THE GREAT ADVENTURE
Take just a moment to pick up the Bible.
This is a peculiar book you are holding. Words crafted in another language. Deeds done in a long ago time. Events recorded in a far-off land. Counsel offered to a foreign people. This is a very peculiar book. It is surprising that anyone reads it. It is too old. Some of its writings date back five thousand years. It is too bizarre. The book speaks of incredible floods, fires, earthquakes, and people with super-natural abilities. It is too radical. The Bible calls for undying devotion to a carpenter who called himself God's Son. Logic says this book should not survive. Too old, too bizarre, too radical, all but unbelievable.
The Bible has been banned, burned, scoffed, and ridiculed. Scholars have mocked it as foolish. Kings have branded it as illegal. A thousand times the grave has been dug and the dirge has begun, but somehow the Bible never stays in the grave. Not only has it survived, it has thrived. It is the single most popular book in all of history. It has been the best-selling book in the world for years.
There is no way on earth to explain it. Which perhaps is the only explanation. The answer? The Bible's durability is not found on earth; it is found in heaven. For the millions who have tested its claims and claimed its promises there is but one answer - the Bible is God's book and God's voice.
What is the purpose of reading the Bible?
Ask, and it will be given to you;
seek and you will find;
knock and it will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7
It is a ticket to the most exhilarating adventure on earth. As you read, you will uncover a saga of suspense and intrigue. Flip over a few pages and enter a world of poetry and romance. Chronicles of faith, miracles, misdeeds, and good actions. Kings, Queens, peasants - the uncommon and the commonplace. Turn the page again and read accounts of heroic conquerors, brave shepherds, and a captivating Carpenter. Mystery, suspense, intrigue, drama, humor, poetry, romance, stories of real people, with real problems, real joys, and a real savior.
The truths of old are truths for our time.
Consider the verse Mark 12:37
And the common people heard Him gladly. (NKJV)
The large crowd listened to him with delight. (NIV)
And the large crowd was listening to him with delight. (NRSV)
A large crowd was listening to Jesus gladly. (GNV)
What a compliment.
"You ought to go hear this guy speak," people must have said. "It is a treat to listen to him." When Jesus spoke, people listened. And when the people listened, they listened with joy. His message was clear. His stories were stirring, and his point was unforgettable.
A Helpful Hint: Don't try to read the whole Bible at once. Read a bit at a time. Hunger is not satisfied by eating 21 meals in one sitting once a week. The body needs a steady diet to remain strong. So does your spirit, your soul, your mind, and your heart.
A little girl returned from her first day at school. Her mother asked, "Did you learn anything?" "Apparently not enough," the child answered. "I have to go back tomorrow, and the next day, and the next..."
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