January 31, 2012

Reading the Bible in the 2012: 31 Days & 310 Chapters Later


What a great milestone this is, to have read 310 chapters of the Bible in just 31 days! According to the plan, I have read 11.6% of the Bible and I am projected to complete this reading plan on, or before September 6th, 2012.

In these past 31 days, I have read the following books of the Bible entirely: Matthew, Acts, Romans, 1st & 2nd Thessalonians, 1st & 2nd Timothy, Titus, Philemon, James, Joshua and Proverbs.

Each month I will read Acts and Proverbs over the next 8 months throughout the reading plan, which means I'll read each book at least 8 times.  I think I would hope to know and recall several passages rather easily after reading it so much too.  =D  Even though the plan outlines reading the entire book of Psalms in 150 days, I know I could adjust that to read 5 chapters each day during the month and read the entire book of Psalms each month too, enabling me to read Psalms at least 7 times over the next 8 months, which I might consider making that change too.

I am incredibly grateful for this reading plan, because reading the Bible should not be an overwhelming task, which many people are afraid to undertake because of its size: one book with 66 other books that make this the complete cannon of Scripture. Very few people can actually say that they have read the entire Word of God, from Genesis to Revelation and this plan make it completely possible to accomplish!

January 28, 2012

GOOD NEWS! We'll be going to Israel in March!


Late yesterday afternoon, I learned that the trip to Israel is a 'GO' and I was beginning to feel that the trip wouldn't happen because of the low number of people that had signed up.  Whether we're going as a smaller group or with the exact number that was needed to carry on with the trip, I don't care.  I'm just ecstatic that we are going to be visiting Israel soon and I thank God for what He has done through our fundraising and for what He has done to help others make this trip possible for them too.  In just 6 weeks we'll be leaving.

To those who have made a donation for this trip and I am incredibly thankful for what you have given.  Regardless of the size of your donation, I cannot begin to express how grateful and appreciative my wife and I are to each of you for your generosity.  There were those that just couldn't help and they informed me of that as well, which is completely understandable.  It is my hope and prayer for those that are in difficult financial situations right now, to see this experience of God's faithfulness and provision toward us, that He may do the same for you, as you place Him first in your life. (Matthew 6:33)

The very first donation we received included a note saying, "I want to help your wife to go too", which was very encouraging for my wife as well as myself.  Then, for the other donations that continued to come in, even after the deadline date it was truly a blessing from God.

This experience has reminded me of something that reinforces my faith in God as I remember how much I can trust Him in the future and that is that He is never late, never too early, but always right on time and in His timing too.  If this was going to be His will for us to attend, He would move upon the hearts of those whom He would use, to help us get to go to Israel and learn from this wonderful experience.  I thank God for His amazing provision for us to go to Israel.

Our trip will be from 11-22 March and the full itinerary will be the following:

January 21, 2012

200 Chapters in 20 Days: Reading Through the Bible in 2012

So, yesterday marked a great milestone I'd say, with regard to keeping up with a reading plan for the new year and it has been great.  Yesterday was the 20th of the month and I had completed reading the scheduled 10 chapters for that day, which I have done everyday since the 1st of January and this results in my completion of reading 200 chapters in the Bible over the past 20 days!

Each day I know that I need to spend about an hour quietly sitting somewhere so I can read each chapter and I normally like to read all 10 chapters at one sitting.  There was one day however, that I read 8 chapters in the morning and completed the remaining 2 when I returned home from work.

For me, there is something about reading a physical copy of the Bible vs. an electronic version like the one that is available on YouVersion.  I'm not dismissing the online version as ineffective or inefficient because they are.  I guess for myself, I just like seeing where the accounts of people, places and things are taking place in the hardcopy, which I think helps with memory recall.  As I discussed this with my wife, I think may utilize the online version and make notes on certain highlighted verses or passages and then transcribe them to my physical Bible.

As I read yesterday, catching up on my reading of days 19 & 20, when I read the parable of the rich young man in Matthew 19, I noticed something that I had not seen in the past.

January 11, 2012

A Visit to Brooklyn Tabernacle

Last night, my wife and I traveled to Brooklyn Tabernacle with some members of our church for their mid-week prayer meeting.  Our church, along with other Assemblies of God churches around the country, began the New Year with a week of prayer, to seek God for many things - personally and corporately.  Brooklyn Tabernacle also had a week of prayer during the first week of January, so this was a great experience knowing there was another church that had engaged in a committed week of intimate and fervent prayer to God.

I have been to Brooklyn Tabernacle twice before and my wife had never been to the church, but she loved being in the presence of 5,000 people that were committed to seek God in prayer and what a night it was.

As the service began, a few singers were on the platform leading the first song, Amazing Love, which I had never heard before, but it was such a joy to sing this song about the Lord Jesus Christ and His amazing love.  I could have sung this song all night long too.

I have embedded a video of the song, but it is just a still shot from the CD cover, A Brooklyn Tabernacle Christmas.  It's an absolutely beautiful song and I hope you will be blessed by it too.  Share it with others too and spread the news of God's amazing love in His Son, Jesus Christ.

Faithfully in Christ,


Pastor Kurt





Jesus, Jesus
You're the One who came to save us
Jesus, Jesus
You're the One we love
Jesus, Jesus
Holy One You live to free us
Jesus, Jesus
You're the One we love
You're the One we love

(CHORUS)
Your love is Amazing
Your love is unchanging
Amazing Love, Unchanging Love
To You all our praises
The One who has saved us
Amazing Love, Unchanging
Amazing love

Jesus, Jesus
You're the One who came to save us
Jesus, Jesus
You're the One we love
Jesus, Jesus
Holy One You live to free us
Jesus, Jesus
You're the One we love
You're the One we love

(CHORUS)

You came from heaven
God's only Son
To be the Lamb the Holy One
Amazing love, unchanging love
You gave Your life a sacrifice
For all of us You paid the price
Amazing love, unchanging love

You came from heaven
God's only Son
To be the Lamb the Holy One
Amazing love, unchanging love
You gave Your life a sacrifice
For all of us You paid the price
Amazingo love, unchanging love

Your love is Amazing
Your love is unchanging
Amazing Love, Unchanging Love
To You all our praises
The One who has saved us
Amazing Love, Unchanging
Amazing love

January 2, 2012

Observations: Day 2 - Living 10 Chapters a Day in 2012

I know it has only been just 2 days of reading the Bible as part of my commitment to reading the whole Bible this year, but just like yesterday, I found a few verses of Scripture to be very interesting to read.

First, let me just share real quick something from yesterday's reading. 

While reading the first 10 chapters of Professor Grant Horner's Bible Reading System, I found Isaiah 1:4 to resemble the state of society today - morally and spiritually.

Isaiah 1:4 (ESV) - Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, children who deal corruptly!  They have forsaken the Lord, they have despised the Holy One of Israel, they are utterly estranged.

When you stop to look at our society today and I think the same observation could be made anywhere in the world and not just in the United States, but this is what is visibly apparent right before our eyes. 

The moral and spiritual corruption that exists is observed as a whole nation and it has been passed on to succeeding generations.  If anyone should wonder how such a transference of sin, from one generation to another began all we have to do is look back to the Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3) and then to see Can kill his brother Abel (Genesis 4).

There is a terrible moral and spiritual corruption that exists and we need a great awakening, but it is not going to happen just because we ask God for it to happen.  No, we must want a great awakening to take place in our own lives first and then to plead in prayer that it takes place in the lives of every brother and sister in Christ, creating an awakening of God that is so powerful and visible that the most busiest place on Sundays is the church and not Costco or the malls.  I pray that this would happen soon too.

So for Day 2 of the reading plan there were a few verses that stood out today as well.  They are:

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