AND THE WORD
WAS MADE FLESH
AND DWELT AMONG US
CHRISTMAS 2014 IS PAST
BUT THE WORD STILL
STILL MAKES HIS HOME, AMONG US
THROUGH THE MYSTERY OF HIS SPIRIT
AND HIS LIVING WORD.
We are completing our Advent challenge this week by memorizing the final verse. Print this out.
(1) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
(2) He was in the beginning with God.
(3) All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
(4) In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
(5)The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
(6) There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
(7) He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light,
that all might believe through him.
(8) He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
9. The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
10. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.
12. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,
13. who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
14. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
THE NEW YEAR CHALLENGE
Some of you may remember George Mueller, the man who by faith established so many orphanages and was known for his inextinguishable joy. He said the first duty of a Christian was to get his soul happy in the Lord each day. He always began with the Word, and then prayed through it. He read through the Bible yearly all of his life.
So my challenge is to start reading through the Bible chronologically — not as it was written, but as it happened. It is an exciting and helpful way to read — to read, for example, the historical incident and then the psalms that were written because of that incident. I have a schedule so you can do it in a year, but I’m not so concerned if you accomplish it in one, two, or even three years, but that you keep reading through, and each day, “get your soul happy in the Lord,” by allowing Him to quicken you, speak to you, and “live” in you. I know you are involved in other Bible studies, including this one on the blog, so you know what you can handle — but everybody can find ten minutes to look at the whole puzzle in addition to the pieces. The challenge is not so much to accomplish a certain number of chapters, but to let Him tabernacle in You, to get your soul happy in the Lord. I’ll give you the chronological link on New Year’s Day. I’ll also tell you at the close of the week what is next for 2015.
1. Share your thoughts about our Advent Adventure of memorizing the prologue and how it is impacting you.
2. Share your thoughts on the New Year challenge.
Monday: Review John 1:1-13.
3. Can you write it out?
4. Do you have any fresh meditations?
Tuesday: Add John 1:14 to complete the prologue!
To open this week, please watch this video from my favorite contemporary poet, Luci Shaw. Then we will meditate on her poem: Made Flesh.
Meditate on Made Flesh and find the surprises: http://dreaminginthedeepsouth.tumblr.com/post/2180155610/made-flesh-by-luci-shaw
Wednesday: New Year’s Eve
6. Review John 1:1-14 and share your contemplations on verse 14.
Thursday: New Year’s Day
Here is the link of you want to start reading through the Bible chronologically at your own pace:
Friday: Myth Became Fact
7. This is a wonderful video from a movie about Lewis and Tolkein. You may have already seen it. Watch and comment:
8. Here is an optional sermon (one of my top 5 favorites — so you may already have it) from Keller.
9. What notes or comments do you have on the Keller sermon?
10. What is your take-a-way and why?
While I am still working on The Song of Songs, I am also seeing the need for a studyguide that will help women grasp how the gospel can transform their lives. My tentative title is:
A Woman Transformed by The Gospel
How the gospel, rather than religion,can rescue us from the penalty and power of sin.
I want to try some lessons here, before Lent and possibly on into Lent, with this amazing group, and get your input. The best guide I’ve seen on this is Gospel Transformation, but its length overwhelms most groups. I’m going to try to do something more concise — I don’t know if I can do something that I’ll like better than what I’ve seen, but I have been itching to try! That desire and now a peace the time is right, has me taking the New Year Plunge! You are such a wonderful group — honestly — that I would be so thankful for your input. I want it to work for both seekers and believers. Some material and illustrations I have used before, but I will try to make it fresh. I so covet your prayers and participation, if God leads you to stay with us during this next journey. If not, blessings for whatever path He is taking you on!
I also want to alert you to a sale and new security on Gospel in Life. Go to the site and click on specials (75% on Galatians — and I will be taking sermons from that) and new security. I know Diane was hacked on their old account, and so was I, so I understand hesitancy. I think those who have been hacked are actually now safer than those who have not been — but I leave that up to you. I haven’t tried it, but I imagine you could call them and get a gift card by sending a check.