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  • Writer's pictureJustin Bills

Thoughts on Blogging Through The New Testament

In January of 2016 we asked the church to read through the New Testament in one year. One chapter a day, 5 days a week.

Early in the year I had an idea to have a reflection on Facebook for every chapter to serve as a reminder, let people know they're not alone in their reading, and offer some kind of insight in case the scripture felt confusing.

What I didn't realize was the magnitude of having to read and find an insight on every chapter in the New Testament and to have one posted through holidays, moving, etc.

Looking back, it was so worth it.

The discipline of looking into the scriptures for wisdom, guidance and insights became my favorite part of the day. Some days I wasn't sure if anyone was reading the reflections, and it got to a point where I didn't mind, because if anything this discipline was changing me.

I loved having the accountability and goal to sit every day with a scripture and seek God to speak to me through it.

It's something I don't want to lose. I want to continue reading every day and seeking God for insights even though I won't be sharing it with anyone.

Thank you all so much for reading along with us! I hope you as well found significance in daily readings of the Bible and pray it continues into 2017.

Now I'm trying to think of things we can blog about in 2017? Any ideas?

I also want to thank Nicholas Pollett for doing so many of the reflections this summer while he was an intern here!

Here's what Erik had to say about the experience:

Blogging through the New Testament was hard. There were points, especially in Revelation, where it seemed like I had no idea on what to reflect on. Some days I was writing the reflection the day it was supposed to be uploaded, which made those days a bit more stressful.

However, I noticed that it still got easier as I went. I was able to develop my skill of finding parts in the bible to just talk about and reflect on. Because of this, I have a firmer grasp on the New Testament. This discipline not only helped with my understanding of the bible, but also forced me into regular bible reading which is something that I will continue to do, and have continued to do. Overall, this exercise has done great things for my faith, and I am so glad I got to share it with you all this year.

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