Children’s Bible Reading Plan

Here’s 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.

The second year of morning and evening readings in Word and pdf.

The first 12 months of the Morning or Evening Bible reading plan in Word and pdf.

Here’s an explanation of the plan.

The daily Bible Studies gathered into individual Bible books.

Old Testament

New Testament

“The Christian Spring” or “Brink of Extinction”

The former Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, has warned that the Church of England is just “one generation away from extinction.” At a meeting of church leaders convened to discuss the growing crisis, various internal and external causes were identified:

Internally there has been “a failure to bring youngsters into church services” and clergy have spent too long “arguing over words and phrases, while the people of England are left floundering amid meaninglessness, anxiety and despair.” External factors include increasingly anti-Christian government and courts, and a growing wariness and antipathy towards faith in the wider population.

The Christian Spring
Down the road, in the Roman Catholic church, ex-Catholic Herald Editor, Christine Odone begs to disagree and argues that the church is on the bring of “The Christian Spring!”

Odone accepts that “plenty of things have been going wrong. First and foremost, our enemies are organized as never before. Secularists have made a concerted effort to erase Christianity from public life here and across the West. They have silenced prayers before meetings, the ringing of church bells, and even the girl scouts who once pledged to serve God.” She continues:

As I have written in my ebook, No God Zone, the secularists have successfully enshrined their bias against religion in laws across Europe. The Observatory on Intolerance against Christians in Europe has reported that EU member states have enacted 41 laws that discriminate against Christians. The effect of such legislation is huge: some professions, such as doctors, therapists and even pharmacists, are now closed to Christians, who would otherwise have to go against their conscience on issues such as abortion, euthanasia or the morning after pill.

Secularists, as I have written before, seem to want only one thing: for Christians to be driven back into the catacombs. Prayers, and services, will soon have to be practiced away from prejudiced eyes, in the privacy of a home or a private chapel.

Despite all this, however, she believes she can see three shoots of a Christian Spring: Pope Francis, Justin Welby (present Archbishop of Canterbury), and the backlash effect (the idea that people will get sick of their immorality and will want to be good again!).

Prepare for Winter
If that’s the best she’s got, I’m with Carey in preparing for Winter.

We might sum up her hope in one word: MAN (or HUMANITY to be gender inclusive), and pretty mixed-up humanity at that.

The spiritual climate is really bleak in the UK, and the US is only 5-10 years behind. If Christians are to have any hope for the future, it has to be grounded exclusively in God. If there’s any verse that our generation needs to hear it’s “Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of” (Isaiah 2:22 KJV).

What does that look like though? It looks like giving up on our strategies, our ideas, our marketing, our meetings, our reports, our celebrities, our talents, and our brains.

It also looks like prayer, prayer, and more prayer – private and public, personal and corporate.

Man alone has caused the problem. God alone is the solution.

Until we believe and act on that, the night will continue to grow longer, darker, and colder.

But if we do get it, if we really do start calling upon the name of the Lord in prayer, and looking to Him alone for revival and blessing, I firmly believe the ice will melt, crocuses will bloom, cuckoos will sing, and the sun will shine again.

Check out

10 Guest Preaching Tips
If you want to be asked back.

5 Things A Pastor Should Do Before Leaving His Church
Just to be clear, I’m not contemplating it myself.

Pastors and Vacations
Excellent advice.

Sola 13 Conference Dec 6-7 in Lansing
Mohler, DeYoung, Piper, Crump, etc.

Five Ways to Tell if Humility is Real or Fake
David J. Bobb, Ph.D., is author of Humility: An Unlikely Biography of America’s Greatest Virtue, just published by Thomas Nelson.

Introducing Blueprint: New From Ligonier Connect
I’m very excited about the potential of this for local churches.

Why You Should Celebrate Your Undone To-Do List

If you’re anything like me, you keep imagining the seemingly unattainable Nirvana of a totally completed To-Do list. Every item ticked, crossed off, deleted, and crushed under my feet.

For most of us though, the everyday reality is an ever-growing To-Do list – not just running to stand still, but running to sink further into the sand – and all the frustration, disappointment, and self-flagellation that accompanies it.

Well, I think I may have just found a way to turn this daily self-torture into a cause for praise and rejoicing.

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer makes a To-Do list every day, prioritizing what’s most important each day. And instead of getting overwhelmed by the long list of items left unfinished at the end of each day, she celebrates the fact that she never finished her list.

“That would mean spending lots of time on relatively unimportant tasks,” Mayer explained. ”If I did [get to the bottom of the list] it would be a real bummer,” Mayer said. “Because think about all those things at the very bottom of your to-do list that really shouldn’t take time out of your day.”


Now, just have to explain this new approach to the “Honey-Do list” to my wife.

See also: The Amazing History Of To-Do lists And How To Make One That Actually Works 

Check out

10 Times It’s Wise to Hold Your Tongue
“I talk too much. Way, way too much. But God is committed to teaching me when to hold my tongue. With that in mind, let me share ten situations with you where I’m learning it’s better to refrain from talking.”

Thoughts on Preaching and Logos 5
Some tips from Zach Nielsen. I share his penultimate paragraph frustration too.

The Top 5 Reasons Your Church Could Land in Court
Child abuse has topped the list for seven of the past eight years.

5 Signs You Need to Quit Blogging
Looks like a continue for a bit longer.

Garbageman Wins CNN “2013 Hero of the Year” Award
And a little bonus of $250,000.

What Anxiety Does to Your Brain and What You Can Do About It
Also read Bob Kellemen’s Anxiety: Anatomy and Cure

Check out

Turning the Pages
Kara welcomes the earlier, darker, and longer evenings of Fall and Winter as opportunities for more family reading, and also supplies some book recommendations.

When Abortion Hits Home
An advocate for free abortions on demand and without apology, recently wrote an apology for her own abortion.

Suggestions for Crafting Message Statements
A message statement is a one-sentence summary of a sermon. It is one of the hardest yet most necessary elements of sermon preparation.

If you could go back in time, what would you tell 18 year old you?
R. C. Sproul Jr. gives ten answers.

Tornado Mediations
Barry York refelcts on his daughter’s close escape from Sunday’s tornadoes, and also on those who did not.

Is New York City on the Brink of a Great Awakening?
The article overstates the case, but it’s still encouraging to take a step back and be encouraged by the longer and bigger picture.