New Year's Challenge for Men


Hello, men of New Life!

Just yesterday, a cashier at Trader Joe’s asked me if I had made any resolutions for the New Year. Seizing the opportunity to engage him further, I replied that I had been challenged by an article titled, “Make Habits, Not Resolutions.” We talked briefly about how a habit becomes ingrained into our character, but a “New Year’s Resolution” tends to disappear within a short time.

The key theme that emerged from Men’s Reboot back in November was the strategic importance of being in God’s Word daily; reading, studying, memorizing, and meditating on His precious revelation to us. This is a habit to be cultivated this New Year, unlike hastily-made resolutions that quickly get discarded and forgotten.

Here is the challenge. Read through the Gospel of Mark, one chapter each week, starting with chapter one this coming week (January 6-12). Choose any version and any mode (digital or paper) you prefer. But read it with a partner, preferably another man from New Life Church. Text, call, or email each other at least one time each week with encouragement, questions, or insights you have gained through your reading. If you are already meeting in a Bible study with two or three other men, use those connections to hold each other accountable to this new reading challenge.

Are you in? Please email or text me back with your decision as soon as possible.

At the Men’s Breakfast scheduled for Saturday, January 26 (8 a.m.) we will focus on what we learned from the first three chapters of Mark’s Gospel. Also, starting this Sunday, we will offer an adult Bible study during both worship services (9 and 10:45 a.m.) , meeting in the Chapel and studying the Gospel of Mark.

If you don’t already have a “go-to” app for Bible reading, try BibleGateway. It is simple to use, and is compatible with all smartphones.

By the way, the cashier at TJ’s seemed to enjoy our ensuing conversation after he got over his initial surprise that I had engaged his question so enthusiastically!

Walking in Truth! (3 John 3)

~Tim Robertson