On Beside The Burn this week, we take a look back at some of the themes that we have have covered during the past year. So join me each day for a new devotional which will hopefully remind you of what we have learnt together in 2021.
Let’s Pray For Moderator
Covid infection remains a serious problem in all societies, especially as a result of new variants. Pray for those seeking to develop vaccines and therapies to help reduce the impact of this virus, and for people, especially in the poorest countries in the world, where healthcare facilities are limited. Give thanks for the PCI Word Development Appeal, seeking to assist our partners working in Ethiopia and Haiti.
Worship: Praise and promise
‘Praise awaits you, our God, in Zion; to you our vows will be fulfilled.’ Psalm 65:1.
As we enter a new year in worship, pray that our hearts will be filled with praise to God and that we would offer our lives afresh in rededication to him.
James and Heather Cochrane (global mission workers in Portugal)
Pray that small group ministry of the Comundiade Pedras Vivas church plant will recommence this month as planned. The groups are due to study Paul’s letter to the Galatians. Give thanks for the possibility of receiving new members in early 2022.
Pray for the Christian Presbyterian Church of Portugal. Pray for this small denomination to grow and flourish, and that through it, the Holy Spirit will bring many people to faith in Christ.
Julie shares these instructions for the New Year
“Reading Between The Lines” a series working through the bible looking at the well known phrases.
God So Loved The World
The Gospel: One Chapter At A Time is a resource from Paul Tripp, in which he summarizes each book of Scripture in a brief video segment and reveals how it points back to Jesus Christ.
J.John speaks with the inspirational missionary to Burundi and founder of Great Lakes Outreach, Simon Guillebaud.
The Hymnbook - Not just for a Sunday
I remember a debate in the General Assembly the last time the Presbyterian Hymnbook was being updated. Some suggested that we didn’t need a hymnbook because most churches now have a projector system, but someone (I now forget who it was) made the point that it was important for a church to have a hymnbook that could be used in personal devotions. In this article Leland Ryken surveys the positions in the American church and suggests how we can all save the hymn from extinction by using them each day. It is well worth a read.
Habits Not Resolutions
Joe Carter explains how this New Year we can make habits that will stick rather than resolutions that will break. Read more here.
This is the time of year when many people decide they are going to read through the whole bible during the year. It is always good to have a plan if you are going to attempt something like this, so here is one from the Gospel Coalition. It usually involves reading about 4 chapters each day.https://media.thegospelcoalition.org
Here is a Website devoted to providing lots of different bible reading plans
The times for yesterday’s Jigsaw
Play the "Giant’s Boot Monday" puzzle!