With Resolve

2 comments Written on January 3rd, 2011     
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Aune Carlson – Youth & Young Adult Ministry, Chicago, IL

As the New Year was approaching I began contemplating resolutions – would I be making any for 2011?

While preparing the blog before heading out of the office last week I was struck with a thought. If you’ve been reading each thing we’ve posted, you probably saw a reflection by Eric Landin (posted 1/1/11) entitled “What’s Your Story?” in which he points out a frustration I have heard among youth workers before – our students have a dismal, or lack of familiarity with the stories of the Bible and do not see how the Bible relates to life, here and now. Thinking on this I came to determine that I need to personally spend more time reading the Word. Things like “practice what you preach” and “lead by example” and “actions speak louder than words” roll around my head – and I’m not talking about eye-rolling. Really, there are great tools out there, YouVersion, for example that can help me (and you) to do just this.

So, I have determined that it is good and right to make a resolution: I resolve to read the Bible through, cover-to-cover in 2011. I’m already a few days behind, but there is no time like the present! Will you help keep me accountable in this resolution? Wanna read along with me this year?

Read the article that came through the ECC Newswire in December about YouVersion.

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2 comments “With Resolve”

I started reading through the Bible in 2010. I am now on Daniel. I am reading The Message translation. It has been great to refresh my memory of some of the Old Testament stories! It is great to find a tidbit or two that I forgot about or maybe it just didn’t stick with me before. Happy reading!!

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I agree – practicing what we preach is important. I’m also reading through the Bible canonically right now – just finished the Torah today. It’s been really interesting to see how reading large portions of the Old Testament has guided my thoughts and conversation. Seeing how these OT stories or patterns play out in my own life helps me understand how I should (or shouldn’t) proceed.

I hope that your reading is going well!

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