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Spending time with God
November 9, 2009
by Pastor Paul Friberg, Berean Baptist Church, Glencoe

“Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” Luke 5:15-16 (NIV)

Jesus never let the busyness of ministry keep him from spending time with His Father. He had a habit of getting up early and going to a quiet place. Jesus understood that he needed to be refreshed and spiritually renewed to take on the challenges of the day.

That reminds me of my grandma. Growing up on the south side of Chicago, I remember my grandma, Dora Friberg, reading her Bible early in the morning. While everyone else was sound asleep, she got up early to carve out some time to be refreshed and spiritually renewed for the challenges of the day.

When we pray, we are talking to God about our problems and trials. But when we read His Word, the Creator of heaven and earth is speaking to us.

If someone would ask us how many Bibles we have, we could easily reply, “two or three.” Yet, many times, they go unused.

Last week, the Glencoe Camp of the Gideons invited the local pastors to Pizza Ranch to hear reports of their worldwide Bible distribution. They told a remarkable story of a man who received a Bible and after looking at it, said “I don’t need this.” He threw it a far as he could, and it went on top of a roof.

Later, a man approached a representative from the Gideons that was passing out Bibles on the sidewalk. He said that he was repairing the roof, and a Bible hit him in the head. He opened it and said, “This is what I need. This Bible fell out of the sky. What a gift!”

The Bible is God’s love letter to us. On its pages it tell the life-changing story of how God loved us so much that He sent his Son, Jesus Christ into this world to redeem us.

By believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, we can be saved. That is a wonderful gift. There is so much hope and encouragement found in God’s Word.

That is why I have challenged the Berean family to read through the Bible, all 66 books, this year. You may think this is an impossible task, but it is not as hard as you think. It requires reading just four chapters a day, to read it all in one year.

I have also found a one-year Bible that lays out the whole year very neatly for the reader. Some find this very helpful because it is dated and it is easy to stay on track. In addition, there are dramatized versions of the Bible on CD, which are easy to listen to as you drive your car or clean your house.

I enjoy getting up early, while the house is quiet, and reading my Bible. It is necessary to find a quiet place, without distractions, to listen to God.

Moses met with God on Mount Sinai, according to Exodus, chapter 19. Here, Moses was able to talk with God, face-to-face. Alone time with God gave Moses some direction and help on how to lead the Israelites through the desert and to the Promised Land.

Where is the place that you spend time with God? It may be in a corner of the living room like Grandma Friberg, or locking the bathroom door and hanging a “Do Not Disturb” sign on it. Wherever that place may be, let me encourage you to spend time with the Lord each day. Let this be the year you read through the Bible.

If you need a Bible, call our church office at (320) 864-6113.