An Outline for Christian Living in 2016

When I am using my computer to read or study Scripture, I most often wind up at biblegateway.com. You’ll find that all my scripture URLs link there because I find it an excellent resource for reading the Bible online in an undistracted format, with access to many translations (which is super important to me).

Since I am there often, I also frequent the Bible Gateway blog:

This week, like many blogs, Bible Gateway is featuring a Top Ten List for 2015. Theirs, as you might imagine, are the Top Ten Verses in 2015. These are the verses most often accessed this year, according to Bible Gateway analytics data. They are:

  1. John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
  2. Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
  3. Philippians 4:13: “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
  4. Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
  5. Psalm 23:4: “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
  6. Philippians 4:6: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
  7. Romans 12:2: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
  8. Proverbs 3:5: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”
  9. 1 Corinthians 13:7: “[Love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
  10. Proverbs 3:6: “[I]n all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

What occurred to me as I read through these verses: What a wonderful, simple outline for Christian living as we enter into a near year.

Might we reflect on God’s goodness and faithfulness to us throughout 2015 and might 2016 reveal in us a growing dependency on Christ and His Word, and a heart that yearns for Him.

Happy New Year.

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