Herald Journal Columns
Jan. 23, 2006, Herald Journal
Pastor's Column

A plan for the new year

By Rev. Gerald L. Boldt, St. John Ev. Lutheran Church, Winsted

“In the beginning . . .” Genesis 1:1

“Yes, I am coming soon. Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.” Revelation 22:20.

As you might know, these are the first and last words of the Bible. They were inspired by the Holy Spirit when written by Moses and John.

The words in Genesis start a spiritual pilgrimage that ends with words of Jesus in the last chapter of Revelation.

Every year, countless Christians will start and re-start their journey. They will read and re-read the scriptures over the period of the year.

Their reading often begins as a new year’s resolution. Many say that this is something that they have always wanted to do, but have never really gotten around to doing it.

The reading of the Bible over the period of the year is not something to be taken lightly. It is a grand undertaking that requires personal dedication; but those who start and finish, find it as one of the most rewarding accomplishments of their lives.

If you are looking to take on a new challenge this year, I suggest that you read the entire Bible, cover-to-cover. You may want to consider one of the many Bible reading guides that lay out reasonable daily portions.

Without a doubt, reading the scriptures in their entirety is one of the very best ways to see the divine power of our crucified and risen Savior, Jesus Christ.

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