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Sunday Bulletin Article – December 30, 2012 – Resolutions for the New Year

Resolutions for the New Year

The practice of making New Year’s resolutions can be traced back to the ancient Babylonians. There’s just something about the start of a new calendar year that gives us a   feeling of a fresh start and a new beginning.

Many of us will resolve to stop bad habits like over eating or biting our nails. And, we’ll try to embrace good habits like exercising or spending more time with the family. As you sit down to make your personal list for the year of 2013, why not consider adding the resolution to read the number one bestselling book of all-time? The Bible! Our very own user’s manual!

Where to begin? First step, choose a translation. The Bible was originally written in Hebrew and Greek, so any modern Bible is a  translation into English. For centuries, Christians used the King James  Version (KJV), but that was published in 1611 and it sounds a bit stuffy today.  The standard translation nowadays in most Protestant churches is the New International Version (NIV), first published in the 1970s. That’s what HOPE services usually use in our Scripture readings. It’s a reliable translation, faithful to the original languages and fairly easy to read. If you don’t have one, you can purchase one at the Source Bookstore or feel free to take one from the sanctuary with our blessing. (The Source also has some wonderful daily devotionals available for sale.)

Next step, take a look at some of the many Bible reading plans available both in print or online. Some of the more popular plans include: reading through the Bible in one year plan; the chronological sequence plan; and the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms and Proverb plan. Try one that seems to fit your interest and time commitment. Thanks to countless, and often, free online resources and downloadable apps, reading the Bible each day for a year is much less daunting than you would believe. Two popular websites offering a variety of Bible reading plans and daily  devotions are BibleGateway.com and YouVersion.com.  There are even   audible versions that you can listen to at your convenience.

To read the whole Bible through in one year is a workable and worthy goal.

 

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

—  Psalm 119:105

 

 

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