Sunday, December 31, 2006

Celebrating the New Year

As you prepare for 2007 can I encourage you to make some meaningful resolutions? You know, one's that are practical and more likely to be kept. First, I would encourage you to read the Bible. Some talk about reading the Bible but never get around to it. Our church is starting on January 1, 2007 by reading the Old Testament. We just completed the New Testament today. If you would like to read along with us, click here for the schedule. Second, I would encourage you to memorize Scripture. The psalmist said that the best way to deter sin in your life is by hiding God's Word in your heart (see Psalm 119:11). Again, our church is also going to do this as well. The passages that we have chosen are taken from the MacArthur Scripture Memory System.

Now I have just shared with you two simple tasks but let me add a third and it is quite simple as well. Live what you learn! James 1:22 says it this way: " But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves." Don't just read for the pleasure of reading. Read in order to do. Also, as you memorize Scripture, mediate on it throughout the week. This will change your life.

So, as you celebrate the bringing in of the new year, make a commitment to God and His Word. Commit yourself to live what you learn and share it with others. If you would like to hear what I taught on today regarding new years, click here.

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