We place our hope in an Almighty, unchanging God who has intended us good and loved us in Jesus Christ.
Food for thought
The 19th century famous preacher and pastor of London, Charles Haddon Spurgeon once said: "If I wish to be a man of learning, I cannot get it simply by praying for it; I must study, even to the weariness of the flesh."
This weekend has had a lesser known holiday attached to it, Reformation Day. Reformation Day remembers the recovery of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. While it would be hard for many today to imagine, there was a time when access to the Bible itself was limited. In the time of Martin Luther, many did not read the Bible (1483-1546). Even monks who did, often did so only for initiation for a time and then would not read it again. Common church members were often prevented from having the Bible in their native tongue. Untold millions lived under such a neglect of the Word of God. In time it came about that certain key figures rediscovered the Scripture. They risked their life and safety to read it, translate it, and distribute it in common language. They spent much time in it themselves. From this came the findings of people like Martin Luther. He realized that despite his many good deeds, and religious observations, and trusting other good people, yet God would not accept him. Heav
W ell I've made some more progress in the Carson book, he displays some significantly worthwhile insights into the outlook of leading writer Brian McLaren especially. One of Carson's points, without giving too much away, is that the emergent church employs a 'flat' critique of modernism. But it does so without normally acknowledging the benefits of modernism. While Carson doesn't go quite this far, what I liked too coming off of that and the Carson long quotes of others is the realization that no culture is itself holy. Pre -modernism, modernism, postmodernism; all have/will be full of good aspects and not so good aspects. This balance is worth taking into account no matter where one comes down on it. At times Carson seems a bit modern, I'll admit, but at other times he seems somewhat postmodern. Especially when he recoils to the useful (although typical) missions influence on us and our healthy self-critique idea. He mentions that one a couple of times as a po
Whatever your situation in 2019, you can and will be blessed by God if you resolve to be in God’s Word regularly. A daily Bible reading plan can be obtained from some trustworthy ministries, and so the process of choosing one is easy. Check out this set of plans from www.biblegateway.com here: https://www.biblegateway.com/reading-plans/ Another great resource is here: https://www.esv.org/resources/reading-plans/ There may be some reading this, who want to start the NT and read it, you would really benefit from this plan: https://static.crossway.org/excerpt/reading-plan/4-esv-6-month-nt-reading-plan.1.pdf Then, you may want to use time as a measure too, and there are some like these available: https://www.navigators.org/resource/bible-reading-plans/ In looking over these, my hope for you is that you find one that speaks to where you are, and encourages you. God’s Word is rich, and every year you can and will gain much from the Lord through reading in the Bible. Th