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4 Prayers for the New Year

Published about 2 months ago • 5 min read

Issue #146

Your weekly roundup of insights and resources to help you on your journey to becoming a more productive Christian.

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In Today’s Issue:

  • 4 Prayers for the New Year
  • Plan Like a Christian
  • The New ESV Bible App
  • Thinking Biblically About Resolutions
  • 2024 Goals: A Case Study

Dear steward,

The start of a new year comes with a strange mix of feelings.

On the one hand, there's the potential, this sense that you're starting with a blank slate. On the other hand, there's the busyness. The holidays are over; it's time to hit the ground running again.

But even in the midst of the busyness of January, I want to encourage you not to miss out on the benefits of a fresh start. We may be four days in, but it's not too late to make changes for this year.

Here are a few resources I've created that can help:

In other news, I had a nice New Year's surprise. I woke up to discover that my book, Redeeming Productivity: Getting More Done for the Glory of God, finally passed 100 reviews on Amazon.

I'm in no danger of getting on anyone's best-sellers list anytime soon. But you put so much work into writing a book, so it's just nice to see people still discovering it and benefiting from it. Warms my heart.

If you have read the book and haven't done so yet, would you consider leaving a rating or review on Amazon? I'd really appreciate it!

Alright, let's dive into this week's issue.


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WHAT'S NEW ✨

On Redeeming Productivity

4 Prayers for the New Year (47 mins)

This is a sermon I delivered on New Year's Eve, based on Colossians 1:9–14. I pray it will encourage you to pursue greater faithfulness in 2024.

THE ROUNDUP 🔗

The best links I found this week

Plan Like a Christian: Five Principles for a New Year (7 mins)

Scott Hubbard / Desiring God

Just read this one. Trust me.

As a type-A, calendar and to-do list kind of person, I like to remember that those who plan act a little like God.
We resemble, in some small measure, the Maker who built his world from a six-day blueprint. We share a likeness with him who “planned from days of old what now I bring to pass” (2 Kings 19:25). We embody in creaturely form the ways of him who acts beyond whim, against randomness, and always according to a “definite plan” (Acts 2:23). We are made in the image of a planning God, and those who plan act a little like him.
But wait a minute. As a type-A, calendar and to-do list kind of person, I need to remember something else too: sometimes, those who plan act a little too much like God.

The New ESV Bible App Is Amazing (2 mins)

Crossway just released a massive update to their ESV Bible app, and it's really, really good.

Here are a few of the new features you might like:

  • Improved audio Bible experience (7 voice options)
  • Options for background music (like Dwell)
  • Better reading plan experience and 50+ plans
  • Themed playlists (basically collections of verses around a topic)
  • Built-in study Bibles and commentaries

Let Us Resolve This . . . A Few Thoughts About Personal Resolutions (12 mins)

Daryl Wingerd / CCW

I think you'll appreciate this reflection on thinking biblically about resolutions.

As someone who has seen significant life changes through the application of resolutions over the years, I don't share the author's pessimism about the effectiveness of resolutions.

As I wrote recently, I believe most people's failure to reach their goals (resolutions or otherwise) is usually more of a function of not knowing how to set effective goals than it is an indication that goal setting doesn't work.

Nevertheless, I agree with the author that New Year's resolutions are indeed not a practice commanded to us by Scripture. And thus, we ought to be careful not to put too much weight on them.

His cautions before making a resolution are especially well-taken:

  • Consider the Scriptures carefully
  • Consider your other necessary duties
  • Know that you are being watched
  • Examine your motives
  • Consider the cost

Kari's 2024 Goals (4 mins)

In this multi-part series, Kari shows how she is planning her year, in part using the framework we presented in Plan Your 2024 for the Glory of God​.

This series makes a great case study if you're looking for ideas for your own goals for the year.

Crossway Sale: All Ebooks and Audiobooks $2.99

Crossway is having a massive sale this week on digital products. There are a lot of great titles to stock up on for your 2024 reading!

The sale ends on January 5th.

🖋

A DOSE OF WISDOM

Quote of the Week

Resolved, never to lose one moment of time; but improve it the most profitable way I possibly can.

Jonathan Edwards


FINAL WORD 👋

Thanks for reading!

It means a lot to me that you take the time to read these emails.

If you ever have any articles you think might be helpful to feature in this newsletter, or if you have any suggestions for how I can make future issues more valuable, you can always reply to these emails.

Replies come straight to my inbox. And I love hearing from readers.

I'll see you next week!


Reagan Rose

I talk about personal productivity from a Christian perspective. Creator of ​Redeeming Productivity​.


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