As a Messianic Jew, I have the joy of celebrating New Year’s twice every year!
The exhilaration and hope that comes with the anticipation of new beginnings, the opportunity to close a chapter and even to start over if needed, is medicine for the soul, giving us a sense of forward progress. We are, after all, one day closer to the coming of Jesus!
The New Year is also a time for new resolutions, new plans and new priorities. Personally, I enjoy jotting down a few “predictions” for the New Year, just to see if I get close! I find that my “predictions” of the past usually turn into prayer requests more than prophecies or strategic plans.
I am also keenly interested in your predictions, particularly when it comes to your views on projected trends in our culture, country and church. Like you, I want to be tuned in and more sensitive to the needs and challenges our families and congregations will face in 2012. I know that in order to serve my community, I need to remain rooted in Scripture and stay vigilant in observing the direction of our culture and country.
Would you take a moment to share with me your answers to three questions?
1) What do you read to keep up-to-date? I would be very interested in your recommendations of at least one website, magazine or publication or resource.
2) Could you recommend a book or two that you believe would help us to be more faithful and productive in the Lord’s service in 2012? I would be so grateful for this help that if you take a moment and make a recommendation I would be happy to send you a brief, hundred-page book on sharing the Gospel with Jewish people.
3) What are one or two trends that you think will have an important impact on our ministries this year–whether cultural, political, church-related or theological?
I will compile the results and post them on one of my next entries!
Let me quickly share my own answers.
1) As I am New Yorker, I try and read the New York Times almost every day. Although it is only one of many sources for news, it does help me to better understand the Jewish community I am called to reach.
2) I recommend is the biography of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. It is a fascinating look at the life of a man who revolutionized so much of our way of life and culture. (Yes… I use a Mac!)
3) One website I enjoy reading occasionally is the CNN Belief Blog. It is also a good place to comment, allowing us to engage with a more “spiritually involved” segment of the population who are not necessarily believers in Jesus.
Happy New Year and I look forward to hearing from you!