“And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God.” —Luke 1:16
January 1st is often thought of as a good time for a fresh start, but did you know there are no new year’s celebrations in the Bible—anywhere?! (The biblical new year is briefly mentioned in Exodus 12:2 but no word of feasts or celebrations). Instead, God establishes a celebration at the start of each new month, the new moon festival.
The New Moon and Our God of New beginnings
In fact, New Year celebrations for January 1st are quite controversial for many Jewish people. There is a lot of difficult and painful history associated with New Year’s Eve: Time to Party?
However, if you want to make the most of this great opportunity for a new start, here are a couple of Bible studies to help you do that:
January 27th marks the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Why was this date chosen? Read more about the meaning of the day here: We Remember… Holocaust Memorial Day
Perhaps you’ve wondered how God could let such a thing happen, and you would not be alone. Here are some thoughts, one as an answer to the atheist, the other as a personal testimony:
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