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 12 months of the children’s Morning and Evening Bible reading plan in Word and pdf.

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

And here’s an explanation of the plan.


What’s the difference between typology and allegory?

A type is a prophetic picture of Christ’s person and work. It is a real person, place, object, event, etc., which God ordained to act as a predictive pattern or resemblance of Christ’s person and work (or of opposition to it). But how does a type differ from allegory or analogy? Here’s a quick primer:

An allegory has three main characteristics:

  • It is a story, an object, a person, or an event.
  • The story, object, etc., need not be true, real, or factual.
  • It has a deeper and different truth than the ordinary reading of the words would suggest.

Example: Allegory is extremely rare in Scripture. However, there are a few isolated examples. In Judges 9:7-21 Jotham used an allegory about trees and bushes to teach his hearers how to view Abimelech’s kingship. The story he told was not true. Trees and bushes did not talk to one another nor bow down to one another. The story was about a much deeper truth than just talking trees. It was about the nature of true kingship. This is a classic allegory.

A type has four main characteristics:

  • It is a story, an object, a person, or an event.
  • The story, object, etc., is true, real, and factual.
  • The same truth is found in both the type and the antitype (the fulfillment of the type).
  • The same truth is enlarged, heightened, and clarified in the antitype.

Example: The Passover lamb is a type of Christ. It was real. The truths of substitutionary sacrifice and redemption by blood are found in both the type and the antitype. And, these truths are enlarged, heightened, and clarified in the antitype. The antitype is the God-man – not just a lamb; and He redeems from spiritual and eternal bondage – not just physical and temporary bondage.


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A Christian tightrope walker?

Nick Wallenda is the first man in 100 years to complete a tightrope walk across Niagara Falls. He’s also a Christian. In fact he’s a “Christian Tightrope Walker.” That’s his job.

Wired up to ABC News, who paid most of the $1.3M cost for the stunt, Wallenda frequently prayed to God and spoke of Christ’s help before, during, and after the walk. Many Christians rejoiced to hear God being praised in such a spectacular way before a watching TV and Internet audience of tens of millions of people.

But is tightrope-walking a legitimate Christian vocation? Does repeatedly mentioning God sanctify whatever job we do? Or are there certain vocations that Christians should not pursue? If so, are there biblical guidelines for helping us to decide which jobs are legitimate for a Christian? I believe there are four such guidelines, and I’d like to measure Wallenda’s chosen vocation against them.

Read the rest of this article at my new monthly column on Christianity.com


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Worthy to be praised (Vol 8)
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Very, very tempting.