princess and Little Beauty are away for three days. It is late, I am home alone, no one to talk to. I miss them all very dearly but I am not lonely nor can I remember a time where I was. This is not because I am awesome (other battles are so much harder) but it is just because I how I am made.

Psalm 139:14

New International Version (NIV)

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

your works are wonderful,

I know that full well.

So next time you are tempted to feel down about yourself just remember that you never know what is the by-product of how you are.

Have Fun

Dan.

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What was the point of that???

September 26th, 2013

Hi Everyone and welcome to another life- changing episode of The Thursday Blog. Wow, look at me go, two weeks in a row. You can send my medal to GPO Box 999, Wallaby Way, Sydney, Australia.

What a huge week. It is funny ever since posting the last episode my challenges became harder but yet I felt more equipped. When I felt like freaking out I said to myself “think about that great blog you read by that attractive author” and things seemed ok. Plus I complimented myself which always goes down a treat. So that brings us to this week’s episode written by a charismatic male model (shucks):

“What was the point of that???”

I heard an awesome story from a good friend of mine Joel Osteen (speaking in faith), about a lady named Vonetta Flowers who was training to be selected to be a part of the American Olympic Team. She was 20 and she just missed out for sprinting and long jump. So she decided to go for the 2000 Olympic team. This meant 4 more years of training everyday, complete focus and no hotdogs. She did it but she missed out again. What in the world was the point of that???

I remember when I was 18 and I was gifted at Drama. For my final year of school I was in the advanced drama performance class. This was pre-university level drama and the exam was a 2hr play, where I played the lead with over 300 lines including 2 monologues all with a Welsh accent; plus a 3000 word thesis on my character development. I don’t often get to brag about my scholastic achievements but my one claim to fame is that I received an unheard of “Perfect” grade for exam, thesis and the entire year course. Fresh off this success I moved to Sydney to become an actor and I got my first role as a body double, then I proceeded to fail at every audition after that. What in the world was the point of that???

Isaiah 55:9 says “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts”. There just could be a chance that even when we fail to succeed, that God doesn’t see it that way. It may be training us for something much better.

I found that out in my example. I wasn’t that good at auditions and didn’t get any work. There were 3 times where I did really well and almost landed 1) an ad series for Coke; 2) a kids TV show that ran for over 5 years; and 3) a lead in a movie by an Academy Award winning director. I missed out on all three of them and could of thought that God had forgotten about me. In fact that is what I thought. But fast forward 10 years and it all makes wonderful sense. The ad series was terrible; the kids show nothing special; and the movie was worse than horrible. But God has used all the gifts, talents and training to enable me to do what I do now. I get to write, perform and help to create media that gets used all around the world, and I have never had to do one audition. This is much better that if I got any of those parts.

As for our friend Vonetta Flowers, she never made the Summer Olympics team but she did make the Winter Olympics team. Just like Cool Runnings, the bobsled team were looking for an athlete that was good at sprinting and long jump. But it doesn’t stop there – not only did she make the team but she won Gold at the 2002 Winter Olympics; and she also became the first ever African American to win a gold medal. She wanted to make a team, but God’s plan was to have her go down in the history books.

So if you face something, no matter how small and think “what was the point of that” you can rest assured that God knows the answer.

Have Fun.

Dan

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My Advantage

September 19th, 2013

Hello and Welcome to another very late episode of The Thursday Blog.

What in the world has happened in the last 9 months. Well everything. One could say I have been going through a season of growth, of challenge, of more growth and more challenge and just for fun some extra challenge has been thrown in for good measure. Why don’t we chat about it in today’s episode called:

‘My Advantage’

What a year it has been. The challenges have come from far and wide. We had some health challenges with my own family with My Little Princess having her gallbladder removed. Some more health challenges in my family with my brother and sister being really unwell, and also in My Princess’ family as her mother donated a kidney to her 18 year old brother who had renal failure.

I have had challenges at work as I got a promotion but for about a month I had to manage two branches with my old branch going through staffing issues. The new job is great but it is filled with challenges.

We have had challenges in our finances as we want to honour God with our giving and stewardship as well as believe for God’s best for us. We have had challenges with our volunteering as we have increased our involvement on the weekend. And we have had challenges as My Princess has returned to work part-time as a paediatric nurse on shifts that include saturdays and overnights shifts.

And now we are looking down the barrel of…… you guessed it, more challenges. My work is getting harder as again I am covering two jobs for the next month, we are waiting to start a connect group, we have some big faith goals in our finances etc etc etc. But here is the really cool thing about it and the best part about how gracious God is. He has done two things for me.

1. He has prepared me.
At the start of the year I felt like God spoke to me and let me know that this was a year of sowing. Reaping would come later but the sowing part would be hard, tiresome and painful but there will be a great harvest that will come. I knew this was coming so as hard as the year has been I wasn’t surprised, in fact I was ready.

Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

2. He has giving me perspective.
I was sitting down today thinking about the adventure we have before us and I wasn’t scared, tired, worn out, or over it. I was full of joy. The joy isn’t because of the work but rather for who I get to do it with – my Wife, my Kids, my Friends and my God. I really am looking forward to it.

Hebrews 12:2 “For the joy set before Him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

So thanks for reading and doing this journey with me. Talk to you next week.

Have Fun

Dan.

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Prayer Please

May 15th, 2013

My Little Princess

This is My Little Princess. Her name is Grace and she is my favourite friend. For the last 3 and a half years she has filled me with joy as I watch this precious gift from God grow to love herself and all those around her. She is smart, playful, funny and confident. And I do mean confident. She will go up to kids 2 to 3 times her age and try to make friends. I always have a little giggle when she goes up to an older kid and says “Hi, what’s your name” and they don’t know what to do.

Grace makes me laugh in her unique special way. She likes to laugh out loud and will not hesitate to get me to repeat what I just did over and over again while she giggles. Her and I have more personal jokes than I have with anyone else, and we love to remind each other of them. Recently we watched The Jungle Book and we have been singing “The Bear Necessities” to each other ever since, acting out the parts and laughing. She is just the best.

Over the last 5 months she has been having random pains in her tummy. She is a trooper, sometimes she will just let us know it is sore but other times she is brought to tears with the pain. We got her checked out and after a series of appointments it is confirmed that she has gallstones. WHAT??? I know, totally random, uncommon in kids compared to adults; but they are there causing trouble. We asked what may have caused it, and in children the usual causes don’t really fit a 3yr old (e.g. fatty and unhealthy diet).

Regardless it means surgery. Not to be confused with kidney stones that can be passed out; the only way out is to remove the gallbladder completely. We are told it is a fairly routine keyhole surgery and she would only need 2-3 days in hospital. So it is booked in for the 28th May and that is that. Or is it?

Well, it is not. I am not sure if you realise but my daughter is a child of The King of Kings; she is fearfully and wonderfully made and sickness does not have a single right to be in her body. Jesus died for her salvation, not only from death but from sickness as well. So these fricken stones should never have set foot in My Little Princess and they are going to go and I believe they can go without surgery. Sure it is only a small surgery, but if I have the option of avoiding that completely why wouldn’t we go for it?

So we are keeping the surgery booking but we are booking in other ultrasound for next week and we are believing that sometime from here to there she will be healed and it will be confirmed on the ultrasound.

So will you join with us, attach your faith to ours and believe for a miracle. Below are some scriptures that we are using to keep us in faith and to see God work in our situation. Read them, speak them out and believe them to be true in your life, your families and for My Little Princess. Your prayers are so powerful and I know they will greatly assist us.

So we are believing for supernatural healing so no surgery has to take place; but even if it does we will believe for a quick recovery and know that we fought the good fight of faith and made a stand that sickness is not welcome in our family or any believers’ life.

Thanks

Dan.

Psalm 30:2
LORD my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me.

Mark 5:34
He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

Jeremiah 33:6
Behold, I will bring it health and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth.

Joel 3:10
Let the weak say, “I am strong”.

Romans 8:11
The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as he raised Christ from the dead, he will give life to your mortal body by this same Spirit living within you.

Matthew 21:21
So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done”.

Luke 4:40
As the sun went down that evening, people throughout the village brought sick family members to Jesus. No matter what their diseases were, the touch of his hand healed every one.

Matthew 7:7
Keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened.

Romans 8:11
The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as he raised Christ from the dead, he will give life to your mortal body by this same Spirit living within you.

Matthew 8:2-3
A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.

Isaiah 40:31
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

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Week 9

February 28th, 2013

Hello everybody

I do apologise for it being six weeks since my last episode. I don’t know why but it has been really hard to do this and each week I miss it I feel more guilty so I miss it again. That is exactly why most people quit the one year bible, so I just had to be brave, suck up my pride, admit there is no excuse and just jump back on the horse. If you have stopped reading the bible in the last 6 weeks just jump back on. Don’t try and reason it; just do it.

Gosh we have covered a lot over the last 6 weeks but the story I want to pick is the story of Moses when he was a little child.

As we read, Pharaoh was killing all the newborn sons because he was scared of God’s people. So to save Moses his sister took him to the river and floated him in a basket down the river. The daughter of Pharaoh saw him and adopted him. But there is one part of the story that I kind of glossed over right up until a few years back and it is now my favourite part of the story. What is it? Well let me tell you another story that has something similar and then have a guess.

There is an amazing preacher from America called Jerry Savelel and he had a story that knocked my socks off. Just when he first started as a travelling preacher he met a man who worked for an airplane company. There will be a lot of facts from this story that will be taken out like I have no idea what airplane company so let’s roll with it. The man took Jerry to see that company’s very first private executive jet they had ever made. It was the only one made at the time, then they rolled them out as they were quite successful. Jerry was amazed at the plane and as as he was walking away from it God spoke to him and said “Claim that plane into your ministry”. At the time he didn’t even have a ministry but he did it anyway.

Now this is a long story about faith and sowing as he believed for it and sowed for it including giving away his own plane that he got for his now huge ministry, but that is not what I love about the story and what I love about the Moses and Miriam story.

In Jerry’s story at the end due to a miraculous set of circumstances that couldn’t of been planned, a friend of his had the same type of plane that he had believed for for 30 years. He had just bought it, and got it fixed up, but it wasn’t the right fit for him so he sold it to Jerry. But get this, it turned out that plane was of course, the original executive plane, the first one the company ever made. Jerry had gotten the exact plane he prayed for. Isn’t that amazing.

This is what I love to call God’s icing on the cake, doing things that are so impossible on top of things that are so impossible just because He can and He loves us.

So my favourite part is not that Moses happened to be miraculously discovered by Pharaoh’s daughter, and that she loved him and adopted him (so the very person that was trying to kill him, his daughter is now protecting him). That is impossible and is a miracle. But get this, the Princess says out loud “I need a maid to raise this child” (because that is not what princess’ do back then I guess) and Miriam spoke up and suggested……. Moses’ Mum.

So Moses’ Mum was able to bring up Moses completely safe from the danger everyone else had to deal with and get this…. SHE GOT PAID TO DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Can you imagine how Miriam’s head would of been spinning on the way to tell her mum! “Hi Mum, you know that child of yours who you spent the last three days crying over as you had to hide him and you were never going to see him again and you can’t see how he would survive? Yeah, he is fine, he is a Prince now and you have a full time job looking after him for full pay. I think that worked out ok”.

God is amazing, never forget that.

Have Fun.

Dan

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Week 3

January 17th, 2013

Verses read

Jan:

10 Genesis 23:1-24:51
Matthew 8:1-17
Psalm 9:13-20
Proverbs 3:1-6

11 Genesis 24:52-26:16
Matthew 8:18-34
Psalm 10:1-15
Proverbs 3:7-8

12 Genesis 26:17-27:46
Matthew 9:1-17
Psalm 10:16-18
Proverbs 3:9-10

13 Genesis 28:1-29:35
Matthew 9:18-38
Psalm 11:1-7
Proverbs 3:11-12

14 Genesis 30:1-31:16
Matthew 10:1-23
Psalm 12:1-8
Proverbs 3:13-15

15 Genesis 31:17-32:12
Matthew 10:24-11:6
Psalm 13:1-6
Proverbs 3:16-18

16 Genesis 32:13-34:31
Matthew 11:7-30
Psalm 14:1-7
Proverbs 3:19-20

17 Genesis 35:1-36:43
Matthew 12:1-21
Psalm 15:1-5
Proverbs 3:21-26

What a great week, every day spending time in the Word not missing a single passage and living free from guilt and shame that you missed a few days, and you are supposed to be the leader on this and if you can’t read it everyday then you don’t deserve to be here and might as well call the whole thing off.

Can you tell I missed a few days?

It is funny that even though I knew the advice that if you miss a day just pick yourself back up straight away and move on. If you catch up great, if you don’t who cares. Read the bible in one year and one day – you are still reading your bible. But the guilt got to me. I missed a day, I have to read two, now is not a good time to read two so I will do it later. Oh dear it is the next day and now I have to read three, but who has time for that!!! It is a vicious cycle.

But the good news is I woke up to myself and before I missed another day I just picked that day’s reading and read it. Problem solved, back on square footing. Sure there are two days I am behind but I may catch up slowly over time. I could do one verse extra a day for all I care. Or I could wait until I am on holidays like Easter and I could take the time to catch up. At the end of the day no one is keeping score but everyone is looking around to see who is running and if you don’t stop running this adventure continues.

You see time changes everything and we see that in the story of Jacob who was running away from his brother. It had been many many years since he had seen his brother and the last time they hung out his brother was waiting for their dad to die so he could kill him. The kind of sibling rivalry that is taking it a little too far. So years later when he catches up to him he thinks he is a dead man but time has worked it’s magic and all has been smoothed out.

We can use this to our advantage when it comes to our bible reading. It may not be making sense, but give it time. It may not feel like it is impacting your life, but give it time. It may feel that there is not much point to the whole exercise, but give it time. If time can make a murderous brother into a loving sibling, I know it can take any situation and with a little bit of faith turn it into what you really need it to be.

Have Fun.

Dan

Next Week’s Readings

JAN:

18 Genesis 37:1-38:30
Matthew 12:22-45
Psalm 16:1-11
Proverbs 3:27-32
19 Genesis 39:1-41:16
Matthew 12:46-13:23
Psalm 17:1-15
Proverbs 3:33-35

20 Genesis 41:17-42:17
Matthew 13:24-46
Psalm 18:1-15
Proverbs 4:1-6

21 Genesis 42:18-43:34
Matthew 13:47-14:12
Psalm 18:16-36
Proverbs 4:7-10

22 Genesis 44:1-45:28
Matthew 14:13-36
Psalm 18:37-50
Proverbs 4:11-13

23 Genesis 46:1-47:31
Matthew 15:1-28
Psalm 19:1-14
Proverbs 4:14-19

24 Genesis 48:1-49:33
Matthew 15:29-16:12
Psalm 20:1-9
Proverbs 4:20-27

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Week 2

January 11th, 2013

Last week’s Readings

JAN:

04 Genesis 8:1-10:32
Matthew 4:12-25
Psalm 4:1-8
Proverbs 1:20-23

05 Genesis 11:1-13:4
Matthew 5:1-26
Psalm 5:1-12
Proverbs 1:24-28

06 Genesis 13:5-15:21
Matthew 5:27-48
Psalm 6:1-10
Proverbs 1:29-33

07 Genesis 16:1-18:15
Matthew 6:1-24
Psalm 7:1-17
Proverbs 2:1-5

08 Genesis 18:16-19:38
Matthew 6:25-7:14
Psalm 8:1-9
Proverbs 2:6-15

09 Genesis 20:1-22:24
Matthew 7:15-29
Psalm 9:1-12
Proverbs 2:16-22

10 Genesis 23:1-24:51
Matthew 8:1-17
Psalm 9:13-20
Proverbs 3:1-6

Hi there.

How are you going with your readings. I am going well though I have had a few ‘oh my, it is almost 12am and i haven’t read it’ like tonight. In fact tonight was ‘oh my, i haven’t read it and I haven’t written my blog about it and it is 5 mins to 12am’. So why havn’t I read it today, the answer is I am very very very sore. Let me explain.

Yesterday i did something that now feels very stupid. I signed up for an 8 week challenge personal training group sessions. Basically it means I will want to cry and throw up 5 times a week. So I have had two sessions, i have only thrown up in one…… but cried in both. Now after only 2 hours of exercise I am feeling the worst I have in a long time. I am constantly in pain, i can hardly move, i can’t pick thing off the ground, put my arms above my head and getting in and out of chairs is the worst.

Probably the worst thing about these training is I have been encouraged to push my body to it’s limits and I got there a few times. It is a strange feeling getting to a point where you can’t go any further. Not because I am lazy or my mind is playing tricks on me pleading with me to stop, but I actually can’t do something anymore. I am simply not strong enough.

I think about our readings this week where Abraham was asked to sacrifice his beloved son Issac and he chose to do it by faith. For those who have just joined us, don’t worry God stopped him, he was just testing how much faith he had. If that happened to me I would find myself in the same boat I was with not being able to do the exercise. I most likely couldn’t do it no matter how hard I tried.

But this doesn’t sound like Abraham the guy who told everyone his wife was his sister and let the Pharoh take her to marry her because he was afraid. What has happened? Well i beleive as I need to build my fitness and muscle over time Abhram built his faith. And the cool thing is it looks like God would only test him to how much he could handle at the time.

So Abraham is the guy with muscles apon muscles in the corner lifting weights the size of a small hatchback and we might not get to that but it is encouraging to see what can be done but choosing to trust God and build your faith.

I have faith I will live through this 8 week challenge, put pray for me when you get a chance.

Have Fun

Dan.

Next Week’s Readings

JAN:

11 Genesis 24:52-26:16
Matthew 8:18-34
Psalm 10:1-15
Proverbs 3:7-8

12 Genesis 26:17-27:46
Matthew 9:1-17
Psalm 10:16-18
Proverbs 3:9-10

13 Genesis 28:1-29:35
Matthew 9:18-38
Psalm 11:1-7
Proverbs 3:11-12

14 Genesis 30:1-31:16
Matthew 10:1-23
Psalm 12:1-8
Proverbs 3:13-15

15 Genesis 31:17-32:12
Matthew 10:24-11:6
Psalm 13:1-6
Proverbs 3:16-18

16 Genesis 32:13-34:31
Matthew 11:7-30
Psalm 14:1-7
Proverbs 3:19-20

17 Genesis 35:1-36:43
Matthew 12:1-21
Psalm 15:1-5
Proverbs 3:21-26

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Week 1

January 3rd, 2013

Week 1

Verses read

Jan:

01 Genesis 1:1-2:25
Matthew 1:1-2:12
Psalm 1:1-6
Proverbs 1:1-6

02 Genesis 3:1-4:26
Matthew 2:13-3:6
Psalm 2:1-12
Proverbs 1:7-9

03 Genesis 5:1-7:24
Matthew 3:7-4:11
Psalm 3:1-8
Proverbs 1:10-19

Happy New Year and welcome to this weeks reading. It has been a bit of an intresting start for me as I have been in New York for New Years Eve, then jumped on a plane at 6pm new years day and got to Sydney at 10am on Jan 3rd, that is a lot of flying :)

But I have still managed to read the daily readings. The tough part is to work out what to write about. I have put on a pressure on myself all of a sudden to now be an inspirational writer that gets revelations from the bible and shares it in a contemporary and impacting way. This is a lot of pressure and I am not sure if I am ready for it.

In fact I don’t think I am ready for this whole adventure. I should have told a lot more people about it before we started, I should have make the instructions more clear. In fact the link I put for the plan wasn’t complete and I am worried of the people that are doing it they have missed a few days and are going get disheartened and stop before they have started. Btw the new link is here

But it is funny how a lot of the time God doesn’t really care if you are ready but more if you are willing. The bible is full of those stories and we started with one of the classics on the first day with Matthew 1 with Mary and Joseph. They were not even married, totally not ready to have kids. Then when Mary became pregnant Joseph was not ready for the pressure, judgment and responsibility of having a child out of wedlock. He may not was ready to be married, they were only engaged. But both him and Mary were simply willing and have played a part in shaping history.

So this week don’t worry about if you are ready hear from God as you read his word each day, just be willing.

Have Fun

Dan.

Next week’s readings

Jan:

04 Genesis 8:1-10:32
Matthew 4:12-25
Psalm 4:1-8
Proverbs 1:20-23

05 Genesis 11:1-13:4
Matthew 5:1-26
Psalm 5:1-12
Proverbs 1:24-28

06 Genesis 13:5-15:21
Matthew 5:27-48
Psalm 6:1-10
Proverbs 1:29-33

07 Genesis 16:1-18:15
Matthew 6:1-24
Psalm 7:1-17
Proverbs 2:1-5

08 Genesis 18:16-19:38
Matthew 6:25-7:14
Psalm 8:1-9
Proverbs 2:6-15

09 Genesis 20:1-22:24
Matthew 7:15-29
Psalm 9:1-12
Proverbs 2:16-22

10 Genesis 23:1-24:51
Matthew 8:1-17
Psalm 9:13-20
Proverbs 3:1-6

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Bible Club

December 31st, 2012

Hi there.

It is almost the new year and I would like you to join me in reading the whole bible in a year.

So are you in? Great, here are the guidelines:

1. Don’t read ahead – See previous episode.

2. Remember the aim of the game is to read a little bit each day. Try to the best of your ability to read the daily reading, even if you only do a little bit of the reading it is better than nothing. But it is ok if you miss a day, just use guideline three.

3. If you miss, move on. A big trap is when you miss a day you feel like you need to read two full days the next day. But that is a 100% increase and hard to do, especially if it is late at night and you forgot to read it again. So I suggest just move on. Make a note of what you have missed and either skip that day or be a day behind. On the bible app you can click a button that says ‘Catch me up’ and this will bring you up to date and just push out the finish date by a day. Now if you get a chance later and you feel up to reading more then catch up but no stress. Worst case you will read the bible in one year and one day. Who cares – remember guideline 2.

4. Don’t make it harder than it is. Sometimes the bible is not the easiest thing to read and understand. Remember simply reading God’s word is good for you, even if you don’t fully understand it at the time. Don’t force yourself to go over and over it if you don’t want to. It is 15 mins a day reading, it doesn’t have to be 2 hours (unless you want it to be).

5. Keep yourself accountable. Now this doesn’t have to be a buddy but that is always a good one. What I did recently was post on twitter when I finished. This time I am blogging weekly about it so I know I am going to read it. Anything that helps remind you – hopefully before bed.

So those are the guidelines, here are the instructions:

1. For iphone and android users download for free the app ‘The Bible’ by ‘YouVersion’. Then go to browse plans, full year bible plans, then ‘One Year Bible’. The one year bible is great because it has a bit of everything each day, some old testament, some new testament, a psalm and a proverb.

2. For those who are bringing paper back and using an actual bible go to here and it has the full years readings.

3. Check out www.thethursdayblog.com each thursday for a thought on the weeks’ readings. Feel free to comment and let us know what you got out of it.

4. Read the thing.

5. Invite others to join. They can join anything during the year and come along. You may start in the middle and read on and then finish the bible in 2014….. which would be awesome!!!

What I believe is that this year is going to be such a great year to sow and plant and this time you devote to God and studying His word will be extremely beneificial.

So there is nothing left to say except for -

Have Fun and Happy New Year

Dan.

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Bible Reading Plan – tip #1

December 14th, 2012

Hi There.

It has been a few weeks but I have been travelling. I find myself just arrived in San Francisco, sitting down after a big day’s driving.

Lots to tell you but instead there is something more important to talk about and that is next year’s bible reading club. So here is …

Tip 1 – Never Read Ahead

We are about to embark on a journey that a lot of people have set upon before but may not have made it to revelation. We are going to read the bible from cover to cover in a year. I feel like I am qualified to lead this group as I have not only completed 5 different full bible plans; but I have also failed about 8 other times. And each time I have learnt something different that has helped me the next time. I am going to share these over:

1. Never read ahead!!!

Now most would think the rule would be never miss a day but we are all human and we will miss a day or two but the trap nearly everyone makes is that they get so excited at the start of the plan that they read ahead and they really read ahead. I knew a youth pastor who told me how excited she was with her one year bible plan that she was at Numbers by the end of January. That is an amazing amount of reading in a month, but come March she had given up. Why? It was because she gotten so far ahead she thought it was ok to miss days when it was a little tough to read that day. One day turned into another and another and before long she was behind and had given up.

When we start on Jan 1 you may be pumped that you are finally doing this so you will be tempted to start strong and read 2 or three days but this plan is flawed because the aim of the game is not to read the whole bible, but to read the bible every day! People make the same mistake when getting into exercise. They go for a 5km run on their first day and then are too sore to go again during the week. Exercise is more effective when it is done regularly. You can’t just exercise for 3.5 hours once a week and think that is the same as 30 mins a day. It doesn’t work that way (though we wish it did).

At the end of 2013 when we all have read the entire bible from cover to cover I pray that you will have a new sense of hunger for the bible that can only be satisfied on a daily basis. We want it to become our daily bread and committing to this plan will make it just that.

If you are interested in joining us in this reading plan subscribe to this blog and all the info will come out shortly.

Have Fun.

Dan

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