Free Todoist Project Template: M’Cheyne One Year Bible Reading Plan

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Some men from our church recently committed to read Do More Better: A Practical Guide to Productivity by Tim Challies as a supplement to our ongoing discipleship group curriculum. We studied this book in order to identify the areas of our lives where we were prone to waste time or procrastinate in our duties or simply not get our life tasks done effectively or consistently. It was an enlightening and convicting experience.  Though brief, Challies’ book is packed with good material and serves as a solid “theology of productivity” that is ideal for personal edification and group study.  After reading it, it became clear that we all needed to improve our productivity for the glory of God.  I recommend it for anyone wishing to honor God in their lives through more intentional and disciplined stewardship of the time they have been given. At some point I may write a full review of the book, but that is not the point of this post.

“Productivity is effectively stewarding your gifts, talents, time, energy, and enthusiasm for the good of others and the glory of God.” – Tim Challies

Example of Todoist Project Tasks
Example of a Todoist Project Task List

One of the tools that Mr. Challies recommends in his book is Todoist, a powerful online tool that is used to create projects (a group of tasks) and manage the sub-tasks within those projects.  Todoist features a very clean & intuitive “check box” (actually check circle) interface that also features task tagging, fast search and customizable view filters that makes finding and organizing your many tasks a breeze. Todist stores all your projects and task data “in the cloud” and syncs this data in real-time across your desktop or mobile devices. I could go and on about the great feature and benefits of this tool, but I’ll refrain for now.




I was initially skeptical of my need for a tool like Todoist.  However, after further reflection and discussion with my peers, I decided to give it a try.  I started with the free version and I was hooked after only a few days.  I found that I was becoming noticably more productive!  I quickly signed up for the inexpensive premium edition ($29 per year). With Todoist Premium, I now track and manage my tasks for work & home projects, various shopping errands, bill paying, personal fitness and even spiritual disciplines. Our family even started using it with our kids to monitor their daily chores!  It is a really great tool.  Another blogger using Todoist stated that Todoist was completely life changing for him. I’m inclined to agree with this assessment.

I mentioned earlier that I started using Todoist to track and monitor some of the spirtual aspects of my life.  I realized that I needed a better way to hold myself accountable for engaging in regular prayer and Bible reading. Adding a simple daily “Pray & Read” task to my “Personal” project in Todoist helped me since I was now being reminded of it as I went about my day.  Prior to using Todoist, I had been working through the reading of the entire Bible with the M’Cheyne One Year Bible Reading Plan using the YouVersion Bible app.  While that app was somewhat helpful to keep me on track with it’s daily reminder notification option, I found that I would miss days if I was busy at the time of the reminder and if I wasn’t repeatedly reminded throughout the day.  Even so, I am about 50 days away from completing that reading plan (it took me much longer than a year) and I hope to start it again as soon as I’m finished.  This time, however, I plan to use Todoist to an ever greater degree to keep me on track.

Todoist has a cool option to export and import frequently used project templates.  When I learned of this feature, I immediately realized that with a extra little work, I could create a daily Bible reading project based upon the M’Cheyne Plan.  Now that I’ve created it, I want to share it with anyone who desires to use it.

buttonIf you are an existing Todoist user, click here or the button above for a link to automatically load the template into your Todoist account.  If all goes as expected, you should have a new “M’Cheyne One Year Bible Reading Plan” in the Todoist project list.

If you would prefer to download the csv data source file to your local computer and manipulate it before importing it, click here for a compressed (.zip) version of the same file.

Todoist M'Cheyne One Year Bible Reading Plan Project
Todoist M’Cheyne One Year Bible Reading Plan Project

I hope that you find this information useful.  Please leave a comment below if you have questions or concerns.  We’d also love to hear if this Todoist project template helped you to read the Scriptures daily.

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“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” – Psalm 119:105 ESV


Did You Know?

  • The M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan is named after Robert Murray M’Cheyne, missionary and Presbyterian minister in the church of Scotland.  He died at the age of 29.
  • If you follow the reading schedule that bears his name, this plan will have you reading the New Testament and the Psalms through twice a year, and the Old Testament through once.




Oneism and Twoism A Worldview Catechism

ONE or TWO?




We live in a time when Christian belief is in decline. The evidence of this is made manifest with the rise of our culture’s declining morality in all its forms and the rampant Biblical ignorance found inside and outside the church.  In the place of Christianity, our once nominal Christian neighbors are now exiting the church entirely and are declaring themselves to be full-on atheists, agnostics or no particular religion at all (a.k.a “the nones“).  Additionally, many are now embracing (intentionally or unintentionally) neo-paganism, which is a worldview antithetical to the Christian worldview.

In the preface to his book, “One or Two: Seeing a World of Difference“, author and PCA pastor Peter Jones calls this rise of paganism in the West “the revolution of spirituality” in America.  As Director of the non-profit organization truthXchange®, Jones and his team have devoted themselves to helping Christians understand and combat the rise of this neo-pagan spirituality in our time. As part of their efforts, the truthXchange® team has recently created a “catechism” (a fancy word for instruction presented in a question and answer format) that seeks to provide Christians with an entry-level overview of the basic facts of and the contradictions that exist between the truth of Christianity and the lies of Satan as expressed in the form of neo-paganism.

I found this content to be quite helpful and a great introduction to the competing “Oneist” (monist or pagan) worldview and the “Twoist” (Christian) worldview.  I think it should be read, understood and shared by Christians everywhere.  I hope you find it to be just as valuable.

The full text of this catechism is presented below with the approval of  truthXchange®.  Be sure to check out their website for more articles, podcasts, and books on this same topic.

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Oneism and Twoism, A Worldview Catechism

Reality
1. What do Christians believe about reality?
Reality is two. There is God, and there is the world he made. There is a Creator and a creation. They are not the same. This is twoism.

2. What is the lie that challenges that belief?
Reality is one. There are many beings, but all are part of the same universe. The world is itself divine. There is no Creator and nothing outside of this universe. This belief is called “monism”, which is a fancy way of saying “oneism.”

The Truth
3. How many truths are there?
There is only one truth—or, more precisely, one “system” of truth. There are many facets of truth, and there are many things that are true; but there aren’t multiple truths and realities out there. There is only one, and that truth is Christianity.

4. How do we know the truth about the world and life and everything?
Ultimately, all that we can know that is true has been revealed by God in one way or another.

5. How does God reveal truth?
God reveals truth in two ways: by creating and by speaking. Theologians call these “natural” and “special” revelation.

6. How does God reveal truth by creating?
God is true, so he puts truth in everything he makes. We can learn ordinary truths about the way the world works just by looking around us. We can also learn truths about good and evil and even about God himself because of the way he has made our minds and the way he has made the world around us.

7. What do we know about good and evil from creation?
We all have a basic sense of right and wrong, which is supported by what we observe in the world around us. God’s basic moral law is available to everyone, even those who have not heard God’s laws as he explains them in his Word.

8. What do we know about God from creation?
We know that he exists without having been created, that he is eternally powerful, that he is divine, that he has created the universe, and that he is distinct from what he has created. (See Romans 1:20)

In other words, we know just by looking at the universe around us that someone other than it and greater than it must have made it. We do not need to be scientists or theologians to know this, and we do not need anyone to tell us. On a deep level, all of us know.

9. Can we know everything about God through creation?
Hardly! There is much about God that he only reveals in his Word, more that we will not know until we see him face to face, and much that we will never fully know. Still, we know enough by nature to be condemned if we do not acknowledge him as we ought.

10. Is it possible not to know God?
It is possible not to have a good relationship with God. It is possible to deny and reject God, and to be denied and rejected by him. It is possible never to have heard of Jesus or salvation. It is possible to be bound for final judgment and eternal damnation by God.

But it’s not possible not to know God at all. Paul writes, “For although [the wicked] knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” (Romans 1:21)

So we all know of God on a basic level.

11. Are we responsible for knowing God?
We are responsible for knowing that God exists and acknowledging him as such. No one can deny God out of true ignorance.

Anyone who claims not to know the basic truths about God, that he is the Creator of the universe and outside it, that he is eternal and divine, is not ignorant of the truth. He is suppressing the truth. He is guilty of sin and deserving of condemnation.

12. How does God reveal truth by speaking?
Ages ago, God spoke to people through men called prophets and apostles. His words were written down and now we have a record of his speech and his actions in the Bible. The Bible is itself God’s speech, as his Holy Spirit inspired the men who wrote it.

13. What do we know about God from his Word?
We know more things about God from his Word than we can count. Most particularly, we learn about God’s actions in history, above all his sending of his Son Jesus Christ to save sinners.

We also learn more about the things we already know about from God’s creation.

14. How many lies are there?
There are many different things that are not true. But when it comes to the identity and reality of God, the lies can be summed up as one big lie. That lie is pagan monism, or paganism for short.

15. What is paganism?
We know from creation that God is the eternally powerful Creator who is separate from what he has made. Paganism denies this and says that the universe is all there is, and there is no Creator outside it.

Paganism is not just the worship of tribal or nature gods, though that’s a historically common form of it. Paganism, broadly speaking, is the worship of creation—in whatever form—rather than the Creator. (Romans 1:25)

16. Don’t other religions have creator gods?
If you read a pagan creation myth—whether from Greece, or India, or the Middle East, or tribes in America or Africa or anywhere—the gods are beings that are already part of the world and just reshape matter that’s already there. The idea of a Creator outside the universe, distinct from it, is unique to theistic religions like Christianity.

So if you worship a pagan god, you are worshiping a being that is more powerful than you, but still part of the universe just like you are.

“When it comes to Islam or Judaism, you have a god of singularity, or a god that is totally transcendent, and in that sense bares no relationship to us and our world. He is unknowable, a lone being for all of eternity. The God of the Bible is personable because He is trinity. He is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit forever. So there is a personal relationship between the persons of the trinity irrespective of humanity and creation.” – Dr. Peter Jones

17. How is paganism unified?
Paganism in all its forms identifies reality as one—just creation, no Creator. The universe is all there is; there is no outside Creator who exists on his own. All paganism, in one way or other, worships the creation or something in it.

18. How is paganism diverse?
There is diversity in the way that pagans conceive of the world. Some believe in many gods, though they are still part of the world. Some believe nature is itself divine. Some deny any divinity at all.

19. Are Atheist pagans?
Atheists worship no “gods,” so to speak. But they are pagans in the broad sense. Atheists deny the Creator, or anything beyond the one reality of the universe. They do not call anything divine, but generally view the universe with the awe and wonder normally associated with a deity. They see reality as one and the universe as all that there is, denying the “two-ness” of reality just as thoroughly as any pagan monist.

Many atheists also perceive themselves as creating their own meaning in a meaningless life. That amounts to making themselves the God of their own life.

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The Lie
20. How many truths do pagans say there are?
Pagans generally hold that there is one basic truth or reality behind all the various versions of monism out there. There is a sort of universal religion with “many paths to God.” A monist can say, without any sense of contradicting himself, that reality is all one, yet at the same time that each of us can have our own truth. Each of our separate “truths” are different manifestations of the same cosmic and/or divine reality.

The effect of this is to not, however, to take a stand for a central, absolute truth as Christianity does, but to reduce all truth claims to ultimate meaninglessness.

21. Is paganism completely separate from Christianity in its basic ideas?
Paganism is completely opposed to Christianity, in the sense that the two views are fundamentally opposite and cannot be reconciled. There is a Creator outside of creation, or there is not; both cannot be true.

22. Is paganism completely separate from Christianity in practice?
No pagan can completely deny the truth God has revealed in his world. No Christian can completely reject the lie while we are still sinners. So no one on either side is going to be completely consistent.

Most pagans have some beliefs that come from Christianity. Many Christians have likewise absorbed some beliefs from paganism. You will have to keep this in mind as you study the differences and the fundamental opposition between them. We will see more specific examples later in the series.

23. Who is God?
God exists from eternity to eternity, uncreated, needing nothing and no one, completely sufficient in himself.

24. How many Gods are there?
There is one God—and only one. There are other spirit beings, angels and demons, but they are all created by God and subject to his authority and will, even the ones that rebelled against him.

25. What is the Trinity?
God is one, and God is also three: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These are multiple Persons of the same Divine Being. We say that God is “triune”—three and one. The persons are not, however, separate or multiple Gods.

26. What does paganism say about God?
The pagan conception of God varies somewhat. For some, there are many gods—not to be confused with a triune God—which are either dead humans, or nature spirits, or beings like humans but more powerful. For others, God is an impersonal force who constantly brings the whole world into being, and the whole world is ultimately one with it. For others, we are all God, with little sparks of divinity inside of us. Some reject deity altogether.

But all of them agree that the idea of a transcendent Creator God, above and beyond and outside of and distinct from the universe, is nonsense if not openly offensive.

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Florida Underwater Ocean Web Cam in the City of Deerfield Beach

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Sunrise photo of the Deerfield Beach Pier by Suzanne Veitz – 2016
We live in a wonderful part of Florida. The City of Deerfield Beach, located in Broward County, Florida and right on the Atlantic Ocean, is a great place to live and raise a family.  We think everyone should visit our fair city at least once.  However, since many cannot do so, we thought it would be nice to dedicate this post to sharing a distinctive part of our city with the rest of the world.




The City of Deerfield Beach recently launched an underwater high definition camera that is attached to the city’s fishing pier about 20 feet below the surface of the ocean water. The camera is part of the city’s recent $9 million beach area overhaul that included an upgrade of the pier itself, a new paver beach walkway and a city-run restaurant.  The innovative camera apparatus was developed by View Into The Blue, which specializes in self-cleaning (CleanSweep™ technology), IP-based, live streaming underwater webcams and data collection systems.

The video from the underwater pier webcam content is streamed 24 hours a day and is available for free.  Click the play button below to enjoy some of the beautiful oceanic life found just off the Deerfield Beach shore.




Google Introduces New Kid-Friendly Search with Kiddle.co

The internet can be an incredibly helpful resource for homeschooling parents.  it can also be a very dangerous and scary place for children. Many concerned parents worry about what their kids might be able to accidentally read, see and hear while searching the internet.  In order to help with this, Google has created a new kid-safe web search site just for children. They are calling it Kiddle.  Like the Google.com search engine page, kids can use Kiddle.co to search for WebImagesNews and Video content.  All of the results are filtered to prevent inappropriate content from being displayed.

Here are some of the other features and benefits that parents and kids may enjoy:

1) Safe search: sites appearing in Kiddle search results satisfy family friendly requirements, as we filter sites with explicit or deceptive content.

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Kiddle.co – Kid safe search by Google

2) Kids-oriented results: the boxes below illustrate how Kiddle returns results for each query (in the order shown):

+ Safe sites and pages written specifically for kids. Handpicked and checked by Kiddle editors. Typically, results 1-3.

Since Kiddle results are either handpicked and checked by our editors or filtered by Google safe search, you know you get kid-oriented results without any explicit content. In case some bad words are present in a search query, our guard robot will block the search.

+ Safe, trusted sites that are not written specifically for kids, but have content written in a simple way, easy for kids to understand. Handpicked and checked by Kiddle editors. Typically, results 4-7.

+ Safe, famous sites that are written for adults, providing expert content, but are harder for kids to understand. Filtered by Google safe search. Typically, results 8 onwards.

3) Big thumbnails: most Kiddle search results are illustrated with big thumbnails, which makes it easier to scan the results, differentiate between them, and click the most appropriate results to your query. Thumbnails serve as visual clues and are especially beneficial to kids as they don’t read as fast as adults.

4) Large Arial font in Kiddle search results provides better readability for kids.

5) Privacy: we don’t collect any personally identifiable information, and our logs are deleted every 24 hours. You can rewad the Kiddle privacy policy here.

You can also help to improve the safety of Kiddle.co search results by submitting sites or unsafe keywords.

Have you tried Kiddle? If so, what do you think?