Three weekend reads, currated from the world wide web to enrich your soul and equip you for mission.

1. Here’s the Most Important Thing You Can Do in 2018

Over the next few weeks, your newsfeed will doubtless be filled with well-meaning advice about how to save more money this year, how to make the most of your new gym membership, and how to make progress in your newest hobby. There’s something beautiful about the turning of a calendar, freeing us to renew our commitments and start afresh. As you draft your resolutions for 2018, I would love to challenge you to add a few more to your list… [keep reading]

2. 20 New Year’s Resolutions You Can Make (And Keep) Right Now

Making New Year’s resolutions is easy. Keeping them is hard. Some Christians think the annual habit of making new goals is legalistic, ill-conceived, and doomed to failure. I’m not so negative. I think the new year provides a good opportunity to evaluate current practices and consider how the Spirit might enable us to set better priorities in the future.

But this post isn’t about arduous resolutions. Well, not exactly. It’s about something simpler. It’s about your calendar and about making decisions now that will serve you later in the year.

As the saying goes, the hardest step is often the first one. So if you can get important dates down on your calendar, you are already well on your way to getting that important thing done.

So here are 20 things you may want to consider putting on your 2018 calendar over the next week. No one will do all of these, or even most of them, but as I look at my life, I realize that adding just a few of these dates would be a big step in the right direction…[keep reading]

3. How to Help Your Children Read the Bible

Earnest Christian parents want to help their children learn to read, understand, trust, and love the Bible. But most of us find this to be a significant, even daunting, challenge. The Bible is big and complex enough to intimidate adults. How do we help our children get to know the most important book ever assembled and begin to develop habits of enjoying it daily?

There is no simple formula for success here. Each child is different, and the Holy Spirit works in different ways and at different times with each one. But I have found certain means of grace that generally prove effective. As a parent of five children, as well as a pastor, I’ll share eight that I’ve found helpful…[keep reading]

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