January 1, 2016
Our upcoming theme in January for the Today devotionals will be “This God We Worship,” written by Pastor George R Young.
At the beginning of a new year we turn to the most basic question each of us must answer: “What kind of God should we believe in, worship, and serve?” Everything in life depends on the answer to this question. And we’re surrounded by a confusing mix of responses.
Fortunately, we are not left to our own imagination, or even to our own limited intelligence. God made himself known in history, revealing himself to the people and prophets of Israel, who recorded those encounters in the Bible. So we do not “construct” the kind of God we would like to believe in. Rather, we come to meet the God who is already and truly here and everywhere.
Jesus said (while praying to God the Father), “This is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent” (John 17:3). This God we worship is the fount of eternal salvation and every blessing. Let’s learn more about him!
Our writer for January is George R. Young. After ministering among college students in his native New York City, Pastor Young graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary and then Calvin Theological Seminary. As a missionary to Japan, he worked for 31 years with pastors of the Reformed Church of Japan to spread the gospel and establish churches in northeastern Japan. In 2013, the Youngs retired to New Jersey, where they now live closer to their children and grandchildren.
I look forward to exploring who God really is with you and Pastor Young this month. May you be refreshed, refocused, and renewed in God’s word!
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