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Starting the Year…

January 6, 2015

For several years now I have been using the One Year Bible for my daily devotional time.  It’s convenient and breaks up the reading into Old Testament, New Testament, a Psalm, and a Proverb for each day.  And I’ve loved using that.  But this year I wanted to try something different.

There are a lot of good devotionals out there to choose from.  I’m no literary critic, and about five people on the planet have asked for my opinion, but recently I’ve been reading one by Paul David Tripp called, “New Morning Mercies” and I love what he has to offer.  For the record, I’ve enjoyed reading many books by Tripp and would highly recommend that resource for your personal study…as a supplement.  Because the reality is that there is simply no substitute for the Word of God.

And with the unfortunate level of Biblical illiteracy in our current culture (even from some prominent Christian speakers/preachers), it’s critical that this generation of Christ followers return to Scriptures that are “breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

Sometimes it’s going to be a struggle.  That’s true.  Sometimes you’re going to have to fight your human nature…the tendency and desire to be entertained rather than taught…to be flattered instead of reproved…to be comforted instead of corrected…and to be ignorant rather than to be trained.  But in the end, it’s the Word of God that “is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).  It’s the Word that feeds us, nourishes us, and strengthens us in the faith.

So…why not start today.  You might be a couple days late.  But skip the Bachelor and spend an evening catching up.  Surely they’ll replay that episode of Duck Dynasty later in the week.  This is important.  This is the heritage that God has left for us as His children.  Embrace that.  Embrace His Word.  Embrace Him!

There is a link below to a bunch of ESV reading plans.  Go to the site.  Pick the one you want.  Print it out.  And let’s go!  This year I’m using the chronological plan.  Join me on this journey.  Share what you read with your circle of friends…your family…your community.  There’s great benefit to working through the Scripture with those close to you.  But come on…it’s 2015…this is the future of Back to the Future…let’s do something big together!

http://www.esv.org/resources/reading-plans-devotions/

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  1. Laura Cowan permalink
    January 29, 2015 9:22 am

    Thank you, Adam. That’s some of the best advise and encouragement any will receive this year! I’ve started a daily devotional book this year….it’s an old one that Mom had….”Daily Srength for Daily Needs” by Mary W. Tileston. Beginning each day in communion with God absolutely does make a difference for the good of me and all that I encounter that day,

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