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Our Gift To You: FREE Reading Plan For The 40-Day Bible Reading ChallengeThis Lent I sensed God nudging me to read the entire Bible through in 40-days preceding Easter.  I selected The Message Bible for its readability and fresh prose. I invited people to join in. More than 5000 people around the world downloaded The 40-Day Bible Reading Challenge.

Over the last two months, I’ve heard from pastors, friends, moms, dads, grandmas, and more who have been diving into the Scripture and drinking in the fullness of God’s Word at the pace of about 30 chapters a day.

But along the way, I’ve also heard from many of you who said, “I wish I would have known sooner!” and “I really want to do this!” 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...

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Through the 40-Day Bible Reading challenge, we’re now in the Gospels. Whahoo!

The words of Christ are coming alive in a fresh way as I dive into Eugene Peterson’s writing of Scripture through The Message Bible. Here are a few powerful and potent reminders from Matthew and Mark.

Here are 6 breathtaking quotables from Jesus. [Tweet this] All are within an easy click to Tweet to your friends and Pin-able for all your fellow Pinterest-lovers!

6 Life-Changing Quotes From Jesus Christ“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and His rule.” –Jesus, Matthew 5:3, #LIVEWONDERSTRUCK [Tweet this] Continue Reading...

Dear Church: How Letters to the Early Church Still Ring True Today

We're about to the cross the finish line for the 40-Day Bible Reading Challenge as we read through The Message Bible. Up next, we're going to be diving into a bunch of Epistles.

The majority of the New Testament is made up of Epistles (all except the Gospels, Acts, and Revelation). These documents are written for a specific occasion or event. Epistles often shed light onto a doctrinal disagreement or address a behavior that needs correcting within the early church.

On the surface, the Epistles may seem straight-forward, but sometimes these letters aren’t always easy to interpret. [Tweet this]

For example, read 1 Corinthians 11:6 on the topic of head coverings:

“For if a woman does not cover her head, she might as well have her hair cut off; but if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, then she should cover her head.”

There are several different ways to interpret this passage: Continue Reading...

In the 40-Day Bible Reading Challenge, we had the opportunity to dive into Proverbs last week. My mind is still spinning around some of the moments of brilliance I read. I adore the way Eugene Peterson breaths fresh imagery and language into these Biblical gems.

Here are 6 breathtaking quotables from the Proverbs. [Tweet this] All are within an easy click to Tweet to your friends and Pin-able for all your fellow Pinterest-lovers!

PROVERBS“Don't ever say, “I’ll get you for that!” Wait for God; he’ll settle the score.” —Proverbs 20:22, #livewonderstruck [Tweet this]

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