In response to a few requests, here are all the weekly “Morning & Evening Bible Reading Plans For Kids” combined into one document. If you are new to this, here and here are a couple of posts explaining the plan and layout.
As I’ve not had a lot of time to thoroughly edit this document, please let me know if there are any typos or other mistakes.
Remember there is a cut-down version with a single reading a day. Click on the “Bible reading plan” tag below to bring up the previous postings of it.
Download here. As Tim was in Grand Rapids this week to meet with Ryan, Andrew, and the rest of his publishing team at Zondervan, we recorded a first-ever face-to-face Connected Kingdom about his excellent new book: The Next Story. Ryan joined us for the discussion and then we all went for a Hibachi, finished off with fried cheesecake + fried ice cream (felt like I was back in Glasgow again!).
I started reading The Next Story while delayed in Chicago airport yesterday; and while I was hoping for good things, I have to say it has far exceeded my expectations so far. This is not a book you will quickly skim and forget about. I don’t think I’ve read a book so slowly for a long time, and that’s not because it is difficult to understand (far from it); it’s because it makes you think in fresh ways, deeper ways, wider ways, and longer ways about the impact of technology upon every part of our inner and outer lives. I already know that it’s going to join my small pile of “read every year” books.If you want to give us feedback or join in the discussion, go ahead and look up our Facebook Group or leave a comment right here. You will always be able to find the most recent episode here on the blog. If you would like to subscribe via iTunes, you can do that here or if you want to subscribe with another audio player, you can try this RSS link.
Does your desk glorify God? Can you glorify God in your administration? These are the questions I addressed with my Leadership class students recently when we discussed the problem of paper (or data). Some pastors seem to think that the power of the Gospel stops at their office door! But there is no area of life we can say to God, “No entry!” In this interview with Christianity Today, Matt Perman of whatsbestnext.com argues that administration is part of the good works we do to glorify God. The Beauty of Organization We are used to thinking about mountains or lakes or Apple Macs when we think about beauty – but not about administration. But I believe orderly administration is beautiful because:
It portrays the image of God (Gen.1:27)
It obeys the mandate of God (Gen.1:28)
It gives pleasure to God (Gen.1:31),
It reflects the nature of God (1 Cor. 14:33, 40).
Sin, by way of contrast, is anomos, lawlessness, disorder and chaos.
The Benefits of Organization Efficient organization is not only beautiful, it is also beneficial.
Available time increases as we spend less time looking for things. Matt Perman quotes To do, doing done, “Clutter sucks creativity and energy from your brain.”
Our peace increases because we are not always worrying if we missed something. We enjoy our work a lot more.
The effectiveness of our witness increases because if we fail to answer correspondence or keep appointments we lose credibility and people’s confidence.
You might say that the cultural mandate “Rule and be fruitful” begins with our offices. Here’s a great series on How to set up your desk by Matt Perman.
The Barriers to Organization As we would expect in this fallen world, anything beautiful or beneficial is not going to come easily. There are a number of obstacles to organization, not least of which are our own sinful hearts.
Our sinful hearts: Some people enjoy portraying themselves as Kings of their chaos. The monotonous drudgery of organizing puts some off, while others claim that a clean space would spoil their creativity! We do get attached to our things and resist getting rid of them. “It may be trash, but it’s my trash.”
The sins of others: Maybe we are married to chaotic people and we cannot get them to cooperate. Perhaps we have been given an impossible workload that prevents us ever doing anything well.
Changes: Sometimes we feel that we just get settled into a good routine when the next change comes along and all the balls we’ve been juggling fall to the floor again. Whenever we change computers, or have to get used to new software, our organizing is going to take a backward step. And any change in study or living location is obviously going to engulf our studies as well.
Storage: Sometimes our problem is simply that we do not have enough storage space, or it is not close enough for us to use it. Others, however, set up such a complex storage system that it just puts them off using it. We also need simple storage solutions for electronic information.
Yes, even our administration needs to be redeemed. Tomorrow we’ll look at a Blueprint for Organization, and the Balance of Organization.
UPDATE: “Tomorrow” has been postponed until Monday
“Bonus Gospel” is an introduction to a new series of ten films on Christ’s appearances in the Old Testament as the Angel of the Lord. The series is called CrossReference and aims to help Christians discover and enjoy Christ in the Old Testament.
However, you can buy the digital download of the whole series here for $5. Or visit Ligonier’s online store in the next few days for the download and also to pre-order the DVD and Study Guide.
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I hope your heart will burn within you as you discover and enjoy Christ in the Old Testament (Luke 24:32).
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