Your 2018 Kavanah Read Thru the New Testament

Want to change your life forever?

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 2018 adventure.

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. 

[Don’t believe us? Here are two true stories: True Story #1  True Story #2.]

Our 2018 NT Chronological Plan.

Have you ever wondered what a chronological New Testament 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 NT CHRONOLOGICAL plan. We also suggest that you activate the daily reminder feature . Since it’s a 6 month plan we’ll be able to read this plan twice during 2018.

During the first half of the year (182 days) we’ll read thru the New Testament to observe Kavanah priorities. For the second half of the year (182 days) we’ll go deeper as we re-read the New Testament digging into the link between following Jesus and prayerfulness. 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. 

We invite you to read with us and friends using YouVersion and the NT Chronological plan during 2018. Jump in anytime and keep reading with us.

YouVersion App: God’s Word is WITH you.

Tens of millions of people are using the Bible App™ to make God’s Word a part of their daily lives. Download the free app and access your bookmarks, notes, and reading plans from anywhere. Enjoy hundreds of versions, including audio, all on your mobile device. We’ll be using the NLT text and audio personally, but we invite you to read in the version of your choice.

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!

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.”

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

If you’re really into crazy and fun, consider using four different colored pencils/highlighters—one for each of the four Kavanah priorities. When you’re done, you’ll have a fun and simply way of seeing just how much Kavanah is in the New Testament.

As we study, pray, love and live together, we hit the bullseye as disciples—who makes disciples—who make more disciples.

 

Well, there are only two questions left to ask:

1. Are YOU in? Let us know…

2. Whom will you invite to join you? We invite you to share this post and invite them. What are you waiting for?

Bonus: You can ask to join one of our Facebook Reading groups where you can see others questions and insights plus share your own.    Group 1.    Group 2.

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Want to read more? The better, stronger relationship with God that you’ve always longed for will not happen accidentally.

Would you like a better, stronger relationship with God in 2017?

By far the single most important thing I did in 2016 that helped my relationship with God was reading through the Bible—with some friends.

News Flash: A better, stronger relationship with God will not happen accidentally.

This is your invitation to gather your friends to take a life-changing AND guilt-free Bible reading adventure together in 2017.

1. Here’s WHY you probably won’t do this. (Just keeping it real.)

2. Here’s HOW you can pull this off if you dare to go for it.

3. Here’s an online community for sharing what we learn together.

4. Here’s a story about what God can do if you dare to try in 2017.

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Here’s our Bible reading plan for 2017…   

   * January 2017

   * February 2017

   * March 2017

   * April 2017

   * May 2017

   * June 2017

   * July 2017

   * August 2017

   * September 2017

   * October 2017

   * November 2017

   * December 2017

[Note: This 12-part reading will take us through the whole Bible in 2017. Each month is a new onramp. So it doesn’t matter if people start with us in January or not! It doesn’t matter if you skip a month. No guilt. No pressure. I’ll say it again: Each month is a new on ramp. So please invite friends to join you each month.]

So, WHO needs to do this with you this year?

Share this post with them right now.

Help Cadre Missionaries end 2017 strong and launch us into a new exciting year of disciplemaking!

Is God stingy? A sweep through the Old Testament

Stingy…or supremely generous

When we filter God through the view of our own temperament, experiences or frustrations, we can easily act like a three-year old. I want my way! More ice cream, Mommy! And we quickly dismiss the possibility that loves often says no. We just think God’s being stingy with us.

How can I accept that God’s given me is already the right amount for this moment? That what he’s giving me is the most generous, because it’s just what I need?

I often switch roles with God. I look at him through three-year-old eyes. Eyes that can’t see the bigger picture. To counter this tendency, I often read through Scripture in big sweeps. It helps me to step back and get a “parent’s” view—the one a three-year old can’t perceive.

God, thanks for giving me not what I want, but what I need right now.

God’s overflow to us

Here’s a sweep through the Old Testament passages that the NLT translates with the concept of overflow. They help me to regain a long-view perspective. They let God define himself instead of me re-interpreting him through my biased filters.

Inside the [brackets] are my rough out-loud thoughts to help prompt our havering and wrestling together…

  • Psalm 23:5 You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. [note: enemies are active and present and the Psalmist still views God as blessing him…]
  • Psalm 65:11 You crown the year with a bountiful harvest; even the hard pathways overflow with abundance. [Easy, hard, difficult, places exist and God still transforms them, but he doesn’t remove the “hard pathways.”]
  • Psalm 130:7 O Israel, hope in the Lord; for with the Lord there is unfailing love. His redemption overflows. [Hope meets God’s unfailing love. The need for redemption remains and his redemption comes through his sharing with us his love in a time where hope and redemption meet in me… Got it.]
  • Proverbs 3:9-10 Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine. [It’s all his. And it’s all within his eb and flow of ups and downs. I find it funny that it says to honor the Lord with my wealth… when I know that it’s his, not mine; he’s having me check my attitude and grasp on what I claim rights to that’s not actually mine.]
  • Proverbs 15:28 The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking; the mouth of the wicked overflows with evil words. [I guess the advice goes two ways… be slow to speak because it quickly shows what’s inside of me…]
  • Jeremiah 13:17 And if you still refuse to listen, I will weep alone because of your pride. My eyes will overflow with tears, because the Lord’s flock will be led away into exile. [I love the turning, twisting of the alone and together in this passage. I weep alone, but the shower of tears are for God and his children. I love that it is emotion linked with truth that are causing the tears.]
  • Hosea 11:8 “Oh, how can I give you up, Israel? How can I let you go? How can I destroy you like Admah or demolish you like Zeboiim? My heart tears and my compassion overflows. [Ok, when was the last time compassion overflowed me? God, please tear my heart so compassion is visible in my choices and actions.]
  • Joel 2:24 [Full Chapter] The threshing floors will again be piled high with grain, and the presses will overflow with new wine and olive oil. [How often do I claim the fruit and curse the times of shortage. Why do I take credit for one and not the other?]
  • Joel 3:13 Swing the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, tread the grapes, for the winepress is full. The storage vats are overflowing with the wickedness of these people.” [Ouch. We can have plenty of fruit and not be drawn to God, rather it simply fuels more rebellion, wickedness and selfishness. God please give me what I need in a way that causes me to see you as provider, companion and redeemer.]
  • Zechariah 1:17 “Say this also: ‘This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: The towns of Israel will again overflow with prosperity, and the Lord will again comfort Zion and choose Jerusalem as his own.’” [Seasons of much come and go, but the real purpose of life together remains. Why do we see God in a good light in one season and not another? Oh, no…the three-year old in me is finding his way to the floor in a fresh tantrum…]