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  • J. Randal Matheny 6:19 am on 2012-11-19 Permalink | Reply
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    Making a list of must-know OT texts 

    I asked this on Twitter and FB, but you’re probably the best people to ask: What OT texts ought to be included in a list of must-know scriptures? My list permits 56 separate texts. The texts should have more than a single verse, up to 20.

    I’m putting together a three-year public reading schedule for congregations, using B.B. Baxter’s “100 Key Scriptures” as a base. He focuses on the NT, so I’m supplementing with passages from the Old, to stretch out to a plan for three years.

    We plan sermons, so why not public Scripture readings?

    • Richard Mansel 12:47 pm on 2012-11-19 Permalink | Reply

      Genesis 1-3; 12; Isaiah 2; 59:1-2; Psalm 23; Job 1; Ezekiel 18

    • Eugene Adkins 9:19 pm on 2012-11-19 Permalink | Reply

      I would agree with Richard on Genesis 1-3 in what ever order decided. Particularly the first 27 verses of chapter 1 and the first 13 verses of chapter 3 and also 22:1-18.

      I would also add…

      …from Exodus – – 3:1-8; 12:1-28; 14:1-14; 20:1-21; 32:48-52 and 34:1-12

      …from Joshua – – 1:1-9; 23:1-16

      …from 1 Samuel – – chosen verses from chapter 17

      …from 1 Kings – – 3:1-15; chosen verses chapter 18 and 19

      …from 2 Kings – – chosen verses from chapter 2; 5:1-19; chosen verses from chapters 18-20; and chosen verses from chapters 22-23

      …from Nehemiah – – chosen verses from chapter 9

      …from Esther – – chosen verses from chapter 4

      …from Psalms – – 1:1-6; 19:1-14; 22:1-31; 23:1-6; 32:1-11; 56:1-13; 62:1-12; 63:1-11; 95:1-11; 100:1-5; 107:1-9; 110:1-7; 119:1-16, 97-112, 169-176; 121:1-8; 136:1-26; 139:1-24; and 148:1-14

      …from Proverbs – – 23:1-35; 30:1-9 and 31:1-31

      …from Isaiah – – 2:1-4; 6:1-8; 11:1-10; 43:1-13

      …from Daniel – – 3:8-25; 5:13-31; 6:10-28

      …from Joel – – 2:28-32

      …from Jonah – – 4:1-11

      …from Micah – – 6:1-8

      …from Malachi – – 3:1-10

      …I know it’s a little lengthy, and I know there’s probably great texts that I’m overlooking, but I know there’s some great stuff in these references…and you asked for it, so I couldn’t resist 😉

      • Eugene Adkins 5:58 am on 2012-11-20 Permalink | Reply

        And I can’t believe that I forgot Isaiah 52:7-15; 53:1-12; 55:1-11; 59:1-8, 16-20; 60:1-3; 61:1-3; 65:17-25…there’s a ton of NT stuff in that run of chapters

    • Don Ruhl 8:54 am on 2012-11-22 Permalink | Reply

      Richard already mentioned Genesis 12. I would to mention specifically Genesis 12.1-3, because in my estimation is the key to understanding the entire biblical message, since the story of the Bible builds on that text. Understand this passage, and you can understand the rest of the Bible. I will add more passages later.

  • John T. Polk II 4:36 am on 2012-11-02 Permalink | Reply
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    Psalm 35 

    Vs. 1-8 contain David’s appeal for God to deal with his enemies;

    Vs. 9-18 depict how merciless those enemies are;

    Vs. 19-28 contrast the effects of God’s intervention in the enemies and in David.

    David’s frequent appeals for protection from his enemies in his Psalms is a reminder to all of us that the doers of good have always had enemies. Beginning with Cain and Abel (1 John 3:11-13), those obedient to God are hated by those who are not. Jesus Christ, the best man of all explained it: “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (John 15:18-19). Psalm 35:7 no doubt reminded David of Joseph’s brothers (Genesis 37:4,5,8,11,18,23-25) whose “pit” held him till he was sold into Egypt (Acts 7:9). Hatred was in Joseph’s brothers, but not caused by Joseph’s actions. No cheap, tawdry video today causes the hatred that burns in the hearts of those who are taught to believe someone else is blessed by God while they are not. Good-haters are God-haters! “A disciple is not above his teacher” (Luke 6:40). Psalm 35:19 perfectly stated the case for the perfect Savior being hated by the Jews in His day: “”But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, ‘They hated Me without a cause’” (John 15:25).

    Verses 9-10 use “poor and the needy” to show heartlessness in those who would overpower the poor and steal from the needy. Verses 11-14 mention that enemies: make false charges (verse 11), “reward me evil for good” (verse 12), and rejoiced at his stumbling (verses 15-16), but “when they were sick” David’s concern was “bowed down heavily, as one who mourns for his mother” (verse 14). David asks God how much longer this will go on (verses 17-18), the same question asked by those Christians killed in the Jewish persecution (Acts 8:1; 1 Thessalonians 2:14-16; Revelation 6:9-11) and answered in the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 (Luke 11:49-51; 21:21-24). It is right and proper to pray that God will deal with evil-doers, both in this life and the one to come. Of those who slander the truth: “Their condemnation is just” (Romans 3:8). Christians’ faith which endures persecutions and tribulations “is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer; since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you” (2 Thessalonians 1:5-6).

    In verses 19-28, some 5 times, David says, “let them not…” That is, he wants God to stop what they are doing to him. This is not persecution of those who do good, but of those “who are wrongfully my enemies” and deceitfully have “opened their mouth wide against me, And said, ‘Aha, aha! Our eyes have seen it’” (verses 19-21). Anyone today who preaches and teaches only what the Bible says knows this feeling when liars make false charges, and can identify these enemies by name. “”Therefore by their fruits you will know them” (Matthew 7:20). A person is known by his enemies, as well as by his friends! Paul pointed out that anyone who becomes our enemy when we teach the truth may be using “sectarian” tactics to make us like them: “Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth? They zealously court you, but for no good; yes, they want to exclude you, that you may be zealous for them” (Galatians 4:16-17). Indeed, this Psalm is timeless in application!

  • Richard Hill 6:21 pm on 2012-05-27 Permalink | Reply
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    100 Days of Scripture Day 1 

    John 1 & 2
    Read or listen at:

    Another highly recommended spot for reading and study is https://net.bible.org/#!bible/John+1

  • Larry Miles 12:01 am on 2012-04-08 Permalink | Reply
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    Bible Reading Schedule (April 8-15, 2012) 

    04/08/12 Sunday Ruth 1-4 Luke 11:29-54
    04/09/12 Monday 1 Samuel 1-3 Luke 12:1-34
    04/10/12 Tuesday 1 Samuel 4-6 Luke 12:35-59
    04/11/12 Wednesday 1 Samuel 7-9 Luke 13:1-21
    04/12/12 Thursday 1 Samuel 10-12 Luke 13:22-35
    04/13/12 Friday 1 Samuel 13-14 Luke 14:1-24
    04/14/12 Saturday 1 Samuel 15-16 Luke 14:25-35
    04/15/12 Sunday 1 Samuel 17-18 Luke 15:1-10
  • TFRStaff 6:36 am on 2012-03-09 Permalink | Reply
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    That dead body over which the vultures circle 

    From stumbling blocks to vultures, Luke 17 presents vigorous teaching by the Master. As today’s NT reading (jump here for the plan), it reminds us that the faith is not a happy-go-lucky lark, but a determined, focused, and deliberate path we follow, guided as we are by the truth of Christ.

    People in this world go along doing their own thing, but the shadow of judgment ever looms. Hence, our task of proclamation will include judgment, as we root out sin among ourselves, exercise our faith, do what is but our duty to do, and constantly turn back to the Lord to throw ourselves at his feet in praise and thanksgiving. Because we are not a part of that dead body over which the vultures circle.

  • Chad Dollahite 2:04 pm on 2011-12-19 Permalink | Reply
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    Chapter by Chapter: Revelation 

    Ch. 1 – Source of the message / Blessed are those who read & obey / Signification of the message / Shortness of the timeframe / The glorious Christ

    Ch. 2 – Letters to the churches at Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamus, & Thyatira

    Ch. 3 – Letters to the churches at Sardis, Philadelphia, & Laodicaea

    Ch. 4 – John summoned to heaven via a vision / Sights in heaven / Song of heaven

    Ch. 5 – A sealed book / Lamentation because no one is worthy to open it / Manifestation of the Lamb, worthy to open the book / Exaltation of the Lamb

    Ch. 6 – The 1st 6 seals: white horse, red horse, black horse, pale horse, martyred souls under the altar / The great day of His wrath

    Ch. 7 – 144,000 sealed / An innumerable host worships God, cared for by the Lamb of God

    Ch. 8 – The 7th seal opened (7 trumpets) / Silence in heaven for half an hour / The 1st 4 trumpets sound: (1) hail & fire mingled with blood – third part of trees & all green grass burned up; (2) great mountain burning with fire cast into the sea – third part of the sea becomes blood, third part of sea creatures die, third part of ships destroyed; (3) great star falls from heaven, burning as a lamp (star called Wormwood), fell upon third part of rivers & waters – waters made poison, & many men die; (4) third part of the sun, moon, & stars darkened

    Ch. 9 – The 5th trumpet: bottomless pit opened & locusts / The 6th trumpet: 4 angels loosed / No repentance forthcoming

    Ch. 10 – John is given a book/scroll, told to eat it (sweet in eating, but bitter in his belly)

    Ch. 11 – The temple measured / The 2 witnesses / The 7th trumpet: all heaven worships God

    Ch. 12 – The woman, the child, & the dragon / Satan cast out of heaven / The woman persecuted

    Ch. 13 – The beast from the sea / The beast from the earth

    Ch. 14 – The Lamb & the 144,000 redeemed / Proclamations of 3 angels / Reaping the earth’s harvest & reaping the grapes of wrath

    Ch. 15 – Prelude to the 7 bowl judgments

    Ch. 16 – The 7 bowls: (1) loathsome sores; (2) sea turned to blood; (3) waters turned to blood; (4) men are scorched; (5) darkness & pain; (6) Euphrates dried up; (7) earth utterly shaken

    Ch. 17 – The great harlot & the scarlet beast / Meaning of the harlot & the beast

    Ch. 18 – The fall of Babylon the great / The world mourns Babylon’s fall / The finality of Babylon’s fall

    Ch. 19 – Heaven rejoices over Babylon’s fall / The triumphant Christ on a white horse / Defeat of the beast & his armies

    Ch. 20 – Satan bound for 1000 years / Souls of martyred saints reign with Christ for 1000 years / Satan cast into the lake of fire & brimstone / The final judgment

    Ch. 21 – New heaven & new earth / Those who will be cast into the lake of fire & brimstone / The new Jerusalem

    Ch. 22 – The river of life & description of heaven / Jesus’ final invitation & warning / Benediction

  • Chad Dollahite 2:07 pm on 2011-12-13 Permalink | Reply
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    Chapter by Chapter: 3 John 

    Ch. 1 – Encouraging Gaius (desire for his prosperity, no greater joy than to hear of children walking in truth) / Egotistical Diotrephes / Exemplary Demetrius

  • Chad Dollahite 2:04 pm on 2011-12-13 Permalink | Reply
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    Chapter by Chapter: 2 John 

    Ch. 1 – Love one another / Walk after His commandments / Beware deceivers – don’t receive them or bid them Godspeed

  • Chad Dollahite 1:06 pm on 2011-12-13 Permalink | Reply
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    Chapter by Chapter: 1 John 

    Ch. 1 – Jesus, the life & light of Christians

    Ch. 2 – Jesus, the Advocate with the Father / To know Him is to keep His commandments / Love one another / Love not the world / Antichrist = one who denies Jesus is the Christ

    Ch. 3 – God’s love in making us His children / Live righteously because you’re God’s children / Love one another

    Ch. 4 – Test the spirits / Love one another – it shows that we love God & you can’t say you love God if you don’t love your brother

    Ch. 5 – The love of God = keeping His commandments / Faith is the victory / These things written that you may know that you have eternal life

  • Chad Dollahite 5:08 pm on 2011-05-23 Permalink | Reply
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    Chapter by Chapter: John 17-21 

    Ch. 17 – Jesus’ prayer:  (1) for Himself, that He might be glorified; (2) for the apostles; (3) for all believers; & (4) for unity

    Ch. 18 – Judas’ betrayal / Peter’s denial / Jesus before Pilate / “My kingdom is not of this world”

    Ch. 19 – Jesus is crucified (side pierced to confirm death) / Jesus is buried

    Ch. 20 – Jesus is risen! – appears to Mary Magdalene, 10 apostles (without Thomas), & Thomas (along with the other 10) / Purpose of the book – that we might believe!

    Ch. 21 – The 153 fish (3rd appearance to apostles as a group) / Jesus asks Peter if he loves Him / The writer’s witness of Jesus

    • J. Randal Matheny 8:12 pm on 2011-05-23 Permalink | Reply

      That specific number of the fish is amazing to me. A small detail that says a lot.

    • Chad Dollahite 12:34 am on 2011-05-24 Permalink | Reply

      Definitely…an event like that, though, and my guess is you’d tend to remember (aside from the inspiration aspect)!

  • Chad Dollahite 9:47 am on 2011-05-19 Permalink | Reply
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    Chapter by Chapter: John 13-16 

    Ch. 13 – Jesus washes apostles’ feet / Jesus predicts Judas’ betrayal…he leaves to betray Jesus / Command to love one another

    Ch. 14 – Jesus: the Way, Truth, Life / The Father revealed through Jesus / Jesus encourages the apostles, promises the Comforter

    Ch. 15 – Jesus, the True Vine & the apostles, the branches / Branches must bear fruit / Jesus warns of persecution

    Ch. 16 – Jesus must go away, but He will send the Comforter

  • J. Randal Matheny 8:35 am on 2011-05-19 Permalink | Reply
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    The shock of divine love 

    One of the wonderful blessings of working with non-Christians and new Christians is seeing the effect that the Word has upon hearts. Looking through their eyes at a passage of Scripture helps me to gain new perspective.

    I’ve read the Bible since before I can remember. It was the first book put into my hands as a child. I can’t remember not hearing and reading it. So when someone reads the Bible for the first time, their reactions remind me of the power God has put into this book.

    Last night during the reading of 1 Cor. 13, there were physical reactions when the realization hit that this kind of love is what we’re called to show to others: furrowing of the brow, tightening of the chest, eyes widening in amazement, the body first leaning forward, then collapsing against the sofa.

    It’s a shock. And one that old timers like me need to feel now and again as well. Lest we forget.

  • Chad Dollahite 5:14 pm on 2011-05-18 Permalink | Reply
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    Chapter by Chapter: John 9-12 

    Ch. 9 – Jesus heals a blind man / The Jews persist in their unbelief

    Ch. 10 – “I am the Good Shepherd / The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep

    Ch. 11 – “I am the resurrection & the life” / Lazarus raised from the dead / Pharisees debate what to do about Jesus

    Ch. 12 – Mary anoints Jesus / Jesus enters Jerusalem / Time for the Son to be glorified / Jesus, the light of the world – His word will judge those who reject Him

  • Chad Dollahite 9:07 am on 2011-05-17 Permalink | Reply
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    Chapter by Chapter: John 5-8 

    Ch. 5 – Jesus heals on the sabbath / Witnesses of Jesus’ deity: Jesus, John, miracles, the Father, Moses

    Ch. 6 – 5000 fed with 5 loaves & 2 fish / Jesus, the Bread of Life / “the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (v. 63)

    Ch. 7 – Debate among the people re: Jesus’ nature: is He the Christ?

    Ch. 8 – Woman taken in adultery / “The truth shall make you free” / Abraham’s descendants = those who follow God

  • Chad Dollahite 9:41 am on 2011-05-11 Permalink | Reply
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    Chapter by Chapter: John 1-4 

    Ch. 1 – The eternal Word / The Word made flesh / Testimony of John / Jesus’ baptism / Andrew, Peter, Nathaniel, & Jesus

    Ch. 2 – Jesus’ first miracle / Jesus cleanses the temple / “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up”

    Ch. 3 – Jesus & Nicodemus / “For God so loved the world…” – God sent His son to save all / John points all to Jesus

    Ch. 4 – Jesus & the Samaritan woman at the well / Jesus’ second miracle (healing the nobleman’s son)

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