Thursday, December 29, 2011

An Accomplishment? Or, A Blessing?

Yesterday evening, I did something that made me very happy.

I finished reading the Bible!

It's quite an accomplishment, really; at least for me, it is.  Some people I have met, read their Bibles regularly and even read the whole Bible in a year, the way I try to do, annually.  Then, there are others who truthfully declare to me that they have never once read through all of God's Word, the Bible.  Not so, for me.

Every year, I begin reading the full Bible, beginning with the Old Testament and finishing up with the New Testament, usually in the final days of each calendar year.  January marks the beginning of my reading year, so in a few days, I'll be starting to read God's Word, once again.

I've done this for many years now.  Over, and over, and over, again.

Whenever I read God's Word, I find that He opens up my heart and mind, guiding me and helping me to understand more and more, of what He is saying.  It amazes me that even though I may have read a passage several times over the years, He continues to reveal truth, and understanding about what He is saying.  For this, I am grateful! 

Of course, reading the Bible is important, but so is Bible study! 

That's something I was grateful to have been able to attend for many years, too.  Bible study, I mean.  Of course, good Bible study is the foundation of understanding God's Word.

Some people don't think it is necessary to read the Bible.  Or, to understand God's Word.  Or, to even attend Bible study.

I don't agree.  I believe it is very important! 

After all, if we don't know and understand what God is telling us in His Word, how can we be obedient to Him, in faith?

Of course, the topic of doctrine is an issue for another time.  It's quite a subject, that can be debatable at its very least.

However, it never fails to amaze me how often I speak with people that I can tell, do not have a clue about God's Word, what it says and what it teaches.  This is no joke; it's the truth.

In fact, it happened to me, even today.

There's more to say, so hang in there!  More about this, tomorrow, for sure.

Oops...  One last thing.  I'd like to wish my good friend M, a very Happy Birthday!


Until next time...

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