The Daily Nudge asked yesterday, and remains today, about the Fellows’ new year’s resolutions, if any. Seems to be a common practice among us, and somebody somewhere has probably traced it back to a Christian origin of seeking to grow and progress more and more in love and faith and good works. I wouldn’t be surprised.
I’m still thinking on mine. My main one tends in the direction of getting the Word into people’s ears and, then, one hopes, hearts. Not only the teaching and preaching, but the reading. I’ve dealt with that in several places here and there on the web. As Paul told Timothy, to “concentrate on the public reading of Scripture” (1 Tim. 4:13 ISV).
We assume since everybody has a Bible that they read it. Bad assumption there. Even today, with the brazillions (heard that joke?) and gazillions of Bibles running out of our ears, its content is not getting into our ears much better than when Scripture was handwritten and the rare copies kept in the synagogue.
Back to resolutions. The New Testament Bible reading schedule I’m touting ends the year with 1-2 Thessalonians. Both appropriate since they talk about the end times and growing and progressing more and more in view of the end.
And from that reading, I offer this prayer for all my friends and readers today:
“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good thing you do or say” (2 Thes. 2:16-17 NET).