Decide Today

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Greetings, fellow disciples of Jesus Christ,

We are ten days away from a new year. You’re not alone if you are wondering how we find ourselves already on the cusp of 2022. Some of us have just stopped writing 2020 on our checks!

What are your plans for the new year? This is an opportunity to begin anew! Perhaps you, like many people, will make resolutions to change your life in some way. Whatever you have resolved to do, you have a better chance of succeeding in making the change if you have a plan in place—a refrigerator stocked with healthy foods, running shoes located, settings on your phone selected to help you keep tabs on how much time you’re spending on a particular activity…

I’ve invited you to pray about one resolution in particular: daily reading of the Bible in 2022. I hope you’ll decide to join our congregation in this habit in the coming year.

That coming year begins in a little over a week. Are you prepared? Here are a few things you might want to consider to help you be successful in this effort:

Locate your Bible – If you cannot, or if you’re not particularly fond of the translation you have, go buy one today. The best translation of the Bible is the one you’ll actually read.

Place your Bible Reading Plan in your Bible – If you have not already picked up a printed copy of Bible Reading Plan for 2022 (available in the narthex of St. John’s), you can can find and download a .pdf of the plan under the resources tab of this website. Just print it out and place it with your Bible. You’ll want a pencil or pen, too, so you can mark your progress on the plan (or—better yet—take notes in your Bible).

Decide when and where you will read – Are you going to read in the morning at home, or over part of the lunch hour at work? Will you read at the kitchen table or in your favorite chair in the family room? Place your Bible and any other materials there today.

Pray – Take a moment to give thanks to God for the gift of His Word revealed and spoken to you! Ask for His help in beginning this endeavor. 

Giving thanks to God for you this day and in the year to come,
Pastor Mike

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