100 Chapters to Read Every Year
Many people’s Bible reading habits are all over the place. I have located 100 chapters of the Bible that as a pastor I recommend that everyone read at least once a year. The are mostly from the New Testament. When you are finished with these let me know and I will guide you from there. Happy reading!
- John 1-21
- Acts 1-28
- Ephesians 1-6
- Philippians 1-4
- 1 Timothy 1-6
- 2 Timothy 1-6
- Titus 1-3
- James 1-5
- 1 Peter 1-5
- 2 Peter 1-3
- 1 John 1-5
- Genesis 1-3
- Psalm 1
- Psalm 119
- Proverbs 3
- Revelation 20-21
Financial Peace University — with Dave Ramsey begins in at the end of September. There are going to be twelve different sessions covered. They all deal with getting out of debt and building personal wealth. This will be a guided study in which participants will have homework. discussions, and support for one another in the process of gaining financial health.
These will be held on Wednesday nights so there will be childcare available for all those interested.
Please contact me throught he website if you want more information.
A book I recommend all Christians should read is Kenneth E. Hagin’s “How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God.”
A great many Christian books have been written on the importance of being Spirit-led. Unfortunately, there are very few that actually explain how to do it. The lack of knowledge in this area is so great that many abuses have been excused by attributing the odd behavior to “being led by the Spirit.”
This book describes the true leadings of the Spirit better than any other. It also gives warnings concerning some methods of seeking guidance which lead to trouble. The Scriptures on guidance are examined and carefully explained. After reading this book, you will better understand what being led by the Spirit of God is really like.
Here are some of the topics that are covered in this insightful book:
- The Lamp of the Lord — God guides us through our spirit, not our physical senses or our mentality.
- Man: An Eternal Spirit — There is a difference between our inward man and our outward man. The inward man is a spirit. God does something with the inward man, but not the outward man. We must do something with the outward man.
- Spirit-Conscious — The first step in being led by the Spirit of God is to become more aware of our own spirit.
- What Is the Difference Between Spirit and Soul? — The soul contacts the intellectual realm. The spirit contacts the spiritual realm.
- The Saving of the Soul — Saving the soul is a process. The spirit is reborn, but the soul must be renewed or restored with the Word of God.
- Presenting the Body — The inward man must become the dominant one. We must place our body in submission to our spirit.
- Number One: The Inward Witness — This chapter describes the primary way that God leads, the inward witness. It is not a physical feeling; it is either a velvety-like go ahead feeling in your spirit, or a check in your spirit that stops you. Sometimes it takes time to wait upon God before the inward witness becomes discernable enough to act on.
- Know-So Salvation — The first experience we have with the inward witness is that confident knowledge of being a child of God that comes with salvation.
- Fleeced! — Some warnings against the practice of putting out fleeces. Fleeces are an Old Covenant method of guidance used by spiritually dead people. We have a better guide — the living Spirit of God in direct communion with our spirit.
- Following the Witness — This chapter provides some good examples of ways to discern and follow the inward witness. Get confirmation. Don’t be in a hurry. The leading will come in your spirit, which is the real you, so it will seem like it is “just you.” If your flesh fights it, it must be brought into submission to your spirit. Most of the time, God’s guidance is not spectacular… but it is always supernatural.
- Number Two: The Inward Voice — The conscience is the voice of our spirit. It is a still small voice that will speak to us if we are willing to listen to it.
- Effects of the Spirit’s Indwelling — For those who have been born again, the conscience is a safe guide.
- Two Experiences — There is a difference between being born of the Spirit and being filled with the Spirit. The new birth is a well of water that blesses you. The infilling of the Holy Spirit is rivers of water which flow out of you to bless others.
- God Inside — The Holy Spirit dwells in your spirit. He communicates with you through your spirit.
- Depend on Your Spirit — Since the Holy Spirit is in your spirit, your spirit knows things that your head does not know.
- Tenderhearted — When you do wrong as a Christian, it is your own spirit, not the Holy Spirit that tells you. Your conscience, the voice of your spirit, must be kept tender or spiritual things will become indistinct.
- Feelings: The Voice of the Body — Our faith must be based on the Word of God, not on our feelings. Feelings can change with the circumstances, but the Word of God is always constant.
- Help from Within — The Holy Spirit dwells on the inside of us and passes God’s messages on to us through our spirit.
- Number Three: The Voice of the Holy Spirit — When our spirit speaks to us, it is a still, small voice. When the Holy Spirit speaks, it is more authoritative. It may almost sound audible, but it comes from within us.
- Judging by the Word — The Spirit of God and the Word of God always agree. This chapter offers some warnings about listening to voices. Some voices contradict the Bible directly, while others quote the Bible out of context. The Holy Spirit will communicate with our spirit on the inside of us and always in agreement with the whole redemptive message of the Bible.
- My Spirit? The Flesh? or the Holy Spirit? — The question “Is it just me?’ misses an important distinction. If “me” refers to my inner man, my spirit which is born again, then it can be “just me” and still be valid guidance since my spirit is in communion with the Holy Spirit. It is when we allow the flesh to dominate us that we miss God.
- I Perceive — Many people believe that God causes or allows bad things to happen to us to teach us something. On the contrary, God warns us in our spirit about these things and if we learn to cooperate with Him, we can avoid many of the things that would harm us.
- Spectacular Guidance — Many people seek only spectacular guidance like visions or angels and they miss much of God’s guidance.
- The Spirit Bade Me Go — Some Scriptural examples of the Holy Spirit speaking.
- Guidance Through Prophecy — When guidance comes through a prophetic utterance, it must be judged by the Word of God and what we have in our own spirit.
- Guidance Through Visions — This chapter describes the three kinds of visions and gives Scriptural examples of each.
- Listen to Your Heart — Some examples of the mistakes that have been made when people chose to ignore the guidance of their spirit.
- How to Train the Human Spirit — Details on the four steps to training our spirit: Meditating the Word, practicing the Word, giving the Word first place, and instantly obeying the voice of our spirit.
- Praying in the Spirit — Praying in tongues every day keeps our spirit in direct contact with the Spirit of God and is one of the greatest spiritual exercises there is.
Let me know what you think when you get going on this great book that I guarantee will help you navigate the storms of life we are traveling.
For those who love football this is your chance to fellowship with other like minded friends in a great atmosphere. Draft day is Sunday, September 6, right after church. We will be having a tailgate party with hamburgers while the draft is going on. If you are intersted please email me as soon as you think you want to be apart. It’s Football Season.
Four Habits of Growing Christians
- Reading and Meditating in God’s Word
- Communicating with God in prayer
- Giving your time and money to build God’s Kingdom
- Fellowshipping corporately at church and with small groups
This is the topic of our Wednesday night Bible study for early Fall. Now that school is back in session it is a good time to get your kids back on track again for growing in Christ too. See you Wednesday nights.
“I’m not doing church because it has too many hypocrites there!”
Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-13
It is late Summer and I am in the middle of a series called “Equipped.” The premise comes from when Paul is describing the purposes of ministers and believers. The verse specifically tells ministers to equip Christians to do the work of the ministry and build up the church. I have many friends who have “checked out” of the church. They use phrases like, “I’ve done that church thing,” or “I’m not doing church because it is full of hypocrites.”
I’ve heard those comments for twenty years now. What they are really saying is that their flesh wants to do something else. I am not saying that churches are perfect, or the people all act like they should, but most churches are sincere and are trying to practice the principles of the Bible. The very next statement Paul made after giving us these instructions was that this process of equipping was going to continue until Jesus comes back.
I guarantee you that our enemy, the devil, will provide you with all the reasons why you should disconnect. They will all seem perfectly logical to your mind and flesh. They will be easier than keeping your hand to the plow as Jesus said. I compare this process with working out at the gym. Going just a time or two doesn’t profit you if you stop. Plus, going to the gym doens’t benefit the gym, it benefits the person going. If you stop going to the gym it doesn’t hurt the gym. The gym may go out of business, but it’s just a business, your body is the thing that loses.
Let’s keep up the good fight of faith and stay connected to what God is doing.
Check out the verses used in this blog: Luke 9:62, 1 Timothy 6:12, 2 Timothy 4:7
Wednesday nights are not just a Bible Study…it’s a growing experience. God tells us numerous times how important it is to study the Bible. He said to study the scriptures was to show ourselves approved, and that spending time in the Word fuels us for the good works we are created for (John 15). So, when you come to Wednesday nights you are doing more than just looking up Bible verses…you are growing in God and becoming more useful to Him.
2 Timothy 2:15 (New King James Version)
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Today’s child lives in a culture where hard-core pornography abounds. Our children are being seduced daily, and we need to bear this fact in mind whenever we have the occasion to redirect them away from pornography.” –Rob Jackson
This blog post is a resource link for parents. I too have three children and am concerned about the ease of availability of hard core porn on the web. This is a great article produced by FOCUS ON THE FAMILY and written by Rob Jackson. It has a series of articles on how parents can approach their children and help them navagate the evils that lurk in our world.
Click here to go to the article, “When Children View Pronography”.
I’ve decided to dedicate my life to Jesus; I want to serve Him, but what should I do as I proceed down this new path? The first step is to pray because the journey is not going to be easy. Here is a start to your pray on becoming a minister for God…
- Thank God for allowing you to be part of the building of His Kingdom.
- Ask forgiveness for any part of you that wants to let others do the entire ministry and not do your part.
- Pray for His help in developing such a servant’s heart that you take greater joy in the accomplishments of God’s Kingdom than your own—just as a coach or parent takes joy in the success of those they’ve developed.
- Pray for guidance as you think through the areas of ministry that you can be a blessing in.
- Pray for strength as you face the criticism of those who resist change.
- Pray for patience as you deal with those who believe the ministry of the church is always for someone else to do.
- Pray for His’ timing as you advance down the path that God want to use you in.
- Pray for His’ endurance, as the journey takes longer than most people want.
- Thank Him in advance for the people that He is going to raise up, for all the ways He is going to help you along this path, and for a the great things the people of your church will accomplish as they serve in the ministries for which He created them.
Why I love the church. I grew up in church. I’ve had great experiences there. I love the Word of God, I love the fellowship of Christian brothers and sisters, I love the praise and worship, and I love what the church does for people. That is the reason I became a pastor and started Heritage Christian Center. I want as many people as possible to experience the same joy I’ve received from the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The other person who loves the church is–God. In fact, He says that even the gates of hell will not prevail against the church. Another reason to get and stay hooked up with a great local church is the promise that God would cause all things to work together for your good if you are called according to His’ purpose. I challenge you to check it out—everything God is doing is through the church, in fact, He called it His’ church. You may feel the church isn’t perfect, but I believe God meant for all of His’ imperfect children to be apart of this perfect work He is doing inside all of us.
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28