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Mark and I are doing something very exciting this year.  
Reading the Bible in a Year… no, don’t click away yet! This is different!
I know most of us have started these plans with various degrees of success or have done it several times and just don’t see the benefit of slogging through Leviticus again but I’m asking you to take a moment and check out The Bible Project!  
I do encourage you to stick with this challenge.  If you get behind go do the reading for today, watch whatever videos you missed and keep going!  Every word buried in your life will bear fruit!
The Bible Project is a Portland based non-profit that utilizes short-form, fully animated videos to make the biblical story accessible to everyone, everywhere. We create videos, podcasts, and study guides that explore the Bible’s unified story by focusing on its overarching themes and each book’s literary design. We are committed to understanding the Bible in its historical context and communicating its wisdom for the modern world.
I think you will find it opening up so much perspective on your reading! 
I started a Facebook Page to challenge and encourage others to participate but there are still many brothers and sisters not on Facebook so I decided to open the new year with a blog about it here.
I keep thinking of new people to invite and I believe it will rock your world and your faith if you give it a chance.  Having been struggled some years and been successful others I encourage you to just jump in whenever the LORD has brought this to your attention.  Watch the video for whatever book is currently being read but then pick up the readings for today and go forward.  Many reading plans have been abandoned when we get behind and know where will not get caught up!  
The Bible Project 2017 Reading Plan allows you to download an app for phone or tablet or print a pdf to follow similar to the screenshot below. 
I am adding direct links just in case: on the page linked above but just to be sure. 
Even if you are not doing the Bible in a Year this year I encourage you to check out the videos.  Also note that there are sometimes two or even three versions of the videos sometimes with different emphasis.
For example: 
The Book of Genesis Overview: Chapters 1-11  and the Read Scripture: Genesis 1-11  are very similar but the Overview is just that and the Read Scripture video is more in-depth. Note there is also a video called Torah Series: Genesis 1-11 which appears to be the same as the Overview but is renamed and grouped with the first five books of the Bible known as the Torah.
Finally, they also have corresponding theme videos.  Here are the first two examples:  Image of God  and  Heaven & Earth
Finally, as if it was not jam packed with goodness they are starting a new blog this year that will preview even more interesting perspectives on what you will be reading in the following week.  This week the first post is entitled: Genesis & Ancient Cosmic Geography
The artwork is amazing and if you are interested in copies of the posters there are several options available.
  • The outline of Genesis on a premium quality, hand torn paper made by our team is available for $50.00. Purchasing this premium item from them supports future projects.
  • Signing up as a new monthly supporter at $10 or more a month will get you a free coupon code to order one of these quality prints.
  • Finally, showing their desire to spread the Word they make all of the images available for free and can be printed for personal use without restriction.
    I have heard some talk that someday a coffee table book may be created with all of the prints.   Genesis Poster Link
Feel free to share this with anyone who might be interested and if they are on FB they can participate in our discussion at Liz’s Facebook: Bible Project 2017 Challenge
Happy New Year!
Disclaimer: I to not work for or represent The Bible Project but simply love their efforts to spread the Word and want to share it with others! 

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