2017 Daily Bible Reading Plan

Here’s a link to the 2017 Daily Bible Reading Plan. Use it to see the readings for each day, or to click a passage to read it online, or to sign up to have each passage sent to you by email each day.

I’ve also posted a PDF of the 2017 Daily Bible Reading Plan. Use it to print out the plan for the year and put it in your Bible, or click any passage in the PDF to read it online.

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Character: Don’t Leave Home Without It

 

Good character is so rare, it’s difficult to find, and even harder to accept, as people question it’s motives.
This rare quality places righteousness over gain and is ready and willing to live with the consequences of it’s actions.

We might be able to fool all of the people some of the time or some of the people all the time, but God…never. Since He knows our hearts, how can we even begin to rationalize faking it with him, yet attempts continue. Truly, it’s a futile effort on our part, and frankly, not too smart.

Good character should never be a manipulative tactic but need be practiced at all times for the eyes of God, not men:

* Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching. C.S. Lewis

We learn through Jesus’ contempt of Pharisees, that this pure heart behind our actions is mandatory in making God smile.
If there’s any chance of success in pleasing the Father, our great purpose above all else, should be the pursuit of establishing good character.

Is it any wonder that Joseph was the poster child for modeling this. From the time of his youth, through his life’s story, deception was not an option for him; it simply could not be found in his DNA. Yes, Joseph suffered major setbacks beginning with maltreatment by his jealous brothers, and certainly from rejecting the advances by Potipher’s lusty wife.

In the short run, it appeared that justice was simply not in the cards for him. Very relatable to many of us, as in our own turn of events, life simply does not seem fair.

And yet, the Bible emphasizes our God to be a just one, righteous in all his doings. We witness such a beautiful depiction of this when one very dysfunctional family is reunited in Egypt after the brothers come to bow before Joseph as in his prophetic dream.:
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You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. Gen 50:20 NIV.

We always take pleasure when we see justice served, (unless, of course that justice is served to our own wrongdoings). But, unlike most book and movie endings, we don’t always see that tidy finale where the right thing results in the 11th hour.
Often, we don’t see it at all, which is that persistent argument given by naysayers and unbelievers questioning why bad things happen to good people.

Life is more like a series of movie sequel’s, where the complete story is not to be seen in one episode. God had the very first word as we’ve read it on Genesis’ first page. He also will have the last which we’ll all hear on that day we will stand before him, and that word will be “justice.”

No matter the seemingly unfair treatment this world may dish out, for those who truly love the Lord, what a sweet, sweet sound His words will one day be to those having lived attempting to be men and women of good character.

In the Beginning

I’m not by nature an enthusiastic cheerleader toward many causes. I’m too disengaged to sell things, and disinclined to take on a strong role in political or religious discussions.

So why do I stand out on the limb as an advocate to read through the Bible? Probably because it appears to be the most significant book ever written. All other Christian and Hebrew texts draw reference from its resources, yet many of us open it seldom, if ever.

Other teachers, readings and speakers certainly have value in their learned interpretations, but if the Bible is true as most Christians proclaim, then wouldn’t it be the first book we should reach for to get answers?

In the first three books of Genesis, the Bible tells us the story of creation and the sequence in which things happened. Man was the final touch to the whole creative process that preceded him. Evolutionists might take this script and interpret it as one thing evolving to another, but the Bible itself certainly seems to dispute this as each object unique in its own identity:
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And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. Gen 1:24 NIV

Along this line of thought, shouldn’t our pursuit of knowledge come first from God himself through prayer and reading his word? After all, he is the very essence of wisdom, who through love and grace, passes it freely to us. Thus, we might give serious consideration to focusing at the source before submitting to the council of man.

But don’t listen to me, what do I know? get reading:-)