The reality is that we still desperately need Truth! Fortunately, we have easy access to it, (and I'm not referring to Google!) No, I mean the Bible! Truth is one of the things that's so great about the Bible. Because it is God's Word, it is eminently truthful. (Psalm 119:160) It is an anchor for us in a world that is increasingly like a stormy sea. That's one of the reasons you need a regular diet of God's Word--you need Truth. You need it as a foil against the half-trues or out-and-out lies by which we are surrounded. And that's why I frequently encourage you to read your Bible regularly. (Honestly, that encouragement is for me too...I often need to remind myself!) Because the Bible provides Truth in a post-truth world.
And so I'm going to renew my call to you to embark on a plan to read the Bible daily this year! Now, there are a lot of tools to help you do this. One of them is the GGF Bible reading plan we have at our information center. Or you can find a digital copy for download right here. Look for "Chronological Bible Reading Plan", which will get you through the entire Bible in one year. Or, if that seems too daunting, there is a New Testament only reading plan there too. Now, I know this is the last day of January, so you might be thinking it's too late. But it's not! Just start with today's reading and you can catch up later or at the beginning of 2018. Alternately, you can easily purchase a physical one year Bible that has daily readings all lined up for you. Some of these are cover-to-cover, some are chronological, and some have daily selections from the Old Testament, New Testament, and Psalms. Or there are a HOST of apps you can use on a computer, phone, or tablet that will set up a reading plan for you, many of which are free. Tell it what sort of plan you want to follow, and it will get you going today. One of the things that I have found helpful this year is to have a Bible that is different from my main study Bible, just for reading. I have an excellent copy that is printed more like a book...the text is in a single column, has no notes, and in fact doesn't even have chapter and verse numbers. Because of that, I've found that I'm more likely to read simply because I'm enjoying it and not because I have to complete today's "homework", and as a result I'm almost a month ahead in my reading plan. The bottom line? Just get started! Because we all need Truth in this post-truth world!
- Pastor Paul