The Life of Jesus Reading Plan Now Available on YouVersion

The Life of Jesus Reading Plan

As the year end approaches and we look towards the new year, it’s a great time to evaluate how our time with The Lord has been and how often we have been reading the Bible.

I know for me personally in this season with so many things going on, the temptation to be “too busy” to read the Word has been growing more and more. It’s such a daily battle to sit down and really read the Bible. The fact that it’s such a battle itself almost proves just how important it really is when you think about it.

At the end of the day, everything comes down to Jesus. That’s why we made this reading plan available for you on YouVersion:

The Life of Jesus 80 Day Bible Reading Plan

This plan takes you through the four Gospels, in chronological order, walking through the life of Jesus from His birth to His ascension into Heaven.

We can’t emphasis anymore just how crucial it is for us to be reading the Bible, spending time with God, and growing in our relationship with Christ each day. There is power and the Word as it is living and active (Hebrews 4:12) and it’s our only offensive weapon against the enemy (Ephesians 6:10-20).

If you aren’t sure where to get started in reading the Bible, we’d encourage you to give this plan a try and walk through the life of Jesus as He walked. Jesus is the main point all throughout Scripture and this plan will help show you why and how that is.

Let us know if you decide to start reading this plan, we’d love to hear from you!

Click Here to starting reading the plan.

We Have An Announcement

We Have An Announcement

We are very excited to announce something with all of you! Please watch the video here on this post!

To say the least, this has been a long season. Joelle and I have been seeking out The Lord and His plans for us after sensing something was stirring within us that was different. We couldn’t quite put our finger on it so we just decided to take a long season of praying and reading the Bible, believing the Holy Spirit will speak clearly to us to reveal what was going on.

Not only did God reveal answers, but such specific answers to both of us when we didn’t even talk about it. After all of this time we decided that this could only be God clearly giving us direction and that’s how we landed at the decision to move to Austin to help plant and build Austin Life Church.

I’ll be joining the staff as one of the pastors at Austin Life and our family will be teaming up with Apartment Life at an apartment community in the central Austin area soon to help minister to and love our neighbors, learn more about the city, and invite people into a relationship with Christ and into the Church.

It’s been an exciting and terrifying season all at the same time which we believe is exactly where God wants us. He wants us completely dependent on Him and honestly, that is just normal behavior for the follower of Jesus. While this is a transition, it’s no different than any other day of following Jesus where His power is made perfect in our weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

Would you please consider doing 2 things for us?

Would You Consider Praying For Us?

Please pray for wisdom, pray for guidance, pray that all the funds are raised for Austin Life Church, pray for us to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus through all of this and to not be distracted on the cares of this world or the unknowns ahead for us. We’ve never been in this position before and while we are excited for what’s ahead, we know prayer is the work and we need Jesus every step of the way.

Would You Consider Financially Supporting Austin Life Church?

We would love to talk to you more on what this looks like, and share the mission and strategy of ALC. Most importantly, we would just love to share what God is already doing in Austin. People are already showing up in community, people are expressing interest to follow Jesus, to get baptized, to join the Church, to start serving, etc. It’s amazing with everything that’s happening and things are just now barely getting started! You can actually view more information on this and even give online at

We know for a fact God is doing amazing things in Austin and we are honored that we get to play a role in His mission going forward to lead people to life in Jesus. This is our next step.

He Can Do Far More Abundantly

He Can Do Far More Abundantly

Have you ever been overwhelmed? To the point where you felt paralyzed and you didn’t know what to do next? Are you going through something like that right now perhaps? Is your anxiety increasing? Keep reading…

The other day this happened to me. With what felt literally like a million things to do quickly overwhelmed me, I could tell my body and mind was shutting down, and things were starting to get really bad.

I kept replaying in my head all the things that needed to get done over and over again where my mind would just not stop going crazy, when all of a sudden I realized I was being attacked. We have a real enemy in our midst…one who at all times wants to steal, kill, destroy. I realized I needed to respond because he was not going to stop pressing into me.

Have you ever felt this way? Maybe you’re dealing with this right now? Let me encourage you.

I decided to call an audible on my day. I stopped everything I was doing, put my phone on do not disturb, put on my headphones, turned on some music, parked my car, got out, and just started walking while listening and reading Scripture. At the same time my friend texted me the exact Scripture that was needed for this moment…

Resources For Spending Time With Jesus

Resources For Spending Time With Jesus

Whether it’s the beginning of a new year or a new season in your life, one thing is for sure…spending time with Jesus must be crucial for you. Really, spending time with Jesus is crucial for all of us because He is everything.

I’m convinced that’s where the real battle is for all of us and for good reason. If it’s such a battle to spend time with Jesus on a daily basis, don’t you think there’s a reason for this? There’s a reason that we get so easily distracted every single day and oftentimes forget to spend time with God. I know that happens to me over and over again.

For followers of Jesus, everything is centered around our time with Him. It’s time with Him that will remind us we are forgiven, forever. It’s time with Him that will remind us what our purpose is. It’s time with Him that will comfort us, give us strength, show us truth, and more.

Regardless of wherever you are and whatever you’re going through, you can just start today. Make a commitment today before God to spend time with him on a daily basis. Here are some great resources and what I’m using for spending time with Jesus:

Celebrating Before The Cross With 1,000,000 Views

Celebrating Before The Cross

We are very excited to announce that we now have over 1,000,000 views at Before The Cross! We wanted to celebrate and let you hear from our team and share the top 25 posts of all time below! Praise God for giving us such a tremendous opportunity to glorify Him by sharing the love of Christ. Here’s what our team wanted to share:

Erica Boutwell

As the newest member of the Before The Cross family, I am so grateful for the opportunity to flesh life out alongside such a great tribe of readers and supporters. There is something about the online community of Before The Cross that makes you feel a little less alone in your struggles and a little more cheered on in your victories.

My hope as I continue finding my place here at Before The Cross is that the Lord would keep my eyes open to those moments in life, big or small, that someone else might benefit from reading about. The great miracles and significant events are certainly compelling material for readers to take in. But sometimes it’s those everyday life lessons that carry the most weight in the life of another person. Knowing that others around you are walking the same roads, wrestling over the same questions, and searching for the same answers is comforting and can even get you through to the next day.

As a writer for Before The Cross, this season has been a time of great personal growth. The Word has become alive in a fresh way and God is revealing pieces of His character that I’ve not gotten to experience first-hand. I’ve been sweetly reminded to never put Him in a box because as soon as you do, He blows that box to bits.

Thank you for those who have read, liked, shared, and commented on my handful of contributions thus far. I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for us moving forward.

Chris Howard

Thank you to everyone taking the time to read Before The Cross. With all the content taking up server space in this digital universe, it’s a honor to know people are reading, sharing and interacting with each post. One of the many reasons I like writing for Before The Cross is the potential reach it has. To know God can allow Before the Cross writers to wrestle with an idea, write on it and then post it to the world with the capacity to reach our neighbors down the street or across the world is still mind-blowing and proof of our creative God.

I hope Before the Cross will serve as a beacon to those who feel they are about to be shipwrecked by life, drawing them toward safe harbor found in a relationship with Jesus Christ. I hope Before The Cross will continue to encourage believers, letting them know they are not alone when it comes to doubt and failure, however, always able to draw upon the Lord in any situation and circumstance. I hope Before the Cross reaches more people, providing the best content in the best form as we grow together.

One cool thing that has happened to me during my time writing for Before The Cross . . .  I’ve been encouraged to dive deeper into my own salvation story, one that I thought was somewhat boring, and discover how broad God’s grace was and is over me, covering a chasm I didn’t comprehend at the time and can scarcely comprehend now.

I’m sure my fellow writers would agree, Before the Cross has been an exercise in refreshing our soul. Thank you for supporting us!

Mike Mobley

I don’t even know what to say when it comes to Before The Cross and celebrating over 1,000,000 views. What started off as obedience to journaling, quickly grew to including others to contribute what they felt The Lord was doing in their life and then sharing it to more and more people over the years. I would have never dreamed of BTC being at the point where it is now and I’m incredibly excited that I have no idea what God will do with it in the future! My only hope is that we glorify God by sharing the love of Christ and if even 1 person is impacted, then it’s all worth it.

I’ve been humbled and have had many tears when thinking of so many that have emailed me, commented on posts, and shared their struggles of how Jesus has impacted them and what they have learned, and how they have changed their lives going forward.

I personally have grown in my own walk with The Lord by writing as well. I’ve seen passions God has developed within me, similar struggles that seem to creep up over and over again, and compassion grow for so many people out there looking for help.

It’s incredible to see how many people Google what is really on their mind and the fact that something from BTC might come up as a result to help provide an answer to their question is very exciting to me.

We all look forward to the future with anticipation that God will continue to impact people right where they are at through Before The Cross. Please let us know if there are ways we can help you and give us feedback if you’ve been impacted at all by BTC, we’d love to hear from you!

Here are the top 25 posts of all time since we’ve started at Before The Cross: