Archive for November, 2006

December Daily Bible Reading

Saturday, November 25th, 2006
  1. Rom 5, 6, 7, 8
  2. Rom 9, 10, 11, 12
  3. Rom 13, 14, 15, 16
  4. Eph 1, 2, 3, 4
  5. Eph 5, 6; Ps 119:1-80
  6. Phil 1, 2, 3, 4
  7. Col 1, 2, 3, 4
  8. 1 Tim 1, 2 ,3, 4
  9. 1 Tim 5, 6; Titus 1, 2, 3
  10. 2 Tim 1, 2, 3, 4
  11. Philem; Heb 1, 2, 3, 4
  12. Heb 5, 6, 7, 8
  13. Heb 9, 10, 11
  14. Heb 12, 13; Jude
  15. James 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  16. 1 Pet 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  17. 2 Pet 1, 2, 3; John 1
  18. John 2, 3, 4
  19. John 5, 6
  20. John 7, 8
  21. John 9, 10, 11
  22. John 12, 13, 14
  23. John 15, 16, 17, 18
  24. John 19, 20, 21
  25. 1 John 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  26. Ps 117, 119:81-176; 2 John; 3 John
  27. Rev 1, 2, 3, 4
  28. Rev 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  29. Rev 10, 11,12, 13,14
  30. Rev 15, 16, 17, 18
  31. Rev 19, 20, 21, 22

Complete Year of this Reading Plan

Up until last month I has posted the reading schedule for the months of March thru November. I have added a new category (Bible Reading) to make it easier to find the reading plans in the future.
As promised I have completed the reading plans for December – February. I have had a few requests for the entire year in one document. I am still working on the other formats. I will produce this reading plan in a couple of formats. I am also in the process of writing a DailyBible.pdb file for the Bible Reader application produced by OliveTree Bible Study Software. This file will be usable on the Bible Reader application for Palm handheld devices and will be free for download once it is complete.

History and Tips for this reading plan

A good friend recommended this schedule. It was published back in 1983 by Fullgrowth Ministries of Tulsa, OK. Here is how that publication recommends you use their schedule:

If you follow this plan devised by Fullgrowth Ministries of Tulsa, Oklahoma, you’ll read the New Testament through twice and the Old Testament once during the next 12 months.

The plan recommends that you do your reading at a specific quiet time each day. If you miss a day, continue with the current day’s reading and catch up when you have extra time. After you finish your day’s reading, mark off that day.

The Old Testament portions are presented as nearly as possible in chronological order. Passages from prophets are included in the historical narrative where they were given, they are often given in a single day’s reading.

You’ll encounter Psalms throughout the year. Frequently, a Psalm that fits a particular passage has been placed with that passage.

As you enter the New Testament, you’ll read Luke and Acts first, then the letters – with periodic passages from other Gospels – and, finally, Revelation. Thus, the story of the life of Christ is constantly related to your Christian life.

I want to add how very important it is that you follow the guidelines given to read the passages for the date given and catch up when you have time. I have tried reading catch up stuff before the current day’s reading after a family crisis took me away from reading for a couple of days and it just didn’t work.

I have provided here the reading for the month of July. The photocopy that I have says that this schedule is copyrighted by Fullgrowth Ministries, but it also says, “feel free to re-print this chart for use in your church, Sunday school, or just to give to friends.” You are my friend if you got this far into this post. I hope this blesses you as much as it has my wife and me. I do plan to post each month’s schedule from the chart before each month begins in the future.

You can listen to some of my readings from the Bible on The Living Bible page of this blog. Thanks for visiting.

January Daily Bible Reading

Saturday, November 25th, 2006
  1. Gen 1, 2; Luke 1
  2. Gen 3, 4, 5; Luke 2
  3. Gen 6, 7, 8; Luke 3
  4. Gen 9, 10, 11; Luke 4
  5. Gen 12, 13,14; Luke 5
  6. Gen 15, 16, 17; Luke 6
  7. Gen 18, 19; Ps 3; Luke 7
  8. Gen 20, 21, 22; Luke 8
  9. Gen 23, 24; Luke 9
  10. Gen 25, 26; Ps 6; Luke 10
  11. Gen 27, 28; Ps 4; Luke 11
  12. Gen 29, 30; Luke 12
  13. Gen 31, 32, 33; Luke 13
  14. Gen 34, 35, 36; Luke 14
  15. Gen 37, 38; Ps 7; Luke 15
  16. Gen 39, 40, 41; Luke 16
  17. Gen 42, 43; Ps 5; Luke 17
  18. Gen 44, 45, 46; Luke 18
  19. Gen 47, 48; Ps 10; Luke 19
  20. Gen 49, 50; Ps 8; Luke 20
  21. Ex 1, 2; Ps 88; Luke 21
  22. Ex 3, 4, 5; Luke 22
  23. Ex 6, 7, 8; Luke 23
  24. Ex 9, 10, 11; Luke 24
  25. Ex 12, 13; Ps 21; Acts 1
  26. Ex 14, 15, 16; Acts 2
  27. Ex 17, 18, 19, 20; Acts 3
  28. Ex 21, 22; Ps 12; Acts 4
  29. Ex 23, 24; Ps 14; Acts 5
  30. Ex 25, 26, 27; Acts 6
  31. Ex 28, 29; Acts 7

Complete Year of this Reading Plan

Up until last month I has posted the reading schedule for the months of March thru November. I have added a new category (Bible Reading) to make it easier to find the reading plans in the future.

As promised I have completed the reading plans for December – February. I have had a few requests for the entire year in one document. I am still working on the other formats. I will produce this reading plan in a couple of formats. I am also in the process of writing a DailyBible.pdb file for the Bible Reader application produced by OliveTree Bible Study Software. This file will be usable on the Bible Reader application for Palm handheld devices and will be free for download once it is complete.

History and Tips for this reading plan

A good friend recommended this schedule. It was published back in 1983 by Fullgrowth Ministries of Tulsa, OK. Here is how that publication recommends you use their schedule:

If you follow this plan devised by Fullgrowth Ministries of Tulsa, Oklahoma, you’ll read the New Testament through twice and the Old Testament once during the next 12 months.

The plan recommends that you do your reading at a specific quiet time each day. If you miss a day, continue with the current day’s reading and catch up when you have extra time. After you finish your day’s reading, mark off that day.

The Old Testament portions are presented as nearly as possible in chronological order. Passages from prophets are included in the historical narrative where they were given, they are often given in a single day’s reading.

You’ll encounter Psalms throughout the year. Frequently, a Psalm that fits a particular passage has been placed with that passage.

As you enter the New Testament, you’ll read Luke and Acts first, then the letters – with periodic passages from other Gospels – and, finally, Revelation. Thus, the story of the life of Christ is constantly related to your Christian life.

I want to add how very important it is that you follow the guidelines given to read the passages for the date given and catch up when you have time. I have tried reading catch up stuff before the current day’s reading after a family crisis took me away from reading for a couple of days and it just didn’t work.

I have provided here the reading for the month of July. The photocopy that I have says that this schedule is copyrighted by Fullgrowth Ministries, but it also says, “feel free to re-print this chart for use in your church, Sunday school, or just to give to friends.” You are my friend if you got this far into this post. I hope this blesses you as much as it has my wife and me. I do plan to post each month’s schedule from the chart before each month begins in the future.

You can listen to some of my readings from the Bible on The Living Bible page of this blog. Thanks for visiting.

February Daily Bible Reading

Saturday, November 25th, 2006
  1. Ex 30, 31, 32; Acts 8
  2. Ex 33, 34; Ps 16; Acts 9
  3. Ex 35, 36; Acts 10
  4. Ex 37, 38; Ps 19; Acts 11
  5. Ex 39, 40; Ps 15; Acts 12
  6. Lev 1, 2, 3; Acts 13
  7. Lev 4, 5, 6; Acts 14
  8. Lev 7, 8, 9; Acts 15
  9. Lev 10, 11, 12; Acts 16
  10. Lev 13, 14; Acts 17
  11. Lev 15, 16, 17; ACts 18
  12. Lev 18, 19; Ps 13; Acts 19
  13. Lev 20, 21, 22; Acts 20
  14. Lev 23, 24; Ps 24; Acts 21
  15. Lev 25; Ps 25, 26; Acts 22
  16. Lev 26, 27; Acts 23
  17. Num 1, 2; Acts 24
  18. Num 3, 4; Acts 25
  19. Num 5, 6; Ps 22; Acts 26
  20. Num 7; Ps 23; Acts 27
  21. Num 8, 9; Acts 28
  22. Num 10, 11; Ps 27; Mark 1
  23. Num 12, 13; Ps 90; Mark 2
  24. Num 14, 15, 16; Mark 3
  25. Num 17, 18; Ps 29; Mark 4
  26. Num 19, 20; Ps 28; Mark 5
  27. Num 21, 22; Mark 6
  28. Num 23, 24; Mark 7
  29. Num 25, 26, 27; 1 Cor 13

Complete Year of this Reading Plan

Up until last month I has posted the reading schedule for the months of March thru November. I have added a new category (Bible Reading) to make it easier to find the reading plans in the future.

As promised I have completed the reading plans for December – February. I have had a few requests for the entire year in one document. I am still working on the other formats. I will produce this reading plan in a couple of formats. I am also in the process of writing a DailyBible.pdb file for the Bible Reader application produced by OliveTree Bible Study Software. This file will be usable on the Bible Reader application for Palm handheld devices and will be free for download once it is complete.

History and Tips for this reading plan

A good friend recommended this schedule. It was published back in 1983 by Fullgrowth Ministries of Tulsa, OK. Here is how that publication recommends you use their schedule:

If you follow this plan devised by Fullgrowth Ministries of Tulsa, Oklahoma, you’ll read the New Testament through twice and the Old Testament once during the next 12 months.

The plan recommends that you do your reading at a specific quiet time each day. If you miss a day, continue with the current day’s reading and catch up when you have extra time. After you finish your day’s reading, mark off that day.

The Old Testament portions are presented as nearly as possible in chronological order. Passages from prophets are included in the historical narrative where they were given, they are often given in a single day’s reading.

You’ll encounter Psalms throughout the year. Frequently, a Psalm that fits a particular passage has been placed with that passage.

As you enter the New Testament, you’ll read Luke and Acts first, then the letters – with periodic passages from other Gospels – and, finally, Revelation. Thus, the story of the life of Christ is constantly related to your Christian life.

I want to add how very important it is that you follow the guidelines given to read the passages for the date given and catch up when you have time. I have tried reading catch up stuff before the current day’s reading after a family crisis took me away from reading for a couple of days and it just didn’t work.

I have provided here the reading for the month of July. The photocopy that I have says that this schedule is copyrighted by Fullgrowth Ministries, but it also says, “feel free to re-print this chart for use in your church, Sunday school, or just to give to friends.” You are my friend if you got this far into this post. I hope this blesses you as much as it has my wife and me. I do plan to post each month’s schedule from the chart before each month begins in the future.

You can listen to some of my readings from the Bible on The Living Bible page of this blog. Thanks for visiting.

Blog Maintenance

Saturday, November 18th, 2006

I am performing some upgrades to this blog.  Please excuse the mess.  Please do not hesitate to let me know if you see something that you think is broke.

Standing Firm

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

An update has been added to the bottom of this post.

Below is a portion of the latest post on Caden’s Page that I felt was worth sharing over here. AS background I will just say that my youngest son has seen his pediatrician five times in nine days plus two visits to the hospital for blood work, chest x-rays, and an antibiotic injection. On two separate occasions the doctors have come very close admitting him to the hospital with pneumonia. He is home and doing better.

Sherry and I have been standing firm. I shared the following scripture reference with a friend today in response to the question of how we were doing.

“Let him have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you. Be careful–watch out for attacks from Satan…Stand firm when he attacks. Trust the Lord…To Him be all power over all things, forever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 5:7-11 (TLB)

There is no doubt that during our time on this earth we will never come to a full understanding of how our simple little human circumstances fit into God’s master plan for his kingdom. I realized today that it is very easy to get caught up in what seems to be very big problems. I have found myself caught up in the “oh what a big deal this is” feeling about our situation. As I went back to read and meditate on this passage from First Peter this evening, I realized that in my paraphrasing of this already paraphrased translation, I left out a part of this that really turned it into a much more self-centered reference than I realized. I left a very important part of verse nine out. The whole verse reads like this:

“Stand firm when he attacks. Trust the Lord; and remember that other Christians all around the world are going through these sufferings too.”

I realize the context of this passage is not talking about parents with sick kids, but I still believe it fits in our situation as well as some others.

I don’t have to look very far to see others suffering and you probably don’t either. I have friends and/or family members who are suffering in their own way: one who has been called to the bedside of a sister because the sister is not expected to live much longer, another who is going through a divorce with five young children at home, another with an unidentified lung disease, another with a Mom who is battling cancer, another whose father is up against a possible Parkinson’s diagnosis, two others who are suffering from flu and pneumonia, another who is battling hepatitis C, and another who has been laid off from a job.

These people I know very well and I have seen and/or spoke to most of them in the past week. All of these people have a common theme with me. The have all been worried about me and my family even though each has been going through as much if not worse than us. Their lives have shown to me this week that they have been standing firm, trusting the Lord, and letting him have all their worries and cares. What awesome testimonies I have been living in the middle of this week. What a wonderful lesson I have learned tonight.

“…Trust the Lord; and remember that other Christians all around the world are going through these sufferings too.”

UPDATE: I got up this morning to do my daily reading. I was still half asleep when thumbing through my Bible and landed on Colossians 3 instead of 2 Corinthians 3. It did not take long for me to realize that what I was reading did not quite fit with what I was reading in Corinthians over the past few days, but I did read enough to get a confirmation on my notes above. We do all need to avoid worry. I have moved away from believing in luck and coincidences even though I do still sue those terms from time to time. I landed on this scripture this morning as a confirmation that I should not worry about anything and neither should you. The following really hit home this morning.

Let heaven fill your thoughts; don’t spend your time worrying about things down here. Colossians 3:2 (TLB)

Mt. Mitchell Mile High Lunch

Saturday, November 11th, 2006

Mile High LunchWe played hooky from church last weekend in exchange for a lunch at the top of the highest point in the Carolinas. The picture on the right was taken a few hundred yards from the peak of Mt. Mitchell in North Carolina.We spent the entire day on Sunday driving the Blue Ridge Parkway and taking in God’s awesome creations. Our boys loved it up there. Can you tell from the pictures below? We may live near the coast of SC, but our hearts are in the mountains. This was the first trip to the mountains for Caden and it was the first time for Riley since just before his first birthday.

Riley and Caden at Mt. Mitchell On top of the world

We actually started out on Saturday and picked a few apples in Hendersonville, NC on the way up. Okay, it was actually Edneyville, but very few people have ever heard of it. I lived there for almost a year before joining the US Air Force back in 1986. We stopped by the apple house of an old family friend. They loaded us up with apples. My wife made about a bunch different fresh apple desserts for our Preparation for Parenting class that started this past Tuesday night. Everyone loved the homemade apple pie, turnovers, and cake that Sherry made not to mention the other appetizer things. I should have taken a picture for my Grill’n Time blog but the stuff didn’t last long enough to get a picture. Maybe next time.

Veterans Pride

Saturday, November 11th, 2006

A note from Secretary of Veterans Affairs R. James Nicholson

…I am calling on America’s veterans to wear their military medals this Veterans Day, November 11, 2006. Wearing their medals will demonstrate the deep pride our veterans have in their military service and bring Veterans Day home to all American citizens.

Veterans, wear your pride on your left side this Veterans Day! Let America know who you are and what you did for freedom.

You can visit the VA Web Site for the full details.

Veterans Day

Friday, November 10th, 2006

I wish to offer a warm thank you to all who are currently serving and all who have served in our country’s armed forces and supporting agencies. I add supporting agencies because there are thousands of civilians serving as contractors and civil service employees in war zones right now. Many of these civilians have never worn a uniform and will never be officially honored for their sacrifices.

Thank you all!!!

May God Bless You!!!

Sgt Hank Osborne
USAF 1986-1992

Helicopter Parent

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

A “helicopter parent” can be described as an over-involved parent of an adult child concerning college admissions and job searches. I found an article this evening on a Nashville TV Station web site that educated me on this phrase. The article is titled ‘Helicopter Parent’ Trend Invades Job Fairs. The article was somewhat amusing and a bit more troubling to me.

The Wikipedia definition of helicopter parent helps shed some light on what appears to be a growing trend. There is a cute little eight question quiz on a Newsweek site. They have slipped some tips between the questions to help parents avoid being a helicopter parent. I scored an A- on the quiz with five “A’s” and three “B’s”. Of course my answers are all theoretical since my oldest child is only four years old. I answered the questions as if I had a college age kid. Technically I could have a child in college if I had not waited until thirty five years of age to have my first child.

It seems that the phrase “helicopter parent” has been around for about 15 years, but it is gaining in popularity as more parents try to help their children coop with what I call as a sense of entitlement that has been so ingrained into the current generation of young adults. I suffered from the “sense of entitlement syndrome” myself as recently as a few years ago. I do not believe I got it from my parents as much as I did from TV and other influences based on the “you can be anything you want” mentality that has flooded the brains of children for the past few decades.

Another resource that offers some history on the phrase “Helicopter Parent” can be found on Word Spy.