A Good New Year’s Resolution: Change the World

Posted: December 29, 2014 in Christian Living, Music & Videos
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Many Americans make a New Year’s resolution. Most of us make resolutions to improve our health—to lose weight, to exercise more, to eat healthier foods, etc. Maybe this year we should make a resolution that will help us grow spiritually.

In 2011, The Rev. Marek Zabriskie created ‘The Bible Challenge’ in order to inspire people to read the entire Bible in a year. It began as a challenge to his Episcopal Church family and now it has grown to over 500,000 participants in more than 2,500 churches in over 40 countries.

You may ask, “With so much bad things going on in the world, how is reading the Bible going to change anything?” Because when you read the Bible with an open heart, it can change your life, your family and possibly help you to change others around you.

And that’s how you change the world!


It is said that John Adams, the second president of the United States, read the entire Bible every year. He studied the Scriptures every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. Regularly reading the Bible shaped his character, and his character shaped our country.

Besides being the number 1 best-selling book of all time, reading the Bible will benefit our lives in many ways. Here are just a few:

• Reading the Bible will magnify our ability to love others and to love ourselves.
• Reading the Bible will transform our lives, our marriages, our relationships and our families.
• Reading the Bible will help us to be better parents, spouses, neighbors and human beings.
• Reading the Bible will help us develop compassion and good judgment.
• Reading the Bible will help us understand why we were put on earth.
• Reading the Bible will help us impart moral values to our children and to others.
• Reading the Bible develops our conscience and helps us make improvements in our lives.
• Reading the Bible will help us to find out what the Bible actually says.
• And most important, reading the Bible prepares us to spend eternity with God.

I pray that 2015 will be filled with God’s goodness, love, grace and mercy. I pray for God to watch over my fellow brothers and sisters. Whether you’re a Catholic, Protestant, Baptist, Lutheran, Jehovah Witness or Mormon, it doesn’t matter. I love all of you because Jesus died for all of us! I also I pray for my brothers and sisters in Africa, Egypt, Iran and Iraq who don’t have the freedoms that I do. May God give us all the strength and grace to endure until that Day when we receive the crown of life.

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