The New Format Begins Today
Today we’re going to start on the new format. I got some suggestions that we read the Bible chronologically, and I like the idea of reading through the Bible in the order that the events happened, but that still means that the New Testament won’t be coming along for a very long time. I would prefer that we get some New Testament each day, because it truly is the Good News. I don’t want to have to wait for the Good News! I want to be reminded each and every day that Jesus is God the Father’s ultimate answer to all the stuff that happened in the Old Testament.
I hope you’re ok with that.
To those of you who gave me you suggestions on Facebook and via email, thank you for taking the time to write!
So today, we will continue our reading of Exodus, but we will also begin the New Testament with Matthew chapter 1. And we’ll be reading the God’s Word Translation.
May God bless the reading of His Word.
One thing that sort of cemented my decision to read some of the New Testament every day, instead of doing a chronological reading, was a conversation I had today.
A fellow by the name of Anthony called me to his home today to do a windshield repair on his car. (Yes, I still do a few repairs each week, even though my full time gig is voiceover ad narrations.) Anyway, he saw my car and asked about the license plate. I told him that I was one of the very first podcasters. He asked whether I still do a podcast, and what it was about. When I told him I do a Christian podcast, and that I am currently doing this show, he told me he wasn’t a believer, but that he is reading the Bible, too. What ensued was a twenty minute conversation about the Bible, God, and various aspects of God’s character and plan. Anthony’s current viewpoint (he’s read up to Chronicles) of the Bible is that there is a lot of violence and blood, and that unless you things God’s way, he’ll be mad at you.
I tried to explain to Anthony that there is much more to God than that. I told him about the loving, merciful God that gave His only Son as a sacrifice for sin. During our conversation, there were a few times where he said, “I guess I’ll have to keep reading.”
It was a great conversation, and I gave him my phone number and personal email address, and told him that any time he had a question he could call me or write to me.
So this conversation confirmed to me that we need to be reading the NT on this show right along with the OT. People should not have to wait to hear about grace and forgiveness. Amen?
Hey, don’t forget to check out Stitcher Radio, where you can get the Lifespring! Family Audio Bible each and every day. There’s a link for it at LifespringAudioBible.com.
I’ll talk to you tomorrow. Until then, may God bless you richly. I’m Steve Webb.