Your 2019 Kavanah Read Thru the Whole Bible
For years now we've been talking about "the 15 minutes a day that will change your life forever.” So this is your invitation to join us—and to invite others to join you—in this 2019 adventure. You'll be reading daily with Bill Allison, Dave & Rennie Garda and friends. It'll tune our lives together (that's what Havering together with the Holy Spirit does best). Plus if you use the YouVersion app or online links (in our reading groups) you can share insights with us.
Of course, we're talking about reading the Bible. But not just reading the Bible—as good as that can be. What we're talking about is reading the Bible together. Why together? Because reading the Bible by yourself is great, but reading the Bible together is exponentially more transformative.
Our 2019 Bible Chronological Plan.
Have you ever wondered what a chronological Bible would look like? Or how the Gospels describe the same event with different words and perspective? If so, this reading plan is for you. It's impossible to state exactly in what order everything happened but this is an attempt and we hope it will bring new light to the eternal story of Jesus Christ.
We invite you to jump in with us as we utilize the YouVersion App and it’s reading plan feature. Simply activate the Reading God's Story, CHRONOLOGICAL plan. We also suggest that you activate the daily reminder feature . Since it’s a 12 month plan we’ll be able to read this plan daily together during 2019. The plan has readings for 6 days with a catch up day or a day to read in other areas to keep you fresh and current. As we read we’ll look for insights into Kavanah (See below).
During the year we'll read thru the Bible to observe Kavanah priorities. We'll start the read in January, but we’ll be inviting new friends to jump in along the way. Wherever we are in the sequence we invite you to begin where we are and read with us.
The YouVersion Bible app makes it possible to not only read the Bible online via your smart phone, iPad, or computer, but you also can read it in whatever translation you choose. Another bonus is that you can also listen to an audio of each day's readings for FREE!
YouVersion App: God's Word is WITH you.
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But Wait! There's More!
As we read through the New Testament together this year, we're going to be looking for Kavanah. What's Kavanah? That's a great question.
Kavanah is a Hebrew word that helps us understand how God empowers us to live as disciplemakers. In its simplest form, Kavanah means “to aim.” In disciplemaking, it describes the place where my disciplined actions meet God’s active presence in my life. If disciplemaking is about following Jesus together, every day, we need his power to do it. And Kavanah helps us see how.
We find the roots of Kavanah in the Babylonian Talmud. Berakoth 32b says, “Our Rabbis taught: Four things require to be done with Kavanah, namely, [study of] the Torah, good deeds [loving others and showing kindness], praying always, and one’s worldly occupation.”
As we study, pray, love and live together, we hit the bullseye as disciples—who makes disciples—who make more disciples.
Kavanah is how we hit the bullseye as a disciple. It enables us to be filled up by Jesus, anticipating what God is going to do in us, through us and around us. We practice these four priorities with others, depending on the help of the Holy Spirit to hit the Kavanah bullseye...
So as we read this year, I suggest every time you come across one of the four Kavanah priorities in your Bible reading, you make a note in your Bible like so...
W = study God's Word to know and love God
P = prayerfulness
L = loved extravagantly by God to love others
C = a C323 (Colossians 3:23) life of worship