Coop’s Update

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Well, here we are at the start of a New Year! I always find that at this time of the year I do a bit of retrospect on what has transpired and what lies ahead. My wife and I are both 74 years old now so one has a tendency to seriously consider the positives and negatives we’ve encountered and ponder on how to maximize the time we have left. All things considered, God has been very gracious to us and although we still have some outstanding challenges to walk through, I can’t help but feel indebted for His continued grace.

The blog here is doing relatively well, I’m still small fry but satisfied with the fruit it produces. Followers continue to double each year and I now have published well over 1100 posts. I think the benefits justify the work that I put into it and it helps keep me on track. I am thankful for the people I have met and exchanged thoughts with. There’s always a small core that keep in touch and I’m grateful for my extended Christian family. I’ve impressed myself with remembering names as I lift others up in daily prayer. Remembering names has never been my strong suit but for an old fella I’m doing alright!

My personal Bible study is progressing nicely. Studying both the OT and NT at the same time. I’m deliberately going very slow, some might say painstaking slow, but I’m really amazed at the beauty of God’s Word. Finished the Gospel of Luke yesterday. The slow process has given me a new appreciation for all of God’s Word. I use a combination of color codes, star priorities and underlining for ease of recall. Here’s a picture of the last pages of Luke:

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So far I’ve completed from Genesis to 2 Samuel, Job, Matthew, Mark and Luke in this manner. It takes about a half hour to an hour for each page. I’m using the Amplified Study Bible this time.

So, nothing earth shattering to really report. I’d like to thank all of you for your patience with me and just to let you know, I have taken the advice that some of you gave me and I am SERIOUSLY trying to keep my posts shorter!

I wish all of you a blessed New Year as we watch for, with joyful expectation, the return of our Lord! I do believe that time is getting short.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

 

13 Comments

  1. I used to not like marking Bibles, but I recently bought a wide margined journaling Bible which I hope to pass on to my daughter if I ever complete it! πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the post, and for your prayers πŸ™‚

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  2. I am thankful for your blog, Bruce, and for your companionship. I loved seeing how you’ve organised your study … there’s nothing better than getting lost in God’s word. Many blessings to you, too, and your wife and family.

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      1. Ha, ha, yes I think you’re right. I wondered about that too. I’d meant something like when you get lost in a good book, but perhaps the word ‘lost’ isn’t quite right in this instance. πŸ™‚

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  3. I LOVE the colors! I do the same thing. Some of my professors think it’s because I want to make my environment pretty, I said, β€œno, the colors help me learn and retain information!” Thank you for sharing! Blessings Bruce, to you and yours!

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    1. I use red as my super important color, orange is very important and yellow is important. You only need two colors because yellow with red over it makes orange. And it is super quick for finding the really important stuff when you need to! Blessing to you and yours also!

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