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The Pastor’s Perspective – May 22, 2022

Dear First Family, 

Last Sunday, I introduced a Bible Reading Plan that allows each of us to read God’s Word on the same plan in such a way that we can connect with each other around God’s Word.  I cannot think of a better way for God’s People to grow more in Christ and more united for His Cause that common Scripture that speaks to us daily.  I want to add to that discussion and reiterate some of what I shared with the following suggestions:
  1. Pick up a bookmark or go to here.  The bookmarks are available in the church office, at the Welcome Center, and in the foyer.  The church website even allows you to “add to your calendar” on your phone for a daily reminder. 
  2. Start Journaling.  Write down what God shows you.  Write down those that you are praying for.  Keep a record of the spiritual journey that God is leading you on. Life Journals with the reading plan and an “express” reading plan are available in the office for $7. However, you do not have to buy a journal to read God’s Word.  A spiral notebook is fine and, as I use, a moleskine type, hard back journal works great.  
  3. Encourage your children to start reading, journaling, and interacting with the Word of God.  The Children’s Journals that are available are awesome and have three different reading levels.  They start with ages 8 or younger and encourage just a few verses a day to 12 year olds reading about a dozen verses.  
  4. The greatest part of this is the interaction that can come from it.  You interact with the Holy Spirit as you read.  After reading, you can interact with others, because children, express readers, and classic readers are all reading from the same text. You will cover more than your children cover each day, but you will cover their scripture in your reading. It is a great family devotion starter and it is not hard to do.
  5. Post your verse.  Share it, text it, build accountability with others.  As iron sharpens iron, let us sharpen one another to spend time daily in God’s Word. 
  6. If you run out of time or miss a day, do not try to make it up.  People that try to read the Bible through do well until they hit Leviticus. 
In February, often, the wheels come off and it is given up or they are always trailing behind and feeling defeated.  Be defeated no longer.  If you read the Classic Reading Plan, you will read through the Bible in a year and the New Testament twice, BUT that is not the goal.  The goal is daily time with the Lord. If you miss a day, the grace of God is great.  Do not fret.  Do not make it up.  Start with the next day on the next day.  
In other words, as I said Sunday, wash up (let the Spirit of God thorugh the Word of God clean you up) and eat.  Get on a spiritual self-feeding program. You need to sup on God’s Word more than just on Sunday.  If I can help in anyway on your journey, just let me know. 
It is a joy to be your pastor.