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B90X Day One

Genesis 1:2 tells us the Spirit of God (ruah) hovered over the waters.  What did that look like?  Have you ever tried to recreate that in your mind?

The theme for B90X 2016 at CRBC is “The Presence of the Lord.”  As we read through the Bible this time around, ask Father to show you his presence in the story.  Where does he show up?  How does He interact with the folks the story is written about?

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How is His presence tangible, real, manifested, or obvious? How does the Lord present himself in a story?  How does that presence minister to folks? Is it a blessing? Sometimes it is not.

Right out of the gate, the Holy Spirit is present with us.  He hovered.  He was right there.  His presence is so thick, it covers and hovers.  The word for hover there has all sorts of meanings.  It can also mean brooding, gently moving, or even, fertilizing.  Fertilizing?  That is cool.  Fertilizer has to come in contact with something for it to have an effect.   And what an effect it can have.  Whatever the fertilizer touches is affected.  It can’t be the same.  The same with the Holy Spirit.   Whatever it touches is never the same.  I don’t want to be the same- touch me Holy Spirit.  Help me grow, help me be more like Jesus, help me to know you more intimately.

For a complete schedule of the readings go here.  We’d love for you to join us on the journey.

B90X Genesis

When one reads through the Bible in 90 days, it only takes four days to get through all 50 chapters of Genesis.

Genesis is easy reading.  It is also full of crazy stories that seem like they just are made up, almost unbelievable.  It is the collection of the beginning of earthly existence for the heavens and the earth from the macro to the micro.  One sees the hand of God present and active in the lives of some very unlikely characters hosting the power, life, and legacy of the Lord.

Today at CRBC, to kick of the weekly series of sermons as we walk through the Bible, was my preaching professor, Scott Wenig.

Interestingly, as I read through Genesis this go-round, Joseph made a heightened impression on me.  His integrity, his wisdom, his patience, and his faith seemed to all speak voluminously to faithful believers for millennia to come.

Joseph and potipers wifeJoseph and his life was the subject-du-jour for us today.  The big idea was this, “Do you believe that God is always good and that He is always at work in your life?”  That question needs be be answered with a resounding, “yes.”   If not, that is a good goal to reach for.  It is good to make that connection.  To see God as bad, absent, or an antagonist to your life is no way to live and think.

For the next few days, as you read through some of the more challenging portions of scripture, ask your self this question and see what kinds of ideas you have.  Hopefully you will answer in the affirmative time and time again.

“Increase our faith!”

B90X “Increase Our Faith”

It is that time of the year again!

No, not tax time, B90X time.

As we gear up to read through the Bible in 90 days, the Lord, through a man of God, gave us the idea of reading this year through the lens of faith.  So as we read, look for signs of faith.  Look for men and women of faith.  Look for qualities of faith evident in people.  Even look for folks who don’t walk in faith and examine some of the reasons why or what may be going on for them to not live a life of faith.

Today, I found a couple of things.  First, in Genesis 4:26 it says, “At that time men began to call on the name of the LORD.”  If faith is believing and trusting, what was it that they knew for them to trust in and call out to?  How did the Lord reveal Himself for Him to be sought after?  How did they know to ‘call on’ the name of the Lord?  What did this kind of faith look like and did the Lord consider those calling out to be people of faith? Lots of unknowns there.

Enoch going upSecondly, what did the faith of Enoch look like.  He is found in Genesis 5:21-24.  The Bible says that he walked with God.  What did that walk look like on an everyday scale?  Then it says “God took him away.”  Enoch is one of two people who did not die and earthly death, Elijah is the other.  What was it about the faith of Enoch that he was taken away?  Where did he learn to live the kind of life that pleased Father so much that he was here one minute and gone the next?

You get the idea.  We are going to read through the entire Bible in 90 days.  We will come across verses and people we have read before or are meeting for the first time.  Allow the Holy Spirit to use their lives to help increase your faith (Luke 17:5)

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?

B90X- Genesis thoughts.

As I finished up Genesis last night, I was reminded how messy humanity can be.  The craziness of how different folks acted can take us off guard.  Whether it is Abraham lying a couple of times about Sarah being his sister rather than his wife, the cave scene of Lot and his daughters, or the selling of a younger brother into slavery, there is no lack of wonder as to why this family is the one used to bring salvation and redemption to all of mankind.

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Where the idea started that one has to be perfect to either go to church or begin the Christian walk is beyond me.  If Father used this rag-tag hereditary line to share his story, just about all of us are tame in comparison.  Some of the stories regarding Sodom are perplexing.  And how twisted so many are by not having any moral guidance, left to their own devices and schemes.  As one of our Youth Pastors said last night, “Man, how can this be in my Bible?  Not in my Bible!”

There is a fantastic reminder of respect and honor, as well as the antithesis, every time I read Genesis 9.  The ark has settled on dry land, the water recedes, and Noah plants a vineyard.  For whatever reason Noah imbibes way too much and lay nakedly inebriated in his tent. His three sons have a decision to make- criticize their father or protect him.  Two sons chose to protect while one son says something that shows disrespect and when Noah finds out about it is furious.  So ticked that a curse is brought upon his lineage forever.  And to this day the curse appears to be born out.

The CJB says he is ‘shamefully exposed.’  There will be times in our lives when some folks around us have made some decisions which shamefully expose them.  Rather than further embarrass or bring more trouble on someone, let’s do what we can protect, love, respect, and honor those around us when mistakes are made.  Rather than air them out for the world to see, let’s cover over a multitude of sins.  I think it is something Jesus would do.

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”  Proverbs 15:1