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Read the Bible in 2013

Giving credit to where credit is due. This blog post is re-posted from here: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/

Please read and please enjoy reading your Bible this year!

Reading the Bible in 2013

Do you want to read the whole Bible?

If the average person reads 200 to 250 words per minute, and if there are about 775,000 words in the Bible, then it would take less than 10 minutes a day to read the whole Bible in a year.

(Those who want to bore into the details of how long it takes to read each book of the Bible can visit howlongdoesittaketoreadthebible.com).

Audio Bibles are usually about 75 hours long, so you can listen to it in just over 12 minutes a day.

But a simple resolution to do this is often an insufficient. Most of us need a more proactive plan.

Stephen Witmer explains the weaknesses of typical plans and offers some advice on reading the Bible together with others—as well as offering his own new two-year plan. (“In my opinion, it is better to read the whole Bible through carefully one time in two years than hastily in one year.”) His plan has you read through one book of the Bible at a time (along with a daily reading from the Psalms or Proverbs). At the end of two years you will have read through the Psalms and Proverbs four times and the rest of the Bible once.

The Gospel Coalition’s For the Love of God Blog (which you can subscribe to via email) takes you through the M’Cheyne reading plan, with a meditation each day by D. A. Carson related to one of the readings. M’Cheyne’s plan has you read shorter selections from four different places in the Bible each day.

George Guthrie’s “Read the Bible for Life Chronological Bible Reading Plan” is takes you through the whole Bible in the basic order of events, with a reading each day. There’s also a 4 + 1 plan (similar to the others, in that you read from four different places each day plus the Psalms). But it’s a semi-chronological plan, placing the prophets and the NT letters in basic chronological order.

Trey Hunter’s “The Bible-Eater Plan” is an innovative new approach that has you reading whole chapters, along with quarterly attention to specific books. The plan especially highlights OT chapters that are crucial to the storyline of Scripture and redemptive fulfillment in Christ.

For those who would benefit from a realistic “discipline + grace” approach, consider “The Bible Reading Plan for Shirkers and Slackers.” As Andy Perry explains, it takes away the pressure (and guilt) of “keeping up” with the entire Bible in one year. You get variety within the week by alternating genres by day, but also continuity by sticking with one genre each day. Here’s the basic idea:

Sundays: Poetry
Mondays: Penteteuch (Genesis through Deuteronomy)
Tuesdays: Old Testament history
Wednesdays: Old Testament history
Thursdays: Old Testament prophets
Fridays: New Testament history
Saturdays: New Testament epistles (letters)

There are a number of Reading Plans for ESV Editions. Crossway has made them accessible in multiple formats:

  • web (a new reading each day appears online at the same link)
  • RSS (subscribe to receive by RSS)
  • podcast (subscribe to get your daily reading in audio)
  • iCal (download an iCalendar file)
  • mobile (view a new reading each day on your mobile device)
  • print (download a PDF of the whole plan)
Reading Plan Format
Chronological
Through the Bible chronologically (from Back to the Bible)
RSS iCal Mobile Print Email
Daily Light on the Daily Path
Daily Light on the Daily Path – the ESV version of Samuel Bagster’s classic
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Daily Office Lectionary
Daily Psalms, Old Testament, New Testament, and Gospels
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Daily Reading Bible
Daily Old Testament, New Testament, and Psalms
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ESV Study Bible
Daily Psalms or Wisdom Literature; Pentateuch or the History of Israel; Chronicles or Prophets; and Gospels or Epistles
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Every Day in the Word
Daily Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, Proverbs
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Literary Study Bible
Daily Psalms or Wisdom Literature; Pentateuch or the History of Israel; Chronicles or Prophets; and Gospels or Epistles
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M’Cheyne One-Year Reading Plan
Daily Old Testament, New Testament, and Psalms or Gospels
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Outreach
Daily Old Testament, Psalms, and New Testament
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Outreach New Testament
Daily New Testament. Read through the New Testament in 6 months
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Through the Bible in a Year
Daily Old Testament and New Testament
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You can also access each of these Reading Plans as podcasts:

  • Right-click (Ctrl-click on a Mac) the “RSS” link of the feed you want from the above list.
  • Choose “Copy Link Location” or “Copy Shortcut.”
  • Start iTunes.
  • Under File, choose “Subscribe to Podcast.”
  • Paste the URL into the box.
  • Click OK.

For those looking for some books to have on hand as “helps” as you read through the Bible, here are a few suggestions:

 

 

As you read through the Bible, here’s a chart you may want to to print out and have on hand. It’s from Goldsworthy’s book According to Plan. It simplified, of course, but it can be helpful in locating where you’re at in the biblical storyline and seeing the history of Israel “at a glance.”

Goldsworthy’s outline is below. You can also download this as a PDF (posted with permission).

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Taken from According to Plan: The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible by Graeme Goldsworthy. Copyright(c) Graeme Goldsworthy 1991. Used by permission of InterVarsity Press, PO Box 1400, Downers Grove, IL 60515 (www.ivpress.com) and Inter-Varsity Press, Norton Street, Nottingham NG7 3HR England (www.ivbooks.com)

Creation by Word Genesis 1 and 2
The Fall Genesis 3
First Revelation of Redemption Genesis 4-11
Abraham Our Father Genesis 12-50
Exodus: Our Pattern of Redemption Exodus 1-15
New Life: Gift and Task Exodus 16-40; Leviticus
The Temptation in the Wilderness Numbers; Deuteronomy
Into the Good Land Joshua; Judges; Ruth
God’s Rule in God’s Land 1 and 2 Samuel; 1 Kings 1-10; 1 Chronicles; 2 Chronicles 1-9
The Fading Shadow 1 Kings 11-22; 2 Kings
There Is a New Creation Jeremiah; Ezekiel; Daniel; Esther
The Second Exodus Ezra; Nehemiah; Haggai
The New Creation for Us Matthew; Mark; Luke; John
The New Creation in Us Initiated Acts
The New Creation in Us Now New Testament Epistles
The New Creation Consummated The New Testament

Below are Goldsworthy’s summaries of each section.

Creation by Word
Genesis 1 and 2
In the beginning God created everything that exists. He made Adam and Eve and placed them in the garden of Eden. God spoke to them and gave them certain tasks in the world. For food he allowed them the fruit of all the trees in the garden except one. He warned them that they would die if they ate of that one tree.

The Fall
Genesis 3
The snake persuaded Eve to disobey God and to eat the forbidden fruit. She gave some to Adam and he ate also. Then God spoke to them in judgment, and sent them out of the garden into a world that came under the same judgment.

First Revelation of Redemption
Genesis 4-11
Outside Eden, Cain and Abel were born to Adam and eve. Cain murdered Abel and Eve bore another son, Seth. Eventually the human race became so wicked that God determined to destroy every living thing with a flood. Noah and his family were saved by building a great boat at God’s command. The human race began again with Noah and his three sons with their families. Sometime after the flood a still unified human race attempted a godless act to assert its power in the building of a high tower. God thwarted these plans by scattering the people and confusing their language.

Abraham Our Father
Genesis 12-50
Sometime in the early second millennium BC God called Abraham out of Mesopotamia to Canaan. He promised to give this land to Abraham’s descendants and to bless them as his people. Abraham went, and many years later he had a son, Isaac. Isaac in rum had two sons, Esau and Jacob. The promises of God were established with Jacob and his descendants. He had twelve sons, and in time they all went to live in Egypt because of famine in Canaan.

Exodus: Our Pattern of Redemption
Exodus 1-15
In time the descendants of Jacob living in Egypt multiplied to become a very large number of people. The Egyptians no longer regarded them with friendliness and made them slaves. God appointed Moses to be the one who would lead Israel out of Egypt to the promised land of Canaan. When the moment came for Moses to demand the freedom of his people, the Pharaoh refused to let them go. Though Moses worked ten miracle-plagues which brought hardship, destruction, and death to the Egyptians. Finally, Pharaoh let Israel go, but then pursued them and trapped them at the Red Sea (or Sea of Reeds). The God opened a way in the sea for Israel to cross on dry land, but closed the water over the Egyptian army, destroying it.

New Life: Gift and Task
Exodus 16-40; Leviticus
After their release from Egypt, Moses led the Israelites to Mount Sinai. There God gave them his law which they were commanded to keep. At one point Moses held a covenant renewal ceremony in which the covenant arrangement was sealed in blood. However, while Moses was away on the mountain, the people persuaded Aaron to fashion a golden calf. Thus they showed their inclination to forsake the covenant and to engage in idolatry. God also commanded the building of the tabernacle and gave all the rules of sacrificial worship by which Israel might approach him.

The Temptation in the Wilderness
Numbers; Deuteronomy
After giving the law to the Israelites at Sinai, God directed them to go in and take possession of the promised land. Fearing the inhabitants of Canaan, they refused to do so, thus showing lack of confidence in the promises of God. The whole adult generation that had come out of Egypt, with the exception of Joshua and Caleb, was condemned to wander and die in the desert. Israel was forbidden to dispossess its kinsfolk, the nation of Edom, Moab, and Ammon, but was given victory over other nations that opposed it. Finally, forty years after leaving Egypt, Israel arrived in the Moabite territory on the east side of the Jordan. Here Moses prepared the people for their possession of Canaan, and commissioned Joshua as their new leader.

Into the Good Land
Joshua; Judges; Ruth
Under Joshua’s leadership the Israelites crossed the Jordan and began the task of driving out the inhabitants of Canaan. After the conquest the land was divided between the tribes, each being allotted its own region. Only the tribe of Levi was without an inheritance of land because of its special priestly relationship to God. There remained pockets of Canaanites in the land and, from time to time, these threatened Israel’s hold on their new possession. From the one-man leaderships of Moses and Joshua, the nation moved into a period of relative instability during which judges exercised some measure of control over the affairs of the people.

God’s Rule in God’s Land
1 and 2 Samuel; 1 Kings 1-10; 1 Chronicles; 2 Chronicles 1-9
Samuel became judge and prophet in all Israel at a time when the Philistines threatened the freedom of the nation. An earlier movement for kingship was received and the demand put to a reluctant Samuel. The first king, Saul, had a promising start to his reign but eventually showed himself unsuitable as the ruler of the covenant people. While Saul still reigned, David was anointed to succeed him. Because of Saul’s jealousy David became an outcast, but when Saul died in battle David returned and became king (about 1000 BC). Due to his success Israel became a powerful and stable nation. He established a central sanctuary at Jerusalem, and created a professional bureaucracy and permanent army. David’s son Solomon succeeded him (about 961 BC) and the prosperity of Israel continued. The building of the temple at Jerusalem was one of Solomon’s most notable achievements.

The Fading Shadow
1 Kings 11-22; 2 Kings
Solomon allowed political considerations and personal ambitions to sour his relationship with God, and this in turn had a bad effect on the life of Israel. Solomon’s son began an oppressive rule which led to the rebellion of the northern tribes and the division of the kingdom. Although there were some political and religious high points, both kingdoms went into decline, A new breed of prophets warned against the direction of national life, but matters went from bad to worse. In 722 BC the northern kingdom of Israel fell to the power of the Assyrian empire. Then, in 586 BC the southern kingdom of Judah was devastated by the Babylonians. Jerusalem and its temple were destroyed, and a large part of the population was deported to Babylon.

There Is a New Creation
Jeremiah; Ezekiel; Daniel; Esther
The prophets of Israel warned of the doom that would befall the nation. When the first exiles were taken to Babylon in 597 BC, Ezekiel was among them. Both prophets ministered to the exiles. Life for the Jews (the people of Judah) in Babylon was not all bad, and in time many prospered. The books of Jeremiah and Ezekiel indicate a certain normality to the experience, while Daniel and Esther highlight some of the difficulties and suffering experienced in an alien and oppressive culture.

The Second Exodus
Ezra; Nehemiah; Haggai
In 539 BC Babylon fell to the Medo-Persian empire. The following year, Cyrus the king allowed the Jews to return home and to set up a Jewish state within the Persian empire. Great difficulty was experienced in re-establishing the nation. There was local opposition to the rebuilding of Jerusalem and the temple. Many of the Jews did not return but stayed on in the land of their exile. In the latter part of the fourth century BC, Alexander the Great conquered the Persian empire. The Jews entered a long and difficult period in which Greek culture and religion challenged their trust in God’s covenant promises. In 63 BC Pompey conquered Palestine and the Jews found themselves a province of the Roman empire.

The New Creation for Us
Matthew; Mark; Luke; John
The province of Judea, the homeland of the Jews, came under Roman rule in 63 BC. During the reign of Caesar Augustus, Jesus was born at Bethlehem, probably about the year 4 BC. John, known as the Baptist, prepared the way for the ministry of Jesus. This ministry of preaching, teaching, and healing began with Jesus’ baptism and lasted about three years. Growing conflict with the Jews and their religious leaders led eventually to Jesus being sentenced to death by the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate. He was executed by the Romans just outside Jerusalem, but rose from death two days afterward and appealed to his followers on a number of occasions. After a period with them, Jesus was taken up to heaven.

The New Creation in Us Initiated
Acts
After Jesus had ascended, his disciples waited in Jerusalem. On the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit came upon them and they began the task of proclaiming Jesus. As the missionary implications of the gospel became clearer to the first Christians, the local proclamation was extended to world evangelization. The apostle Paul took the gospel to Asia Minor and Greece, establishing many churches as he went. Eventually a church flourished at the heart of the empire of Rome.

The New Creation in Us Now
New Testament Epistles
As the gospel made inroads into pagan societies it encountered many philosophies and non-Christian ideas which challenged the apostolic message. The New Testament epistles shows that the kind of pressures to adopt pagan ideas that had existed for the people of God in Old Testament times were also a constant threat to the churches. The real danger to Christian teaching was not so much in direct attacks upon it, but rather in the subtle distortion of Christian ideas. Among the troublemakers were the Judaizers who added Jewish law-keeping to the gospel. The Gnostics also undermined the gospel with elements of Greek philosophy and religion.

The New Creation Consummated
The New Testament
God is Lord over history and therefore, when he so desires, he can cause the events of the future to be recorded. All section of the New Testament contain references to things which have not yet happened, the most significant being the return of Christ and the consummation of the kingdom of God. No clues to the actual chronology are given, but it is certain that Christ will return to judge the living and the dead. The old creation will be undone and the new creation will take its place.

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Our Only Comfort

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I don’t know what to do with what happened in Newtown, CT last Friday. I’m still processing it all. I believe the Lord God will be faithful to give to me what is sufficient to continue to trust him. And for that I am grateful and hopeful. I do have a couple of comments, though. The first is on the news media’s coverage of this tragedy and the second is on our response to the tragedy.

The news coverage (some refer to it as “reporting”) has grotesquely morphed into a circus, with politics and policies headlining the news feeds.  This senseless tragedy has thrust us all into a place of deep reflection, and for many of us, that reflection is not something we truly desire to see. So we go back to doing what we know; it’s much easier than facing the darkness of depravity. And for those in the media, they’ve gone back to doing what they know best: commentary. I have to think that it’s a nightmare for those families to have to deal with such excruciating pain in losing a child, spouse, or friend in that horrific way. But to have your grieving process broadcast for millions to consume, it really bothers me. It feels wrong, dirty. We care for those people, but there is a part of me that says “leave them alone and let them grieve.” Put the cameras away. Please.

With that said, once the news coverage relents and the sleepy community of Newtown, CT gets back to whatever semblance of “normal” they can muster, the reality in which we live still bears tremendous weight, and we must face it. We all have to face the darkness of what happened on December 14, 2012 and challenges us to find answers. It brings to mind many, many questions, of which there are few appropriate answers, and even fewer of lasting comfort. In these moments of tragedy, comfort is hard to come by because the idea of comfort  is the absence of discomfort, or at the very least, having that discomfort alleviated for a significant time. We like warm blankets and soft beds, warm coats and relaxing beach chairs. Those things are comfortable, as they should be, for a time.

But this kind of deep pain of loss we’ve witnessed isn’t just uncomfortable; it is tormenting. It isn’t like a sore muscle, or a bad headache, or even like a bad doctors visit. It is the complete absence of something you cannot replace, ever. It is a life, made in God’s image, and created for his glory. The absence of that life is like not having oxygen, it is suffocating and relentless. Those precious children and teachers of Sandy Creek Elementary School were a gift from God and their lives were inextricably connected to those who were given the task to care for them, cherish them, love them, and protect them. And now they are gone, taken away, and the pain is overwhelming.  God have mercy on those families, and on us all.

In the face of such terrible evil, we are at a loss as to what to say to make sense of it all. The truth is, there is no sensible explanation because this type of wickedness, as with any sin, is absolutely senseless. So without an explanation we’re left with the hopes of finding something to help us through it all. Those families of Newtown, and that entire community, need something to hold on to when they just can’t go any further. We all need that don’t we? If you know how to swim, drowning may not come quickly. But regardless of your ability to swim, there is only so long you can keep your head above water before your body says “enough!” You need something, or someone, to preserve your life for you. God knows this about all of us, so he gave us Jesus.

As a parent of 3 young children, I can’t even imagine how those moms and dads have been able to sleep at night. Their hearts ache, their heads are spinning, their bodies are tired and their will is spent. They are, in every sense of the word, “weary.” And Jesus knows this. He knows this so well about you and me and the people of Newtown that he told us what to do when the water is deep and we can’t paddle any longer. He says “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

I can’t answer why that troubled young man walked into that school and murdered those loving adults and precious children. I don’t know why God would permit it to happen either. But he did. Maybe we aren’t supposed to know. Perhaps if we knew, we couldn’t handle it. I just don’t know what to do with that. In the meantime, my answer for attempting to “get through” something so tragic is to run to Jesus when you are weary, tired, burdened and filled with sorrows. He is rest for your weary soul and peace for your troubled heart. Find hope in the one who has borne our sorrows and experienced our grief (Isaiah 53:3). He understands pain. There is no Savior like Jesus because there is no one who has done what he has done (Hebrews 4:15). No one has ever left perfect peace to enter a world at war with itself. But Jesus did. And whatever wars you are fighting inside and out, Jesus understands your pain and his offer to you is to just rest in his presence (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)

There is much more that has been said (see the helpful links below) and there will be much more to be said in the coming weeks and months. The pundits and knuckleheads will all give us their opinions about what is needed to make sure tragedies like this don’t happen. I am hopeful that maybe we can find a way to do more to protect the precious lives of God’s image bearers in the future. My hope and my desire is to point people to Jesus, so when you face inexplicable pain and suffering, you will know there is someone to turn to. His comfort is the only comfort that lasts.

If you would like further wisdom of how to deal with the tragedy of Friday, December 14, 2012, please read the articles below. These words have been a great help to me.

A Lesson For All From Newtown

How Does Jesus Come to Newtown

Where Shall We Put This Grief

And Slew the Little Childer

Prayers for Newtwon, CT, and for all of us

A Prayer in Response to the Newtown CT Tragedy

A Prayer for Grieving and Hoping During Advent

Lessons and Carols and . . .

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“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
– Luke 2:12

Join us Sunday, December 16th at FBC Baton Rouge as our Sanctuary Choir leads us in worship. We will focus on the revealed word of God, as we sing and read God’s prophecies of the coming messiah, Jesus, and his eventual birth in Bethlehem. “Lessons and Carols” will begin at 11:00AM.

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Join the hundreds of people who will gather together for the annual downtown pilgrimage  on Sunday evening, December 16th. The pilgrimage begins at 5:30 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. We will then journey to each of the following churches: First United Methodist, First Presbyterian, St. Joseph’s Cathedral, St. James Episcopal, before finally ending at First Baptist Church. The highlight of the night will be the call to any and all who want to sing the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah. The downtown pilgrimage is a wonderful community event which we all love and enjoy. Please join us.

Light IN Darkness

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“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
                                                                                                                                                    – John 1:5

There is an enormous difference between someone shining a light into a dark place from a distance and then calling you to get out of the darkness on your own by walking toward the light versus someone who goes into the darkness himself and shines his light in order to illuminate the darkness and then carries you out by his power. This is what Jesus has done. He didn’t just shine the light of his holiness and righteousness “into” the mess of humanity and then call out to you to walk toward the light by your own power. No! He came to the darkness of this human existence by becoming human flesh, which has been corrupted with greed, pride, murder, selfishness, idolatry, war, ignorance, and deceit. Jesus got in the darkness with you, and rescued you.

We may have thought that darkness is just the way life is and we have to make the most of it. We may have thought that walking in doubt, fear, pain, and sorrow is the way its supposed to be and we just have to find our own way to deal with it. But that is not what God intends for us. Jesus came to show you just how bad it really is AND how incapable you and I are of getting out of the darkness on our own. That may sound like bad news until you hear what happened next.  Jesus takes it a huge step further by doing for you what you cannot do for yourself. What does Jesus do? He picks you up and carries you out of the darkness into the kingdom of his marvelous light. He forgives you for all your failures, weaknesses, insecurities, and sins. He finds you where you are, broken, lost, angry, confused, and hopeless, and he rescues you by his death on the cross. This is what Jesus has done for so many believers from generations past and it exactly what he can do for those of you who are still wandering aimlessly in the dark today.

We celebrate the birth of Jesus because we know that his life, death, and resurrection means something eternally significant. Jesus is light, and he shines in the darkness.

Arise! Shine!

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Isaiah 60:1-3

Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
For behold, darkness shall cover the earth,
and thick darkness the peoples;
but the Lord will arise upon you,
and his glory will be seen upon you.
And nations shall come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your rising.

As we enter into another Christmas season it is virtually impossible to ignore the holiday simply due to the sheer number of decorations around our city. Downtown Baton Rouge is lit up every night with Christmas lights twinkling and glowing in the darkness. In the windows of homes throughout he neighborhoods of BR, tree lights glow through the glass and yards and rooftops are illuminated by hundreds, and even thousands of lights. Entire yards are decorated with all sorts of Christmas themed decorations. It is unmistakable that people love the Christmas holiday. Every night, the city lights up with Christmas joy and anticipation of the big day.

There is something comforting about light isn’t there? For some reason, those tiny lights on the Christmas tree, although hardly a heat source, quietly and calmly warm our hearts. Perhaps its fond Christmas memories, or the backdrop of the evergreen tree against the soft lights, or maybe the anticipation of opening all those neatly wrapped gifts under the well-lit tree. The joys of Christmas are not too hard to come by. It sure beats sitting in the dark. Other than when we are sleeping, we don’t typically like the darkness. So when light is introduced into dark places where we are uncertain or unsure, we are instantly comforted. I’m sure there are multiple reasons why this phenomenon is so easily observed, but the primary reason, I believe, is that it’s just the way God made us. We prefer the light over darkness.

When darkness covers the hearts of man, and we are lost and confused in this life, our only hope is light. We so desperately want to have our way illuminated that we seek after it in a variety of creative yet unfulfilling ways. Whether it be through money, sex, power, indulgence, promotion, reputation, or simple personal pursuits, we are always left empty and in darkness. In the deepest parts of our hearts, we still long to be illuminated by truth that never fades or grows dark. God knows this about us, so he gave us Jesus.

This is ultimately what Christmas is all about; the coming of light into the darkness. The light is Jesus (John 1:1-4), who is the incarnation of God Almighty, in all of his perfect glory and holiness. Jesus is the perfect representation of God to man in human flesh (Col. 1:15-20). Jesus is the light in the darkness of  this world, which is corrupted by sin and selfishness that has left each of us broken, lost, and confused. We need help out of the darkness of sin, and Jesus came to be our light. He has risen upon us like the morning sun, piercing the darkness of confusion and doubt. Jesus Christ was born among men as a man so that we could be forgiven for our transgressions against God and then embrace our purpose in this life to know God and love God through faith in Jesus Christ.  Apart from Jesus, darkness remains. But by faith in the only Son of God, there is light now and forever more.

Don’t miss this life-changing truth this Christmas season. When you see lights, remember The Light. When you experience sorrow, doubt, or confusion, consider Jesus. He has come to illuminate your heart and deliver you into the kingdom of his light.

The Word of God is Forever

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A voice says, “Cry!”

And I said,“What shall I cry?”
All flesh is grass,
and all its beauty is like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades
when the breath of the Lord blows on it;
surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God will stand forever.