New Beginnings -- January 1st, 2020
At the beginning of every year I like to encourage you in godly habits. I’d like to once again share some Bible reading plans, if you don’t already have one, and encourage you to attend all of the activities of the Church that you are able.
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:12-17
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly. The more we study God’s Word, the more we can understand it and apply it to our lives. The average reader can read through the Bible in a year by spending only 15-20 minutes a day reading it. For those who struggle with reading it may take a little longer, or you may benefit from the many audio recordings available today.
Here are three recommendations for Bible reading plans for 2020:
First, Jim Smith has put together a Bible reading plan that goes through the entire Bible once and Psalms and Proverbs twice. Printed copies are available at the Church building.
Second, Ligonier Ministries has a Bible reading plan with daily readings of both Old Testament and New Testament texts. The Weekend is a longer reading and can be divided in half for both days. The easiest way to access this is through the Ligonier App for phones. The App also has a function where you can listen to the Bible being read to you each day.
Third, Robert Murray McCheyne, a Pastor in Scotland in the mid 1800’s, wrote a Bible reading plan for his Church. This plan takes you through the Old Testament once a year and the New Testament and Psalms twice in a year. It is four chapters a day. Here is a link: http://www.edginet.org/mcheyne/printables.html
Whatever plan you use it is important to have a plan to systematically read through all of Scripture and to continue to study God’s Word. May the Lord bless you as you feed upon His Word in 2020.