Posted in Bible Reading Forecasts | By Bradley Patton | Posted on Sun May 9, 2021
Should be pretty good reading conditions this week. A few familiar passages and some beautiful Psalms. It’s especially nice when we can read about “the spring of the year” in the spring of the year.
Posted in Bible Reading Forecasts | By Bradley Patton | Posted on Sat May 1, 2021
This week, we’re slowing down the pace a bit to focus in on the first events David does after he is established as king by the twelve tribes. Next week, we’ll see what happens once David is enthroned. There’s great anticipation building here because we’re finally about to see God’s people, in God’s place, under God’s rule.
Posted in Bible Reading Forecasts | By Bradley Patton | Posted on Sun Apr 25, 2021
To this point, our Bible reading has mainly moved right through the biblical order of books – but this week we’ll begin jumping around between Psalms and Chronicles (soon to include Samuel and Kings, too). Unlike Samuel (the prophetic account of Israel’s Kings) or Kings (the “royal account” of Israel’s Kings), Chronicles is the “historical account.” You’ll get a grittier picture of the Kings and an assessment of their actions based upon their faithfulness to the covenant. Pay attention to those differences as we read over the next few weeks.
Posted in Bible Reading Forecasts | By Bradley Patton | Posted on Sun Apr 18, 2021
The winds of renewal will blow in toward the end of this week, but the dark clouds of trouble will linger for the first half. Let’s not speed through the darkness because it’s there that the Lord so often meets us. It was true for David, and I suspect it remains true for many of us today. But on the other side – yes, even of this week - there’s beauty worth beholding.
Posted in Bible Reading Forecasts | By Bradley Patton | Posted on Sun Apr 11, 2021
Coming off the first three chapters of 1 Samuel last week, we’ll continue our journey into Samuel. We’ll usher in a new era in Israel: the era of the Kingdom. Spoiler alert: like all things in the Bible that get off to a good start, it comes crashing down pretty quickly. Let’s just call it a false start.
Posted in Bible Reading Forecasts | By Bradley Patton | Posted on Sat Apr 3, 2021
I’m not gonna lie – this forecast took a while because it’s real turbulent and I nearly crash-landed this thing. Let’s stick with it even when it’s bumpy. It makes the good news even sweeter if we’ve taken a hard look at the evil.
Posted in Bible Reading Forecasts | By Bradley Patton | Posted on Sun Mar 28, 2021
We’re finishing up our first quarter of Bible reading! Nearly 25% complete. Let’s keep going – the Lord will honor our efforts to know him better and walk in his ways. We’ll trust the Spirit to transform us into the image of Christ. Further up and further in!
Posted in Bible Reading Forecasts | By Bradley Patton | Posted on Sun Mar 21, 2021
Moses concludes his 33 chapter sermon, blesses Israel, and goes up to Mt. Pisgah to be gathered to his fathers. (And buried by the Lord – how cool is that?!) Israel mourns for thirty days and then prepares to enter the Land promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. What a moment for the people! All the anticipation in the wilderness has led to this moment – let’s hope they remember God’s faithfulness and walk in obedience to his word!
Posted in Bible Reading Forecasts | By Bradley Patton | Posted on Sun Mar 14, 2021
Israel has come from the wilderness to the edge of the Promised Land. Moses has led well, but because he stole the glory of the Lord by saying he could bring water from the rock, he is not permitted to enter the Promised Land. So, here they all stand on the edge of the Jordan River … waiting for Moses to die so that they can possess the land. But before Moses is “gathered to his fathers,” he gives one last sermon – and that’s the book of Deuteronomy. Here’s a quick outline of the book to help you locate yourself as we read this week:
- Looking backward (chs. 1-3)
- Encouragement to covenant faithfulness (chs. 4-11)
- Covenant rules stipulations (chs. 12-26)
- Blessings and Curses, Covenant renewal (chs. 27-30)
- Looking forward (chs. 31-34)
Posted in Bible Reading Forecasts | By Bradley Patton | Posted on Sun Mar 7, 2021
We’re finishing Numbers this week and moving into Deuteronomy. Four books down, 62 to go! Let’s keep pressing on, trusting that the Spirit will transform us into Christlikeness as we behold wonderful thing in the Word of God.