January 2023
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In this month's newsletter you will find:

  • Read through the Bible in a year
  • Surprising Facts
  • Seasons
  • Missions
Don't miss any of the information enclosed!

From the Pastor's Study

Hello Saints!

Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe another year has already come and gone. It seems that as I age the years seem to go by faster and faster! In light of that, we need to make good use of our time while we remain here on this planet. As Paul says in Ephesians 5:
Therefore look carefully how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
                                          (Eph 5:15—16)
We need to redeem our time. I don’t know about you, but I waste a lot of time. I find myself wasting time in a variety of ways these days from watching TV to scrolling through social media. We live in a world obsessed with entertainment, and as believers, we are not above or immune to falling prey to an excess of entertainment. With that being said, I want to encourage you to make every effort to balance your entertainment with good godly disciplines.

For years now I have made it a practice to read through the entire Bible at least once a year. I need a program to help me stay on track. It seems that if I just pick up the Bible and try to do it on my own, I soon lose my focus and end up not getting it done. In light of those failures, I have found and used several different tools to keep me on track. You will find at least one resource on the information table to help in reading through the Bible in one year. There are many out there, I just happen to think this one is one of the easiest ones to stay with.

I want to encourage you to begin this year with a commitment to the spiritual discipline of prayer and Scripture reading. Make it a priority in your life. Figure out what time of the day works best for you and stick with it. If you fail and get off track, don’t throw in the towel! Get up and get back on the horse. We live in an age of constant deception. The only way any of us is going to avoid the pitfalls of the enemy is through seeking the Lord in prayer and knowing His Word.

So as this New Year begins, make a commitment to study the Scriptures and spend time with the Lord. Make a commitment to regular church attendance. Make a commitment to love the Lord and live the life that He has called you to live as one of His disciples. I promise you, you will never regret it!

Forever In His Grip,
Pr. Shon
Biblical Resources

Trustworthy Teachers, Preachers, and Authors


Robert Murray M'Cheyne
Name:  Robert Murray M'Cheyne

Birth-Death:  May 21, 1813 - March 25, 1843 (29 years old -- died of typhus)
Engaged to:  Jessie Thain

Children:  None

Nationality:  Scottish

Robert Murray M'Cheyne had a remarkable influence during his short life.  At the age of four, he knew the characters of the Greek alphabet and was able to sing and recite fluently.  At the age of eight, he entered high school, and at fourteen, started at the University of Edinburgh.  He distinguished himself in poetry and wrote hymns (some of which became well-known).  When M'Cheyne became a minister, his congregation numbered eleven hundred.  He took to the work of ministry with so much zeal that his health failed.  In 1939, he was sent to Palestine with several other ministers on a mission of inquiry into the condition of the Jews.  This led subsequently to the establishment of missions to the Jews by the Church of Scotland and by the Free Church of Scotland.  Besides being a great minister, evangelist, and hymn writer, M'Cheyne wrote a Bible reading plan that is still in common use.  His influence during his lifetime has been made even greater through his Memoirs and Remains edited by Andrew Bonar which ran into far over a hundred English editions.  


  • University of Edinburgh

Occupations/Professional Experience: 
  • Minister, Church of Scotland (1835-1843)
  • Evangelist
  • Author
  • Hymn writer

Books:  A few of M'Cheyne's books are listed below.  

  • Why is God a Stranger in the Land? (Edinburgh, 1838)
  • Reasons why Children should fly to Christ without Delay (Edinburgh, 1839)
  • To the Lambs of the Flock (Edinburgh, 1840)
  • Testimony against the running of Railway Trains on Sabbath (Dundee, 1841)
  • Daily Bread (Edinburgh, 1842)
  • Another Lily Gathered (Edinburgh, 1842)
  • Narrative of a Mission of Inquiry to the Jews from the Church of Scotland in 1839 [jointly with Andrew A. Bonar](Edinburgh, 1842)
  • The Eternal Inheritance, the Believer's Portion, and the Vessels of Wrath fitted to Destruction, two discourses (Dundee, 1843)
  • Expositions of the Epistles to the Seven Churches of Asia (Dundee, 1843)
  • Songs of Zion to cheer and guide Pilgrims on their way to the New Jerusalem (Dundee, 1843)
  • Memoir and Remains (portrait) by Andrew A. Bonar (Edinburgh, 1844; numerous editions, and Gaelic translation by Allan Sinclair, 1895)

In Season,
Out of Season

On his second missionary journey, Paul came to the city of Philippi. There, while worshiping by the river, he met and baptized Lydia. But not all in Philippi listened to Paul and he was falsely accused of “troubling the city” (Acts 16:20). Beaten and thrown into prison, Paul and Silas did not let persecution stop their preaching. Instead they sang hymns to God. An earthquake gave Paul the opportunity to tell the jailor about the hope of eternal life through Jesus. The jailor gathered his family and they heard the precious message of Jesus Christ. He and all in his household were immediately baptized–the same hour of the night!

Paul could have griped and moped about his problems. Instead, he was devoted to serving God. He had come to a city where he knew no one. On the day of worship he went where others were worshiping God. An obstacle became an opportunity to tell others about Jesus. Falsely imprisoned, he preached Christ to the keeper of the jail.

How important is Christ to us today? Are we going where we can worship with others? Can we overcome the fear of persecution, or rejection by telling others the good news of Jesus? When our soul’s salvation becomes more important than worldly favor, then we like Paul, will be ”ready in season and out of season” to spread the gospel to our world.

John K. Wills
Owingsville, KY

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Surprising Facts

1. Not only is the Bible the best-selling book of all time, but it's also the most shoplifted.
2. The first book to be printed by moveable type instead of being written by hand was the Bible.

3. In 1631, once English-language Bibles were finally legal, publisher Robert Barker came out with a version most notable for its omission of a certain word in the 7th Commandment: “Thou shalt commit adultery.” About 1,000 copies of this Sinner’s Bible (aka the Adulterous Bible or the Wicked Bible) were distributed before anyone noticed.  There are nine still in print.

4.  Although the Bible mentions about 100 different animals (sheep are the most mentioned), the common house cat is never mentioned.

5.  More than half of the top 50 baby names are from the Bible.

6. Less than 500 years ago, William Tyndale was burned at the stake for an act of heresy--printing the Bible in English.  Now there are 58 versions in English.

7.  An incomplete Bible is one of the most expensive books sold in the world.  In 2013, the Bay Psalm Book sold for more than $14 million at Sotheby's.  It's a poetic English translation of psalms by leading Puritan ministers from the Massachusetts Bay Colony published in 1640.  It was the first book ever printed in what is now the United States.

8.  The smallest Bible contains all 1.2 million letters of the Old Testament which have been nano-printed onto the surface of a five-by-five millimeter aluminum disk.  Each letter measures 600 nanometers and you need an electron microscope to read it. 

9.  The Goliath of all Bibles is the Waynai Bible.  It is a King James version that weighs over 1,000 pounds.  It is 43.5 inches tall and 98 inches wide.  It took Louis Waynai two years to print using his own self-made rubber stamp press.

10.  China is not only the largest producer of textiles and manufactured goods in the world; the country is also the largest producer of Bibles.

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