Every Thursday I’ll send a note to your inbox with a devotional thought designed to help connect you with God, information about what’s going on at The Church at Clayton Crossings, and some fun facts to help us get to know one another.

What I’m thinking:
It’s that time of year again–time to make New Year’s resolutions. As I write this, there are just 12 hours left in 2015. You’re running out of time to power load Twinkies before going on your kale salad and boiled chicken diet!

One of the most common resolutions made this time of year involves reading the Bible. In the interest of full disclosure, I’m a big fan of reading God’s Word, and I think all of us should spend more time prayerfully considering its wisdom.

But let me be real for a minute… it’s a REALLY BIG BOOK. I’ve met many people who like the idea of more Bible reading but feel too overwhelmed to begin. I completely understand, so I’ve created a couple of tips and borrowed a fantastic reading plan to help you get started.

Are you ready to get a jump start on your resolution? Let’s go!

  1. Invest in a study Bible. Study Bibles are wonderful tools for Bible readers. You’ll find a few sentences of helpful background information for most passages. I’m a big fan of the hardcover HCSB Study Bible.
  1. You don’t need to read the whole thing overnight. Or even during a year. Like I said, it’s a really big book. I’d much rather read and wrestle with smaller passages than mindlessly skimming multiple chapters just to brag that I’ve read the whole Bible during a specified period of time. Take your time, and allow God to speak to you as you read, even if you’re only reading a couple of verses.
  1. Read with a pen in your hand. Underline especially meaningful verses, or write them down in your trusty journal. Write down questions you have about what you’re reading to ask your community group leader or one of the pastors at church. Jot down insights about passages–you’ll love reading back through your journal to see how your faith has grown!

I’m excited about what God is going to do in your life this year, especially if you commit to spend time reading His Word. Not sure where to begin? I’ve attached a reading plan that includes 100 important passages from the Old and New Testaments. Once you get through this plan, let me know that you’re ready for something else.

Praying for your growth-

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 HCSB


What I need to remember:

  • BAPTISM Our next baptism is scheduled for Sunday, January 17. Let us celebrate the transformation Jesus has made in your life and sign up today – the list is already getting pretty long!
  • TRANSFORM – NEW SERMON SERIES BEGINS JANUARY 10 One of the ways to truly change your life is to change the way you think. During this series, we’ll talk about the habits, truths, and characteristics that enable lasting change.

What I’m reading:

What I’m listening to:

  • We’ve been on vacation with my family, so I’ve been listening to everything from Adele’s 25 to The Everly Brothers. Right now I’m listening to the Christ Church Cathedral Choir (Weelkes: Ninth Service and Anthems).

About me:
John Sanders is the non-stuffy pastor at The Church at Clayton Crossings. His primary mission is to help people find and follow Jesus. Additionally, he longs to write like the child of Aaron Sorkin and Dave Barry, preach like W.A. Criswell, look like Bradley Cooper, and eat like he’s seventeen years old. A more complete (and less snarky) bio can be found here.

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