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Wordwise Insight, Issue #100
December 14, 2012
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IN THIS ISSUE...

BIBLE INSIGHTS (and Reader Q & A): What plan will you follow for your daily devotions this year?

WORDWISE HYMNS: My Blog called Wordwise Hymns for you to check out!

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BIBLE INSIGHTS

Daily Bible Reading

(A Challenge for the New Year)

As of today (December 14th), the new year is only 18 days away! What will 2013 bring to each of us, to our families, to our churches, and to the nation and beyond? Will the Lord return before the dawning of 2014? None of us knows. Even the next day or two may surprise us! "You do not know what will happen tomorrow," says James (Jas. 4:14).

One thing I do know: We need the regular input of God's Word–for however many days He gives us. The Bible is God's message to us, the source of light and life. It's our life's guidebook, "a lamp to [our] feet and a light to [our] path" (Ps. 119:1-5).

A comparison: We wouldn't likely want to go without food for a day or more. We know we need daily nourishment. But some who would readily agree with that are slower to accept the vital need of spiritual nourishment. With Job we should say, "I have treasured the words of His mouth More than my necessary food" (Job 23:12).

Some may feel that attending church once a week takes care of that, but it really doesn't–for at least a couple of reasons. First, that's too far between spiritual meals to keep us healthy. And second, we need to be digging into God's Word for ourselves, as well as hearing it preached from the pulpit.

There are many Bible reading plans available. It's possible, for example, to read right through the Bible in a year, by reading about three chapters a day. My mother did that each year–for over fifty years. I've done it too. But I prefer to go a bit slower, and "chew" my food well.

For the past year I've been following a plan that takes three years to complete the entire Word of God--meaning the readings average about one chapter a day. But the schedule mixes Old Testament and New Testament books, with some of the Psalms interspersed along ...

For the rest of this article, click on Daily Bible Reading.




MY BLOG ON HYMNS!

Come and Pay Us a Visit!

I have developed a blog that is called Wordwise Hymns. As the title suggests, it is about hymns, and church music in general.

But as many of you will know, a blog is especially designed to facilitate a conversation on its particular subject. Readers can easily post comments about what they see, and I'm able to reply. I hope you will take part in the discussion!

Through 2010, almanac entries dealt with what happened in hymn history on each day of the year. Beginning in 2011, I hope to analyze hymns from a biblical standpoint, linking to the material that has come before.

My hope is that the blog will add to the value of the website and this newsletter, and promote some profitable exchanges on the subject of sacred music.

What happened on this day in hymnology? To find out, click Wordwise Hymns.


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