New Year’s Resolution Traditions
By Warren Coe
A New Year’s resolution is a tradition reaching around the world and back to ancient times. The Medieval age saw the Christmas season as a time to make vows for the coming year. The ancient Middle East made promises to their gods beginning each New Year. I wonder if Adam and Eve made a few New Year’s resolutions after they were denied the Garden of Eden. Are yearly resolutions an echo or longing for when we walked with our Creator: A time of perfect union, a sin-free world and God’s perfect peace?
The Bible says that Jesus is coming again (Revelation 22:12, 13) but until that time we continue to make our resolutions each year.
The Best of All Resolutions
The best of all resolutions comes from the pen of King David. “My soul languishes for your salvation; I wait for your word. My eyes fail with longing for your word, while I say, ‘When will you comfort me?’ Though I have become like a wineskin in the smoke, I do not forget your statues.” (Psalm 119:81-83)
The greatest resolution a believer can make is to know God’s Word and obey God’s Word. Our mission at Village Schools of the Bible is to teach God’s Word and transform lives because we believe that God’s Word is God’s power and God’s power is God’s Word.
Village Schools of the Bible Can Help You Keep that Resolution
On January 3, 2017 brand new discipleship classes begin. We invite you to enroll in a campus near you. Cover-to-Cover Bible Survey is a journey through God’s Word from Genesis to Revelation consisting of 16 weeks in the Old Testament and 16 weeks in the New Testament (the New Testament Cover-to-Cover begins this January). It is intense but life transforming.
Another discipleship offering is Practical Guidelines for Everyday Faith. How do we live out the gospel at work and in the public square? If you are a manager, a company owner or a stay-at-home mom what does living the gospel look like? Warwick Alcock, our Director of Strategic Operations, will be leading an eight week discipleship class. Contact us through our website or by phone at 952.540.9460
Cover-to-Cover Bible Survey can be experienced online. In the comfort of your home you can journey through God’s Word. Your guide is Pastor Warren Coe, executive director of Village Schools of the Bible. You will be assigned a mentor who will help you along the journey through the Bible. Go to our website for more information.
We pray that your 2017 will be a year of feasting on God’s Word.