As we move into the new year, many people make plans for how they are going to grow this year. John Maxwell and others encourage people to develop what they call “Growth Plans” which include vision statements, concrete and measurable goals, as well as simple, practical steps to take towards these goals. I think, in general, these plans can be helpful as long as they aren’t treated the same way our “New Year’s Resolutions” are birthed – typically out of frustration with where we are and with the best of intentions but little motivation.
One of the things that is on my heart to do this year in my personal growth plan is read the Bible. I know you’re shocked that a pastor would say that, but there it is. I have this sneaking suspicion that 2012 is going to be filled with a growing amount of apocalyptic fervor and end-times speculation. Add to that the political uneasiness of an election year and you’ve got an atmosphere ripe for insecurity. In such an environment, I believe it will be all the more important to be grounded firmly on the Word of God. Sadly, I find that, all too often, many believers talk about the Bible but few people have actually read the Bible. So…I’m going to read the Bible this year and I’m going to invite you to join me in the process.
There are a number of different Bible Reading Plans out there to choose from. In fact, the following link to a blog by Nathan W. Bingham is remarkably helpful in laying out all the options. http://www.ligonier.org/blog/bible-reading-plans-2012/
Take and moment and peruse the different options praying for God to show you which to use. Personally, I’m going to use the Chronological Bible Reading Plan. Whichever one you choose, let’s be faithful to read God’s Word this year.
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