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Hope in the Heartland

Gracepoint Church, Peabody

How’s the read-through-the-Bible-in-a-year commitment going? You’re probably in Genesis somewhere, right? Still committed to reading the Bible cover to cover?

We mean well, but often times the New Year’s resolution to read the Bible begins to disappear like the hidden stash of left-over Christmas candy. And the task of reading daily chapters starts to feel more like a chore. So we start to wonder if it really matters whether of not we read EVERY day … or WEEK. Soon the time set aside for Bible reading is filled by something else.

It reminds me of the man who promised his preacher that he’d read the Bible. A month later the preacher happened to run into the man’s son, so the preacher asked the boy if his dad was still reading the Bible. “Naw,’ the boy replied. ‘Dad was out of the Bible and back to reading the newspaper two weeks ago.’”

Think of reading the Bible in terms of feeding the soul, not in terms of finishing a book report. Whether five minutes or thirty minutes, time in God’s Word is never wasted.

Last modified Jan. 18, 2012

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