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It’s not too late: Resolve to read Scripture year-round

It is not too late to start a new resolution. At our church, we want everyone to be reading Scripture. Some people find it quite easy and enjoyable, others struggle a bit to find the time and motivation.

Someone smarter than myself noticed that there are 250 chapters in the New Testament, and there are 250 weekdays during the year. Therefore, to read the New Testament in a year, all one has to do is read one chapter every weekday, with Saturday as a makeup day if you’ve missed a day or two (or three) and Sunday for worship.

I suggest this to everyone who isn’t already reading Scripture on a daily basis. If you are already, keep doing what you are doing. But if not, this seems to be a fairly painless way to read everything in the New Testament. At Union Presbyterian church, we started with Matthew, then went into 2 Corinthians and Luke, so we will be reading the last of Luke during Holy Week.

You can chart this out on your own calendar. If you started Jan. 1 with Matthew 1, then you should be starting Luke Feb. 27.

Further, if there is anything you read and have questions about, I would love to try to answer your questions. You can find my contact information easily either through the Town Crier or our website. I know there are some really smart people hereabouts. I also know that there are folks who don’t believe everything that I do, which is fine. I don’t feel that it is my job to convince people. But I would suggest that if you are a smart person, then it doesn’t make sense to reject Christianity without reading the New Testament.

I think you will find Jesus to be a fantastic guy with deep insights into humanity and the world. I have found that most people’s objections to Christianity are more about the followers of Christ than Christ Himself. As I am a part of that, I apologize, but don’t let me or us keep you from checking out the New Testament.

In this new year, make a resolution to at least read what you object to. Or, if you are a Christian and not reading Scripture regularly, start a new habit. Some chapters are really short, others a bit longer, but begin to make it a habit.

Again, if you have any questions, I’d love to try to answer them.

The Rev. David Moore is pastor of Union Presbyterian Church of Los Altos, 858 University Ave. For more information, call 948-4361 or visit unionpc.org.

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