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My journey to getting it right….

Bible In A Year* (….and a half, by now)

on January 18, 2015

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So I re-started this journey through the Bible sometime last year, as I chronicled here. After many, many date shifts and catch-up days I have managed to muddle to halfway through. It’s a little more difficult now that the phone reminders have stopped; once my plan calendar reached (this date) and the last chapter of Revelation they considered their work finished. Updates to the YouVersion app allowed me to discover a tab for the entire plan laid out by month instead of just by day, and in that view, you can click on any of the individual days you missed. Right now I’m wading through Leviticus for the Old Testament and Mark’s gospel in the New Testament, plus the typical Psalms and Proverbs passages. Can I tell you that reading about all these ceremonial specifics and qualifications is EXTREMELY TEDIOUS? I have to believe there is some practical purpose for reading about sin, guilt, burnt and praise offerings in this day and age….but as I’m not bringing livestock to the altar unless it’s those big wooden figures we use for the Nativity, I’m struggling to see the point. And to say that my mind wanders is a gross understatement.

Nevertheless, I continue to try. Being partially unplugged for this Consecration Fast effort (the social media component I’ve handled fairly well, but I’m probably taking liberties with the diet) has helped to free up some time so at best, the falloff has been maybe two or three days. Discovering the audio on the app is a mixed blessing–it helps in those chapters full of unpronounceable names and even adds the readalong book experience I enjoyed as a child, but more often than not I’ll play it just to listen and wind up falling asleep on it and having to listen several more times to ingest it all. Bible by osmosis is not what the goal is.

Of course, once I DO manage to get through it the first time, I’ll need to go back for deeper study and analysis. But this is a daunting enough task as it is. I’ll just focus on these small samples for now until I’m ready to sit at the grown-ups’ table.

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