Many people are taught to believe the Bible is a book of rules with a bunch of stories about many heroes who are used by God because they are good people. That could not be further from the truth.
With this new year, as you begin your Bible reading plans and start resolutions, remember the simple, old, gospel truth of Scripture:
The Bible is not a book of rules, but rather one rule: love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. The Bible is not a book of stories, but rather one story: God redeeming a people for himself. The Bible is not a book of heroes, but rather one Hero: Jesus Christ, who kept the rule on our behalf and brought us into the story through his life, death, burial, and resurrection.
Happy New Year to you. Would this new year be a perfect year to remember that the old, old story will never, in fact, grow old.