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There’s more than one way to read your Bible

My previous two posts on enjoying the Bible can be summed up with these words, “You will never ‘enjoy’ the Bible if you read it as a discipline (‘a verse a day keeps the devil away’); you will get excited when you simply read the words that are written because they taste good for your spirit.” Remember Jeremiah, who wrote, “Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart” (Jeremiah 15:16 NKJV). Let’s explore the ways in which you can read your Bible.

In the mid-1950s, before I went to Bible College, I purchased a 90-page paperback book titled “Enjoy Your Bible” by G.R. Harding-Wood of England. It cost me all of five shillings Australian (50 cents) and though it lost its front cover decades ago, I still refer to the book. I went through four editions (printings) in five years, so it was well received by those searching for help in enjoying their Bibles. In the second chapter the author makes four suggestions on turning your Bible reading from a duty to a joy. I am going to use his points as the framework for this discussion and add my own comments.

Man studying Bible (cmlnc)First, “How does a bride read a love letter? She read every word of it, that is, completely.” “God is love” (I John 4:8 ESV) and “God’s love has been poured into our hearts” (Romans 5:5), so the analogy is authentic. Yet “completely” is not how most people read their Bibles, our Father’s love-letter to us. I’ve made the point for many years that we should remember that each book of the Bible was written to be read from start to finish. It was not written with the concept of taking a sentence out of the middle and one near the end. When Paul wrote his letters to the young churches, I can see a gathering of believers sitting there listening carefully to every word, even though “there are some things in them that are hard to understand” (II Peter 3:16). Continue reading There’s more than one way to read your Bible

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The Wades visit Perth, Western Australia, after 50 years!

“And after some days Paul said to Barnabas, ‘Let us return and visit the brothers in every city where we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are'” (Acts 15:36 ESV).

Peter Pan statue in Queens Garden
Peter at the Peter Pan replica statue in Queens Gardens, Perth

For some time we have wanted to visit Perth, Western Australia, where Vivien and I went to train for the ministry, became engaged in Kings Park, and pastored our first two churches. Perth is the most remote of any state or provincal capital city in the world, boasts the beautiful Swan River and the highest boat ownership in the world! It is also the administration center for the massive iron ore trade to Asian countries. We spent some nine years in Perth and left in 1965 with two children, just 50 years ago! Continue reading The Wades visit Perth, Western Australia, after 50 years!

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Can we really “enjoy” our Bibles?

To many people, the Bible is an old-fashioned book that’s fine for little old ladies and funerals but of limited or no value in their daily life. How wrong they are! The Bible can be an exciting book and more up-to-date than tomorrow’s newspaper.

I want to explore with you this verse from Jeremiah 15:16, “Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart (NKJV). So we can enjoy the Bible as a book that delights us, for if one person found God’s words enjoyable, then all people can. Continue reading Can we really “enjoy” our Bibles?