Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

            2019 is here and with it comes a sense of a fresh start.   Some of the happiest people in January are those that own and manage fitness centers.  This is the harvest season for them as people make their new year’s resolutions- one of which is to get in better shape and lose a few pounds.  I know my own approach to Christmas eating is “eat whatever I want, whenever I want.”  That doesn’t lend itself to a svelte look.

            I’ve never been big on new year’s resolutions.  Probably because I know myself all too well and that I most likely won’t make it through to the end of the month before my resolutions are broken.  That’s not to say we shouldn’t have goals but that’s a discussion for another time.

            That said, I would encourage you to take advantage of the sense of new beginnings the change in calendar brings.  How?   How about renewing your sense of commitment to personal Bible reading?

            Your time in God’s Word will be some of the most fruitful use of your time.  I believe that the more you grow in this area, the more your desire for the Scriptures will grow.  Your appetite will increase.  You will be spending time listening to God’s voice in the written word.  There’s no downside to time in the Scriptures- even if only 5 minutes a day.

            HLPC provides Tabletalk subscriptions each month for a only $1 each.  That’s a great deal!  Tabletalk is published by Ligonier Ministries and not only gives you daily studies, as well as a plan for Bible reading, but also contains excellent articles on a featured topic.  I’ve been using Tabletalk and the Bible reading plan for years now.  I also enjoy reading and praying through several Psalms each day.

            Let me also recommend the Bible reading plans in the link below from Ligonier Ministries.  I think you’ll find a plan that fits your desires and needs.  With some sort of plan, you won’t flounder in daily Bible reading.  You’ll have a place to go.

            Lastly, let me recommend you purchase a good study Bible.  I have three that I am partial to and this is not an exclusive list.  They are:

  • The Reformation Study Bible
  • The Gospel Transformation Study Bible
  • The ESV Study Bible

            May God increase our heart for Him and His truth through His Word.  Again, Happy New Year!

Bible reading plans:

Paul Bankson

Paul was born and raised in Birmingham, AL and graduated from Auburn University in 1986 with a degree in Business Administration. It was at Auburn that he met his wife, Connie. They were married in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and moved to Jackson, MS where he attended Reformed Theological Seminary graduating with a Master of Divinity in 1991. Upon graduation, Paul served as a Campus Minister with RUF, the campus ministry of the PCA, at Tennessee-Martin where the Banksons lived for 5 years. They moved to Macon, GA in 1996 to work with RUF at Mercer University and then Paul joined the pastoral staff at First Presbyterian Church of Macon as an Assistant Pastor in 1999. In 2004, Paul and his family moved to Warner Robins where he served as a church planter and then organizing Pastor of Houston Lake Presbyterian Church. In December 2014 Paul completed a Doctor of Ministry degree through Reformed Theological Seminary of Orlando. Paul and Connie have three sons, Andrew (23), Stephen (20), and Matthew (15). Paul enjoys grilling, camping with his family, and Auburn sports (War Eagle!).