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A Modest Proposal

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Near the end of one year and the beginning of another, I make a modest plea to anyone who will listen: Read the Bible from beginning to end this coming year.

You’ll learn, ask questions, wonder, think deeply, laugh, cry, and more other things than I can name. Most importantly, you’ll get to know God better and you’ll grow spiritually. It won’t be easy. You’ll be tempted to quit more than once, but resist it! You’ll be glad you did. As has been said, the Bible is like a body of water that a child can wade in and in which an elephant can drown.

Ligonier Ministries has a list of Bible reading plans from which to choose. Look them over and go with the one that you think would work for you. Then get started!

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers. (Ps. 1:1-3)

Don’t let your Bible look like the one in the picture!

 

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Throughout this Advent season, when we sang Christmas carols (or should I say if we sang them) in corporate worship services, all but one or two of them had new arrangements. The same lyrics, for the most part, but not the same music. I need to say that we attended more than one church, too.

There is something comforting and familiar about carols sung to their traditional tunes. For many of us, they’ve become so familiar we can sing them from memory – at least the first verse! The well-trod trail of carols makes worship of God-incarnate Jesus Christ easier and, in many cases, more meaningful.

Some of the newer arrangements are good, but my concern is that we’re losing something by leaving the familiar and traditional behind. We’re losing a common hymnal, so to speak, a communal act – something we do (and sing) together. I could be wrong, but not singing from the same page doesn’t bode well.

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