Thursday, December 31, 2009

Here's To The New Year...

...encouragement from Charles Spurgeon as to why we read God's Word! May this year find you more in love with the God of the Holy Scriptures as you discover more of Him through it.

Beware of the Babylonian books of the present day! The truth of God is the only treasure for which we seek, and the Scripture is the only field in which we dig for it! If you keep close to the inspired book, you can suffer no harm; you are at the fountain-head of all moral and spiritual good. This is fit food for the people of God--this is the bread which nourishes the highest life.

The prayerful study of the Word is not only a means of instruction--but an act of devotion wherein the transforming power of grace is often exercised, changing us into the image of Christ, of whom the Word is a mirror.

Within the Scripture, there is a balm for every wound, a salve for every sore. Oh, the wondrous power in the Scripture to create a heart of hope, within the ribs of despair! Amidst sharp and strong temptations, and fierce and bitter trials, the Word of the Lord has preserved us. Amidst discouragements which damped our hopes, and disappointments which wounded our hearts, our Bibles have brought us a secret, unconquerable consolation.

There is no true doctrine which has not been fruitful in good works. Payson wisely said, "If there is one fact, one doctrine, or promise in the Bible, which has produced no practical effect upon your temper or conduct--be assured that you do not truly believe it."

The "doctrines of grace" produce . . .
a fine morality,
a stern integrity,
a delicate purity,
a devout holiness,
consecration in life,
calm resignation in the hour of suffering,
joyful confidence in the article of death.
This must be a true gospel--which can produce such lives as these!

- Charles Spurgeon
Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Plans for 2010

2009 is nearly over, and it's time to start thinking about next year's reading plans! I don't know about you, but I'm really excited to have a fresh start!

Taraleigh just sent me an amazing resource, but I haven't had time to look it over thoroughly. It's 20+ read through the Bible plans to help you stay on track in the New Year.

I realize that everyone's plans change, but I hope you'll consider staying with us for another year. Kindly comment to this post, or e-mail me: and let me know your plans for next year. Also, include whether you'll be reading through the whole Bible, New Testament or Old Testament only, or whatever. I'd appreciate it!

Look for an Evite soon about our end of the year dinner celebration.
Monday, December 21, 2009

Merry Christmas

The year is quickly coming to an end and so is another trip through God's Word. I have prayed for you, and I'm confident that regardless of how far you've made it on this road God has met you in special ways.

Please start praying about next year and what the Lord would have you do. I will continue to provide encouragement next year to those who once again want to travel with me. I appreciate each of you.

Watch for an evite soon about our end of the year celebration dinner at my home. I can't wait to welcome you and congratulate you! Have a very Merry Christmas!