Stephen at Stevo 28 and Growing talks about how his iPhone helps his spiritual life. For example:
iPhone – ESV Bible: ESV has an iPhone button for your home page on the iPhone. It’s awesome. You just go to http://www.gnpcb.org/esv/mobile on your iPhone and then “add to Home Screen”. It gives you a pretty little button that can live on your main home page, so that when you have a free moment… you can check out God’s word, right on your trusty iPhone. You can also use it when your pastor says “If you have your bible, let’s go to…” since now you always have YOUR bible with you Warning: other people around you will most likely think that you’re a slacker and making calls during the sermon.
He also uses it for watching sermon video podcasts and listening to worship music.
You won’t find today, February 29, on most Bible reading plans. If you’re reading through the Bible in a year, what are you going to read today?
Some people break up the readings—they read half of the reading for March 1 on February 29, and they read the other half on the following day. If you’re behind on your readings, why not use this extra day to catch up? Or use the day to start anew.
Others treat the day as a special “jubilee” day:
Fortunately for me, February 29th falls on a Friday this year, which is my normal day off from my secular job. As a result, I can devote that day to the Lord’s glory as a “Day of Jubilee”. The current plan (subject to change) is to engage in the following readings:
The entire Gospel of John. Psalms 22, 23, and 24. (The trilogy of Suffering Servant, Good Shepherd, and Glorious King.) Isaiah 53.
As you can see, this plan is fully Christocentric. It is my prayer that Christ be at the center of my life, not only on February 29th, but each and every day.
You could try a different reading plan for the day. The Book of Common Prayer Daily Office, which follows the liturgical calendar, has no problem with February 29. Daily Light also has readings specifically for February 29.
You may want to do something else—it’s up to you. But as with every day, do something to glorify God today.
We’ve released ten new spots in the “Bible for Life” radio campaign. Each one-minute spot has someone reading a passage from the ESV and meditating on it.
This month features Mike Yankoski, Cheri Fuller, one about William Wilberforce, and others.
Listen to all the spots at www.bibleforlife.org.
Duncan Forbes at his eponymous blog has been writing recently about how he uses the Greek New Testament for devotions:
For the last 2 years I’ve been using Greek primarily for exegesis for sermons. In the last month however, I tried something new, and started using a Greek text for my devotions. I knew someone years ago who did this, but since then have never heard anyone encourage this.
My own limited experience of the last month has been that reading the New Testament in Greek is a wonderful devotional experience. Hopefully through this blog, I can encourage it amongst others—especially you ex-Bible college students who don’t use your Greek anymore!
So far he’s written about five benefits that this method offers:
- Introduction / encouragement
- The slowdown factor
- Seeing the perfect tense
- Spotting wordplays
- Spotting Jesus’ nuances
Even if you don’t know biblical Greek, you can partially recreate the experience Duncan describes by comparing different English translations or by doing your devotions in the ESV Reverse Interlinear New Testament.
The 180 Youth Ministry blog has a top-ten list of why the ESV TruGrip Bible is their favorite Bible. But even more interesting is the story they share:
So I was talking to my friend this week who gave me the Bible and telling him how excited I am about it, when he said a really odd thing. He said, “If you find someone who you need to give that Bible away to, I’ve got another ESV Bible I’d like to give you.” I said “OK,” all the while thinking, “Why would I give away this Bible—my favorite Bible.” Well the very next day, I had a kid on my school bus ask to read my Bible. Of course I let him and before he got off the bus, he asked if he could have it. Weird, isn’t it! So I’m giving him my Bible, which is all cool in itself. But the story doesn’t end there…
Head over to the 180 blog to find out how the story ends. Hint: it ends well.