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The Bible - June 2012

Don’t let the truly important things in life to get lost amid daily routines and emergencies. Make today a defining moment that puts your life on course for greater success, happiness, and fulfillment.
 

01-06-2012
The Book that Knows Me
The Book that Knows Me

We had two Bibles in our home when I was growing up. One was an enormous family heirloom Bible, a “handcrafted masterpiece to last for centuries,” according to the door-to-door salesman. The other was a nondescript hardback that resided on a bookshelf in the study, between Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot and Homer’s The Odyssey. (My dad was the reader in our family.) In my teens I decided to read through the hardback, starting at what seemed the only logical place, page one, but I gave up a few pages later when I came to the first excruciating genealogy.1

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01-06-2012
Preserving the Landmarks
Preserving the Landmarks

Shortly after the Tohoku earthquake and ensuing tsunami of March 11, 2011, I read an article about the 600-year-oldstone markers that previous generations of Japanese had erected in the hills along the coastline where many past communities had been devastated by tsunamis. The boulders marked how far inland the wave from a previous tsunami had reached and warned residents not to build below that line.

The stone markers were disregarded by modern property developers who built far below the safety line, some right up to the coastline. Seawalls were built to protect the new residential areas, and engineers were confident that they...

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01-06-2012
The God Experience
The God Experience

Something that I find particularly wonderful about Jesus is that His life-transforming gift of salvation is freely given to anyone who simply asks for it with a sincere and believing heart. One’s level of understanding of Christian doctrine may be minimal, but if the heart is hungry, if it is seeking a relationship with God, then the heart will find God—clearly, definitely, and freely—through receiving Jesus as Savior. Salvation is simple; it’s a gift. You reach out, receive it, and it’s yours.

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01-06-2012
Fuel for Growth
Fuel for Growth

The first Bible verse that I remember committing to memory was 1 Peter 2:2: “As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.” I was a little over three years old at the time and had a new baby brother. My mom used the opportunity to teach us older children how we needed God’s Word to grow spiritually as much as our baby brother needed his mother’s milk to grow physically. I clearly remember feeling grown up and liking the verse, but the depth of that lesson was lost on three-year-old me.

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01-06-2012
God’s Timeless Word
God’s Timeless Word

There’s a difference between the universal, timeless principles and promises that we find in the Bible, and the instruction and guidance that God gave to specific people for specific times or situations, which are also recorded there. God’s timeless Word consists of those passages that apply to everyone, everywhere, and will never change. For example, “God is love”1 is one of the most powerful truths expressed in the Bible, and one that is immutable. “Love your neighbor as yourself”2 is a core principle of the Christian faith, and that also will never change. 

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01-06-2012
The Faith–Word Connection
The Faith–Word Connection

If someone were to hand me a book that was as simple to me as the multiplication table,and say, “This is the Word of God. In it He has revealed His whole will and wisdom,” I would shake my head and say, “I cannot believe it; that is too easy to be a perfect revelation of infinite wisdom.” There must be, in any complete revelation of God’s mind and will and character and being, things hard for the beginner to understand; and the wisest and best of us are but beginners. 

—R. A. Torrey

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01-06-2012
The Wakeboarding Challenge
The Wakeboarding Challenge

When’s the last time you tried doing something completely new to you? My last time was when a friend and I decided to sample wakeboarding, and I got to put my courage to the test.

My heart pounded as I lined up at the beginner’s line. “God, please help me to make it at least a few feet away from the dock,” I prayed. Frankly, at that point, a few feet seemed like it would be a huge accomplishment.

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01-06-2012
12 Tips for Quality Spiritual Feeding
12 Tips for Quality Spiritual Feeding

Just as good food is essential for physical health,we must nourish our spirits in order to stay healthy and grow spiritually.We do that by making reading or listening to the Bible and other faith-building material a habit. Here are some tried and proven tips for getting the most from those times.

 

1. Pick a time and duration.

Try setting aside at least 20 minutes daily for reading and reflecting on God’s Word. It can be difficult to get much out of this time if you don’t spend at least that long. If you aren’t able to fit it in daily, then...

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01-06-2012
Is the Bible Relevant?
Is the Bible Relevant?

The Bible is much more than a history of God’s dealings with individuals, peoples, and humankind in general, interspersed with a number of prophecies about future events. It was also written for now—whether “now” is AD 112, 1112, or 2012.

What direction, comfort, or assurance does the Bible have to offer? The following worries and troubles resonate with many of us today, and the Bible addresses them all.

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01-06-2012
How to Get the Most from Life
How to Get the Most from Life

It’s sad how many people are content to let life pass them by. Sure, they may be busy keeping up or trying to get ahead, and they may fill every spare moment with activities that they hope will be relaxing and enjoyable, but where is all that busy activity taking them? When do they really live? The secret to getting the most out of life is living close to Me and My Word.

I don’t mean that you should hide away and give yourself solely to quiet reflection and study; I mean that you should try to include Me in your daily...

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