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Through The Bible, October 17

Reading: 1 Corinthians 3

Summary: Paul’s address to the problem of divisions in the Corinthian church continues. A contributing factor to the issue is the spiritual immaturity of these Christians as evidenced by their fleshly (as opposed to spiritual) attitudes exhibited in jealousy and strife. Further, their understanding of the role of preachers like himself and Apollos also needs clarifying. Their work is in conjunction, not competition, with each other.

Devotional Thought:

You Baby!

Do you know a baby when you see one? Sure you do. It’s easy. There are some things that are characteristic about babies that are not difficult to spot. No one would consider it “judgmental” to call a baby a baby, would they?   Not at all.

This is also true spiritually. There are spiritual babies. They are such because they demonstrate the qualities of spiritual infancy. This has nothing to do with time. That is, the length of time one has been a Christian does not guarantee spiritual maturity (see Hebrews 5:12).

Paul said he had to speak to the Christians at Corinth as “infants in Christ” (1 Cor. 3:1). The apostle wasn’t being judgmental or demeaning. It was just a fact; a fact based on evidence. Strife and jealousy still characterized their relationships with each other. That is evidence of lives lived by the flesh, not by the Spirit (1 Cor. 3:3-4).

What is more, Paul said he could not feed them with solid food (he’s speaking of teaching them, not literally feeding them) but rather he had to give them “milk” (1 Cor. 3:1-2; see also Heb. 5:11-14).

There’s nothing wrong with being a baby if one is still in the time of appropriate infancy. Growth and maturity are supposed to happen. When one remains a baby when they ought to be mature, it’s a real problem. The challenge is that most of our physical growth happens without conscious thought or effort. Not so spiritually. It demands our attention as well as our intention.

Don’t be a baby!

Through The Bible, October 16

Reading: 1 Corinthians 2

Summary: Paul wished to assure the Corinthians that what he had preached to them was not his own message but that which had come from God. Remember the tendency of the Corinthians to ally themselves with individual preachers (see 1:12) which was contributing to the divisions in the church. They did not need to hear Paul, they needed to hear God, and by the message which he preached (and now wrote) was one which originated with God’s Holy Spirit.

Devotional Thought:

The Most Important Thing You Could Know

What’s the most important thing you know?

You may have found out the key to success; you may have learned the secrets of making big money; you may have learned how to wield great influence over people. Having this knowledge has set you apart from others.  After all, if everyone knows it, it wouldn’t be special, would it?

The reality is that the most important thing anyone can know is available to everyone.  No kidding.  The Bible says, “We have the mind of Christ” (1 Cor. 2:16).

How so?

Paul has just discussed the “secret and hidden wisdom of God”—talk about exclusive knowledge (1 Cor. 2:7). That’s knowledge no one could have were it not for the work of the Holy Spirit who has searched God’s mind and revealed that knowledge which Paul and other inspired writers and teachers imparted “in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit” (1 Cor. 2:13).

In other words, we have by revelation the mind of God and Christ available to us in His word by the work of the Holy Spirit. It is not without reason that the Bible is the greatest book ever written; it is the most important information available to man.

Could we be any more foolish than when we ignore it, neglect it, and remain ignorant of it?

Through The Bible, October 15

Reading: 1 Corinthians 1

Summary: Paul was no doubt excited to receive visitors from Corinth. He was undoubtedly very disturbed to hear the news they bore: there were quarrels and divisions among the brethren there. Much of it had to do with divisive attitudes towards preachers who had in some way or another had association with the church there. Paul begins his lengthy response to this serious, emotional, and potentially destructive issue. They first needed to all possess an attitude that promoted unity; to know their minds and their thinking should all be pointed in the same direction.

Devotional Thought:

Man Overcomes God’s Power

Here’s a depressing thought: man’s greatest need, by far, is for salvation from sin and the power of God for that salvation is the gospel of Jesus Christ (Rom. 1:16) —now here’s the thought—the cross of Jesus Christ can be emptied of its power (1 Cor. 1:17).


How can that be?  How could God’s power as found in the cross be made “useless” (NET)? Paul said it was if the gospel were presented by words of eloquent wisdom. What’s the problem with eloquent wisdom?

If someone were to respond to the message what would move them to do so? Would it be the human eloquence or the truth of the gospel message? The power of the gospel, the power of the cross is the truth of man’s sin, the truth of Jesus’ identity as God’s Son, the truth of Jesus’ death on the cross on our behalf as the price for our sin. The power of the gospel is in the gracious acts of God for our salvation; that power is from God. Eloquent speech, though, is from man. So to rely on eloquence empties the cross of its power.

What a remarkable thought that man can take the greatest act of God and deplete it of its power; remarkable and frightening.

Archived weeks and months:

DBR 10/01 – 10/07
DBR 10/08 – 10/14

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Through the Bible, 2017 Reading Program Overview

2017 Bible Reading Plan

This year’s Bible reading plan will have the purpose of recounting the Bible’s story line.  The goal is not to read through the entire Bible. Instead, we’ll focus on tracing the events of God’s eternal plan from Creation all the way through to Christ, the church, and the ultimate hope of heaven.

We’ll use the framework of the twelve calendar months and the four weeks in each of those months as the basis for our schedule.  The “extra” days in each month (that is, those beyond 28–each month will have 2 or 3, except February) we’ll use for additional readings related to that month’s portion of the story line.

The Bible reading schedule will also contain some explanatory notes, tying the story line together and telling some about each of the books and their role in the account.  Again, we will not be reading the entire Bible (though we will be reading the entire New Testament) but at least a sample reading from each book will be included in the reading schedule.

The reading schedule will be published daily and made available online. At the beginning of each month a month’s overview will be provided as well as weekly overviews at the beginning of each week.

Also, readings will be scheduled for 6 days of each week.  The seventh day can be used to get caught up or do additional readings if you may have chosen to read through the entire Bible in the year.

Following is an overview of our schedule by month:


Creation to the flood to Abraham,  Isaac, Jacob and Joseph, also Job: Genesis,  Job

Egyptian bondage, the Exodus, Mt. Sinai, and wilderness wandering: Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers

Preparation for and conquest of Canaan.  Dividing the land and the time of the Judges: Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth

The monarchy begins: God’s people ruled by kings Saul, David, & Solomon: 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 Kings 1 11 1 Chron. 10-29; 2 Chron. 1-9

The wisdom of the kings: Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes: Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes; Song of Solomon

The kingdom divides into Israel & Judah.  God begins a more extensive use of Prophets. Israel falls to Assyria:
1 Kings 11-2 Kings 17; 2 Chron. 10-28; Hosea, Amos, Jonah, Micah, Isaiah

Judah alone remains. Jerusalem and Judah fall to Babylon: 2 Kings 18-25;2 Chron. 28-36; Zephaniah, Nahum,  Jeremiah,  Lamentations, Habakkuk, Obadiah

Babylonian captivity.  The return and rebuilding of Jerusalem,  the close of Old Testament history: Ezekiel, Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

Jesus: His life, ministry, and teaching: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John

Jesus: His ministry ends, the crucifixion, and resurrection: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John
The establishment and spread of the church; Christian living: Acts, Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon, 1 & 2 Thessalonians
The church, Christian living, and the hope of heaven: 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2, & 3 John, Jude, Revelation