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32 minutes ago, Coliseum said:

It is interesting which verses and books in the Bible seem to attract new believers more than others. When I first examined the first page of Genesis before becoming a believer, I was angry that in the 25 times I reread the same page, I could not understand it, and threw the Book down. After I became a believer, I opened to the Book of Romans. I could not at first believe it was making sense, so I closed the Book. Upon opening it again, I was further astonished, and closed it to try to make sense of what was happening. When I opened it a third time and realized that to my shock I really was understanding it, I began to cry. I could barely compose myself, but I realized that God was writing to me a love letter---a personal Word from God. 

Yes. Of course it didn't happen to me in exactly the same way, brother, but after my birth in Spirit something took place every time I opened the bible or absorbed scriptures others shared. It was making sense to me... I started becoming ecstatic, blind to what was taking place because for the first time in my life my mind was clear and I could see!

God saved my life. He revealed Himself to me, clearing the confusion of my mind and lifting the scales off my eyes so I could know him... this was beyond my reach previously.  Of course I remain speechless that Jesus Christ did this for my sake...  what did I do to deserve our Maker's love and mercy? … but yes, I was naïve in my childish exuberance. God changed me in such an impossible way I even believed that autism, depression, and this living nightmare were over. They were gone!

Ah, but then I learned the truth because we know that the Lord won't permit us to run too far in error. The truth is called my trial of faith: no, I'm still on the spectrum … I'm actually in a depressive state right now (have been for weeks) … and post-traumatic stress disorder never left. 

Here's where God brings me to Jacob's wrestling match with the angel of the Lord (Genesis 32: 22-32), one of those places in the book of Genesis were his Spirit led me. Of course I'd read it before but now it made so much sense I was astonished for a good long while.  Jacob walked with a limp after seeing God (and living to tell the tale). This limp is rather significant, to be certain. 

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4 minutes ago, DustyRoad said:

Yes. Of course it didn't happen to me in exactly the same way, brother, but after my birth in Spirit something took place every time I opened the bible or absorbed scriptures others shared. It was making sense to me... I started becoming ecstatic, blind to what was taking place because for the first time in my life my mind was clear and I could see!

God saved my life. He revealed Himself to me, clearing the confusion of my mind and lifting the scales off my eyes so I could know him... this was beyond my reach previously.  Of course I remain speechless that Jesus Christ did this for my sake...  what did I do to deserve our Maker's love and mercy? … but yes, I was naïve in my childish exuberance. God changed me in such an impossible way I even believed that autism, depression, and this living nightmare were over. They were gone!

Ah, but then I learned the truth because we know that the Lord won't permit us to run too far in error. The truth is called my trial of faith: no, I'm still on the spectrum … I'm actually in a depressive state right now (have been for weeks) … and post-traumatic stress disorder never left. 

Here's where God brings me to Jacob's wrestling match with the angel of the Lord (Genesis 32: 22-32), one of those places in the book of Genesis were his Spirit led me. Of course I'd read it before but now it made so much sense I was astonished for a good long while.  Jacob walked with a limp after seeing God (and living to tell the tale). This limp is rather significant, to be certain... 

I want to go see "It's a Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood." Fred Rogers was once a man, in my mind, to be laughed at; now he is the embodiment of Philippians 4:8-9 (NIV)
8  Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.
9  Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me--put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

He is everything he was lauded to be and people loved him because he went out of his way to love them in their deepest need. The people others laughed at  he embraced. 

 

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16 minutes ago, Coliseum said:

I want to go see "It's a Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood." Fred Rogers was once a man, in my mind, to be laughed at; now he is the embodiment of Philippians 4:8-9 (NIV)
8  Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.
9  Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me--put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

He is everything he was lauded to be and people loved him because he went out of his way to love them in their deepest need. The people others laughed at  he embraced. 

 

Very well said. His testimony rings true, Coliseum. I was considering Fred Rogers just the other day and I see exactly what you mean with regard to those passages from Philippians!

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Studying the Bible or just talking to someone about an event or question I had, I found a problem I was facing. I didn't know whom lived before whom, what events transpired in what order or the chronology of the Bible. So, the last two times I read the Bible cover to cover, I read it in chronological order. I got it straight and it helped tremendously with my understanding and the whole picture. 

I bought reference material on systematic theology, a dictionary of proper names, software programs, ancient maps of biblical times, and a plethora of other study aids, Bibles and materials. Now, when I start to study something or read a book of the Bible; it doesn't take long before I start down the proverbial rabbit trail, and I'm all over the place in history, places and people. Well, what's this guys name meaning and back story, where did he come from, what's the meaning of what's being said, how far was it from there to there, on and on.

I guess the point is; there's many ways to study the Bible. From just reading it for the plain meaning, to in depth research, to systematically reading it by subject. 

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On 11/30/2019 at 8:26 AM, johnthebaptist said:

I think one needs to read the entire Bible at least once. Starting at the beginning and reading straight through might be the best way, since that way we read chronologically.

I agree, with one little exception. The Bible and events are not put together in chronological order. For a free daily Bible reading plan in chronological order, I would suggest the website "Blue letter Bible". It can be printed out.

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On 11/30/2019 at 8:09 AM, Melinda12 said:

Are you able to read it in Hebrew?

Just a little nugget I find very interesting. I haven't personally verified it but take scholars at their word. Countries East of Israel writes and reads from the right. Countries West of Israel, writes and reads from the left. I don't believe I've heard an explanation for that, but it seems strange and must have a specific reason for it?

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2 hours ago, Coliseum said:

I want to go see "It's a Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood." Fred Rogers was once a man, in my mind, to be laughed at; now he is the embodiment of Philippians 4:8-9 (NIV)
8  Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.
9  Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me--put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

He is everything he was lauded to be and people loved him because he went out of his way to love them in their deepest need. The people others laughed at  he embraced. 

 

 Do you know if he was a Christian?

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9 minutes ago, Dennis1209 said:

I agree, with one little exception. The Bible and events are not put together in chronological order. For a free daily Bible reading plan in chronological order, I would suggest the website "Blue letter Bible". It can be printed out.

The Old Testament starts out with a history (Genesis through 2 Kings, if I remember correctly). Then it comes back and tells the story again and adds to it (1 Chronicles - Nehemiah). Then you have some wisdom books and then the books of the prophets (which maybe take a closer look at specific events). Then it's on to the New Testament with its four gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, the epistles, and the Revelation of John. It is a logical, if not totally chronological, order, I think.

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15 minutes ago, Blood Bought 1953 said:

 Do you know if he was a Christian?

Fred McFeely Rogers (March 20, 1928 – February 27, 2003) was an American television personality, musician, puppeteer, writer, producer, and Presbyterian minister. He was the creator, showrunner and host of the preschool television series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, which ran from 1968 to 2001.

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Sorry, I know you're asking how we tackle the Bible but I must say, you're method really stirred me up to dig into the Word more than I do. Thanks for posting! I like your method of reading God's Word, particularly when you mentioned that you pick up Bibles from charity shops and book exchange boxes. I like having a real Bible in my hand now and again. God bless!

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