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When Encountering Jesus Isn’t What You Expect

During the Lenten season, I invited you to read the entire Bible in 40 days (sounds crazy, I know. Click here to download the free reading guide). We glimpsed God’s story at a breathtaking 40,000 feet. Themes popped off the page I hadn’t noticed before. Stories I had typically glazed over were brought to life once again. I learned things about God and myself during those 40 days that I’m still chewing over.  And I am busting at the seams with a love for God’s Word like never before.

While it was breathtaking to read Scripture at such a broad view, many of those who read along wanted to slow down and dive deep.

Well, me too! Me too!

That’s why I’m inviting you and your friends to go on another wild adventure with me through God’s Word this summer. I’m so excited to be diving into the Bible. Continue Reading...

10 Ways to Celebrate Scripture

Over the last 40 days, I’ve spent time exploring the garden with Adam and Eve, wrestling lions with Samson, visiting churches with Paul, and falling more in love with God with each turning page of his beautiful story. A few thousand crazy-pants friends and I went on an adventure through the entire Bible—about 30 chapters per day. (You can read about what this taught me, here).

After those 40 days ended, I felt spiritually full—like the buttons on my jacket were going to pop off. It’s a feeling I don’t want to let go of.

I’ve collected 10 ideas to celebrate the wonder of Scripture every day and wanted to share them with you-- whether you read the whole Bible during Lent or want to lay hold of its treasures each day of the year. Feel free to add your own in the comments below and share this page with others:

1) Carve out time. I don’t know about you, but I can make every excuse in the book not to read God’s Word—I may have good intentions, like reading books about reading the Bible, but there is nothing like opening the pages and letting Scripture saturate you in God’s mercy, grace, and love. Continue Reading...

23 of the Best Bible Jokes & Riddles

During Lent, people from around the world joined together to read the entire Bible in 40 Days. Don’t worry. You don’t need to wait until next Lent to read the Bible through—you can begin today! To download a free copy of the reading guide, click here.

After such an immersion into Scripture, it’s time to laugh and play.

Though friends in your small group may guffaw at your punny-ness, kids are more likely to laugh hard and share a few of their own. Here are 23 of the best Bible jokes and riddles:

Q. Why couldn't Jonah trust the ocean? Continue Reading...

What I learned about God and myself after Reading the Entire Bible in 40 Days

I can’t believe The 40-Day Bible Reading Challenge is over. Don’t worry, you haven’t missed out. You can grab a FREE reading plan, here.

We began around February 14 —a day of love and we concluded on the eve of Easter—another day of love.

Some days the reading was easy and delightful. Other days it felt brutally hard. Some days the Word came alive, anew, afresh. Other days, it felt stale, dry, and distant. Some days the discipline boiled down to checking a box. Other days I didn’t want to stop reading.

Along the way, I learned a few things about myself: Continue Reading...

Shrouded in Mystery: Tips of the Trade for Understanding Revelation

It’s almost time to celebrate.

If you read yesterday’s post, you’ll know that I’m party-crashing Holy Week.

Why?

Because for the last six weeks, thousands of crazypants people like me took the plunge and committed to reading the entire Bible (yep—you read that right) in 40 days. (You can read how to join us and download a free reading guide, here).

And. We’re. Almost. Done.

I can’t help but start the celebration early, even if that does mean party-crashing Holy Week.

Throughout the last several weeks, God has been wowing, astounding, and infiltrating us with his message of hope, love, mercy, and grace. [Tweet this] This weekend not only marks the culmination of our 40 Day Bible Challenge, but the celebration of Jesus’s resurrection. Continue Reading...