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    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF READING YOUR BIBLE

The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, but the mouths of fools feed on folly. (Proverbs 15:14 ESV) Bible Study

It is very sad that most people, including Christians, never read their Bibles on a consistent basis. George Gallop once said, “Americans revere the Bible – but, by and large, they don’t read it.” I am also afraid that, of those who do read their Bibles, very few study it with the intention of becoming more like Christ. Should we not seek to grow in the knowledge of God?

Consider this: In a country where the Bible, Christian literature, and the publication of Biblical study-helps abound, we are becoming a nation of Bible illiterates. Can you name the four Gospels? Can you name six of the 12 disciples? Can you name five of the Ten Commandments? I really do not believe you have to be a Bible trivia expert to grow as a Christian, but I do believe that Bible illiteracy is fast becoming the norm in America. Perhaps, you too have heard people repeating verses or condemning something in the Bible which, in reality, are not even in the Scriptures. How many times have you heard someone say, “The Lord helps those who help themselves,” believing it to be a Bible verse? Continue reading

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