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A pilgrimage for the new year

December 31, 2007

by Pastor Gerald 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.

I am sure that you know these to be 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 pilgrimage that ends with the words of Jesus Christ in the last chapter of the Book of Revelation.

With the start of every new year, countless Christians will start, or re-start, their journey on the most important pilgrimage of their lives. They will read and re-read the Bible over the period of that year.

There excursion often begins as a New Year’s resolution, certainly a grand undertaking. Many say that this is something that they have always wanted to do, but until now, have never quite gotten around to it.

The dedication of reading the entire Bible over a period of a year is not something to be taken lightly. It requires commitment, but those who start and finish this blessed task almost always 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 Scriptures using one of the many Bible reading guides that lay out reasonable daily portions. Your priest or pastor will have copies available.

If you have no Bible or church home, please write or call Pastor G. L. Boldt, P. O. Box 276, Winsted, MN 55395. My telephone number is (320) 485-2202.

God’s blessing to you on this most exalted undertaking.