Bible in One Year

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November 1 Day 305

Fix Your Thoughts on Jesus

When the British people are asked who the greatest Briton of all time was, Sir Winston Churchill usually tops the poll. If you were to ask an American who the greatest American was, they might reply George Washington or Abraham Lincoln. If you asked a Jew at the start of the first century AD who the greatest Jew was, without a doubt they would have said ‘Moses’. To the Hebrews, Moses was the supreme figure of history. He rescued them from slavery. He gave them the Law.

October 31 Day 304

Free to Sing

‘I have on my table a violin string’, wrote Rabindranath Tagore. ‘It is free to move in any direction I like. If I twist one end it responds; it is free. But it is not free to sing. So I take it and fix it into my violin. I bind it and when it is bound, it is free for the first time to sing.’

October 30 Day 303

Jesus is the Key

Madonna said, ‘When I was growing up I was religious in a passionate way. Jesus Christ was like a movie star, my favourite idol of all.’ Novelist H.G. Wells said, ‘I am an historian, I am not a believer. But this penniless preacher from Galilee is irresistibly the centre of history.’ Napoleon Bonaparte said, ‘I know men and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man.’ Even people who would not describe themselves as followers of Jesus recognise that there is something extraordinary about him.

October 29 Day 302

How to Refresh Your Mind, Heart and Soul

The former televangelist, Jim Bakker, in his autobiography I Was Wrong, tells the story of his descent into ignominy, impoverishment and imprisonment. He lost his freedom, his sanity, his dignity, his confidence in his faith, and eventually even his wife. Inmate 07407-058, one-time confidant to presidents, had hit rock bottom.

October 28 Day 301

Doing Good

There are some people in our church community who never seem to stop doing good. Whenever I see them, they are serving or washing up, praying for someone, encouraging others, offering to take food to the sick, or doing some other kind act. They give generously to the work of the church. They do all these things with such grace and enthusiasm. I am always encouraged and challenged by their example.

October 27 Day 300

Apparent Contradictions

I have often heard it said that ‘the Bible is full of contradictions’. It is certainly true that there are many apparent contradictions.

October 26 Day 299

The End is Not the End

There is a line in the film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: ‘Everything will be alright in the end … If it’s not alright then it is not the end.’ Way beyond its context in the film, these words convey a profound theological truth.

October 25 Day 298

Famous Last Words

As the novelist, historian and poet, Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832), lay dying he turned to his great friend and son-in-law, J.G. Lockhart – the man who was later to write his life story – and said, ‘Will you read to me from the Book?’ Lockhart wondered which of his many books he meant – for he knew he was a great writer. So he asked, ‘Which book?’

October 24 Day 297

God Speaks Through the Bible

Fyodor was a wild young man. His life revolved around eating, drinking, talking, music, theatre and the company of women. He dreamt of fame. He was caught up in a movement for political and social reform in Russia during the repressive reign of Tsar Nicholas I. He was arrested, tried and condemned initially to be executed.

October 23 Day 296

Twenty-Five Ways to Be Useful to God

He is one of my great heroes of faith. He was a model of godliness, faith and humility. God used him greatly. When he died in 1982, his executors were unable to trace a single member of his family still living. No one came forward claiming to be even a distant relation.