Creative Disciple Newsletter
December 17, 2023

Getting the Jump on the New Year and Resolutions

Next week is Christmas, and we start a new year the week after. I want to get the jump on it. This means the usual resolution stuff like Bible reading, devo trends, and setting goals are in order.

Featured Articles

Years ago, I ditched my Bible reading plans to embrace what works for me—comprehensive reading. I typically read the Bible in 4-5 months this way, not that it’s race. Learn how I do it. Kevin Halloran has some additional thoughts.

Let’s talk about your devotional time. If it needs a recharge, let me recommend the SOAP method. It will clean your soul and supercharge your day. You don’t require a seminary degree to do it. Let me tell you about it. Next year, I’ll give you some examples from Ezra.

Resolutions are Christian when they are Christ-centered, duh. Grab a free copy of my CONQUER workbook. If you’ve got the blow, take a few courses at Redeeming Productivity.

Now, for some notable links …

#Christmas Kevin DeYoung tells Pastors not to get cute this Christmas and details the story of St. Nicholas, which is interesting. New Testament professor Michael Kruger dispels a few Christmas misconceptions. Finally, the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics shows God’s presence with ordinary workers in the birth of Christ, an encouraging read.

#Reading Folks are gearing up for annual reading challenges, like Tim Challies, who features a free poster from Visual Theology. Reagan Rose provides a video with tips for becoming a good reader and helps you read 50 in a year.

#Culture In case you missed it, the compelling documentary on churches fighting the shutdown, The Essential Church, is now available for download. A dear friend gifted me the movie on Apple TV, and after watching it, I can say that it is a must-watch. Or, you can grab the book God vs Government, which is equally beneficial.


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“I will live for God. If no one else does, I still will.” These words have been attributed to Jonathan Edwards as a summary of his 70 Resolutions. As Christians, we should press forward in our opportunities to be productive and give God glory.

I’d love to hear from you. Just hit reply to let me know what you thought of this week’s newsletter, share link ideas for future issues, or just say hello!

Until next time.

For the Kingdom,
Jacob Abshire

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