Organic Scripture

So, how are those New Year’s resolutions going?  Overall, I’m doing ok.  I haven’t made my weekly blog post, but I’m close!  My yearly Bible reading is right on track, but my Bible in 90 days ready took a beating when I was sick with a sinus infection earlier this month.  It looks like it will be the Bible in 120 days or so!  The best news is that my diet is going well.  I’ve already lost some weight, and I hope that my blood pressure takes a corresponding nosedive.

One of the things that this particular diet stresses is staying away from additives and preservatives, and eating as much organic food as possible.  This has yielded a few surprises.  Did you know that organic broccoli actually tastes good?  And organic oranges and apples are wonderful!  Don’t even get me started on the eggs!

This whole process reminds me of a passage of Scripture.  1 Peter 2:2 says, “as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.”  Listening to sermons is great, and so is reading books.  But you get so much more out of your Christian walk if you know the flow and content of the Bible!  That’s why it’s so great to do a Bible reading program where you read through the Bible in a year or two, and then keep doing variations of that for your entire life.  The benefits are almost endless!  You’ll be able to follow those sermons and books better.  God will touch your heart again and again by what you read.  You’ll be able to connect Scripture with Scripture.  And, you’ll be able to recognize when someone is twisting God’s Word around for his/her advantage.

Even though it’s not the New Year, you can start any Bible reading program at any time.  You can start at the beginning and use a bookmark to keep your place, or you can simply start on whatever day it is and keep going for a year.  One of my favorite Bible reading programs is the Daily Walk Bible.  It takes you straight through the Bible, which some people don’t care for because they would rather read from the Old and New Testaments, as well as the Psalms and Proverbs each day.  But that particular Bible gives you a few paragraphs of further explanation as well as some application, so that you get even more out of the reading.

So, what are you waiting for?  Go organic!

The Call to Life!

When I was finishing up my undergraduate degree at Liberty University, both Valerie and I had the opportunity to work for the Liberty Godparent Home.  The LGH is a home that provides education, care, and (if wanted) adoption services for young ladies who are pregnant out-of-wedlock.  Valerie was a receptionist and worked the hotline, and I taught computer skills and worked on the office mainframe.  While we were there we learned the facts about fetal development and the untold dangers about the different types of abortions.  That, coupled with a good understanding of what the Bible says, has made us profoundly pro-life ever since!

This Sunday (January 22) is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.  At First Baptist we celebrated it on the 8th, because I didn’t want to interrupt a sermon series that I just started.  The sermon was entitled “A Call to Life” and can be found here.  At the close of the sermon I had a chance to use a video that may be the best video I’ve ever seen regarding the Sanctity of Human Life.  It doesn’t just talk about abortion, but mentions all of the various issues that are involved.  If you desire to be moved, click this link!


Are New Year’s Resolutions good or bad?  Well, it’s always good to take a look at your life to see how you’re doing.  Socrates said that the unexamined life isn’t worth living, but, more importantly, God’s Word reminds us that “if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged” (1 Cor 11:31, NKJV).  The beginning of a new year is a natural time to do that, especially considering that it comes right after a holiday season, lots of over overeating, and frequent family gatherings.  Hopefully a little extra time focusing on the birth of the Savior may have an influence as well!

So, what have I decided for this upcoming year?  Well, first of all, I’m reading through the Bible in a year again.  I’ve frequently recommended the “Daily Walk Bible” for people who are novices to the idea, because if gives you some explanation and application for each daily reading.  This year I’m using the ESV Daily Reading Bible.  The plan has you go through the OT once, the NT twice, and Psalms twice during the course of the year.  Here are the daily readings online, or a pdf plan you can print out.

I shared during the summer that it had been a hard year for me emotionally, spiritually, and mentally.  Well, it got a little better, but I can now add physically to that list!  I decided I needed a spiritual reset if you will, so, in addition to the above plan, I’m also reading through the Bible in 90 days.  There’s an entire program for it, but you can find the reading plan here and use it with any Bible if you so desire.  I have a Bible that I’ve marked for that express purpose.  So far so good!

The physical problems have been nagging and ongoing, with my blood pressure topping the list.  I had very good success with the Atkins diet years ago, including incredible blood work, but got away from it.  I made a resolution to make some eating changes for 2012 so that I could lose some weight, but I didn’t realize how radical those changes would be!  I just happened to download a free book for my kindle called “The Perfect 10 Diet.”  The author made a lot of sense, especially with some of his comments regarding the additives and preservatives that we use in food.  I suppose that some of my recent problems with migraines over the summer may have influenced me as well!  Anyway, to make a long short (too late!), we have completely changed the way we’re approaching food/dieting in the new year.  And of course, you can’t have a resolution about dieting without having one on exercising as well!  Nuff said.

This blog has also been a source of consternation to me.  Sometimes I feel that it’s just one more thing to do, and wonder if it’s really necessary.  At other times I think that it’s a really neat idea, and that I should utilize it more.  Oops!  I don’t think that I can manage a daily post like some do, but I would like to shoot for once a week (hence this post).  I will probably manage a few a week for a while, but, knowing my past history, at some point it will probably become a struggle to post weekly, and I’ll barely be able to manage that.

Well, that’s it for now.  Over time I’ll reevaluate, make changes, and probably be happy and frustrated all at the same time!  I pray that we’ll all find a way to become closer to God in the New Year.