What are you currently reading in the Bible or even what is your Pastor or Bible study working on?
What do you like best about the book you are in or do you have a favorite verse or passage from it?
I'll go first.
I just finished Colossians. I love the description in Chapter 1:13-20
13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
My Pastor is going through Matthew, and we just finished the Sermon on the Mount.
Is 26:3 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.
My small men's group is reading Acts. I love that it is a history of the early church, the spreading of the gospel, and a tremendous testament to these men's courage, dedication, wisdom through the Holy Spirit. Favorite passage is Acts 4:12 Peter and John answering the temple priests and Sadducees...Peter says -
Acts 4:12 12 And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among mankind by which we must be saved.
That right there is a good old mic drop. Game over.
Working through Isaiah right now. Started in Genesis at the beginning of the year. Some days it is easier to read than others. I've been distracted a lot lately by a lot of things but I am still managing to catch up to my reading plan by the end of the week.
I don't really have time for in depth studies right now, but I occasionally try to look up a commentary on a passage that I would like to know more about.
It is going well though. I have a reading buddy (my retired Dad) who keeps checking in with me to keep me on track.
I attempted this challenge solo last year and stopped in February when my Grandma passed. I wasn't too thrilled when my Dad told me to pick back up this challenge, but I have come across a lot that I am glad I have now read.
My church is reading through Acts at the moment. We're at chapter 22 now. It's amazing how human all of these saints were. It's when they availed themselves to the Spirit that big things happened. God works through imperfect people to do amazing things.
Personally I've been meditating on Psalms and Revelation lately (hence The Key of David article, haha).
Psalm 42, the whole thing, is probably my favorite.
"For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures."
yardstick: @ew, re: US economy - it wont, but the pandemic is irrelevant. It has more to do with demographics. We have about 5 years of inflation before things calm down.
Jul 1, 2022 20:33:09 GMT -6
yardstick: @ew, re: annexing ukraine - it was never about annexing them when they proved intractable. Now it is only about razing the entire country to the ground and making it unliveable - no infrastructure. Then on to Warsaw, Bucharest, and Lithuania...
Jul 1, 2022 20:41:45 GMT -6
yardstick: ... not necessarily in that order
Jul 1, 2022 20:42:05 GMT -6
EnochWalked: @ys Great analysis, thank you. 5 years of inflation is plausible, but I'm curious about what demographic issues you think might lower GDP growth? Yes, sadly Russia knows it can't afford to fight against an insurgency there, so they have to depopulate it.
Jul 2, 2022 8:27:21 GMT -6
EnochWalked: www.jpost.com/opinion/article-710914 "Yair Lapid now has an undetermined amount of time as prime minister as he takes over from Naftali Bennett." "We also cannot expect the Lapid to retake control of the Temple Mount." ...
Jul 2, 2022 10:27:46 GMT -6
EnochWalked: ... "Abbas ... continues to spread the venal lie that Israel is threatening the mosques at the site. So now is the time to reassert absolute Israeli administration of the site, and to expand Jewish visiting privileges and even basic prayer rights"
Jul 2, 2022 10:29:12 GMT -6
EnochWalked: "America’s Dead Sea, as it’s also known" "If the salt content rises much further, to around 17%, it will be too much for the algae in the water, threatening the flies & ... shrimp that feed on it." "Demand for water...could outstrip supply as soon as 2040"
Jul 2, 2022 13:54:42 GMT -6
EnochWalked: I'm seeing the phrase "medication abortion" a lot recently, after the recent SCOTUS ruling, & I'm wondering if this isn't a closer prophetic match to "pharmakeia" than vaccines (which are supposed to make people healthy) or drugs (to make people 'happy').
Jul 2, 2022 15:04:09 GMT -6