Category: Trek Prep Thoughts
December 31st, 2018
Dear Friends and Family,
2019 will mark my 11th year for reading through the Bible and writing devotions on each day’s reading. I have used a five-day reading plan for the last several years. This year, I will use one chapter of the New Testament plus daily reading of one chapter of Psalms and one chapter of Proverbs. This takes us through the entire New Testament once, Psalms nearly twice, and Proverbs over eleven times. .
The focus theme will be “Faith’s Confessions” where verses from that day’s New Testament reading will be developed into a faith confession to be spoken over the day. Jesus asked Peter in Matthew 16:15 “Who do you say that I am?” Peter answered with a faith confession: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” I will also occasionally suggest faith “actions” as well.
Please join me reading through the New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs and confessing our belief in God’s Word for 2019. Pause each day to read a chapter of each and listen for God’s voice. Faith comes by hearing His Word and leads us to confess the truth we believe. Confession naturally leads us to obedience that will be pleasing our Lord Jesus, who pleased His Own Father by His complete obedience! This is what becoming a disciple of Jesus is all about!
My own written devotions are meant to encourage you to personally read and listen to our Lord each day and apply His truth to your life as you become the disciple He is forming you to be. Your can learn from my walk as well! Please feel free to comment or share your faith confessions and actions as God works, helping me and others who are trekking through the Bible this year.
In His Amazing Love and Grace, Pastor John Morse
The Trek: Reading both Old Testament and New Testament from January 1st, 2018- December 31st, 2018
The goal: Read about 3 chapters of Old Testament and 1 chapter of the New Testament each day for five days each week–Monday through Friday. The challenge is to read the Scripture and the notes as well if you have a study Bible. I will be using the English Standard Version (ESV) in the Fire Bible Global Study Edition. I purchase a new Bible each year and try a different version or different study notes. This year, I will be focusing on prayer and a daily walk. Prayer is a neglected practice of many Christians and is a spiritual discipline we can all grow in, myself included.
I will write a short devotion from a passage in the reading relating to prayer each day and conclude it with a short prayer. My prayer is to see God develop my capacity to walk with Him, hear His voice and become intimate with His heart and desires. Our prayer life will bless our families, ministries, workplaces and the nation and world. We can truly become “world-changers” through listening and obeying and asking and knocking! Through prayer, God will release His power and Spirit to bring revival and transformation. God bless you as you join in this journey!
In His Love, Pastor John Morse
December 30, 2017
Dear fellow Bible readers,
Thank you for joining me during this past years journey through the entire Bible. We read on a 5 day per week rotation of about 4 chapters each day. In each reading, I wrote a short devotion on verses from that day’s reading that brought to mind something to rejoice about or be thankful for. I tied each verse in the Old Testament with a counter-part in the New and vice-versa. I never ran out! This helped me to stay positive and keep a thankful heart in a world saturated with negativity and fear. I pray that you were encouraged with the overflow!
In 2018, we will begin another journey (my tenth year of writing) through the entire Bible with an emphasis on prayer and walking with God. Jesus encouraged His followers to “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you.” (Matthew 7:7-8) Paul taught , “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6) Jesus said, “Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” (John 16:24) We will embark on this Bible Trek beginning Monday, January 1st reading 5 days each week with 3-4 Old Testament chapters and one chapter from the New Testament each day. My goal is to inspire prayer and faith that we might walk closely with our Lord each day. In His Love, Pastor John Morse
Scripture reading for January 1st: Matthew 1, Psalms 1 Proverbs 1:1-7
Welcome to BibleTrekToday.com, a blog that comments on a personal journey through the Scriptures in 2011! I would like to invite you to read the Bible along with me and participate in the journey for yourself.
This year I want to focus on the New Testament and plan to write 2-3 days a week so that I can do more reading and spend time in worship and prayer. I will post the readings for each day from the New Testament and Psalms and Proverbs. This will allow a more leisurely reading of Scripture and should allow for a deeper understanding of what we are reading.
Our theme for 2011 at Good Shepherd Church is “By His Spirit”. Key scriptures for this theme are found in Zechariah 4:6-7 and Galatians 5:16-25. The Holy Spirit is the Father’s gift to the Church. The Spirit marks all who belong to Jesus Christ with a seal of ownership (Ephesians 1:18) and is actively involved in helping believers live a victorious life over our flesh and enemy the devil. The Spirit brings gifts to be used as He wills in bringing understanding, healing, and revelation to build up the church. (1st Corinthians 12:4) The Spirit produces fruit that is pleasing and Christ-like as we allow Him to dwell in us. (Galatians 5:22-23)
It is the Holy Spirit who initially baptizes us into the Body of Christ at our conversion. (1stCorinthians 12:13) We are all told to “be filled (and continually filled) with the Holy Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). This is a continuing work of grace given to those who seek to be Christ’s witnesses. (Acts 1:8, 2:4) Those led by the Spirit of God are sons of God and without the Spirit, we do not belong to God! (Romans 8:9,14)
Many in Good Shepherd Church are filled with the Holy Spirit and learning to live by the Spirit. Others are seeking to learn more. Some are not at all acquainted with the Holy Spirit and all of us can grow in our relationship to the Holy Spirit. Being led by His Spirit is the only path to fulfilling our purpose and living by faith, which ultimately pleases God. Please join us in our passionate pursuit of living life “by His Spirit” as we read the New Testament. It is going to be an exciting year!
A special thanks to my wife and ministry partner, Mary, who has faithfully edited these blogs and offered corrections!
Greetings! How do we find our way in this world? Is it blind chance? Are there natural forces and laws that operate and bring about all that happens? Are we just a chance combination of chemicals that has resulted from years of time and chance? Were our ancestors apes or monkeys? Are we really much more developed than animals? Are our thoughts just the result of chemical reactions in our brains? Is there any real moral truth? If we were to listen to much of what our secular world is saying to us, these questions nag at us. Even as Christians, we sometimes have a very poor understanding of the answers to some basic questions concerning our identity, our purpose here, our ideas, values.
Many professing Christians live as though the moral values taught by the Bible were not true and absolute. They have many of the same attitudes and actions of the unsaved when they live among them day to day. There is a big gap between what the Bible teaches and the way Christians behave. Do they understand the Bible? Do they believe and know what God has said? Are our hearts set on God and His truth? These questions also come to me regularly.
As we trek through the Bible this year, I want to grasp God’s vision for mankind and for me in a new way. I believe that how we believe and think determines how we live. As a Christian, I should know who I am, where I came from, how I lost my vision of God and how to see Him clearly again! Let’s ask God for a fresh vision of the world. Our ‘worldview’ is one of the most important aspects of our life and determines how we live. In His Love, Pastor John
“and He told them this parable: Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit?” Luke 6:39 Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Proverbs 4:18
Greetings! The men of my church blessed me with a “Tom-Tom” GPS and I am so amazed at what it can do! I can put in an address that I don’t know how to find, and it will plot a route there and then talk me through the route, telling me when to turn and which way. If I make a mistake, it will get me back on track, or calculate an alternative route that will still get me to my destination! It will also get me back home!
I was thinking about this when I sensed the Holy Spirit speaking to me about how He helps me each day! He is “God’s Positioning System”–“GPS!” He takes the Scriptures and helps me in several ways. He helps me focus on the right path to arrive at my ultimate destination–Heaven! He speaks to me each day giving me directions along my path and when I make a wrong turn, He gently helps me find an alternate route! I am never out of range of His powerful positioning guidance. He knows the latest updates on road and traffic conditions and all the obstacles to my progress! He can get me home each trip!
We must remember a few things when using our “GPS.” We must keep it “charged” and “on” every time we go out! We must listen for the directions and follow–they are never wrong with God! We must always set our “home” address as “Heaven”–we’re just traveling through here on earth! If you faithfully follow your “GPS”, you’ll always know where you’re at and be able to find your way home! In His Love, Pastor John
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, you will hear a voice behind you saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it.'” Isaiah 30:21; “My Sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them from my hand.” John 10:27-28
Greetings! As I considered a theme for 2009, I felt directed to a passage in the Gospel of Luke in chapter 24. The passage that came to mind was a story about two disciples of Jesus walking on the road to a town called Emmaus. It was the first day of the week following the crucifixion of Jesus. These disciples were depressed and confused as they walked along this road, talking about the events surrounding Jesus’ death. They were joined by Jesus, but did not recognize Him! Of course, they thought he had died and who expects to see a dead person?
Approaching them, Jesus asked what they were discussing. When they explained their discussion, Jesus chided them for their lack of faith and began to teach them from Scripture that this is what must have happened because it was recorded in Moses and the Prophets. He must have walked a long way with them, and when they arrived at their destination, Jesus acted as if he were going farther. They invited Him to come and have supper with them. As He broke the bread with them at the table, their eyes were opened and they recognized Him! It was Jesus! He was alive! Suddenly, He disappeared leaving them with hearts ablaze and new-found faith!
Since Jesus loves all His followers equally, would He not walk with us this year? Since He alone is the Word of God, would He share with us everything from the Scriptures concerning Himself? Could our hearts burn with love and passion and new faith? Would He break bread with us and stay at our house?
“And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” John 14:13-14
As we prepare for a new year, I’m excited about beginning a new journey through the Bible. The Bible is my favorite book of all times! I’ve read through it each year for many years now, reading it in different translations to gain fresh insights and to keep from becoming complacent. It is my intention to share this journey with any who want to join in. You are invited!
I encourage each of you to find a good devotional Bible that will help pace your reading through the year. This year, I’m using the Daily Walk Bible published by Tyndale House publishers and copyrighted in 2007. It is written in the New International Version. It has a devotion for each day of the year, dividing the Bible into 365 portions. These devotions are centered on a daily walk and will encourage you! It also has helps for each section to enhance your ability to understand. There are many Bibles available that divide the Scripture into daily portions. Let the Lord direct you to the one you should use.
In addition to this devotional, I will be sharing my personal gleaning from the Scriptures each day in this blog. I’m asking Jesus Christ to walk with me daily, as He has for nearly 50 years now. I want to know Him more intimately and follow Him more closely than ever! I need His wisdom and counsel daily. I want my heart to burn with passion for the things He is passionate about! I want to hear His voice and do what He asks and commands. I pray that this is your heart as well! Jesus is no respecter of persons! In the coming week, I will unfold the vision I feel the Lord has given me this year for my growth and the encouragement of those who journey with me in community. Would you join me on this exciting and significant BibleTrekToday?
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1st Corinthians 2:9