Something Worth Celebrating!

For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. Habakuk 2:14

For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. Habakuk 2:14

Today is International Day of the Bible! http://www.internationaldayofthebible.com.
Read, listen, and share during the #BibleCelebration today at noon!

Have you heard about the YouVersion Bible App? For convenient access to the Scriptures, check it out at Bible.com.

Let’s get the WORD out!

The Bible – What’s In It For Me?

Have you ever had a day (or a month) when the cares of life weighed heavy around your neck? Yes? I’ve been there too. And I’m sure most of you would agree with me that you found comfort and strength in the Word of God during those times.

And you’d also agree there are many other benefits to the Bible. As a matter of fact, it’s the greatest source of inspiration we could ever find.

But did you know?

The American Bible Society in their 2013 State of the Bible Report says that,

“While 66% of those surveyed agreed that the Bible contains everything a person needs to know to live a meaningful life, 58% say they don’t personally want wisdom and advice from the Bible and about the same amount (57%) read it fewer than five times per year.” (AmericanBible.org)

Makes sense, huh? We think the Bible is good for us, we just don’t want to take advice from it.

FindingTheInspiring.com

FindingTheInspiring.com

Maybe folks have just forgotten how good life could be if we lived by Good Book.

Maybe the Me Generation is wondering, “What’s in it for me?”

So I thought I’d make a short list to answer that question.

5 Things We Get by Getting Into the Word and Letting the Word Get Into Us

1. Hope and Encouragement:

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4

2. Tools for Living:

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

3. Direction:

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105

4. True Success:

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 1:8

5. Peace

“Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing causes them to stumble.” Psalm 119:165

And the list goes on. All the things we yearn for – knowledge, wisdom, purpose, joy and fulfillment, just to name a few more – can be found in the Holy Pages.

But the ultimate benefit?

And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you might have life through his name. John 20: 30-31

May we all be inspired to open the Bible and open our hearts to what we find there. Because, what’s in it for me and for you and for all who believe?

Life!

Abundant Life!

Eternal Life!

Now who wouldn’t want that?

Question: Do you think more people would make time for the Bible if they knew what was in it for them?

 

The BIble On Screen

You may have heard that the History channel will be airing a five-part miniseries called The Bible beginning March 3rd.

I am always a bit skeptical about these kinds of shows because they inevitably portray God and the Bible in a way that is disrespectful, to say the least. However, I have to say I’m intrigued about this one.

I saw this article on Guideposts.org from producer, Mark Burnett, and now I am even more intriqued. Click here to read: The Bible Brought to Life and tell me what you think.
 

Here’s a quote from the article:

The biggest question was, would a channel actually green-light this? Today’s kids probably know more about Batman and Robin than about David and Goliath, and more about the Matrix than about Daniel’s prophecies. They get their stories from the screen.

I’m not much on recommending things I haven’t seen myself yet but, in this case, maybe it’s worth the risk. Because Mr. Burnett is right. We live in a culture where kids (and most adults) are connected to the screen. And as he goes on to say, “Doing this “on the screen” would allow millions of people to discover the Bible.” 

My hope is that The Bible will inspire us all to see the sacred pages in a new light. And that we would all understand that it is more than a book. It is a revelation of God himself to mankind.

Something worth watching AND reading!

I’m linking this post to Katherine’s blog for her Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.