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Lesson 1 - Day 1

Posted by Thomas David McMurray on May 19, 2013 at 3:30 PM
For Monday, May 20, 2013

Suggested Scripture Reading

   John 1: 29-41

          "They asked,  "Where are you staying?" "Come," Jesus replied, "and you will see."  (Jn 1:38-39)

Questions for Reflection

1. At this time of your life, how would you describe your level of familiarity with the Bible?

2. Who or what has stirred your desire to study the Bible now or in the past?

3. What do you hope to gain from your study of the Bible? How do you expect it to impact your life?

 

Study Guide Reading

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Reply Thomas David McMurray
11:52 AM on May 21, 2013 
1. At this time of your life, how would you describe your level of familiarity with the Bible?
I have a pretty good facility in moving about the Bible and locating passages in both the Old and New Testament. I have a workable knowledge of the Gospels from my studies and many retreats so that I can often identify a passage or locate a passage by theme and content. I ability to identify or recognize where an Old Testament passage comes from is very limited.

2. Who or what has stirred your desire to study the Bible now or in the past?
Most immediately, my brother Dan got me fired up about delving into a study of the Bible again. I thought it would be a fun and rewarding way to learn more about it. In the past an elderly nun that I was directing on a retreat shared with me that the Scripture was ?coming alive? for her in a way that it never had before. And I could see it in her face and in the consolation and peace she was experiencing during that retreat. This made me want to experience the Scripture in the same way. And further into the past, I was given a picture Bible as a child that featured stories of notable biblical figures. These stories always intrigued me and stayed with me.

3. What do you hope to gain from your study of the Bible? How do you expect it to impact your life?
I hope to find my heart enkindled with a new sense of God?s presence in the scripture. I hope to discover better how to listen and hear God speak and whisper to me through scripture and how to make it more relevant to the lives of others.
Reply Veretta St.James
9:15 PM on May 20, 2013 
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1. A novice. Very much a beginner. Unfamiliar with navigating around the books to find passages.
Many of the stories are total new to me.

2. I think the Holy Spirit is leading me to want to better understand God's word. I think I am being humbled to a point where I can not pretend to think I am in control of my life.
A women at work started a weekly Bible study at lunch. I accepted the invitation to read: Twelve Extraordinary Women by John MacArthur.
Our local church offered Adult study issues of the Bible. Sr. RoseMary is now offering an 8 week session on the Apostles. I enjoy the classes and get a lot out of them. It is all new knowledge for me.
I must of slept through CCD??
I am always impressed when people of faith know their way around the Bible and have committed scripture to memory.

3. I am hoping to get an over all working knowlege of the books of the bible. Familiarity as to where to find the books, psalm, passages. A better understanding of the readings.
I just learned that the first reading at mass is always from the old testament and the second reading from the new testament. ( I am very much at a beginner level)
I think that as I gain awareness I will better appreciate God's message for us. I am hoping that I will retain the words and incorporate them in to my thoughts and actions. That I will be present to hearing and understanding.