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A New Year Resolution!

December 26th, 2006
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Thanks to my good friend, Pastor William Weedon, for throwing down the gauntlet on a very wise and worthy resolution for the new year. I share it with all of you. He writes on his blog:

In the New Year, by the grace and mercy of God, I will:

1.  Read the daily Scripture readings assigned in LSB for morning and evening (pp. 299-304).
2.  Pray the daily Psalms assigned in the Psalter Chart (p. 304).
Read the assigned section of the Book of Concord for Monday-Friday for
each of the 52 weeks of the year (Concordia, p. 19-22 – note: they are
presented in chronological order of their writing)

I offer this
as a suggestion because I think it would be utterly achievable for anyone – even the busiest. The easiest way to accomplish the above
would be to pray Matins and Vespers daily (using the assigned Psalms
and Scripture readings) and to read sometime during the course of the
day (maybe before, at, or after lunch?) the page or two assigned from
the Book of Concord. What strength would come to us from such an
immersion in the psalter, such a reading through the Word, and such a
review of the Church’s Symbols!

Anyone willing to take up the challenge?

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  1. Paul Whitmore
    December 27th, 2006 at 00:29 | #1

    Sure, but I need to modify it a bit.
    I don’t have LSB…have another option for the Psalter?
    I am plowing through the OT for a CTSFW pre-sem class, so I’ll cover that that way.
    As for the BoC, that’s where I can run with you.

  2. Bror Erickson
    December 27th, 2006 at 08:23 | #2

    Paul (the seminarian one!), As a friendly bit of advice/exhortation, do not get work and classroom assignments mixed up with personal devotions. This is a habit that often starts at seminary and bleeds over into your pastoral life afterward. How many pastors have the pericopies memorized, but have no idea what the rest of the Bible says? How many pastors get burnt out, because they never read God’s word for themselves? I recommend that you take Prof. Pless’s Pastoral Devotions class. It is actually one of the most important classes offered at CTSFW. Oh, and go to Chapel everyday that you can. It is a great blessing you will miss, but don’t let that take the place of personal prayer either, both have their place!
    McCain: Amen and amen. In my own experience, the “simpler the better” route has proven true time and again, that’s what I find so appealing about Pastor Weedon’s challenge/recommendation/resolution!

  3. gary w. galen
    December 27th, 2006 at 20:01 | #3

    Good idea! Have been reading Scripture, daily, chronologically, for years. Also the psalter daily, Matins half the time and Vespers some times. Good to know the Book of Concord has daily readings and great to know that other brothers are reading Scripture for their personal Christian faith.

  4. Tim Kuehn
    December 27th, 2006 at 21:28 | #4

    I found it very useful in my reading routine to hand-copy the portions of Scripture I found “striking”. The act of writing helped solidify what I’d just read and kept me from just blowing by the text and not “seeing” it for what it really was.

  5. Jenna
    January 3rd, 2007 at 14:48 | #5

    Sisters are reading Scripture daily for their personal faith, too!
    Pr. Weedon’s plan is good. Here’s mine: assigned readings from TLH daily lectionary in the morning, along with Matins; in the evening, a chapter from whatever book on theology/church history I happen to be reading, followed by a chapter from the OT, the Gospels, the Epistles and a Psalm, read chronologically within each category, and then Compline.

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