Believe Something Better Bible Reading Plan

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We’re very excited to be bringing out our first ever Bible Reading plan!

This is our first plan and we’ve spent quite a bit of time working on the specific order, and timing of the plan. This is a one year plan which takes you through the Bible in a year. We read, approximately, two books in the Old Testament then one in the New Testament. This isn’t exact, because there is not exactly half the number of books in the New Testament as in the OT. However, in our minds the more important part of this plan.

The more important part of this reading plan is the fact, it allows you to have make up days. You’ll notice every month you only have assigned readings for twenty-five (25) days of every month with the last five (or six) days of the month are make up days. If you don’t need make up days, you can use these days to get ahead, or just rest.

This is for all those who have tried, year after year, to read the Bible only to miss a day due to illness or some other reason and therefore given up. We hope you will find encouragement to make it through, Genesis through Revelation, and therefore learn to Believe in Something Better.

A Perspective on Ravi Zacharias

In response to the scandal now coming out around Ravi Zacharias, we merely wish to say: It is deeply troubling, heartbreaking, enraging, and sickening at the same time, and for many different reasons. If you know me (RB) then you know I taught martial arts for a long time, and one specific avenue of martial arts in which I heavily focused was self-defense. To the point, I took my own training to people who had worked with law enforcement agencies and specifically looked at violent assaults. We had an acronym for the system we were working within that time, called S.H.A.R.P. This acronym stands for Sexual Harassment, Assault, and Rape Prevention and the people who put the system together had looked through the darkest studies on the Earth. Learning this stuff was not easy, it was inherently edifying at the time of learning, but as I was able to teach men and women how to defend themselves it became much more edifying.

When you start to study the information around sexual harassment, assault, and rape you start to see really what is wrong. First, the victim did nothing wrong! There are so many who, sadly, put the blame on the victim (even when they do so unintentionally) with words like, “Well, if she hadn’t gone there,” “If she hadn’t worn that,” or many other epithets. But, the victims have done nothing wrong! The perpetrator carries all blame, whether they are psychologically sick (needing psycho-therapies), or merely the perpetrator of the vile deed. It is only they who are guilty, the victim bears no guilt nor should be treated as such. This information brings us to the scandal around Ravi Zacharias.

I, as a fellow Christian, will not judge whether or not he was truly saved, that is between him and the Lord God, however, I am totally sickened by his perverse, predatory acts. In my mind, there is a divide, between the speaking, writing, and apologetics work he did and the acts which he committed. However, this is not acceptable. I agree with what many have said: The actions he committed do not make what he said wrong. However, several people I highly respect have put the nail in that particular coffin: He was not the only one to have said what he said. In two thousand years of Church history, this is nearly an impossibility. According to the open letter from Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) Board and the report they made public (which I highly recommend you read all of it) Ravi Zacharias was not merely a sinner in the typical sense of the word but was a sexual predator. And, barring any further evidence which may come forth, he went to his grave as an unrepentant sexual predator.

The Church has no right to use the materials of such a person. He wrote books on all topics, some of which are hypocritical in light of what has come forth. There is a difference between a repentant sinner and someone who is keeping a secret life. When we look at the lives of believers, they are supposed to marked by one important thing: They don’t reflect the world, but their Lord Christ. This is mentioned several times throughout the Scriptures. Most significantly we see it in Romans. We know God is active in conforming us into the image of His Son (8:28) and we need to continually be active in our transformation (12:2). We also know a believer is washed, regenerated, and renewed (Titus 3:5) at our conversion. The story of Ravi Zacharias shows just how important it is we take these things seriously. Again, I will make no judgments on the man’s status before God, I am not God, I can only look at the fruit which is now so publicly on display. The Church and specifically among Christians should be the safest places for people to be. We have seen, however, how much corruption is within the Church over the past decades. Rich and powerful personalities have fallen consistently. Between Catholic Priests to mega-church pastors, through to televangelists. So, many people have been put in places of power where those under them felt as if they couldn’t speak out.

We need to make the Church a safe place for these people. The Church should be a place where the light shines. All actions should be visible and open to everyone. This doesn’t mean all things, should be completely open. If someone is receiving private counsel form the leadership their privacy and confidence should be kept, but what it does mean is actions are clear. We are to abstain even from the appearance of evil, living quiet and peaceful lives, protecting each other. Sadly, something like this brings reproach upon the name of Jesus, and to His Church. These victims should be able to find their greatest, safest place being in a relationship with God, and by extension within His Body. However, these actions hurt and turn people away instead.

Let us pray we will finally learn from this scandal rather than continuing to perpetuate this problem. It is so important for people to be under Biblical leadership who will be able to admonish and teach, removing the dross and polishing the gold.

These are my broken, rambling thoughts. In whatever you do, or say in regards to this, think it through, before you say it. Bring no harm. There are victims who have been horrendously abused. Take care of them! It was not their fault a sexual predator took advantage of them.

If you are looking for more info, I highly suggest you watch the video of Mike Winger, of BibleThinker.org.

Winter 2021 Update

Hey All,

So, we’ve been laboring behind the scenes not producing much content. This is unfortunate, but it is so. I’ve been working on studying God’s Word, as the last two years, I’ve become one of the speakers on the rotation at Willamette Bible Chapel. This has become something I’ve been doing more and more which has taken much of my time. It has helped me to cherish more, and more, those brothers who preach week after week with nearly no break. I am only preaching once every four to five weeks which is, still, is very exhausting. You can see something of these sermons on the Believe Better Ministries YouTube Channel by going up to the menu and clicking on “Video”.

So far, we have the two-part sermon on Romans 9, the sermon 1 Corinthians 3 and 1 Corinthians 11. I hope you enjoy them. We have plans to put up pretty much every sermon I’ve ever given, and I hope to edify you through them. If you have questions or comments feel free to e-mail me at RB.May@believebetterministries.com. I look forward to your comments and questions. I have been working on articles to put up here on our website. Some works coming down the pipe: Study on Dispensational Methodology (a paper on consistent hermeneutics), Biblical Hermeneutics (a paper on properly interpreting the Bible with examples), and two books (Believe Something Better a basic book on being a Christian and what it means, and The God Who Cares a small work on theology). These will be coming down the pipeline soon. I’m almost finished with the first drafts of most of these works, while the Dispensational paper has gone through two drafts and will be running through edits for a third draft then published here.

This is what you can look forward to in 2021. I’m hoping to see the books published by the end of the year. (At least The God Who Care which is almost finished with the first draft.) If we can get these done I will be very excited to see these put forward. I also hope and pray, as I always do, these works will edify you and lift you up, to help you believe something better.

Finally, before we move on to enjoying the beginning of this year, I want to deal with U.S.’s most recent election. I want all my Christian brothers and sisters to remember God decides who will be in their positions of power. We have the job to pray for them, and to live a peaceful and quiet life before all men. I hope and pray for you all in this time that you are not having a crisis of faith. At this time, I am always open to discussion and to help my brothers and sisters. If you are having troubles and are in need of discussion. Feel free to call Believe Better Ministries at ‪(458) 216-0049. I am not guaranteeing you will get us when you call us, but I am promising I will call you back and get back to you. So, now if you agree with the new President of the U.S. be humble and take care of your Christian brothers and sisters who do not, and if you disagree with him, be humble and take care of your Christian brothers and sisters. We are not saved by politics (or political parties or persons) we are all saved through Christ. There are enough heresies trying to creep their way into God’s Church to worry about politics.

Now, as you go, I hope and pray for you. I pray the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all, and we are helping you to believe in something better.

Update Fall 2020

Hello all,

We’re working to have content available for you on our website and on Youtube. Currently, we’ve been having a lot of problems as things go. If you haven’t heard about the fires on the west coast of the United States, well that is where I live and where Believe Better Ministries is headquartered, and this is just the most recent issue to take place in my life.

However, I am thankful for the Lord and how He has taken care of me and my family. During this time I am studying, and working on things. We plan on coming out with a book which is the first five years of Believe Better Ministries. I am also working on a book about my point of view on Theology and (more specifically) Soteriology. This book is called The God Who Cares and it will deal with quite a few things and I hope to clearly point out my point of view. Finally, I’ve been working on a study of Dispensational Methodology (more commonly called Dispensationalism), which will be posted here for all of my audience to read. These things and preaching have been keeping me busy.

Also, we do have a newsletter list, which we sent out an update on that this morning. Please sign up for updates directly in your e-mail. We used this in the past for Kalytero, and plan on using it for this again when Kalytero is relaunched for you to receive this.

Thank you all,
RB

Updates and News – 03/02/2020

Well, I need to apologize for the missing articles from the end of last year, and the beginning of this year. I had them loaded into the website, but had put the date of publication in wrong. I put had put the Christmas Thought for last December in and apparently scheduled it for 25 December, 2020 rather than 2019, the same thing with the New Year’s Thought (except for 2021). This issue is now fixed. They are now up and posted on the website viewable for everyone.

I have some plans for 2020. I don’t want to say what they are yet as I need to get things ordered so I can make sure I follow through with them. I am hoping some of the things I have done in the past may be able to come back. I am praying for the Lord’s leading in all things.

One thing I do want to announce is we are planning on putting a book out of the first five years of Believe Better Ministries. This is going to contain all the articles which have been posted on our website. We are calling it the first five years of Believe Better Ministries because it didn’t become such until 2014. So, this is exciting and we hope you will support the book when it comes out. I can’t believe it’s been five years, but it has. We hope we’ve edified you over the last five years (or more) and hope to continue doing so as we go forward as the Lord has called us.

Stay tuned for news on what we are working on.

RB

Where are All the Articles?

Hey everyone,

So, we received an e-mail the other day asking where all our articles have gone. First of all, we are working on getting articles ready to be put up here on our website. That mission has never changed! We are going to have new articles, thoughts, and just plain info coming out here in the near future. But, and secondly, we are also working on building more of a presence. To that end, we have been putting out more videos on our YouTube Channel.

So, what that means is we are putting material out, it may just be in a format different from here. We may try embedding the videos and putting them here, but we’re not promising anything. I do hope you will go check out our YouTube Channel and watch our videos. Please like and subscribe so we can continue to build our reach. We truly appreciate all the support our readers have given us over the years and hope you will continue!

I hope you will enjoy the upcoming videos and articles. I also hope you will enjoy the upcoming issues of KalyteroTM. We are still working on this project and will be putting forth the new issue at the end of this month. I am looking forward to it and submissions are still open!

We will be seeing more of me later. Again, visit our YouTube Channel like and subscribe. And I truly pray we are helping you to Believe in Something Better.

RB

New Exciting Project

Believe Better Ministries is excited to announce have a new project we are working on. This project is called Kalytero. This is going to be the first ever publication put out by Believe Better Ministries! Kalytero is going to be a quarterly journal put out for free in PDF format. We are also hoping to put out a hard copy of the journal which will be available for a small fee (which will cover shipping and the printing costs).

The goal is really to get our message out even farther. With this type of media, you can send each issue to whomever you wish. We are very excited to be opening submissions for articles of future issues! The first issue is planned and ready to come out. It is currently planned to be released on June 23rd and it will be our July, August, and September issue. If you would like to have an article you wrote included in future issues please read the submission guidelines on the new Kalytero page and, if your article fulfills them, e-mail it to us at contact@believebetterministries.com.

We really are excited about this new project and hope you are too. If you want to receive a link to the PDF in your e-mail and notification of new issues make sure you sign up over on the sidebar.

Notes and Outlines

OK, everyone, we are planning for the future!

To that end the Believe Something Better Page has been updated! You can now see a little of what we are planning with it. We plan on having the Notes and Outlines (free material we’re providing) up and available for download. This coupled with the BOGV provides a kind of study bible experience. We hope to have these study notes completely available over the course of the next two years. You’ll get to see the page evolve as more content is finished.

We are currently working on the finishing touches to 1 John-Jude, the first volume which will be made available in the Believe Something Better Commentary Series. We are really excited to be getting so close to actually making something available and having fruit for labors.

In this we want to give all the glory to God. We can do nothing through our own strength and only God is the one with the strength who has accomplished this!

Pray for us as we continue to move forward with this goal of finishing the series of commentaries and for volunteers. We are actively seeking volunteers to get involved in the Ministry. If you feel as though you would like to be involved please e-mail us. We are also open to taking donations please e-mail us about this option as well.

Thank you so much!
RB

August 2017 Update

Hey everyone, I want to be better about posting updates here. We’re looking for volunteers currently in a number of places; not just here but also at BOG Ministries. If you would like to get involved in our ministry here, we have a multitude of positions we would love to fill. We are looking at expanding our scope a little bit and we would love your help as we do so.

We are moving forward with so many things. I do plan on having the next episode of the BSB Vidcast/Podcast out this month – most likely very close to the end of the month. I am continuing work on the Believe Something Better Commentary series and I think we are on track for the first volume (though in actuality it looks as though it will be the 55th volume in order of Biblical layout) to be finished by November with subsequent publish in December or January. I am currently finishing up Second John and will be moving on to work on Third John soon. I am rather excited about this whole thing. It always feels good to have some fruit from your labors.

I am hoping to actually put out the eBook of the of the Psalms by RB and I hope to be putting out the second set soon. I enjoy poetry and write it as my mind wanders. I hope you enjoy it too.

All in all, I am hard at work and the BOG team is hard at work. Currently the work for the BOG team is the Gospel of John and after I am finished working on 1 John – Jude I will be putting together a short amount of info to go along with John in order to have an outreach book available. This would be BOG Ministries’ first piece of work in print and we have the same feeling as I stated above, fruits from our labor.

Pray for us as we continue down the road, running the race which is laid before us. We look forward to hearing from any of you who wish to get in touch. Our e-mail lines are always open. Feel free to e-mail us when ever you want!


RB

A Conversation with a Martyr

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OK, that could be a very misleading title!

I want to make it clear I have not personally contacted a martyr for the faith. Rather this is a work of fiction. I have always been – at least when it comes to writing – a fiction writer. I love to write fiction, especially science fiction and fantasy. You in fact can read my fiction online as it is currently being serialized. Well I was sitting in my chair reading Voice of the Martyrs and the Lord smacked me on the head with an idea I just couldn’t shake. Well… I think it was the Lord anyway. As I said I just couldn’t shake it I had a visceral need to write it and finish it.

I thought I’d give you all a chance to read it. I’ve been holding it back as it is different from anything else I’ve ever written. The idea is I’ve been praying to God about being the kind of person who is willing to lay their life down for Him. I’ve never thought I was this person. I want to be this person, but never felt like I had the courage to be. This part is not fiction, this part is absolutely true. I have prayed this question many times in my life. Wondered for many years if a great persecution happened here in the USA would I be the person hiding his beliefs to get by or would I stand up and shout God’s good news from the roof tops?

The story is essentially God giving me an answer. Whether this answer is real or fake, I cannot tell. I’ve pondered it and handed the story to wiser men than I. I have nothing more really to say about the story.

I hope you enjoy it.

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