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New Year's Resolutions: Read through the Bible?

Many, many years ago, Rev. John Calvin Rickers introduced the M'Cheyne's Bible reading plan to us.  We have followed this plan for many years as it is a very useful paper goad.  Often you intend to read, but the next thing you know, you realize that you have not done your daily devotions.  If you follow the full plan you will read the New Testament and the Psalms twice in a year, and the rest of the Old Testament once.  It is generally four chapters a day - two done as a family and two done in secret.  If you don't want to do that much, just do the family this year and the secret one next year.  The other advantage is that the reading mixes it up.  So you don't read four chapters of Leviticus at once.  For example, on 01 April you read as a family Leviticus 4 and Psalms 1 & 2.  In secret  you would read Proverbs 19 and Colossians 2. 
I believe that the M'Cheyne's Bible reading is the best that there is.  It can be found here:
If you want to print double sided, make sure you pick print on short end.

Christmas & Baby & Peace

This past Sunday evening we sang at our church an unknown Christmas carol:  Break forth, O beauteous heavenly light
   The words are
Break forth, O beauteous heavenly light,
and usher in the morning.
O shepherds, shudder not with fright,
but hear the angel's warning:
this child, now weak in infancy,
our confidence and joy shall be,
the power of Satan breaking,
our peace eternal making.   
     What I found intriguing about this hymn are the words:  "hear the angel's warning: this child, now weak in infancy, our confidence and joy shall be, the power of Satan breaking, our peace eternal making."  We think of Isaiah's prediction that the Messiah will be Wonder Counselor, Everlasting Father, Almighty God, and Prince of Peace. 
    Because of Christ breaking Satan's power, He makes eternal peace.  Many see Jesus just as a babe in the manger.   During Christmas we celebrate His advent.  But Jesus Christ did not stay as a babe in the manager.  His purpose to coming was to break Satan's power.  Because He completely broke Satan's power, therefore we have eternal peace. 

Praise God for this eternal peace.

Death, Good, and Evolution

Another problem with evolution and the Bible is the role of death. Some questions that must be answered are: - "Is death the result of sin?" - "When did death enter the world?" - "Had death occurred before Adam and Eve sinned?" - "When Adam sinned, did death come to man alone or was death introduced to creation?" - "When God said that all that He had made and declared that it was 'very good,' did He mean the world was perfect and that death was already part of the creation order? Creationists contend that death was the result of sin. Evolutionists say that death always happened. Genesis 1:31 states that God, after having created all the land animals and man “saw all that He had made, and it was very good.” In Genesis 2 we read "The Lord God commanded the man, saying, 'From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.' ” Romans 5:12 states “By man came sin, and by sin, death.” Evolution is based on death. According to the evolutionists, since life existed for hundreds of millions of years, death must have happened billions of times. There are fossils with cancer in the bones. Is cancer good? According to the evolutionists, cancer and death are not the result of sin, but the means to a better world. Why was death a part of the curse for Adam and Eve (Gen. 2:17) but very good for the animals? If death was part of a very good creation, why did Adam and Eve’s disobedience result in death? In the creationists’ viewpoint, death is not good. Since death could not have existed prior to the Fall, evolution cannot be true.