Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Wanna online Bible Study?

For my birthday, my girls got me 'The One Year New Testament for Busy Dads: New Living Translation (NLT)'

It's been a handy way to get back in the habit of spending time with God. Before we had kids, even when we just had one I could read some Old Testament, Psalms, Proverbs, New Testament and some Christian author or devotion and spend all kinds of luxurious time in prayer or meditation. Now a days it's harder to set aside time like that. This One Year NT is perfect, night or morning and then I try to set aside either shaving & shower time for prayer and save NPR news for the drive to work.

Every so I get a chance to comment on that I read that day on GoodReads:

Whether you're reading the One Year New Testament, the One Year Bible, or any other Bible, feel free to leave your comments there on GoodReads too. Let's share. Iron sharpens iron.

Here's today's example:

The editors had challenge questions asking who we say Jesus is (based on Lk 9:18-20) but what struck me most this morning was 9:25, "What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?"

Respect, prestige, accomplishment, achievement, money, toys, a big house ,a big SUV? Authority, control, weight loss, sex? What good does it do to get your way or to get what you want, but lose your soul. To loose sight of whose you are? To have your identity tied to what you do or what you have or what you've done instead of who loves you.

It would be easy to sound smug about this, but this is a hard verse for everyone, myself included. It seems simple, but it certainly isn't easy.
GoodReads is an amazing website where you can share and talk about all kinds of books, post your own writing and see quotes and trivia quizzes too. You can also join or create reading groups like a book club (or a Bible Study group) only online instead of in somebody's living room.

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