Blessed is the One Who Reads the Word of God

“Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it” – Revelation 1:3.

Have you made yours? It’s that time of the year. You know. New Year’s resolutions.

As we come to 2023, I want to challenge you to make a commitment to reading and studying God’s word every day. I am so encouraged by the numbers of you who have shown interest in the Daily Bible Reading project. There are still plenty of booklets to help you read the Bible every day.

What’s the big deal with reading the Bible? Alistair Begg says, “There is a direct correlation between the word of God being proclaimed, believed, obeyed, shared, and lived and the multiplication of the church.” And John Calvin says, “Wherever we find the word of God surely preached and heard, and the sacraments administered according to the institution of Christ, there, it is not to be doubted, is a church of God.”

The word of God read, heard, proclaimed, obeyed is one of the keys to not only personal renewal and growth but the renewal and growth of God’s church.

The psalmist tells us, “Thy word is a lamp for my feet, and a light on unto my path” (Psalm 119:105). If you want to know how to live your life in a that honors Christ, you gotta get into God’s word.

A typical daily Bible reading program will take you about ten minutes a day. It will be one of the best investments you will ever make.

If you are interested in the Daily Bible reading program that many in our church is participating in, give us a call in the office. Another fantastic resource is http://www.youversion.com. There you can find a daily reading program that meets your needs.

Ready? Do it. Join us in reading and studying God’s word and let’s grow together!

Christ-mas

The baby born is the Christ who dies on a cross.

The baby crying is the Christ who cries out, “It is finished!”

The baby sleeping is the Christ who rises from the dead.

Christ-mas…Mass on Christ-day.

The reason Christmas is “merry” is because it is through the Christ, the God-anointed One, that the curse of sin and death is reversed. God’s wrath against sin is assuaged by the Christ as Jesus bore the weight of the sin of the world on the cross. Jesus descends into hell to rise again on the third day, defeating death once and for all.

All who receive Jesus as Lord and Savior are saved by the Christ, and share in his resurrection glory.

Christmas and Easter go together. One without the other is incomplete.

On this Second Day of Christmas, take time to thank God for sending his Son for you. For it was you whom God was thinking of when he provided Jesus as a sacrifice for sins.

Thank God!

Merry Christmas!!!

Tragedy of Abundance

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

Merry Christmas!

I trust you had a wonderful Christmas.

When my children were young, my dad and I had an interesting conversation on Christmas evening. My dad grew up in Korea during the Korean War and through the hard times after the war. He tells stories of the times when he was so hungry he had to eat the bark and leaves off trees and even grass just to fill his stomach.

As he sat watching my kids and nieces open up present after present of toys on top of the many toys they already have and they don’t use, he just shook his head. When he was a child, if he received anything, he was so incredibly grateful because they had so little. But these kids, although they have so much they know little about gratitude and appreciating what they have.

And then dad said, that’s like America. We have been given so much and there is so much abundance, that America has lost the ability to be grateful for what we are given. So when it comes to the gift of Jesus, because we have so much, because we are so self-sufficient, we don’t appreciate God’s amazing gift. We don’t know how to be grateful. The tragedy of abundance is the inability to be grateful. Abundance numbs us to how spiritually bankrupt we are.

So we hear about the gift of Jesus – how he gave up heaven to come to us in the form of a child to be born in a manger – and we’re more concerned with what’s coming up on tv and what we’re going to eat for dinner than we are about thanking God for the amazing gift of sending his Son to sinners on Christmas day.

So friends, before another moment goes by, take a moment right now to reflect on the gift of Jesus and remember to thank God for the gift of eternal life.

Merry Christmas!