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New Year's Day Special

Volume 6 No. 322 January 1, 2016

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1. Foreword - Get Intimate with God in 2016

Instead of making the same old New Year's resolutions, this year why not make resolutions that matter, those that have real meaning, and have eternal significance? ...

I. New Year's Day

II. This Sunday in Church - 2nd Sunday After Yeldho

4. Bible Readings for This Sunday (January 3) Lec_2nd_sunday_after_yeldo.htm

5. Sermons for This Sunday (January 3) Sermon-of-the-week_2nd-sunday-after-christmas.htm

III. Featured Articles on New Year's Day

6. Three Things Not To Worry About In The New Year

What we really need to know can be summed up in one sentence - Will God take care of us in the new year? Will he or won't he? If he will, then we don't have much to worry about. If he won't, then we're in a heap of trouble. ...

7. The Redemptive Value of New Year's Resolutions

Thinking about New Years and what resolutions I want to make this year. I, for one, see God's grace in the close of one year and the dawn of another. This yearly cycle gives us the opportunity to take inventory of where we stand in relation to our Creator; are we seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matt. 6:33)? ...

8. Ten Ways to Grow Spiritually This Year

Instead of making "new year's resolutions" each year, I sit down with God and set some spiritual goals for the next year to ensure that during the time I am aging another year, physically, I will also be aging another year, spiritually. I want to make sure, also, that there is fruit developing from my life instead of being a sponge that continues to soak it all in, but gives little out. ...

9. Homily for the New Year: Inner Peace

When we live our time in a contemplative way with God, there will be no more room for fear. When Jesus came the angels proclaimed glory to God and peace to men. And Jesus, before leaving his disciples, told them: "I will give you my peace". It is the inner peace. ...

IV. Featured Articles On Flight To/From Egypt

10. The Return of Christ to Israel

Jesus did not come to earth with the pomp and circumstance of an earthly king. No. Although He was born in Bethlehem, He was known as a 'hick from the sticks.' Jesus was the King who was despised and rejected. And He did it all for us, to liberate us, for the glory of His Father. ...

11. Meditation on Matthew 2:19-23

Like all godly parents, Joseph and Mary raised the child Jesus in the fear and wisdom of the Lord. Joseph was given a unique task as the guardian and protector of Mary and of Jesus. What can we learn from the example and witness of Joseph?  ...

12. Jesus of Nazareth, The King of The Jews

Often on crucifixes you see the letters I.N.R.I., the Latin abbreviation for "Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews." This is found at John 19:19. The Jews did not object to "Jesus of Nazareth" but they did object to "King of the Jews." ...

13. Poem - Out of Egypt

If only fathers still could hear
God's clear message of alarm,
that the powers of the earth
are focused on their children's harm

V. General Weekly Features

14. Health: 10 Tips for Transitioning to a Plant-Based Diet in 2016

Start the new year off right by giving your body what it truly craves: a healing plant-based diet that will help you drop those stubborn extra pounds and feel great! Mary Wendt, MD, offers helpful tips to ease you into a sustainable vegan diet that could drastically improve your life. ...

15. Recipe: Curried Sweet Potato Pancakes

If you are looking for a unique item to eat on New Year's Day after all the partying, here it is. ...

16. Family Special: God's Plan for Marriage and Family

This is the basic structure that God sets for the family: a man who loves his wife; a woman who loves her husband; and children conceived within their stable, lasting, and faithful union of mutual support and love, and raised in the holy fear of the Lord. ...

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