es·ta·blished

In 2017, I made the decision to read my Bible every day. And not just read it, but learn from it and grow from it. Thus began the Daily: A Year in the Word of God series. Over the course of 365 days, I read my Bible from cover to cover. As I read, I prayed that God would show me something, anything, from His Word. He never failed. I found something applicable to me every day from January to December, from Genesis through Revelation.

In 2018, I want to go further. I want to take what God brought into my life last year and get it rooted down deep. I want to be more established in His truth. So, being careful not to repeat myself, Established is the next step from Daily in which I will pray once again that God reveal Himself to me on every page of His word. I’ve begun January 1, but feel free to start at anytime (after all, there is no time like the present).

This year, I have selected a new Bible to read from. As before, I want to start with a clean slate. I find that, as I read from a well-used Bible, I am drawn to passages that I have already marked and, since my New Living Translation is now marked up, I will take up the NIV Archaeological Study Bible.

As you read through your own Bible, I encourage you to find either a new copy or one that has few markings. Let God show you new and different things that you may not have seen before.

In addition to a fresh Bible, I will continue to reference Noah Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language (webstersdictionary1828.com) as well as several commentaries including Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible, The Abingdon Bible Commentary, and The International Bible Commentary. Try looking a little deeper for yourself. I tend to stay away from electronic devices when at all possible (the internet is mighty big distraction), but if you are unable to find a commentary (I found mine on my grandmother’s bookshelf and at a second hand store),
biblegateway.com or biblehub.com are great resources. The YouVersion Bible app is also available on nearly any internet-ready device.

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