Introduction

Welcome!!!  I’m thrilled you’ve found this blog!  My hope is that this becomes a platform that will expand our hearts and minds as we encourage one another while reading God’s Word together.  Each week I will post questions and comments that are relevant to the passages of Scripture we are reading for the E-100 Bible reading program.  When helpful, I may also link to pictures, video, music, etc. that may expand our thinking and help as we engage God’s Word together.  Of course, this blog is not meant to be a one-way street.  Please ask your own questions and make your own comments as we begin this adventure together!

The introductory pages of the E-100 Journal remind us that this challenge is “not just to make it through the world’s greatest book, or to gain more Bible knowledge…..but to get to know the Bible’s Author, God himself!”

How do you plan to engage this Bible reading challenge in a way that will help you get to know God better?  What are some helpful devotional practices that you have learned that might benefit others?

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  1. Lynne Rayl

    I am NOT a journaling person but Pastor Clint’s comment tonight about slowing down spoke to me. I was amazed at how easily I filled up the whole journal page just from Gen 1-2. Will buy a notebook tomorrow to continue. Comment and question – always knew that God the Father (the Creator) and God the Son (the Word in John ch 1) were there – this time reading Gen 1:2 “a wind from God” saw the Holy Spirit at creation as well. The Holy Spirit set the whole thing in motion! My question to dwell on this week – What does “have dominion over” mean in today’s world and am I doing what God would have me do to protect this wonderful gift of the earth?

    • Amazing how God reveals new insights into His Word every time we read! Absoulety, the Holy Trinity is there from the very beginning! What a privilege that the Holy Trinity invites us to partner in ruling or having dominion over this great creation. Looking forward to hearing what God teaches you about our role in caring for the earth!

  2. I plan on reading from a few different bibles as sometimes there is just enough difference in the translation that makes it a little clearer in the meaning of passage I also find reading it more than just one time forces reflection and retention.

    • Great, practice Karla! Especially if you intentionally try to use a literal (word-for-word) translation like the NRSV or NASB and a dynamic-equivalent (thought-by-thought) translation like the Good News or NLV. Translations like the NIV try to find a happy medium and are a wonderful help as well. To your point….the more variety you look at, the more insight you will have as to what the original Greek or Hebrew actually said.

  3. Hello Clint and E100 participants. A practice that has been very meaningful for John and me is having a “quiet” room to read/study the Bible. It’s uncanny, but God’s gift, that our present and last homes had a room that seemed quieter than the rest and was used as our “quiet” or study room. Identifying it this way seems to make study there more meaningful and real. We have also used candles, soft music and have a cross in the room to remind us why we are there and to stay focused. Looking forward to more comments (our questions are piling up already!) Ginny and John McCook

    • Great practice, John & Ginny! I find it absolutely essential to “get away” to a sacred space if my time with God is going to be fruitful. In addition to finding this space, I have to make sure that my cell phone is not with me and that I don’t have access to a computer….I’m so easily distracted! If weather permits, my favorite place in generally somewhere outside. This time of year, finding this sacred space in our home usually means beating the kids out of bed in the morning for a few minutes of quiet with God!

  4. Lynne Rayl

    So does anyone else stumble on the “Tower of Babel” reading? Why is our all-powerful God concerned about man learning how to make brick and building a tower? And if speaking the same language was an issue, why does God do the exact opposite at Pentecost? Just wondering…

    • Hi Lynne: After reading “Babel” again, I noticed scripture and notes explaining that God was not happy with the people going ahead without any regard to approach Him in the building process. It was a fault of pride in the people which God did not appreciate – that old free will at it again! Seems that Pentecost restored the unhappy ending at Babel, thank you Jesus. I’m sure Clint will have a more sufficient answer than this, but thought it might clear a bit of it for you.

      • Now I have a question? Was it their intent to build the tower to prove they had the power and strength of God? Didn’t look into their motives. Thanks, Ginny

      • That’s my impression. The building of the tower is a physical example of what we are introduced to in Genesis 3…..that they desire to be like God…..or put differently, gods of their own world!

    • The tower of Babel is a mysterious passage! I wonder whether it might be the act of a loving parent. I don’t want my kids to have tools and abilities before they are mature enough to handle them…..certainly I won’t be giving my credit card to Lily any time soon! Since the people’s hearts were consistently bent towards evil maybe the knowledge and ability they were demonstrating by building this tower would have been to their detriment and so God removed this ability for a time. Just a thought.

    • The builders of this city and tower were building to “make a name for themselves.” They were trying to reach God, not for relationship or connection, but for dominance. God muddled their language so that they’re not as self-assured. They were scattered so that they could relearn how to be together, which happens in Pentecost.
      In Babel, what the people needed was humility and diversifying their language created that.
      It made them reevaluate, reconsider, regroup. It forced them to work more on their relationships than their conquests. By the time we get to Acts 2, the people desire to understand one another, not for the sake of dominance, but for the sake of relationship. And so, to restore balance, the Holy Spirit enters in and allows the people to understand each other.

  5. Ruth Strohbeck

    I am beginning a new chapter in my life, and this study will be a blessing to me. Add to this – my daughter Jean in Germany is also receiving it. Thank you, Clint. for starting it.

    Ruth Strohbeck

    • Thank you for starting this study. I am beginning a new chapter in my life, and it will be very helpful. How happy I am that my daughter in Germany is also receiving it.

      Ruth Strohbeck

  6. Ned Braunschweiger

    I continue to be delighted in the manner that Pastor Clint is ushering us more strongly into the Bible, the basis of Christianity and our religion. The Theology Group is reading Stephen Prothero’s “Religious Literacy,” which provides US history from religious schooling, whereby the original colonies were sometimes based on a single preaching, to today, when Biblical and religious knowledge have us verging on “illiteracy.” The100 program offers a wonderful guide to our fundamentals, without which we cannot really deal with current issues: Islam, jihad, Mormonism, Christian behavior, expectations of men and fathers, homosexuality, terrorism and our national educational struggles. We need to get more younger people involved,as they are going to be dealing with these issues. Glad you’re all aboard. Don’t quit early.
    Ned Braunschweiger

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