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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?

Day 74 of 90 (Lu10:1- 20:19)

Wow we are now 82% of the way through the entire Bible.  Admirable of you to stick with it so faithfully.  Good work.

If ‘promise’ is a key word for the entire Old Testament, ‘fulfillment’ is a key word for the New Testament.  We read promise after promise by Father towards his people and the world.  Promises to Adam, Noah, Abraham, David, Solomon, and others.  Those promises are all fulfilled in Jesus Christ.  Jesus is the key figure in the New Testament.

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Day 69. (Matt 5:1- 15:39)

Just a little reminder- Daylight savings time change this Saturday night.  Unfortunately, an hour loss of beauty sleep as we move our clocks ahead an hour
 
This Sunday- Refugestarts.  Yes.  We will be commissioning Pastor Caleb a.k.a. Pastor K-lub, Pastor Chone, or PK.  If you have families in your sphere of influence who have 6-8th graders, not fully planted in a local church community, give them a shout, invite them to church, meet them on Sunday morning, introduce them to PK, have a great time, and head to Castle Cafe afterwards for some awesome Chicken Fried Chicken and cracklin’ gravy.  We are so looking forward to this.  Folks have been praying.
 
Matthew- Just when we thought we were getting away from the Old Testament when we saw the New Testament starting…. wrong-O.  We started the book of Matthew with all sorts of names from the Old Testament, references to the Exile, and major references to men like David and Solomon.  And that is all just in the first half of the first chapter.

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Day Three B90X (Ge 28:20- Ge 40:11)

Good Evening Saints!!~~

I pray for you daily as we push into relevant life with Father.

Paul’s life is a beautiful example of focusing on others ALL the time. As he wrote his letter to the church at Philippi, he was chained up in prison, far away from every possible comfort. While he had many prime opportunities to write and complain about the conditions of his jail cell, or the disgusting food that was occasionally thrown to him, or the fresh collection of bruises from his guards, he chose instead to encourage his readers – reminding them to put everyone else before themselves. His perspective is a rare and very valuable one.

-When we are feeling imprisoned by whatever life has handed us, how often do we choose to encourage those around us, instead of venting and complaining about our own situation? How do we show that the needs of those around us are more important than our own?

-Pray that God would give you a new perspective on your surroundings – and that you would begin choosing to put your friends and family before yourself.
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