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Stats on Bible reading from YouVersion

biblesI am a bit old fashioned, in that, I still like my paper Bible.  As a church pastor, I occasionally ask folks to hold up their Bibles.  More and more folks are turning to electronic versions of their Bibles.  IPhones and Droids are becoming the tool of choice for Bible reading.

Because folks are accessing the web for Bible reading, this has allowed for keeping stats on which Bible books are read.  The number of hits on a book, chapter, or scripture are tracked and we are left with some really interesting data.  Interesting sociological points can be gleaned from this information.  However, that is not the point of this post.  Rather, I am just going to jot down a few of the highlights which interested me.

First, YouVersion has topped over 100 million members.  That is pretty cool.

Here are the books accessed most and the highest viewed scripture in each:

1. Psalms ( you could have guessed that one) 74,044,741  views and its most popular verse is Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord; and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

2. Matthew 44,986,813 views and its most popular verse is Matt 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

3. Proverbs 43,288,764 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.” Prov. 3:5

4. Romans 32,569,657 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.” Romans 12:25

5. John 29,571,356 (any guesses here, I am not even going to write it out?!)

6. Luke 26,355,373  ”Give, and it will be given to you, Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap.  For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:38

7. Ephesians 22,736,846 “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Eph 4:32

8. 1Corinthians 20,392,129 “Love is patient, and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant.” 1 Cor 13:4

9. Isaiah 20,205,218 “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Is 40:31

10. Lastly, Genesis 19,055,482  ”Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” Gen 2:24

Interesting stuff.  Can you interpret anything out of this?
How does this list compare to your most read books or favorite verses? Have you navigated away from a paper Bible to an electronic version? How has that helped you in your Bible study or scriptural acumen?

Prayer for our Kids Day 27 – Passion for God

“Lord, please instill in my children a soul that follows hard after You; a heart that clings passionately to You” (Psalms 63:8).

passion for God

I almost feel like we should have prayed this first and then continued to pray it along with each other day’s topic. To have a heart that clings passionately to Father, in my opinion, is the root of all Godly behavior. Is there anything more important than having passion for Father? Everything else in our lives will fall into place when we have passion for Him first. We will genuinely seek His will and search His Word, we will have a desire to act lovingly towards all, and have a heart for His kingdom. If we are passionate about our creator everything else follows naturally.

I want to continue to pray each of these attributes over my kids for the rest of their lives and eventually my grand children’s lives, but praying for a passion for Father will be something I try to pray every day from this day forward. I can’t think of anything that would make me happier than seeing their passion for Father affect every aspect of their life in ways that only Father can.

May our children’s passion for Him not be wavering, but may it be consistent and may they cling to Him and all His truth, love, grace, and mercy.

Guest Post- Rachel Theobald

B90X – “How to Interest Young People in the Bible”

In googling a list of who was young in the Bible, this article popped up.  BibleAt first glance, when reading the preamble, the thought occurred to me, “Wow, Ms. Beard has really nailed the condition of our contemporary culture.”   Then when reading further into the article, it occurred to me that the language and vocabulary did not fit our culture.

In perusing the site just a bit further, it was discovered that the article was written in January 1917!  Maybe things do not change as much as we think they do.

The article is just at 96 years old.  Frederica Beard postulates that one of reasons young people do not read is because they see the Bible as mere precepts and not as story.  In reading through the Bible in 90 Days, gobbling up so much material at a time, the idea that the Bible is story sure resonates.

* The Bible was not intended to be a sound bite.
* The Bible is not a selection of verses used out of context in a verbal battle.
*The Bible  is not a sleep aid.
*The Bible is not a list of moral code.

The Bible is varied literary genre about Father’s interaction with humans.  That interaction belongs in story.  It belongs in humanizing the Bible.  It is a real book– about real people– dealing with real life issues, problems, and challenges.

If you have the time to read the article, it is worth both the time and the fun.  You will engage a writer from a divergent east coast perspective, yet more familiar than might be presumed.

Prayer for our Kids day 19 – Humility

“God, please cultivate in my children the ability to show true humility toward all” (Titus 3:2).

“Show true humility toward all.” Think about that for a minute. What does that look like, true humility to everyone? We live in a very proud nation. We’re proud to be Americans, proud to live in such a beautiful state as Colorado, proud of our families, our pets, jobs, kids, sports teams just to name a few. But, are we living how we were called?

humilityHere are a few more things to think about from the Bible on humility:

“Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honor” (Proverbs 29:23).

“Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom” (Proverbs 11:2).

“If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom” (James 3:12-14).

Pride leads to humiliation and disgrace. Humility brings honor, wisdom and good works.

I’ve always said that it’s important to take pride in your hard work for example, but I can’t find that anywhere in the Bible. Instead we are told to “work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people” (Colossians 3:23). I think I’m going to have to re-evaluate my entire life view after writing this.

What does it really look like to live in humility?

Guest Post- Rachel Theobald

B90X- Genesis thoughts Pt. 2

Have ever driven down the same road over and over again thinking you know every pothole, every curve, and every sight along the way? Then one day you notice something you have never seen before and wonder how you missed it.   Whether it is a building, a feature to the terrain, art of some sort, or an old sign.

The same thing happens to me every time I read the Bible.  I have no idea how many times I have read through the scriptures.  Whether for a seminary class, preparing for a sermon, B90X, or just feeding my own soul.  Each and every time, there seems to be something that catches my attention I had never seen or had never cognitively ruminated.

point of interestToday’s Biblical “Roadside Point of Interest” is found in Genesis 41.  Joseph has been in prison a full two years.  Pharaoh has a dream, is puzzled by it, and needs it interpreted.  Pharaoh’s cupbearer recalls a young man who can interpret dreams and tells Pharaoh about him.  Pharaoh send for this dream interpreter.

One sentence that grabbed my imagination- “When he had shaved and changed his clothes, he came to Pharaoh”  (NIV).  What did he look like?  Was he scraggly looking?  Was he dirty and where would he have cleaned up?   What did his clothes look like and where did he get a fresh set?

I digress.  The thought occurred to me on how we present our selves to others.  How we dress when we speak to a public official or stand in a position of authority?  Do we take the time to look neat and tiddy before others.  Did it matter?  The message is the message.  But yes, appearances do matter.  It is the first impression thing.  It was important for Joseph to look presentable as he had his moment in the presence of the Pharaoh.

I thought about the process of taking off and putting on that shows up in the Bible.  There is lots of imagery of taking of something lesser and putting on something greater.

“to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair”  (Is. 61:3).

“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off the old self, … and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Eph 4:22-23).

“Put on the full armor of God” (Eph 6:13).

“So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light” (Rom 13:12).

Colossians 3:14 tells us to “put on love.”

Let’s shave and put on a fresh set of outerwear.  Blessings.