Some have asked about devotions for next year. Since I addressed it in my church newsletter article, I thought that I’d include it here.

Joshua 1:8 “Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.”

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is right around the corner!  Where did November go?  Where did the year go!?!?!?  Pretty soon we’ll be turning the calendar to 2023.  I still remember all the concern surrounding Y2K.  Soon we’re going to be a full 22 years beyond that!  Where does the time go?

As we get ready to flip the calendar, many of us will be thinking about what to do regarding daily devotional readings in the new year.  Maybe you do something every year.  Maybe you just start something every year!  Perhaps you would like to slow down this year, or do something less intense so that it will be easier to actually keep going for the full year.

Most years I encourage us to do some Bible reading together.  For the past several years I’ve been providing an additional devotional thought to go with our daily reading.  Last year we read though the whole Bible together, and this year we’ve slowed down and gone through the New Testament.  However, I personally haven’t slowed down, because the commentary I’ve been providing has been difficult, challenging, rewarding and time consuming to do on a day-to-day basis!  So, for this next year I want to slow it down even more.  Have you ever done one of those devotional plans where you would read from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs each day?  Or perhaps you’ve read though the book of Proverbs in a month.  Unfortunately, neither one of those approaches helps to really study the book of Proverbs well, since it either gets lost in the rest of the Bible reading, or you get lost trying to remember so many unconnected thoughts from the book itself!  I’ve often considered going through the book more slowly, and this is the year.  Yes, year!  I’m going to take a year to look at the book.  The first nine chapters will go by quickly and only take one month to go through.  However, the next twenty-two chapters will take eleven months!  That’s because there are larger sections of connected material in the first part of the book.  Most of the rest of the book is a collection of unconnected sayings, and we’ll take much of it two verses at a time.  I’ll be doing some other daily readings as well during my own devotional time, but this is what I’m most excited about and this is the experience I want to share with you.  Each daily reading will be on my blog (pastorbillington.com) and will include both the Scripture passage as well as my devotional thoughts.  The material will also appear on the church Facebook page, or you can sign up at my blog to have it delivered to your email.

I hope that you will join me on this journey, and I also hope to see you during our Christmas Eve or Christmas Day services this year.  O Come, O Come, Emmanuel!

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