Bible Reading in 2007

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (Psalm 119:105 ESV)

They received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. (Acts 17:11 ESV)

Some use reading schedules to guide them through the Bible in a year. I am disciplined to be in the Word daily, but have never successfully used a schedule to get through the entire Bible in one year. One thing I do use, however, is a checklist. It has all sixty-six books of the Bible, with their chapters, and I put a slash through the numbers as a read. Feel free to print it for yourself and pass it on to others.

Reading schedules have their advantages and disadvantages. Of course one of the advantages of a schedule is that it takes the reader through the entire Bible in a given period of time, say six months, one year, or two years. A checklist can accomplish the same thing. One thing I like about the checklist is that it allows more flexibility. If I desire to slow down the pace for a while, I can. Additionally, if one gets behind on a rigid schedule, there is a risk that one will give up entirely.

My hope and prayer is to encourage you to be in the Word in 2007, and that your time would be richly blessed.

Kevin’s Bible Reading Checklist – PDF file (44 kb)

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P.S. Here are some reading schedules for those who are more inclined in that way:

Navigators reading plans — various schedules to get through the entire Bible or just the New Testament in a year.

Through the Bible reading plans — Chronological, historical, beginning to end, blended

Robert Murray M’Cheyne reading schedule — twice through the NT & Psalms, once through the OT

More reading schedules

And more reading schedules

Knowing God – Chapter 2 Quotes

Chapter 2 of Knowing God is entitled “The People Who Know Their God.” The focus passage for this chapter is the Book of Daniel, and here are some quotes:

A little knowledge of God is worth more than a great deal of knowledge about Him.

One can know a great deal about God without much knowledge of Him.

One can know a great deal about godliness without much knowledge of God. It depends on the sermons one hears, the books one reads, and the company one keeps.

Those who know their God are sensitive to situations in which God’s truth and honour are being directly or tacitly jeopardized, and rather than let the matter go by default will force the issue on men’s attention and seek thereby to compel a change of heart about it—even at personal risk.

Men who know their God are before anything else men who pray, and the first point where their zeal and energy for God’s glory come to expression is in their prayers… If, however, there is in us little energy for such prayer, and little consequent practice of it, this is a sure sign that as yet we scarcely know our God.

They may find the determination of the right course to take agonisingly difficult, but once they are clear on it they embrace it boldly and without hesitation.

First, we must recognize how much we lack knowledge of God. We must learn to measure ourselves, not by our knowledge about God, not by our gifts and responsibilities in the church, but by how we pray and what goes on in our hearts.

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Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Gifts

At the end of our Christmas program (see the previous post), gifts were distributed to the children in attendance. These gifts came from Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian relief and evangelism organization. The gifts were wrapped in shoeboxes, and were marked for boys or girls, and with an age. I saw many children who were really excited about the gifts they received. To those of you who participate in such programs, thank you.

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O ce veste minunata

Tonight (Sunday night) our church in Bucharest, Biserica Evanghelică Liberă Trinitatea (Trinity Evangelical Free Church), had its Christmas program. It was much like many Christmas Eve services I’ve been at in the U.S., with traditional Christmas carols and a short message. The candlelight carol was an old, traditional Romanian song, “O ce veste minunată” (“O what wonderful news”), and has an absolutely beautiful tune.

Here’s the lyrics, with my rather unpoetic translation:

1. O, ce veste minunată,
Din Betleem ni s-arată.
Că a nascut prunc
Prunc din Duhul Sfânt
Fecioara curată.
2. Mergând Iosif cu Maria
La Betleem să se-nscrie.
Într-un mic sălaș
Lâng-acel oraș
S-a născut Mesia.
3. Ce Domnul cel din vecie,
Ni l-a trimis ca să vie,
Să se nască
Și să crească,
Să ne mântuiască.
1. Oh, what wonderful news
Is shown to us from Bethlehem.
That a baby is born
A baby from the Holy Spirit
From the pure virgin.
2. As Joseph and Mary were going to Bethlehem,
in order to be registered.
In a small shepherds’ hut,
Close to that town,
The Messiah was born.
3. Whom the Lord, who is from old,
Sent to us, so that He would come,
To be born,
And to grow,
To save us.

Please let me know if the accented characters don’t display on your computer.

I’ve never heard this song in English. For those of you who are iTunes people, the song is available there for $0.99. Just search for “O ce veste minunata.”

Historical note: It was illegal to sing this song in public under communist rule in Romania, 1948-1989.

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Debris flows — concrete in motion

A fellow member of the Affiliation of Christian Geologists recently sent out a great photo of sediments deposited by a debris flow on the White River, near Mt. Hood in Oregon in November. The deposit here is up to 20 feet (6-7 meters) thick.

Photo by Doug Jones, USFS

A debris flow is a mixture of mud, rock, and or ash; with varying amounts of water. These often have the consistency of wet concrete, and form when heavy precipitation falls on easily eroded material.

Oregonian article on White River debris flows.

Debris flow movie (15 MB)

Another debris flow movie (3 MB)

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Museum of science fiction spaceships

In Senior physics, we just finished a short unit on Einstein’s special theory of relativity. One of the implications of special relativity is that nothing can travel faster than light, which travels at 300,000 km/s (186,000 miles per second) in a vacuum. In fact, it would take an infinite amount of energy to accelerate an object with mass—such as a spaceship or even an electron—to the actual speed of light. I had my students write essays on this, and they did an excellent job.

This doesn’t stop science fiction authors from having their characters zipping around the galaxy, using hyperdrive or warp speed. The internet has a Museum of Speculative Fiction Inspired Spaceships, where you can see all of your favorite spaceships from Star Wars, Star Trek, and other series drawn to scale for comparison. The images I have here are not all from the same page, so they are not all drawn to the same scale:






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World Wind Mars

Google Earth is great for viewing the Earth, but NASA World Wind is better for viewing the Moon or Mars.

Here are some World Wind views of Mars:

Like Google Earth, World Wind must be downloaded to your computer. It can be used for viewing the Earth as well, but it doesn’t have as much detailed imagery as Google Earth does. Image files are saved to your computer, so once you have viewed an area, you have quick access to the files, whether or not connected to the internet.

Google Moon has inferior imagery, and when you zoom in as far as you can go, it gets downright cheesy:

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