This boat was dug up in the 1980s. Jesus might have ridden in it. Odds are not favorable, but it’s possible. He likely rode in one like it. May it help to bring home to us even more those stories in the NT when Jesus was near or on the Sea of Galilee.

Tonight in our Bible reading group we talked about finishing what we start — as in resolutions and plans for the year. From Ecc 7.8 we went to 2 Cor 8.1-12 and especially verse 11, where Paul told the saints in that city to finish the task. Planning is good — God does it. And he finishes his plans. (Remember Jesus: “It is finished!”)

Focus question: How can we make our resolutions and plans so as to guarantee, as far as lies within us, their success?

One suggestion is to write them down. Another is to set down as many details as possible.

What suggestion do you have to answer the question above?

#1. Last magazine of the year picked up from the printer today. First one for next year is well along the way.

#2. Rained a good part of the afternoon, but it slacked up enough to let me walk to the gym for one of the most rigorous workouts ever.

#3. Good news a few days ago: Somers reinstating support level from 2016. Will be a blessed relief.

#4. Would be hasty step, but one is tempted to jump to using the Versão fácil de ler. Have been reading the OT portion, recently released.

#5. I usually take weeks to adjust to writing the new year properly. Today I put the date down as 2018. Getting ahead of myself.

#6. An original verse: He ate our food and felt our pains and aches; / With us in our hard war he still partakes.

#7. A Bible verse: “So do not throw away your confidence, because it has great reward” Heb 10.35.

In our reading group, we’re doing a series I call “Impressive chapters of the Bible.” The chapters I choose are somewhat arbitrary, of course. Since we’re traveling next week, I have two more weeks, and will wind down the series. So tonight, it’s 1 John 4:

http://esv.literalword.com/?q=1%20jn%204

“Scholar” cherrypicking Bible commentary made hundreds of years afterwards to bolster his view. Very scholarly of him.

http://www.trunews.com/article/british-scholar-says-dont-take-bible-literally

Review: “In his illuminating Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers, Daniel L. Dreisbach shows how early Americans used the Bible both as an intellectual sourcebook and as a tool for moral instruction. He thinks ‘the Bible was the most authoritative, accessible, and familiar book in eighteenth-century America.’”

The Founders’ Go-To Text