Wow! You know what I just realized? We’re about ten days out from accomplishing our goal! That’s crazy, huh? There’s lots to say about that but what I want to talk to you about today – on this 250th time we’ve met together – is 2021.
I have every intention – Lord willing – to read the Bible cover-to-cover next year with you. And to be perfectly frank, I think I’m sitting here behind this microphone because He’s called me to this. I remember at first thinking that this could be a little business, etcetera, etcetera…but that is not how this has played out. I never expected to be so vigilant in following thru and I never expected Mitch to be so supportive and to give so much time and effort in making it happen. This is definitely a ministry; a calling; a total-God thing.
I’ll tell you something else. I feel no calling – at least at this point – to go beyond 2021. But I am hearing very clearly to continue the podcast next year. We all need to be in the Word every day. And if I can help you do that, well, praise God for His faithfulness and provision. Psalm 139:16 has been on my heart for over a week now and it seems appropriate to share it here.
Your eyes saw me when I was formless;
all my days were written in your book and planned
before a single one of them began.
Don’t you think that’s incredible? Before any of us were born, God ordained us to be meeting together in 2020 and 2021 to read His Word. I find that mind-boggling and more than a little comforting.
Format in 2021
So, let’s talk about what the structure of the podcast is going to look like in. As I said, we’re going to read the Bible cover-to-cover in one year, in canon order. Let’s stick with the Christian Standard Bible translation. We’ll be using the Blue Letter Bible plan found on the Bible-reading app YouVersion. This is a free app and if you haven’t downloaded it, I encourage you to do so. It has many, many resources that you can take right along with you wherever you go.
Our format will change in 2021 too. The podcast, with few exceptions will be strictly reading the text. I may comment at the end periodically, but for the most part, any extended comments will be shared on my website blog page. That way, we’ll keep our time together to about the same fifteen minutes or so that we’re used to.
It is my prayer that you will join me this coming year to read the entire Bible, especially if you have never done it before. I’m so happy that you have the foundation of the New Testament under your belt. It makes reading the Old Testament a very exciting journey indeed. I can’t wait to see your comments at Lifting Her Voice, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.