Children’s Bible Reading Plan

This week’s morning and evening reading plan in Word and pdf.

This week’s single reading plan for morning or evening in Word and pdf.

If you want to start at the beginning, this is the first year of the children’s Morning and Evening Bible reading plan in Word and pdf.

And here’s the second year of morning and evening readings in Word and pdf.

And here’s the first 12 months of the Morning or Evening Bible reading plan in Word and pdf.

Here’s an explanation of the plan.

And here are the daily Bible Studies gathered into individual Bible books. Further explanation of that here.

Old Testament

New Testament

The worst phone call of my life

“Bu-ring, bu-ring….Bu-ring, bu-ring…”

iPhone displays my son’s name: “Allan Murray”

9.45 pm.

I’m expecting the usual, “Dad, the Bible Study ran a bit late and we’ll be home at 10.15-ish.”



An almost deafening siren. With multiple others in the background.

And heavy breathing. Pants. Gasps.

My wife analyzes my face. I try calm, controlled Dad expression.

More sirens. More grunts and groans.

Seconds slow down and pass slowly by.

“Allan! Allan!! Allan!!!” I give up on control and just resort to being Dad.


Best word I’ve ever heard in my life.

“Dad…we’re both OK.”

Best four words I’ve ever heard.

I repeat them for Shona’s benefit.

“A drunk driver hit us…but we’re both OK.”

Within 30 minutes we meet up in the hospital. Allan’s on a board with a neckbrace and Angus is recovering from a bleeding nose, a pummeled face, and, strangely, two very painful thumbs. A few hours and a few CT scans later, we’re all home and reviewing what happened…again and again. 

The Pontiac Grand Prix

The Collision
Allan, who’s seventeen, was driving my car along Lake Michigan Drive, doing about 45 mph, when a drunk driver (or under the influence of something) in a black Pontiac, coming from the opposite direction, suddenly turned in front of them. There was nothing Allan could do, apart from swerve slightly just before impact. All the air bags deployed. After a few seconds of disorientation and shock, they both stumbled out of the car as fast as they could because they could smell gas and liquid seemed to be everywhere. Allan fell over and was helped by a bunch of motorcyclists who witnessed the accident.

Ambulance, police, and fire-trucks were there within minutes and soon they were on their way to hospital. The emergency workers were fantastic, reassuring the boys that there were multiple witnesses who saw exactly what happened and that the other guy would be charged. That is, if he escaped the fury of the bikers, especially one female biker!

The Ford Escape

The Injuries
Allan has whiplash and chest abrasions. Angus has a sore face and two broken thumbs – he was texting when the airbag went off and pushed his thumbs backwards, with his phone, into his face. He’s now in a thumb cast and a thumb brace. Weird, eh?

The car is totalled, but who cares. They were spared serious injury and even death, and we praise God for His sparing mercies. We also pray that the Lord would bless this to their souls, increasing their spiritual urgency and seriousness. As Angus said, “For a few seconds, I couldn’t breathe, and I did wonder if I was alive or not.”

The Pontiac Grand Prix side view

The Mercies
Strangely, Shona and I had both separately read Psalm 121 that morning. Maybe that was because the day before, Tuesday, our family had been spared another potential tragedy. Last week, Allan bought an economical car to help him with his new business. It was a Ford Escape 2003 and he paid $2900 for it (all he had plus a little help from ourselves). Tuesday afternoon, he was leaving our driveway when the axle broke at the wheel joint. The car collapsed on one side and the wheel completely buckled. Not only were we thankful that Allan was not driving on the highway when it happened, but Shona had been driving it with our four other kids (including the baby) just two hours before. God is MERCIFUL!

That car also is totalled. It cannot be repaired for less than it’s worth. Although I tried to keep focussed on God’s mercy afterwards, I must confess it was still very painful to think that we’d just poured $2900 down the drain (we had got it checked by a mechanic before purchase).

However, today we are rejoicing that God broke the old Escape so that in their collision Allan and Angus were driving the 2010 Escape with all its modern safety standards and equipment. I think I counted at least six airbags that had deployed. As the salvage man said, “The car did its job well.”

$2900 for the lives of my sons? I’ll take that, thanks. A LOT.

On a slightly humorous note, our recently-purchased used tractor mower was also totalled this week! Transmission failure and again not worth repairing. I’m waiting to discover what disaster God is saving us from with that!

Two sobered sons.

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Twenty Types of Tweet
Helpful, especially if you believe, as Leonard Sweet does, that Twitter is “the ultimate medium for discipleship!”  I think (hope) that’s slightly tongue-in-cheek, but Sweet goes on to explain “the four leading ways that Twitter has changed my life and made me a better follower of Jesus.”

Christ-centered Hermeneutics and Typology
Ed Stetzer is hosting a discussion about Christ-centered interpretation of the Old Testament. In the second installment of my own contribution, I argue that the most important question in Old Testament interpretation is, “How were Old testament believers saved?”

The “right side of history” is full of re-writes
Ted Olsen cautions supporters of gay marriage that “fortune tellers don’t have great track records.”

Please don’t say this to me
Voddie Baucham’s daughter pleads with parents to stop saying to her: “I just want you to tell me everything your parents did with you so that I know how I can have a daughter exactly like you.”

What is Christian literature?
Joel Miller’s answer: “God’s truth, wherever you find it.”

The Sad Christian
If you want to begin to understand what depression is like, this is where to start. This is so raw, so real, so honest, so well written. Thank you, Michael Patton, for articulating the feelings and thoughts of millions of our fellow-Christians.

7 Lessons for Christians from the “Gay Victory”

In Victory, a scholarly survey of “the triumphant gay revolution,” author Linda Hirshman analyzes “How a Despised Minority Pushed Back, Beat Death, Found Love, and Changed America for Everyone.” Although the book is a painful read for Christians, there are some strategic lessons that we can learn from this remarkably sudden cultural turnaround.

1. Aim high
Gay activists aimed much higher than black rights and women’s rights movements; not just tolerance, but approval of their difference; not separate but equal, but rather integrated and admired.

2. Moral certainty
Homosexuals have convinced themselves (and others) that they are not only moral, but that their morality is superior to Christian morality, and therefore should replace it. As Hirshman says: “It is the moral certainty of the gay revolution that explains why, unlike the racial and feminist movements, it has been able to stand up to that powerful counterforce [the morally driven religious right] and, slowly but surely, prevail.”

3. Identify primary enemies
Gay activists identified four major obstacles to achieving their strategic objective:

  • The churches considered them sinful
  • The state criminalized their sex acts
  • Doctors – mainly psychologists – thought they were crazy
  • The military feared they would be traitors to the nation.

The gay movement worked tirelessly and furiously to overcome these “four horsemen of the gay apocalypse” – Sinful, Criminal, Crazy, and Subversive.”  The accepted versions of sin, crime, sanity, and loyalty were mortal enemies that had to be taken down and replaced.

4. Unite on the essentials
One thing that comes across in the book is the powerful unity of the multiple diverse strands of the gay movement (although Hirshman admits that a lot of that powerful unity was based on the unifying power of sex – “It’s hard to take the sex out of homosexual.”)

5. Refuse to compromise
Despite many political and judicial victories over the years, the gay movement would not stop short of victory over the military and the church. Repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” was non-negotiable and achieved in 2011. And, as we’re seeing, no amount of “Civil Partnership” compromises will satisfy the demand for moral approval through marriage equality.

6. Never give up
Many thought that AIDS would be the end of the gay movement. However, in what is the most stunning claim in the whole book, Hirshman says, “AIDS was the making of the gay revolution.” The gay community leveraged this setback to secure massive funding not just for medical treatment, but also for educational and community initiatives.

7. Influence every strata of our culture
In a section that goes a long way to explaining why the legal culture is so anti-Christian, Hirshman points out that law firms have “become among the best places in America for gay and lesbian employees…The legal sector has the largest number of top-scoring companies in HRC’s Corporate Equality Index.”

And course, in addition to learning from these strategies, we have powerful resources that the gay community knows nothing of: prayer, the Bible, the Holy Spirit, and Christ-like loving and living.

For another perspective on how Christians should face the future, see Prepare for Gay Marriage.

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Why most Americans hate their jobs
I can’t imagine what it must be like to do a job you hate EVERY DAY! So thankful to do a job I love.

If you are hesitant to come to Christ…
Jonathan Edwards would like to ask you some questions. And here are some Life Lessons from Jonathan Edwards.

Why Biblical Languages Matter…
Even if you forget them.

Let the tone of your sermon match the tone of your text
“A brief word about genre: it exists; honor it. Paul’s letters are different from the Psalms, from the minor prophets, from the Pentateuch. Preachers should not handle the Bible as though there is no difference between the various kinds and styles of biblical writing.”

Introverted Pastors
Tony Reinke interviews self-confessed introvert pastor, Jared Wilson.

Coffee and Creativity
“The strange scientific connection between coffee and creativity.” Not sure if this is sponsored by Starbucks, but I’m still not giving up my noise-canceling Bose headphones.

The Popularity, Pitfalls, and Practice of Christ-Centered Interpretation

I’m greatly encouraged and deeply grateful for the increasing popularity of Christ-centered preaching from the Old Testament. Which Christian doesn’t rejoice in more people hearing more of Christ? But why the recent upsurge of interest? Some contributory factors are:

  • An increased understanding of the sovereignty of God. If God is supremely and perfectly sovereign, the Old Testament era was not a mistake (Plan A) that God put right with the coming of Jesus (Plan B). No, it was part of His one perfect plan of salvation (Plan Grace) that He began publicly unfolding in Genesis 3.
  • The desire to honor the whole of God’s Word. There’s no point in defending the inspiration and inerrancy of the whole Bible in principle if in practice we only use a small percentage of it. We want to avoid what may look like a practical denial of the divine inspiration of the Bible.
  • The powerlessness of mere moralism. Preachers and hearers have realized that the “Be David” and “Don’t be Saul” sermons from the Old Testament leave people without hope or help. Without Christ, no matter how hard we try, we will never be David and we’ll default to Saul.
  • The popularity of biblical theology. Many gifted theologians have demonstrated the way multiple biblical themes can be traced all the way through Genesis to Revelation, proving the unity of God’s saving plan in both Testaments.
  • Willingness to use the New Testament to interpret the Old. Preachers have taken more seriously Jesus’ and the Apostles’ view of the Old Testament, especially their presentation of it as Christ-promising, Christ-revealing, and Christ-testifying Scripture.
  • Christian hunger. God’s people have recognized that they can’t understand many parts of the New Testament without knowing the Old Testament better. But they also long for Old Testament instruction that will increase their knowledge of Christ.

All these factors have given preachers increasing desire, confidence, and enjoyment in preaching Christ from the Old Testament. There are, however, inevitable weaknesses in any new movement, and one of them is the tendency to use the same interpretative method in every Old Testament sermon.

For the rest of this post, click on over to Ed Stetzer’s blog where I’m contributing to an ongoing discussion about Christ-centered interpretation of the Old Testament. Previous posts by Dr Daniel Block (Part 1 and Part 2). Future posts by Dr. Walter Kaiser and Dr. Bryan Chapell.