Read Together

Read Together

So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new. - 2 Corinthians 5:17

The Greek word Paul chose for new in this verse is kainos referencing a new creation that has not existed previously. This has greater implications than if Paul had instead used neos, meaning new in an already established category.

This biblical concept of kainos new is a pillar of Christian doctrine. Since God is about the work of making us new every day, we are transformed throughout our lives into a new creation, continuously growing in our resemblance to the one we follow, Jesus Christ. Evidence of this transformation can be found in our words, attitudes, actions and lifestyle.

One way that we open ourselves to experience kainos new is by practicing the spiritual discipline of reading Scripture. This is because we encounter God in the pages of Scripture.  And each time we meet the living God, we are changed.

With that in mind, I invite you, the Holston Conference, to join me in reading through the Bible together individually and collectively in 2022. As we participate in “Read Together” in community, we open ourselves to experience God's presence and kainos on an individual basis and as a conference.

- Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett




Read Together and Daily Devotional Archives



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January 5, 2021

January 5, 2021 Luke 6:27-31 Michael Vaughn Clergy Telford UMC/Asbury UMC Three Rivers District   Focus Scripture   Book/Chapter/Versus Luke 6:27-31 27 “But I say to you who are willing to hear: Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. 28 ...

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January 4, 2021

January 4, 2021 Proverbs 3:1-12 Anne Travis Laity Smoky Mountain District   Focus Scripture   Proverbs 3:1-12 Trust in the LORD   1My son, don’t forget my instruction. Let your heart guard my commands,   2because they will help you live a long time...

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January 3, 2021

January 3, 2021 Jeremiah 31:7-14 Dona McConnell Laity Tennessee Valley District   Focus Scripture   Jeremiah 31:7-14 31:7 For thus says the LORD: Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob, and raise shouts for the chief of the nations; proclaim, give ...

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January 1, 2021

January 1, 2021 Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 Rev. Dr. Carole R. Martin Retired Clergy First Broad St. UMC Appalachian District   Focus Scripture   Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 A season for everything   3 There’s a season for everything     and a time for every matter...

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