As members of God's connect-heal-bless campaign team, we can never get enough of the Bible, which is basically the story of God's campaign from ancient times to today and into the future.

The Bible readings for Mercy Season tell us how mercy and forgiveness fit into this whole campaign that Jesus is leading. Mercy can bring healing to others. When we forgive, that act allows us to heal from the wounds others inflicted on us. Jesus on the cross is the picture of mercy, the key to a campaign that succeeds without resorting to violent retaliation.

Listen for the "Mercy rhythm" in the readings listed below--the sound of how mercy and forgiveness are supposed to work and how they do work for those who are connected, healed, and blessed. 

 

To read the whole Bible in a year, follow the daily guide for each season.

For one verse per day in a weekly cycle, use Jubilee Cards

FAQ 

When the reading list says "Intro" as on August 7, where do I find the intro? 

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FAQ.  When the reading list says "Intro" as on August 7, where do I find the intro? 

The intro is not on this site. You choose it from elsewhere. Here are several good options.

1. If you are using a "Study Bible," it will have an introduction to each book. Use that if it suits you.

 

2. Our top pick among introductions to the biblical books is the intros in The Message version of the Bible by Eugene Peterson because they give the clearest and most potent descriptions of the significance of each book for today. These are not available free on-line as far as we know, but are worth the price of the book (the Bible in The Message version; Kindle available here).

 

3. Another excellent set of intros is the narrated cartoon diagrams at bibleproject.com. Use these if they do not overwhelm you with the details. Visual learners will love them. We include a link to these with our list above. On phones the links are below the list. On larger devices the links are to the right of the line in the list that they go with.

 

4. Another good option is videos done by the Bible and theology faculty at Fuller Seminary. These are done for ordinary Bible readers not seminary students. See https://fullerstudio.fuller.edu/introductions-to-the-bible/  

 

5. There are many other written options on-line such as this very short one (Blue Letter Bible) or this more traditional one (NIV Study Bible)

Whichever option you choose, be careful not to read or watch the introduction as if you are studying for a test. What you are doing is trying to get the big picture of the book, especially what it has to do with God's campaign to connect, heal, and bless the world. As you read day by day, you will be listening for God to give you your assignments in that campaign.