I thoroughly enjoyed spending several days out of the office and the church building with my family over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. We almost didn’t make it home last week, because God saw fit to drop about a foot of snow on Lubbock, Texas and the high plains closed their doors for business for about three days. We didn’t have a white Christmas, but the weekend after Christmas brought a blizzard!
As much as I enjoyed being away, however, I always enjoy stepping back in the pulpit on Sundays. I had been looking forward to sharing yesterday’s message with Glenwood for a few weeks. I am so excited about our emphasis upon Scripture this year. “A Truth that Challenges” is one of the core values of our church family, and all year long we are going to find ways to emphasize the Word of God in our worship, our Bible classes, our Connection Groups, and even in our own living rooms. As our focus text for this year reminds us: The kind of person who finds joy in God’s Word is “like a tree that is planted near a stream of water.” God’s Word keeps us nourished and healthy, preparing us for the difficult times in life and giving us words to express our joy and gratitude when we find ourselves surrounded by blessings.
Yesterday, I challenged everyone to adopt a Bible reading plan this year. There are so many to choose from! I regularly use the YouVersion app on my phone and computer, and I have chosen, this year, to follow their plan entitled “Eat this Book: One Year Bible with Daily Psalm.” If you’d like to join me, you can find that plan here: Eat This Book. (A print-ready PDF is available for download here.)
If you would prefer to follow a different plan, there are plenty to chose from on their website. The important thing is to make a commitment to spend time daily with God in God’s Word. If we hope to graciously help a fallen world stand up again, we need to make sure we make time with God a priority in our own lives.
I also offered a second challenge. I’d like to see the Glenwood family, collectively, read 100,000 chapters in the Bible this year. I realize that is a lofty goal, but I believe with God’s help, we will more than surpass that mark. So, start today. Come back each week, or each day, and complete this form to let us know how many chapters you’ve read. We’ll keep track of the total and keep you updated each week.
Get to know God better by spending time with Him on a regular basis. Together, we will be challenged by the Truth given to us in Scripture.