Read the (Entire) Bible in 2018!

2018 promises to be a year of renewal for Highland Village. As part of your personal renewal, let me encourage you to make it a goal to read your entire Bible, cover to cover, this coming year. If you’ve never done this, it can be a rewarding challenge as you read familiar verses and passages in their original context—and as you make special discoveries in passages you’ve never read before. If you’re already reading through the Bible on a regular basis, you can testify to the insights you gain with each re-reading.
The best way to do this is to have a daily Bible-reading plan, and to help you with this, we’ll be publishing a monthly calendar of readings for each day that will take you from Genesis straight through Revelation. The January calendar, printed below, covers Genesis 1 through Leviticus 13, beginning with God’s creation work and plan of redemption, the early heroes of faith, God’s deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt and their initial steps in learning of God’s power and holiness. As the calendar shows, each day’s reading covers 2-4 chapters—an amount that many of us should be able to fit into our schedules.
BOLO (Be on the Lookout) Verse: In this month’s readings, watch for this verse that includes the following quote: “If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you.” Who said it? To whom?
I hope you’ll make this daily Bible reading plan one of your resolutions for 2018. It will bless you in many ways!

John Williams


                                              BIBLE READING SCHEDULE: JANUARY 2018
   1 Gen. 1-2  2 Gen. 3-5  3 Gen. 6-9  4 Gen. 10-11  5 Gen. 12-15  6 Gen. 16-19
 7 Gen. 20-22  8 Gen. 23-26  9 Gen. 27-29 10 Gen. 30-32 11 Gen. 33-36 12 Gen. 37-39 13 Gen. 40-42
14 Gen. 43-46 15 Gen. 47-50 16 Ex. 1-4 17 Ex. 5-7 18 Ex. 8-10 19 Ex. 11-13 20 Ex. 14-17
21 Ex. 18-20 22 Ex. 21-24 23 Ex. 25-27 24 Ex. 28-31 25 Ex. 32-34 26 Ex. 35-37 27 Ex. 38-40
28 Lev. 1-4 29 Lev. 5-7 30 Lev. 8-10 31 Lev. 11-13      

Prayer Meditation

Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples” (Luke 11:1).


At first, this disciple’s request might surprise us. Jewish people had a great tradition of prayer, practiced since childhood.  John the Baptizer, the greatest of prophets, had taught some these very men. Jesus Himself had shown them how to pray (Matthew 6).  He had sent them on missions, and seventy had just returned with enthusiastic reports (Lk 10:1-20).  So they might easily see themselves as experienced workers with God.
Yet in Luke 11, immediately after these events, a disciple makes the most basic request: “Lord, teach us to pray.”  This sounds like a child’s request.  If he says, “teach us more about prayer,” there might be room for adult pride, suggesting, “We already know something about praying; we just need to improve.”  Instead he says something simpler: “Lord, teach us to pray.”   He includes his fellow disciples: “Teach us.”  They too need to learn prayer.  A little earlier Jesus asked His followers to pray for more harvest workers (Luke 10:2).   The disciples want to do that very thing, to join Jesus in the vitality and effectiveness of His prayers.
Do we realize that, compared with Jesus, we are babies in spiritual matters?  Are we like infants in being open to learning, to changing, to growing?  A child-like attitude is essential for us to have a place in the Kingdom (Luke 10:21; 18:16-17). But this honest man realizes that they are mere children in the school of prayer.  So he goes right back to the beginning, with the most basic request, “Lord, teach us to pray.”

John Reese