All right, Buds, the blog is off and running! 2007 marks the year I've committed to reading the entire Bible in a year and several of you have joined me in that commitment. Our goal is not so we can say we did it, or even to expand our knowledge of scripture (though that will be a nice perk!), but rather, to better know the very heart of God. In today's reading (Gen. 12--15) I noticed how Abram built alters after he encountered God in special ways. A friend once pointed out that when we take the time to note praise and thanks for what God has revealed to us or done in our lives, we're building an alter of sorts, too. That's my hope for this blog...that it becomes a place where we can stop and give glory and honor to the One who makes all things possible.
Since I'm new to blogging, I'm gonna throw a few "housekeeping" items at you. If a post is labeled "RTBIAY" that means the posting is directed towards those of you who are Reading The Bible In A Year with me. (Yes, it took me hours to come up with that!) Any other labels will probably be self-explanatory. I'm hoping you'll see some labeled "Shane" as I encourage my incredibly better half to contribute from time to time.
Lord, I pray that this blog will be used to carry out Your will. Let it be a tool for encouragement, enlightenment, seed-planting and tending--an all-around forum for "lovin' on others" as You want us to. In Jesus' Name. Amen.