"30 Days Through The Bible"

 
When I was younger, my knowledge of the Bible and the story of Jesus Christ consisted primarily of the usual stuff kids learn about Christmas and Easter. You know, the Three Wise Men, a virgin birth, no room at the inn, a manger, and lots of presents. And then, rising from the dead, a new beginning, springtime and egg hunts with lots of candy. There was not a very big emphasis on the Bible in my family as I grew up. 
Several times during my life, particularly when I was in one sort of crisis or another, I would pick up the Bible and attempt to read it. I always started at the beginning, with Genesis. The results were always the same. I found the reading excruciatingly tedious, especially all the “begots”. So and so begot so and so and he begot so and so, and on and on and on ad nauseum. I would get so confused and frustrated that I would either just put the book down or fall asleep. And another day would pass, and I would remain as ignorant as the day before.
And the story of creation is one that requires a great deal of faith to actually believe, and added to the real long life spans of our earliest ancestors, I am afraid I was never quite convinced of the veracity of the Bible and it's contents. So for all these years it has been Christmas Trees, presents, decorations, family gatherings, Easter Egg hunts, chocolate bunnies and not much else. 
This time it is different for me. Having lost my wife, my home, and just about everything I owned, I was literally brought to my knees and wallowing in a place of despair the likes of which I had never known. In this despair I, like Lot, questioned God, and the lesson He was trying to teach me. In retrospect, I find it ironic that I questioned He, who I barely believed in, and His motives for punishing me so severely. 
Well, God left me with my daughter, time, and a Bible. I took the hint, and I began to read up on the Bible. My daughter gave me two daily devotionals, and two books to go along with my Bible. The books are “30 Days Through the Bible”, and “30 Days With Jesus”, both designed to assist the reader in understanding the Bible and the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Both books have 30 chapters, and if one reads a chapter a day, you're done in a month. And I am on chapter 24 on both of them. The reading is much less complicated, and the “story” is compelling. I am amazed that it took me nearly 62 years to figure out that not only does God exist, the events of the Bible and the story of Jesus Christ really DID happen. Without a doubt. And I believe it. 
In both of my books, I am at the point where Jesus is on the verge of His crucifixion, and although I already know how the “story” goes, I am quite eager to read of it. When I finish these books, I plan to take a crack at the “Big Book” yet again. This time with a little bit more clarity of what I am reading. And I find it quite exciting. 
When I was in high school, an easy class to take for an “A” was the “A Capella” choir, and as I had a reasonably good singing voice, I took the class and sang in the choir. At Christmas time, we always sang songs from George Frideric Handel's “Messiah”. While singing the songs of the “Messiah” always brought a chill up my spine, I never fully understood why. I do now.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSlIx7xqANg
                                     For unto us a Child is born,
                                        unto us a Son is given,
                       and the government shall be upon His shoulder;
                             and his name shall be called Wonderful,
                     Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father,
                                               the Prince of Peace.
(Isaiah 9:6)

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OnMyOwn2010
OnMyOwn2010

My Dear Friend ~ you have blessed me yet again...there is nothing so sweet as watching the growing of a \"baby\" Christian....so many firsts, so many discoveries, so much excitement...just like watching a child as they grow and discover the natural realm, it fills my spirit with joy to watch you as you discover the spiritual realm....Thanks for sharing... Blessings & Hugs, ~E~
deleted_user
deleted_user

in reading you committ to discovery , proud you for courage to do so
doyew
doyew

I love those words from Isaiah 9. Also the beautiful \"Messiah\" sung by this magnificent choir. You can only profit from gaining this knowledge of God through these studies. You will be blessed. I\'m so glad your daughter gave you these books and that you are willing to read them!
Doye
oxfordns
oxfordns

Another great commentary, Joe. Believe me, the issues with the \"begats\" hit home with me.....I\'m pretty much a New Testament type; I\'ll leave Biblical \"history\" to those who have the patience. I\'m a big believer in \"practical theology\"............. begats, bedamned.
Lininsocal
Lininsocal

Joe,
You should find a church to attend,if you haven\'t already, a bible based christian church and join a bible study. You can tell you are hungry for understanding.
The church I attend always opens with parise through song. Music opend the door to the Spirit and you can feel it fill your body. It opens the door for the word that is shared that day. I look forward to Sundays.
I have a saying, \"It\'s what you learn after you know it all, that counts\".
In our earlier years we use all of our time searching for security and happiness and the perks of life. Not until we start to lose these things do we think about our eternal life and what are we doing to prepare ourselves. I lost a job of 32 years, was unable to find any permanent employment after. I lost my husband who I had waited for for so long. God now has my full attention.
Bless you on this journey.
Linda
Joeinaz
Joeinaz

Hi Linda......I\'ve found a real nice church here in town. My daughter and her girls go there, & I\'ve managed to attend, and I\'m going to continue.......:-)
deleted_user
deleted_user

Joe -- You continue to be an inspiration to my daily. You see that God has a plan for you and your heart is open to receive what He has for you.

Hugs, Carla
pathoflife
pathoflife

Joe,

When you\'re ready to \'take a crack at the big Book,\' you may want to check out \"The One Year Bible\" (New King James Version; they may have other versions by now) published by Tyndale House Publishers. You can find it in any Christian Book Store. The chapters are arranged in 365 daily readings from both the Old and New Testament. Each day you have a reading from both which helps considerably when you get to the \"begots.\" I rejoice with you that the scriptures are \"coming alive\" for you. Blessings to you on this most important journey of faith. None other is more important!!!! TJ
rene4ever
rene4ever

Joe,
You still inspire me with your posts.
I am going out and buy the 30 day bible to refresh what I have not practiced but always knew.
Dave
deleted_user
deleted_user

Joe,
I have a bible and my dear Buddy also had one and he would pick in up on occasion and read it. I also my decide to go out and buy \"The 30 day Bible\"..thank you for your journal..Hugs Ellen
inmemoryofhattie
inmemoryofhattie

the recessional for our wedding was the Hallelujha chorus, and the church bells rung at the sametime, It was jubilant!
deleted_user
deleted_user

I see a bible study group in your future....