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Good morning.  I hope you are staying warm, dry and safe if you are in Michigan today.  If not, count your blessing:)  We will not have an article today but will be back tomorrow.  Please continue to pray for one another and our mutual efforts for unity, service and sharing our great hope in Jesus!

Happy New Year!

Happy 2019 to you!

We hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season with your family and friends!

Today is a new day, full of God’s grace, His promises and His provisions. What will you do with today? Don’t even think about the whole year of 2019, just think about what are you going to do with God’s grace, provisions and promises today?

If you are thinking about increasing your Bible reading / Bible study activity, then there are countless places where you can go online to help you find the perfect Bible reading plan for you. I would encourage you to keep it simple and don’t try to conquer the world. So many folks, including me, have tried to do way too much with those New Year’s resolutions only to completely blow it by February. Find a simple, easy-to-follow plan. The more complicated it is, and the more that is expected of you, the easier it will be for you to fail. Also, don’t look at yourself as a failure because you don’t read through the whole Bible in a year.

Here are some helpful hints:

  • Listen to the Bible in your car or while you are doing chores around the house. You might usually listen to the news, traffic and music, but how about taking 10-15 minutes of that time and listen to God’s word? Try BibleGateway.com

 

  • Have a close friend or friends join in with you on a reading plan. It does help when we have others joined into the mix. Not only is there a level of accountability, but there is also excitement that comes with sharing what you are reading with someone else! You can look at the BibleProject.com website and find a plan and invite others to join it.

 

  • Don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day, or days. Just keep trying. If you have to readjust your plan, then do it, but don’t quit just because you missed a week. God wants us to read and study His word, but don’t look at God like He is up there with a clipboard checking off your daily reading. His grace covers a lot more than a few missed days of Bible reading. So out of gratitude for that amazing grace, just get back up and start again.

 

  • Take time for meditation, not just Bible reading. What if you release the pressure to have a daily Bible reading, and say that you are going to read a few days, and meditate on some of the other days about what you read on those few days? Bible reading is not a one-size-fits-all thing. David talked about how God’s word was his meditation all day long (Psalm 119:197). He didn’t read the Bible 24/7, but his mind was often there meditating on what he did read. Think about how many early Christians lived. They didn’t all have their own copy of the Bible, but they listened intently to the word and then went their way and meditated, discussed and prayed about what they heard.

Here is another website. Ligonier.org has a great listing of various Bible reading plans.

“Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105)

MDB Update

Good morning all.  You might have noticed Aaron’s post on Friday regarding his vacation.  In his absence, a few of us will continue to author and post articles for the Daily Briefing.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me at shaneblackmer@gmail.com.

Thank you for your continued interest in this effort.

Shane

Finding Our Purpose from the Past

This coming weekend, we are having a guest speaker, Andy Cantrell, to come and give a series of lessons around the theme:

“Finding Our Purpose from the Past”

Old Testament Images of New Covenant People.

May 6-9

South Macomb Church of Christ

18551 Eastland, Roseville, MI 48066

Click here for pdf of meeting flyer

 

Here is a link where you can listen to these lessons that Andy presented at another congregation.

If you are in the area, we’d love to have you with us!

 

Correction to Article – “A Moral People”

I missed one very important word in my article from last Thursday entitled, “A Moral People.”

This was the original sentence in the paragraph about our “Primary Focus.”

It does mean that we are not involved in the political process, because many of God’s children in Scripture were involved in political leadership.

I intended to put a “NOT” in between “does” and “mean.” Here is how the sentence should have read:

It does not mean that we are not involved in the political process, because many of God’s children in Scripture were involved in political leadership.

Thanks to my good friend who pointed that out!!!

It has already been corrected on that article, and I am sorry for any confusion.

Aaron