This week leading to Christmas, I pray you and yours are blessed by the presence and promises of Jesus in your life! There is no greater gift than our Savior and His salvation. No matter our circumstances, we can find peace in the Lord Jesus and hope in heaven.
In John 14:27, Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
It is essential to seek the Lord daily and renew our minds and hearts with the living Word! It’s the major way God communicates with us. One great resource to help you stay in the Word is reading through the One Year Bible. We have done this as a church for many years now, and it takes any guesswork out of what you “should” be reading – you can turn to each day’s page and read the portion allotted for that day! You get a little bit of the Old Testament, a little bit of the New Testament. By the end of the year, if you stay on track, you’ll have read through the entire Bible!
There are many different ways to read the One Year Bible. Our Bookstore carries a variety of hard copies in different versions that are available to purchase, or you can find them in places you would typically go to pick up or order a Bible online.
You can also follow the daily reading plan on your phone, tablet, computer, etc. The Grace Church App, The Holy Bible app, and The Bible Project app each have a plan that keeps you on track.
I will be reading the NLT version of the One Year Bible this year.
You’ve probably heard me say on more than one occasion – “It’s all about The Word/Making Disciples Verse by Verse.” I greatly encourage you to make time to be alone with God. To open your heart to receive what He has for you that day.
Matthew 4:4 says, “But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”
Romans 12:2 says, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
The refreshment that you may feel after attending a church service or hearing a sermon may last for that day – but we need to have our minds renewed every day! The world can easily get us down, but we can have hope and peace in Christ despite our circumstances.
I look forward to the year ahead and what the Lord has for Grace Church and YOU!
Your pastor loves you – and Cindy and I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and blessed New Year,
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