Why This Is The Best Time To Start A Bible Reading Plan

Best Time Bible Reading Plan

Have you ever read through the entire Bible? For the Book that is Truth and is the revelation and words of the God of the universe, we often have a lackluster engagement with it. We esteem it as we see it upon our shelf but rarely do we crack its pages.

How many times have we started a new year with the hope that this will be the year when we read through its entirety? Perhaps we’ve read it through but want to do it again … and yet find ourselves nearing the end of January and not being as consistent or faithful in our Bible reading.

Regardless your situation, I am convinced this could be the best time to start a Bible reading plan. Let me tell you why …

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Prayer Answered By Crosses (John Newton)

Prayer Answered by Crosses

John Newton (1725-1807) was a pastor, abolitionist, and the hymn writer who wrote the beloved “Amazing Grace.” Here is one of his poems about the cross being the answer to our prayers. May it encourage and enliven you today. 

 

Prayer Answered by Crosses – by John Newton

I ask’d the Lord, that I might grow
In faith, and love, and ev’ry grace,
Might more of his salvation know,
And seek more earnestly his face.

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The One Thing You’re Missing in Your New Year’s Resolutions

New Years Focus

January has often been the month for vision casting, goal setting, and remembrance. And while those are all important, there is one thing we often lack as we move into a new year; a critical reality that we as Christians must have.

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January 2015 Book Giveaway

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Jesus must become our focus in Christianity; and not for a mere moment, but every single minute of every single day. In the 17th century, a monk by the name of Brother Lawrence found that he could have as deep of intimacy while washing dishes in the kitchen as when he was knelt at the altar to pray.

It isn’t so much of a duty as it is a desire to realize that the God of the Universe is living and inhabiting one’s very life. As a Christian we are not to “do” or “perform” Christian activities; Christianity by its very design is to have someone (ie: God) in your life, living His life through you. As Christians we are called to live an impossible life … and by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, the impossible life is possible – not because we attempt, try, and produce; rather, we submit and respond to Jesus and He brings it about in and through us. If we have such a God truly indwelling our lives, we must continually be focused upon Him. Everything we do then becomes an act of intimacy and communion with Him (reading, singing, eating greenbeans, getting ready in the morning, conversations throughout the day, telling the latest joke, whatever). He does not live outside and we go back at the end of the day to tell him what happened; no, He lives IN our lives (literally living our lives). Praying without ceasing IS possible, not because we are mumbling words 24/ 7 but through a continuous oneness and intimacy with our risen Lord and exalted King.

Brother Lawrence’s writing on “practicing God’s presence” was collected and published, becoming a best selling book helping others have daily intimacy with Jesus Christ.

This month I want to give away 3 copies of Practicing His Presence. This particular copy contains a condensed version of Lawrence’s writings along with a 20th century contemporary of Lawrence writing on the same topic. This is one of those books that I return to again and again.

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Death in the Midst of a Christmas Birth

Christmas

Christmas.

The season when lights sparkle, everyone gets excited for eggnog, and consumerism climbs. We remind ourselves that “Jesus is the reason for the season” but often find our focus is upon ourselves rather than upon Jesus Himself.

While I love Christmas – the sights, the smells, family time, and giving gifts – I realized that this season is marked by death not just birth.

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