Bible in a Year, Week 3

Welcome to Week 3!


How are you doing?  Is it starting to feel like a marathon to keep up with the reading yet?  Sometimes, thats how it can feel.  Other times, it might seem like you are on easy street.  Reading through Scripture in large chunks sometimes requires discipline, but other times you will be drawn into the reading and it won’t be so hard.  As a reminder – feel free to reach out by emailing or messaging a pastor on Facebook.

The Place in the Story

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Bible in a Year, Week 3

5 Principles in Understanding Old Testament Narratives


Adam and Eve cast out of Garden of Eden - Bible

So…you decided to read through the Bible this year.  Maybe it’s your first time, or maybe you’re an old pro, either way, when you’re reading narratives, like most of the book of Genesis, there are a few things to keep in mind.

First, what is a narrative?  Simply put, a narrative is a story.  It tells the about an event, giving details such as the background, main character involved, and life lessons.  There is a plot with an introduction and some sort of conclusion at the end.  

Over the years I’ve made mistakes in understanding narratives.  I’ve jumped to conclusions, wondered why God would allow certain things to happen, and questioned the integrity of certain God followers in the Bible.  As time went on, I realized I wasn’t understanding the biblical narratives correctly.  So I thought if this is something I have struggled with, maybe I should pass on some basic principles for interpreting narrative passages.  Here are five principles from Mel Lawrence in his blog on “How Should We Understand the Stories of the Old Testament?”  You can find the original post here. Continue reading “5 Principles in Understanding Old Testament Narratives”

5 Principles in Understanding Old Testament Narratives

Bible in a Year, Week 2

pxm-tud61vy-aaron-burdenWelcome to Week 2!

Welcome to your week 2!  At this point, you may have some questions about what you are reading.  That’s ok.  Feel free to reach out by emailing or messaging a pastor on Facebook.

A quick tip:  a lot of people start falling behind in the second or third week.  This is normal.  If you miss a few days, that’s ok.  Rather than spending several hours to catch up in one day, just fast-forward to the current day.  You can go back later to catch up when you have some more time, either on a weekend or a couple days off.  Or, you can add a chapter or two to each day’s reading to get back on track.

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Bible in a Year, Week 2

Welcome to Bible in a Year, Week 1



Welcome to your first week of this journey through Scripture.  Each week, you’ll see several pieces of info, taken straight from the plan provided on

  1. The Place in the Story.  Thiswill give you an idea of the major focus of this section of Scripture.  Typically, you’ll hear references to this events in church and Bible studies.  This week, we will cover “Creation and Fall” and “God’s Covenant with Abraham.”
  2. Videos.  There are two types of videos: 1) those covering the actual passage of Scripture you are about to read over the week (or coming weeks if the book is longer) and 2) themed videos which deal with a broader biblical theme.  Typically, there is a connection between the the passage that will be read and the themed video.  If there are several videos, they don’t all have to be viewed on the same day, but it is recommended you view the book videos before the reading (for example, watch Genesis 1-11 video before reading Genesis 1).
  3. This Week’s Reading.  These are the passages you’ll be reading this week.  Read these after viewing the videos.

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Welcome to Bible in a Year, Week 1