Well, here we are at the end of 2012.  Many people are making plans for the new year — they’ve got hopes and dreams, things they want to accomplish.  Can I make a small proposal to my Christian brothers and sisters?  If you don’t do it already, take up a plan to read through the entire Bible in the new year.  Eric Young has a number of links to help you pick one.   While we’re on this topic, I have a confession to make.  This past year, 2012, was the first year in my life that I read systematically through the entire Bible.  Yes, I’m a pastor.  Yes, I work with the Word of God almost every day.  But many times I feel like my knowledge of the Bible is novice-level at best.  At our home visit in 2011, our elders encouraged our family to read through the Bible in one year (yes, we’ve got great elders!).  I took that encouragement to heart and followed through.  I used the ESV Through the Bible in a Year reading plan.  I sometimes skipped a day for whatever reason, but then caught up the day following.  But I can assure you that taking this up has been a huge blessing to me, my walk with the Lord, and my ministry.  I’m definitely doing it again for 2013 and God willing, every year to come.  Let me encourage you today to consider doing the same, if you’re not already.  You will not regret it!