I am making more of a concerted effort to read more in 2011. I have to admit, my reading has slacked off this past year and I have missed it. It is my goal in 2011 to read at least one book a month and read through 12 books at minimum. I have been challenged that I need to continue to read and learn and grow in my understanding of theology, faith, Christian living, other faiths and denominations, and even biographies. I am excited about setting this goal for my own life to be reading more. I hope to share with you here the books that I am reading and provide recommendations for those who are interested in doing some reading of their own.
As such, here are the books that I have read so far this year:
I have a few more already lined up to read upon the completion of First Things First, which at am 85% finished with. I am geared up to read:
Other books that I have read, although not this year, that I would recommend are:
Feel free to comment with your favorite books or
Having finished our study of the book of James, this coming Sunday, we will begin study of the book of Hebrews! I have loved my study of both of these books over the years and have learned so much from them. I learned even more from James as we studied it together as a church and I am excited to begin a study of book of Hebrews again. I encourage you to read the book in preparation for our study Sunday. Come prepared to learn from the word of God.
Well, the new website allows me to have a blog, where I can share thoughts from my study or encouragements. My goal and prayer is that at least once a week, I would be able to post something here to encourage and challenge you in your spiritual walk.
For my first blog, I wanted to share an article that I read from gracegems.org this morning. It was an encouragement and blessing to me and I pray it will be to you as well.
The Golden Key! The Golden Thread!
by Octavius Winslow Download Audio
LISTEN to Audio while you read along with the quote below!
Jesus is the one great theme both of the Old Testament and the New. The whole Bible is designed to testify of Christ, "The Scriptures point to Me!" John 5:39
In Christ the Messiah, in Jesus the Savior, in the Son of God the Redeemer--all the truths of the Bible center.
To Him all the types and shadows point!
Of Him all the prophecies give witness!
All the glory of the Scriptures, from Genesis to Revelation--culminates at the cross of Christ!
The Bible would be an inexplicable mystery apart from Christ, who unfolds and explains it all.
He is the golden Key which unlocks the divine treasury of Scriptural revelation!
Until He is seen, the Bible is, in a sense--a great mystery. But when He is found, it is a glorious revelation. Every mystery is opened, every enigma explained, every discrepancy harmonized, and every truth and page, sentence and word, quickened with a life and glowing with a light flowing down from the throne of the Eternal God.
Christ is the substance of the Gospel.
All its divine doctrines,
all its holy precepts,
all its gracious instructions,
all its precious promises,
all its glorious hopes--
meet, center, and fill up their entire compass in Jesus!
He is the Alpha and the Omega of the Bible, from the first verse in Genesis--to the last verse in Revelation.
Oh, study the Scriptures of truth with a view of learning Christ.
Do not study the Bible as a mere history.
Do not read it as a mere poem.
Do not search it as a book of science.
It is all that, but infinitely more.
The Bible is the Book of Jesus!
It is a Revelation of Christ!
Christ is the golden thread which runs through the whole!
Blessed Lord Jesus! I will read and study and dig into the Scriptures to find and learn more of You!
You, Immanuel, are the fragrance of this divine box of precious ointment.
You are the beauteous gem sparkling in this divine cabinet.
You are the Tree of life planted in the center of this divine garden.
You are the Ocean whose stream quickens and nourishes all who draw water out of this divine well of salvation.
The Bible is all about You!
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