Read thru the NEW TESTAMENT 2018
Thank you for joining us as we read through the New Testament in 2018. To keep us all reading the same passage of Scripture we will use the “Read through the Bible Guide” that is found here on my blog site. If you choose, you can read portions of Scripture each day from both the Old and New Testaments. Using that schedule you will read completely through the Bible this year. However, I will only be commenting on the portion from the New Testament.
Each day you will read a portion of the New Testament. For that day’s reading I have written a companion New Testament Devotional Commentary (it is a revised edition of 2015). It is not a detailed commentary…but I think it will answer many of the questions that you might have about that passage. It also has numerous links to helpful sites on the internet that provide additional, more detailed information. The entire Old Testament Devotional Commentary 2016 will be posted on the blog site for your use.
This year I am adding something new…Thoughts about God for My Grandkids. I will take one topic, or theme, from that day’s selection of Scripture and expand on it. When I do this…I have my own grandchildren in mind. While their ages range from 1½-14, I am writing with a pre-teen age, in mind. But guess what…the Biblical principal that I will explain applies to people of all ages…including you.
Generally, I will tell a personal story (they are my grandchildren, after all), or something from history, science, sports, etc., that demonstrates the truth of the theme. Then, I will make reference to the passage of Scripture that you have already read and briefly develop a Biblical principal for life that is based on that theme.
I have also included a Topic Summary for parents. It will identify the specific concept of the Biblical principal that I will develop for the children…and sometimes, if the passage is difficult, it will provide a little additional information that will assist the parent in teaching their children.
One more thing…pray. Each day spend a few minutes praying with your children. They will learn the importance of prayer, the power of prayer, and how to pray as they listen to you.
- How do you pray? You just voice the thoughts of your heart to God. God isn’t looking for fancy words…but for an honest heart that is seeking Him. Then, don’t be surprised when He speaks back to you. How does He do that? Personally, I have found that He brings to mind some truth from His Word that deals with what I am praying about. Or sometimes, it seems like the light comes on and I understand something that I have been dealing with, or that has been troubling me. That is the Holy Spirit speaking to me.
- What do you pray about? Pray for the members of your family, the issues that you are facing, other people you know, your church, missionaries, the leaders of our community and nation, and whatever else God brings to your mind.
And give your children an opportunity to pray, as well. You will be surprised at how open and honest their prayers can be.
God bless you as you read the Bible this year. And be ready for God to teach you amazing things. He always honors those who read His Word.