"This is my comfort in my distress,
that your promise gives me life." Psalm 119:50
It is our sincere prayer that every person looking for comfort, strength, guidance or answers in troubling times such as these will find their way to the answers provided by God. The Bible is an amazing book that can speak to you differently each time you open it. Whether you are an experienced Christian or just someone feeling lost in the dark, if you simply sit in silence and begin with one page, one book, one verse God will speak to you if you are willing to listen. He does not call you to be perfect or to know exactly how to read the Bible, but his answers are there and he calls you just to begin. Start for the first time today or begin anew by creating a time each day to sit with the Lord, read a passage from the Bible, and then pray, meditate, or journal your thoughts. Below are a few resources to help you grow closer to the Lord. May you have a blessed day in the knowledge that God's grace and love are given to you because of your faith!
Seeing the wonder in a child's eyes as they learn about their world is an amazing thing. To have the honor of helping them grow in the love and grace of God is a blessing and great responsibility. The site Sermons4kids has a page called Keys for Kids with a children's daily devotionals page that can help your family develop a daily habit of reading and meditating on the Bible text.
2020 Bible Challenge
from Bishop Sharma D. Lewis
For 2020, Bishop Lewis is challenging the entire conference to read the Bible with a thematic reading plan.
The thematic plan is found on www.intentionalbygrace.com and Bishop Lewis has selected the following themes below for 2020. Links are provided below as well to access the Bible readings for each theme.
• March 25- April 14 (21-day plan): Fruit of the Spirit: Love
• April 15- May 5 (21-day plan): Fruits of the Spirit: Joy
• May 6- May 26 (21-day plan): Fruit of the Spirit: Peace
• May 27- June 16 (21-day plan): Fruit of the Spirit: Patience
• June 17- July 7 (21-day plan): Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness
• July 8- July 28 (21-day plan): Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness
• July 29- August 18 (21-day plan): Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness
• August 19- September 8 (21-day plan): Fruit of the Spirit: Gentleness
• September 9- September 29: Fruit of the Spirit: Self-Control
• September 30- October 20: Trust
• October 21- November 10: Mercy
• November 11–December 1: Bearing Fruit
• December 2-December 23: Cares of this world
• December 24- January 13: Rest
Challenge yourself to study the Bible and strengthen your faith in the process.
Tips on reading the Bible daily:
• Start reading the Bible today. (You can begin the study any day during the year.)
• Set aside a specific time and place each day. Set your schedule and then stick to it. Mornings are great; but feel free to use any time that works consistently with your schedule.
• Get a good study Bible to help to illuminate the meaning of the original Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek text. (There are many great resources online.)
• Choose a translation to use during your reading. (Ask a friend or someone in your church or family for suggestions)
• Say a short prayer to God before you begin, asking the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom and understanding.
• Dive in and enjoy the richness of God’s Word! Apply God’s Word to your life. Bible study should be practical and applicable. These seven steps will help you begin a journey in becoming a “lifelong learner” of God’s Word
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