An Update: Week 18 of the 5 Day Bible Reading Program

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Drove to work this morning in the rain. As I watched cloud-to-ground lightning, I listened to a list of names being read. I am currently in Week 18 of the 5 Day Bible Reading Program. Lost in the overwhelming tide of genealogies that has been 1 Chronicles. Learning about how “Phinehas fathered Abishua; Abishua fathered Bukki”. If one was looking for a unique baby name, 1 Chronicles would prove to be a valuable resource.

“Hey Bukki, it’s time to come inside for dinner!”

One of the best things about The Bible App, is that you have the option to have the Bible read to you. I find myself marveling over the narrator, as he skillfully pronounces strange Biblical names. The dude is good at what he does. The reading option has made passages, where I’d normally find myself skimming, easier to digest.

The Bible App - 1 Chronicles

As I’ve read through Scripture this year, God has been teaching me that it is easy to read the Bible (gain knowledge) and miss out on the relationship (engaging with God through prayer, etc.). I’m working on the engagement part and trying to overcome my “check off the list” tendency.

How about you? What tools, resources, or apps, do you use, as you read the Bible?

Something I Enjoy – The Geek to Geek Podcast

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I enjoy commuting with the Geek to Geek Podcast. Hosts Void and Beej do a fantastic job talking about movies, TV Shows, apps and video games. There is something about their rapport that reminds me of geeky dinnertime conversations in college. Granted, they haven’t talked about the return of zeppelins for use in military applications… yet.

If you are looking for a solid geeky podcast, you can’t go wrong hanging out with Void and Beej.

Commuting with Mike Erre

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Listened to part of Mike Erre‘s Vox Podcast this morning. His first episode is titled “Why Gay Marriage is Good for the Church”. Great thoughts so far. Jesus always provides a third way/viewpoint to any debate. I appreciate Mike’s honesty and willingness to tackle this topic.

Take a listen here, if you feel so inclined.

Drop me a comment below, if you want to discuss.

Focusing on the Bigger Picture

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*Photo by Stephen Bowler (SFB579), Creative Commons

Got up this morning and drove my son out to a friend’s house. His Grandma, who normally watches him, is out of town for the next few days. Our drive was mostly quiet. I can tell that he isn’t used to being in the car for a “long” ride (more than 20 minutes). Being a former Californian, I find this amusing. After getting him all settled, I raced off to work.

Walked into work and was immediately greeted by a co-worker standing in my office. “Your filing system leaves a lot to be desired”, I was gruffly told. Well gee, thanks. He then told me that he was in a bad mood. Moments later my boss intercoms me, wants me to find some pricing book. This book could be anywhere and I hadn’t seen it. In an exasperated/pissed off tone, I was told to find the book! Thankfully five years of working here has given me the office-smarts to know where to start such searches. I found the book in moments, in a stack and in an office that it shouldn’t have been in. Crisis averted.

At home, I hold my 3 year old to a higher standard. He has been told that no matter how tired he is, that does not change the fact that he is to be obedient. I also expect him to put away his toys…so that he can find them later. Hint. Hint.

Last night I came across a verse that came to mind this morning:

18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. – 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV)

Most often it is easy to focus on what is in front of us. Whether that is a bad situation or even mood, we quickly become consumed in the now. Paul, in 2 Corinthians, reminds us to focus on the eternal and not the temporary things. A good reminder that is hard to live.