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Ever read the Bible?
November 19, 2012
by Pastor Russell Brown, Elim Mission Church, Cokato

Not all that many years ago, that may have sounded like sort of an odd question. To some, it may seem rather odd even today. After all, the Bible continues to be a best seller year after year. Of course, the fact that it’s being purchased doesn’t necessarily mean it’s being read.

So, how about it: Ever read the Bible? Please don’t misunderstand my motive in asking. I am not trying to lay a guilt trip on you, or get on your case if you haven’t read it. Mine is just an honest and sincere inquiry.

I know a guy that had never read it, and then his life began to fall apart; he found that his fiancée, with whom he was living, was carrying on an affair with his best friend. At the same time, he discovered that several of his friends were being less than honest with him. He also learned he was in trouble with the IRS, and not just a little trouble, but big trouble. He was going to lose his business (which he ultimately did). It’s an understatement to say that things weren’t going well.

Then, someone he knew suggested he read the Bible, starting with the gospel of John. Out of desperation, and because he respected the guy who made this suggestion, he started to read John’s gospel. He said that shortly into his reading, he began to see and learn things: things about himself, his fiancée . . . and about God. Ultimately, his reading gave him a new lease on life. He experienced a fresh start, complete with a new attitude and a strength he never knew existed.

Another guy I knew, who also had never read the Bible, had been in prison more than he was out from the time he was about 13. When I met him, he was 35. Actually, he was in jail awaiting sentencing when he decided to ask the chaplain for a Bible. His motive was to point out its errors so as to discredit the chaplain, whom he thought had lied to him.

Interestingly, when the chaplain gave him a Bible, the chaplain also suggested that he start his reading with the gospel of John. He did, and instead of finding errors he, too, began to find out things about himself and about God: namely that Jesus really loved him. He asked forgiveness for his sin, and this man, also, found a new and fulfilling life as a result.

Whether or not you have been, or are now, in a pile of trouble, as were my friends, you might also find more than you expect when you start reading the Bible for yourself; namely that God loves you, and has a wonderful plan for your life.

Let me urge you to try it. It could be the beginning of a dimension in life you never thought you could know. If you need a Bible in order to get started, just give us a call (320-286-2662). We will be happy to give you one.