Mike sent the following email. I hope it doesn’t apply to anyone at our church:
10 Signs You May Not Be Reading Your Bible Enough
10) You open up your Bible in church and a huge dust cloud rises.
9) You think Abraham, Isaac & Jacob may have had a few hit songs during the 60’s.
8) You open to the Gospel of Luke and a WWII Savings Bond falls out.
7) Your favorite Old Testament Patriarch is Hercules.
6) A small family of woodchucks has taken up residence in the Psalms of your Bible.
5) You become frustrated because Charlton Heston isn’t listed in either the Concordance or the Table of Contents.
4) Catching the kids reading the Song of Solomon, you demand: “Who gave you this stuff?”
3) You think the Minor Prophets worked in the quarries.
2) You keep falling for it every time when Pastor tells you to turn to Second Opinions.
And the number one sign you may not be reading your Bible enough:
1) The kids keep asking too many questions about your usual bedtime story: “Jonah the Shepherd Boy and His Ark of Many Colors.”
If you want clarity in the midst of confusion, peace in the midst of the storm, and the wisdom that comes from a closer relationship with God, read the Bible.
This is why the psalmist said: “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.“ (Psalm 119:105)
God’s word changed my life for the better. It can do the same for you if only you will take the time to read it.
I am so convinced the Bible is the key to strengthening our relationship with God, we are going to offer B90 in the fall. This will give you a structured, supportive environment to read the entire Bible in ninety days.
Years ago, we did the same thing and had over four hundred sixty people participate. I hope the same happens again.
The good news is that you don’t have to wait for us to begin B90. You can start today – this minute. But let me offer a suggestion. Don’t start with Leviticus, Numbers, or Deuteronomy. If you do, your eyes will roll back in your head and you will slip into a coma.
Start with Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John. Read about Jesus first, then move on to the other parts of the Bible. Starting with one of the gospels will put the rest of scripture in its proper context. The main thing is to just start reading.
If you want a better life, read the Bible. It works. I promise.
Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, thank you for guiding my life with your word. I ask that you help me make decisions that lighten someone’s heavy load, bring joy to those who are sad, and shine your light of love into the darkness. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
My favorite sign about not reading the Bible enough was number seven. What’s yours?
I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.