Monthly Archives: December 2009

Pressing Your Reboot Button

Sometimes—actually about once a week—I wish my life resembled a computer: logical, unemotional, and equipped with a volume button that I can turn down. Way down.

You understand if you live in a house with as many as four women. I love all of them dearly but they don’t always make sense, they insist I join them on their terrifying emotional roller coaster rides, and at times their volume level is stuck on “YELL!”

Did I mention that I love them dearly?

All joking aside, the aspect I admire most about the computer is its ability to reboot. Back in the day when I was enslaved to a PC, I observed this ritual on a daily basis. Now that I work on a Mac, I still follow the practice on an irregular basis, just because it feels good to start over. And on those occasions that even my Mac gets stuck, I know I can press the power button for 10 seconds and everything will begin anew.

When my life gets cluttered and confused, or I get frustrated with the person I’ve become, I long for a reboot button. The closest thing we have to this amazing function is New Year’s Day.

New Year’s Day is really like any other day. The sun comes up in the morning and sets in the late afternoon. The weather may or may not resemble the day before or the day after. It does offer a panoply of college football games. But it’s just another day.

Except that it also offers a new start. Despite all the great New Year’s resolutions people make involving weight loss, education, self-improvement or getting out of debt, I believe the greatest goal is the commitment to get closer to God. But without a plan, it likely won’t happen.

Your Can Reboot In Two Days (actually, you can reboot whenever you want!)

In two days we’ll begin reading through the Bible in a year. Every morning, very early, this blog will supply you with:

  • An online link to four Scripture passages—a selection from the Psalms, a selection from Proverbs, and readings from the Old and New Testaments;
  • Tips for understanding that day’s readings;
  • Reflections on how they speak to my heart; and
  • An opportunity for you to share with our online community how it speaks to yours.

You can also receive a daily email with everything in it. Just sign up on the main page.

I hope you’ll join me.

If you read consistently and listen with your heart, you will be changed. The word of God is too powerful not to.

This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD.
Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NIV)

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The Key To Making Positive Change

Are you ready to get in shape?Four years ago, I was overweight and out of shape. Tying my shoes required some tricky gymnastics moves while holding my breath because I couldn’t reach my shoe laces. My morning cup of joe included equal parts coffee, half-and-half, and sugar. And walking up any flight of stairs left me breathless.

Something needed to change because, as I was entering my 40s, I knew that my lifestyle choices would soon take its toll on my body.

But despite my best intentions, I just couldn’t muster up enough discipline to do something about it.

However, when my wife Kelley decided that she wanted to pick up the pace of her workouts, I found a workout partner in my own home. We also decided to eat leaner, healthier foods. And she consistently encouraged me.

Which made all the difference.

Over the next five months, I lost 40 pounds while getting into the best shape of my life.

Some of those lost pounds have found me since then, but now we’re training to run a marathon in the Spring. Without her, though, none of this would have happened.

If you were overweight and out of shape, and someone offered to work out in the gym with you four times a week, would that give you a little added motivation to get in shape?

Absolutely.

We all need encouragement when making changes in our lives. And finding a partner to join us in that change gives us added motivation. Often it’s the key to making positive change.

Our daily workout begins in four days

In four days—on January 1—we’re going to begin reading through the Bible. It’s a strenuous workout that requires commitment and perseverance over the course of an entire year. You’re going to need to set aside at least 20 minutes a day.

But the good news is, you’re not alone.

Reading through the Bible with a community of people can be the key that makes the difference…and helps you get into better spiritual shape in 2010.

Just look at this as your daily spiritual workout, because that’s what it is.

Here are some added benefits of reading through the Bible in a year with a community of people:

  • You have a forum to share what God is speaking to you through your reading.
  • If you need help understanding or applying a passage of Scripture, you can post a question.
  • If you struggle finding  motivation that day, or nothing jumps out at you in that day’s reading, the insights of other people from the community can get you headed in the right direction.
  • You have daily workout partners who are following the same workout schedule.
  • Best of all, you are participating in a community of people with a common goal.

For a community like this to develop, though, we need your participation. So, as we begin, please share your insights and thoughts with the rest of the community.

If you haven’t subscribed to the daily email, do it today! It serves as a great reminder and motivator.

Between now and then, why not find some partners to join you in your daily workout? Just point them to www.bibleconversation.com and encourage them to subscribe.

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Letting Go Of Your Blanket

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One of my earliest memories of Christmas is watching A Charlie Brown Christmas. Despite the fact that the half-hour made-for-television special was released in 1965, the program is timeless. And the soundtrack, performed by the Vince Guaraldi Trio, ranks as one of the greatest instrumental Christmas albums of all time.

While listening to the radio this week, a disc jockey provided an insight into the TV special that I had never seen before that blew me away. In fact, I couldn’t resist sharing it at our church’s Christmas Eve service last night.

Throughout the TV special, Charlie Brown is searching for the true meaning of Christmas. He doesn’t find it in the presents or his now infamous “Charlie Brown Christmas Tree.” Ironically, and not by mistake, the plot involves Charlie and his friends  rehearsing the Christmas story for their church Christmas Eve pageant.

At the end of the program, Charlie Brown cries out during their rehearsal, “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?”

“Sure, Charlie Brown,” Linus replies. “I can tell you what Christmas is all about.” Then he walks to the center of the stage, blanket in hand, and recites the Christmas story.

Now, if you’ve watched any of the Charlie Brown TV programs, you know Linus and his blanket are inseparable. That blanket is his sense of security. His comfort. Without the blanket, Linus is paralyzed with fear.

So Linus begins telling the Christmas story. And when he gets to the part where the angels appear to the shepherds, he quotes from the book of Luke,

“And the glory of the Lord shone round about them. And they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not for behold I bring you tidings of great joy.’”

The moment Linus says “Fear not”, what does he do? I bet you’ve never noticed this.

He drops his blanket. See for yourself by clicking here. (Sorry, my blog isn’t allowing me to embed the video)

Of all the Charlie Brown episodes, I’ve never seen Linus voluntarily part with his blanket without freaking out, except in this scene. Small action, big meaning.

So I did a little checking and realized that every time an angel appears in the Christmas story—to Zechariah (the father of John the Baptist), Mary, Joseph, and the Shepherds—they were told not to be afraid. Of course, it would be easy to freak out if you see an angel, but I think it goes beyond that.

For Zechariah, Joseph, and Mary, their lives were about to change. Through the angels, God was assuring them: Don’t be afraid because Jesus, Emmanuel, “God with us,” is right here with you. Right now. You don’t need to be afraid.

What is your blanket? What do you cling to for security? What causes you to be afraid? You don’t have to hang onto it any longer. You can let it go. Jesus, Emmanuel, “God with us” is with you. You don’t need to be afraid.

That, my friends, is the story of Christmas. Jesus divested himself of the privileges of heaven to be with us. To be with you. You don’t have to be afraid because you’re not alone.

O little town of Bethlehem,
How still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by;
Yet in the dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light;
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight.

–O Little Town of Bethlehem

Merry Christmas!

Michael

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God Con Carne

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Fifteen years ago, while working out at a gym in Philadelphia, a song was broadcast across the sound system. As I listened to the words, I just about dropped the weights I was trying to lift over my head.

What if God was one of us?

Just a slob like one of us?

Just a stranger on the bus

Trying to make his way home?

The song was a huge hit, actually the only hit by Joan Osbourne. But I think its popularity was the result of the way the song tapped into an inner longing all of us feel.

We all want God to understand us. We all want him to be like us.

Listening to the lyrics of the song, I kept thinking, But he is one of us! He did become a slob like one of us! He does understand!!

Theologians call this incarnation. It means God did indeed become one of us. He set aside the privileges of heaven in order to clothe himself with humanity. God in the flesh, or as my friend Gary Reddish calls it, “God con carne.”

As we prepare for Christmas in two days, I invite you to spend a little time meditating on a passage of Scripture that clearly presents the incarnation—and share how it speaks to you:

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God,

did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,

but made himself nothing,

taking the very nature of a servant,

being made in human likeness.

And being found in appearance as a man,

he humbled himself

and became obedient to death—

even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place

and gave him the name that is above every name,

that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,

in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.

–Philippians 2:5-11

Reading this passage, I’m struck by God’s relentless, unstoppable love. He made himself nothing—nothing!—in order to reach me. But he did it anyway. This takes my breath away. It inspires me to imitate him, but at the same time I know I’ll never equal it.

How is God speaking to you in this passage?

Beginning January 1, we’re going to read through the Bible in a year…and then discuss it as a community. For more information click here. To make it more meaningful for you and others, invite your friends to join the conversation.

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The Happiest, Saddest Day of the Year

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Every year, I dread December 21—and yet, in a morbid kind of way, I can’t wait for it to arrive. It’s both the most depressing and hopeful day of the year.

You know how they say, “It’s gotta worse before it’s gonna get better”? Well  December 21 is the day it gets worse.

At the risk of sounding overly dramatic, if you thrive on sunlight you understand what I mean.

Today at 10:45 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time, winter rears its cold, lifeless head and taunts us here in Denver for three long months (actually, the cold weather can drag on another five months!).

Which means that today is the shortest day of the year. The depressing part about today is that the sun rises at 7:18 a.m. and, because I live on the west side of town, the sun hides behind the mountains before 4:00 p.m.

Yet at the same time, I know that the lack of sunlight won’t get any worse than today. So today brims with hope. Tomorrow will inject three more seconds of vitamin D enriched sunlight. And for the next 6 months, every day will get longer by 3-4 seconds.

Today should be Christmas!

If I could choose a day for Jesus to be born into this dark world, it would be December 21. God spoke through the prophet Isaiah:

The people walking in darkness

have seen a great light;

on those living in the land of the shadow of death

a light has dawned.

Isaiah 9:1

After 400 years of silence—spiritual darkness!—Jesus was born. And what pointed to his birth? A bright star in the middle of the night. A ray of hope that pierced our darkness and despair.

Today, I’d like to begin introducing you to the format that will guide us throughout 2010 as we read through the Bible together.

In light of our depressing/hopeful day, let’s explore an often overlooked passage of Scripture in the book of Lamentations.

Today’s reading: Lamentations 3:1-26

Insights into today’s reading:

  • The book of Lamentations was most likely penned (quilled?) by the prophet Jeremiah.
  • Every chapter in the book is an acrostic poem (each verse begins with a different letter in alphabetical order). In chapter 3, each letter of the alphabet is represented by three consecutive verses
  • Setting: Jerusalem has just been destroyed by King Nebuchadnezzar and his Babylonian army. The temple was destroyed, the king replaced by a “puppet” ruler, and the city’s most productive people were exiled to Babylon. The only people left in Jerusalem were the poor and uneducated—the people least able to maintain the economy (for more, read Jeremiah 52).
  • In verse 22, the word for love is the Hebrew word hesed, which means steadfast love.

How today’s reading speaks to me:

  • Although Israel’s destruction is the result of their sin, I can’t escape the fact that God is the one doing the destroying. I’d like to believe that “acts of God” no longer occur, but I also can’t escape passages of Scripture—even in the New Testament—reminding us that God disciplines those whom he loves (Proverbs 3:12, Hebrews 12:6, Revelation 3:19). Of course, there’s a difference between punishment and discipline. Punishment is rooted in revenge. Discipline is rooted in restoration of the person and the relationship.
  • Although I have a hard time believing God is on a 24/7 search and destroy mission, I wonder what my life would look like if I regarded all hardship as God’s way of bringing me to the end of myself and closer to him? Hebrews 12:7 comes to mind here: “Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons.”
  • The only reason I’m not consumed (read: destroyed) is because God, in his steadfast love, won’t allow it.
  • Verse 26 says, “It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” I’m not good at waiting quietly for my salvation. I want to scream and wiggle my way out of any pain.

What speaks to you?

Prayer for the Day: Lord God, in the midst of our pain, open our ears to hear you calling us deeper and closer to you.

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Who’s Reading Who?

I have a confession to make: I like to be in control. This desire for control affects my relationships. But probably the core relationship this desire affects most is my relationship with God.

As long as I’m in control, I can keep God at arm’s length. And as long as God is at arm’s length, I remain unchanged. Safe. Unchallenged. Sinless.

Obviously, God lies outside the control of any person. Control is an illusion. When life follows my plans, I assume it’s the result of my efforts. Then he throws my plans in the air like a handful of paper in the wind, and I realize who’s in charge.

But my resistance to control prevents me from being changed.

In his book Shaped By The Word, Terry Mulholland writes:

You are the “victim” of a lifelong, educationally enhanced learning mode that establishes you as the controlling power (reader) who seeks to master a body of information (text) that can be used by you (technique, method, model) to advance your own purposes (in this case, spiritual formation).

Mulholland then asks the all-important question: do we read Scripture or do we allow Scripture to read us?

Please don’t let the esoteric nature of the question deter you from its importance.

When we read Scripture, we master interesting facts like the meaning of the word “love” or the distance from Jerusalem to Bethlehem. But when we give up control and allow Scripture to read us, we ask God, Am I loving people well? Or, How far have I strayed from your heart?

Read Without Reading

Mulholland offers three suggestions in order to “‘read’ without ‘reading’”:

  1. Listen for God. When reading God’s word, keep asking yourself, “What is God seeking to say to me in all of this?”
  2. Respond with your heart and spirit rather than your head. Don’t worry about neglecting the rational, analytic part of your being. It’s hyper-developed in our culture. He writes, “We respond to the Scriptures, but often our response is simply that of reading ourselves into the Scriptures at some level rather than allowing God to speak to us out of them.”
  3. Let your response take place down in the deeper levels of your being. Ask yourself: How do I feel about what I’m reading? Why am I responding in that manner? What is going on down inside me?
  4. Write it down. This is my suggestion. If you’re like me, a profound insight can hit you, and then an hour later, it’s completely forgotten. By writing it in a journal, you save a snapshot of the moment. Since we’re going to be reading the Bible online, you might consider journaling on your computer as well.

On Monday we’re going to apply Mulholland’s suggestions to a passage of Scripture, and then share our insights with one another.

Have a great weekend, on this fourth Sunday of Advent.

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Taking the BIG step in Your Relationship

My favorite episode of the TV series “Seinfeld” is entitled “The Boyfriend.” One of the subplots involve the burgeoning relationship between Jerry Seinfeld and Keith Hernandez, the former all-star first baseman for New York Mets. In a twist to the subplot, Jerry Seinfeld and Elaine Benes were vying for Keith Hernandez’s affections.

One evening, Elaine goes to Jerry’s apartment to talk about it her date with Keith. The phone rings, Jerry answers it, looks a little disturbed, mumbles, and then hangs up.

“Who was that?” Elaine asks.

“That was Keith,” Jerry answers.

“What’s going on?”

“He wants me to help him move.”

“Help him move? Move what?”

“You know, furniture.”

“So, what did you say?”

“I said yes, but I don’t feel right about it. I mean I hardly know the guy. That’s a big step in a relationship. The biggest. That’s like going all the way.”

“And you feel you’re not really ready for…”

“Well we went out one time. Don’t you think that’s coming on a little too strong?”

At that point, Kramer enters the room…

“What’s going on?” Kramer asks Jerry.

“Keith Hernandez just asked me to help him move,” he replies.

“What? Well, you hardly know the guy….What a nerve. You see wasn’t I right about this guy? Didn’t I tell you? Now, you’re not going to do it are you?”

“… I said yes.

“YOU SAID YES!? Don’t you have any pride or self respect? I mean, how can you prostitute yourself like this? I mean what are you going to do? You’re going to start driving him to the airport?”

“I’m NOT DRIVING HIM TO THE AIRPORT!”

“Yeah, yeah

“Hey Kramer, do me a favor.”

“What?”

“Don’t mention it to anybody.”

“I wish you never mentioned it to ME.”

Bring Your Relationship With God To A New Level

The dialogue between Seinfeld, Elaine, and Kramer demonstrates an interesting dynamic in relationships. You may get along with a person at work, but doing something together outside of work brings your relationship to a new level.

And of course, asking someone to help you move or drive you to the airport brings your relationship to an entirely different level!

You may think you know your coworker, but spending time with the person outside of the office exposes you to nuances, subtleties, even irritations with the other person’s personality. You get a much better perspective—a much fuller perspective—on who the person really is. And if you can survive the transition, you build an even stronger relationship.

The same dynamic occurs in our relationship with God. If your relationship with God comes primarily through attending church regularly, or even irregularly, you have a certain perspective of him. Maybe you read certain sections of the Bible periodically, and that gives you a different perspective.

But reading through the whole Bible offers us a more complete perspective on God’s character.

Gaining a more complete perspective on God enables us to know him better, and grow deeper in our relationship with him.

Here’s the Guarantee

Perhaps you’ve never read through the Bible. Perhaps you’ve never even read the Bible. That’s okay. I invite you to join me and a community of people who will encourage you along the way as we read through the Bible in a year.

And I give you a guarantee: if you stick with it, in a year you will have a much deeper and richer relationship with God.

Please join us!

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Don’t Be An Expert in the Unimportant

The prince of Grenada, an heir to the Spanish crown, was sentenced to life in solitary confinement in “The Place of the Skull”—Madrid’s ancient prison. The prison’s name derived its reputation for being dirty, dreary…and deathly. Kind of like an ancient “Hotel California” where inmates check out any time they like, but they can never leave.

During his confinement, the prince was given one book to read: the Bible. With all the extra time on his hands, he read it hundreds and hundreds of times. The book became his constant companion.

After thirty-three years of imprisonment, he died. When the guards cleaned his cell, they found notes the man had scrawled into the soft stone of the walls using a nail. His notations went like this:

  • Psalm 118:8 is the middle verse of the Bible
  • Ezra 7:21 contains all the letters of the alphabet except the letter j
  • The ninth verse of the eighth chapter of Esther is the longest verse in the Bible
  • No word or name of more than six syllables can be found in the Bible.

When Scot Udell originally noted these facts in an article in Psychology Today, he commented on the oddity of an individual who spent thirty-three years of his life studying what some have described as the greatest book of all time—yet all he could glean from it was trivia. For all we know, the words he read never impacted his life…but he became an expert at Bible trivia.

Like the Prince of Grenada, I so easily fall into the trap of regarding the Bible as a book of facts. I become an expert in the unimportant. And my life remains unchanged.

Let’s Begin The Conversation!

In two-and-a-half weeks, we’re going to begin our journey together reading through the Bible in one year. My hope is that all of us will be transformed from the experience. If we’re reading in order to learn a bunch of facts, then all of us are wasting our time.

So how can we be transformed?

Since we’re building a community of people who will be spending the next year together, I’d like to open it up to you:

Share a time when reading something from the Bible changed you. What made the difference?

I’m anxious to read your comments–and I’ll share a little something after we get the “Bible Conversation” started.

Michael

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A Lesson From The Farmer

Once upon a time, a young man who grew up in the city inherited a large sum of money from a distant relative.

“This is a dream come true!” he exclaimed. Literally. Inspired by the movie Field of Dreams, he had long-dreamed of someday living on a farm in rural Iowa. So he sold his house in the city and moved his family to his “Field of Dreams.”

After settling into his new surroundings, the man began dreaming about the kind of farmer he’d like to be. I want to be the best corn farmer in the area, he decided. So, with his remaining money, he bought the best equipment available and the highest quality seed.

On the first day of the corn harvest, he hopped on his combine and drove out to his fields. Where’s my corn? he asked himself. All I can see are weeds. And it was true.

Too proud to ask anyone for advice, the man slowly drove home.

The next Spring on a sunny morning, the man drove his shiny new tractor to his fields to examine his young crop of corn. But again, he was disappointed. Where are the seedlings? he asked, his voice trembling. His dream was quickly becoming a nightmare. Slowly he drove home without saying a word to anyone.

Come harvest, he drove to his fields one last time, expecting the inevitable. And it was: an utter and complete crop failure.

Finally, after coming to the end of himself, he asked a retired farmer whom he greatly admired to meet with him.

“John,” he began. “I don’t understand why I’m not getting any crops. I moved to a farm. I bought the latest farming equipment. I purchased the highest quality seed. What’s my problem?”

“Glen,” the old farmer replied. “You have to plant seed in the soil if you want a harvest.”

Do You Resemble The Farmer?

Do you ever feel like your spiritual life is an utter and complete crop failure? Or do you feel low-level dissatisfaction in your relationship with God?

Perhaps you’ve been hoping for a harvest but you aren’t planting enough seeds. Your soul is like the rich, Iowa soil in this story. And the seed is the word of God.

When we consistently plant seeds of the word of God into the soil of our souls, we will reap a harvest. It may not be immediate, but it will take place.

What does the harvest look like? It can take a variety of appearances:

  • Godly character
  • Fruit of the Spirit (see Galatians 5:22-23)
  • Love for people
  • Love for God
  • Strength to overcome sinful habits.
  • Ability to sense God’s presence

Obviously, reading the Bible isn’t a guarantee for a life without problems or an end to the struggle with our dark sides. But it WILL make a difference.

“For the word of God is living and active,” Hebrews 4:12 tells us. Something happens in our souls when we take regular doses of the word of God. It brings life. Spiritual life.

You’re Invited

On January 1, we’re going to begin our journey together reading through the Bible in one year. Please join me. For more information on our format, click here.

If you miss a day or two, you can catch up by reading past posts to the blog. If you’d like to visit every now and then for some spiritual food, that’s fine, too.

But most importantly…feed your soul.

Michael J. Klassen

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

–Galatians 6:9

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The Most Important 20 Minutes Of Your Day

What can you do in 20 minutes?

You can catch up on your emails…

Check the news on your favorite Internet news sites…

Take a nap…

Waste time channel surfing…

Regardless of how busy your life is, most–if not all–of us can find an extra 20 minutes in our day to do what’s important.

But you can also spend that extra 20 minutes feeding your soul.

Invest In Your Soul

This time last year, I decided to take on a personal challenge that has profoundly impacted my life. I decided to replace 20 minutes a day of mindless surfing on the web to invest in my soul. I wasn’t sure if I could do it, but as the year progressed, I began building momentum. This Fall has been the most spiritually vibrant season of my life.

I can’t guarantee that your experience will imitate mine, but I do know this: feeding your soul every day will profoundly impact your life.

I’m confident of that!

In fact, as the year has progressed, I’ve longed for a community of people to join me in these daily feedings–so we could share with each other how these feedings have impacted our lives.

Then the thought occurred to me: why not build a community of people who will read and feed together–and then give them a forum to share their experiences?

Food For Your Soul

So what is the source of this spiritual food?

It sounds almost too simple. Quite honestly, I’m a little embarrassed to admit it because by acknowledging it, you may  want to place me in a category where I don’t belong.

Nevertheless, I’m so convinced it will change your life that I’ll go ahead and tell you.

The source of this spiritual food is the Holy Bible.

Most people feel overwhelmed when they open their Bible. Where do they start? How can they understand such an old book? Who can explain it? And where can they offer their thoughts?

Hopefully my new blog http://www.bibleconversation.com will answer those questions.

Here’s The Plan–And It Only Takes 20 Minutes!

Beginning January 1, 2010, I’m going to guide people on a spiritual journey in reading through the Bible in one year. To do that, you only need 20 minutes a day. Twenty minutes a day that will impact your life!

Here’s the format: Every morning when you wake up, you’ll be given a link to http://www.BibleGateway.com with your daily online Bible reading. If you’d like to use your own Bible, that’s fine, too. For this first year, I’d like to use the New International Version translation of the Bible, because it’s a fairly accurate translation that’s easy to understand.

Then, you’ll be supplied with a few notes that will help you understand that day’s reading.

Next, I’ll offer some thoughts about how God spoke to me through the reading.

And then you’ll be invited to interact with my thoughts–and hopefully offer some thoughts of your own.

If you like, you can subscribe to this online community through email. Just sign up through the sidebar of this blog.

The focus of this blog isn’t Bible information, it’s spiritual transformation. How is God speaking to you through the Bible? Reading for information makes minimal impact on a person’s soul. But taking a moment to listen, meditate, marinate in God’s word will forever change you. And everyone needs an outlet to share and listen to others.

It’s that simple!

A Word To Any Well-Intentioned Doubters And Skeptics

Please allow me to to add one additional thought: Perhaps you’ve never looked at a Bible, or even consider yourself a deeply spiritual person. That’s okay! We’re all pilgrims on a unique spiritual journey. I’m not going to try to make you change your beliefs so they resemble mine. However, this is an opportunity for you to join a safe community of people who will journey together on this voyage of discovery and life-change.

Will you join me?

Michael J. Klassen

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