January 1: Beginning

January 1



In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

–Genesis 1:1



In the beginning was the Word,

and the Word was with God,

and the Word was God.

–John 1:1-2



The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

–Psalms 111:10


Second Timothy Chapter One


1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by

The will of God, as to the life-promoting

Promise that is in Jesus Christ, 2 to


Timothy, my dear son: Grace, mercy and

Peace from our Father God and Jesus Christ

Our Lord. 3 I thank the Lord I serve as my


Ancestors did, with a clear conscience, as

Both night and day I constantly recall

You in my prayers. I long to see you, so


I may be filled with joy, 4 for I recall

Your tears, 5 and I have been reminded of

Your earnest faith, which first was living in


Lois your grandmother and in your mother

Eunice, and, I am sure, in you too. 6 For

This reason I remind you to stir up


The gift of God, which entered you when I

Laid hands on you. 7 For God does not give us

A spirit of timidity, but of


Power and love and a sound mind, 8 so do

Not be ashamed to testify about

Our Lord, or me, his prisoner. But join


With me in suffering for the gospel, by

The power of God, 9 who’s saved us and called us

To lead a holy life−not because we’ve


Done anything but due to his own purpose

And grace, grace given us in Jesus Christ

Before the start of time, 10 which has now been

Revealed through the appearing of our Savior,

Christ Jesus, who has shattered death and has

Brought life and immortality to light


Through the good news, 11 and of this good news I

Was made a herald, an apostle and

A teacher, 12 which is why I’m suffering


The way I am– yet I am not ashamed,

Because I know the one I have believed,

And I’m convinced that he is able to

Guard what I have entrusted to him for

That day. 13 Hold tightly to the pattern of

Sound teaching you have heard from me, with faith


And love in Jesus Christ. 14 Guard well the good

Deposit God entrusted you with−guard

It with the help of he who lives in us,


The Holy Spirit. 15 You know everyone

Within the Asian province deserted

Me, and among them were Phygelus and


Hermogenes. 16 May God show mercy to

The house of Onesiphorus, because

He frequently refreshed me and was not


Ashamed of me in chains. 17 Instead, when in

Rome, he searched hard for me until he found

Me: 18 May the Lord grant that he will find mercy


From God upon that day! You know from us

How well he ministered in Ephesus.



2 Peter 2:20

For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of The Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.

2 Peter 2:20

Andrew Jackson, Savior of New Orleans

Andrew Jackson, Savior of New Orleans

As God called Gideon from winepress floor
To war against the Midianites, so He
Called Jackson–lawyer, judge–from courthouse doors
To lead his rag-tag men to victory.

Not sword nor bullet stopped Old Hickory,
Not dysentery or a barefoot walk
For forty miles, not orders from D.C.
To have his troops disperse, nor to corral a throng

Of rich and poor, and blacks and whites, along
With Indians and pirates in New Orleans.
He set a battle plan with separate prongs,
Drilled them, prepared, for he was born for storms.

A leader, resolute, with strategy
Can meet and overwhelm a mighty foe:
He placed his sharpshooters to hide yet see
The British soldiers at the morning glow

Men fired from ramparts at the British red,
Bright targets in the rising fog who fell
Like stalks of sugarcane in rain and spread
Across the battlefield while Jackson yelled

Encouragement to men to overcome
The enemy, who finally retreated,
For the King of England’s fighting force,
Strong, well-equipped, had to admit defeat.

With strategy, Old Hickory had won.
The Savior of New Orleans, kind and fierce,
Told his admirers that “we shall become
The strongest nation in the universe.”

~Day Williams



January 1: How to Become a Christian

Start the year off right. Become friends with Jesus Christ, Lord and Savior.

How to Become a Christian

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How to Become a Christian – By Billy Graham.

How to Become a Christian - By Billy Graham.

The central theme of the Bible is God’s love for you and for all people. This love was revealed when Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came into the world as a human being, lived a sinless life, died on the cross, and rose from the dead. Because Christ died, your sins can be forgiven, and because He conquered death you can have eternal life. You can know for sure what will become of you after you die.You have probably heard the story of God’s love referred to as the “Gospel.” The word Gospel simply means “Good News.” The Gospel is the Good News that, because of what Christ has done, we can be forgiven and can live forever.But this gift of forgiveness and eternal life cannot be yours unless you willingly accept it. God requires an individual response from you. The following verses from the Bible show God’s part and yours in this process:God’s Love Is Revealed in the Bible “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” —John 3:16 (NIV)God loves you. He wants to bless your life and make it full and complete. And He wants to give you a life which will last forever, even after you experience physical death.We Are Sinful 

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” —Romans 3:23 (NIV)

You may have heard someone say, “I’m only human—nobody’s perfect.” This Bible verse says the same thing: We are all sinners. We all do things that we know are wrong. And that’s why we feel estranged from God—because God is holy and good, and we are not.

Sin Has a Penalty 

“For the wages of sin is death.” —Romans 6:23 (NIV)

Just as criminals must pay the penalty for their crimes, sinners must pay the penalty for their sins. If you continue to sin, you will pay the penalty of spiritual death: You will not only die physically; you will also be separated from our holy God for all eternity. The Bible teaches that those who choose to remain separated from God will spend eternity in a place called hell.

Christ Has Paid Our Penalty! 

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” —Romans 5:8 (NIV)

The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ, the sinless Son of God, has paid the penalty for all your sins. You may think you have to lead a good life and do good deeds before God will love you. But the Bible says that Christ loved you enough to die for you, even when you were rebelling against Him.

Salvation Is a Free Gift 

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” —Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)

The word grace means “undeserved favor.” It means God is offering you something you could never provide for yourself: forgiveness of sins and eternal life, God’s gift to you is free. You do not have to work for a gift. All you have to do is joyfully receive it, Believe with all your heart that Jesus Christ died for you!

Christ Is at Your Heart’s Door

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” —Revelation 3:20 (NIV)

Jesus Christ wants to have a personal relationship with you. Picture, if you will, Jesus Christ standing at the door of your heart (the door of your emotions, intellect and will). Invite Him in; He is waiting for you to receive Him into your heart and life.

You Must Receive Him 

“Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” —John 1:12 (NIV)

When you receive Christ into your heart you become a child of God, and have the privilege of talking to Him in prayer at any time about anything. The Christian life is a personal relationship to God through Jesus Christ. And best of all, it is a relationship that will last for all eternity.

Happy New Year

Day Williams created this graphic depiction of this phrase.



And He that sat upon the throne said,

“Behold, I make all things new.”

~Rev. 21:5

Happy New Year!

God bless your days;

May you and yours

Walk in God’s ways.

~Day Williams