Monday, February 11, 2013

I am one of those

I am not sure exactly when it happened,
but some time between when we first got
the Internet and smart phones,
it happened.
I began to show my age.
I became one of those people
with old-fashion notions.
I am no longer hip.
I have started having
I have started saying things like,
 "back when I was....."
To be honest, I can't believe it.
I just never thought
it would happen to me. 
I have a list of "pet-peeves"
things that get me
up on my "soap box".

Just listen to me.....
I sound like an old person!
When did I start using words like
"pet-peeve" and "soap box"?
We don't even use soap in a box anymore!!!
Anyway, I digress
which is what happens when you get old.
You loose your train of thought
as well as anything else that isn't attached to you.
Today I have been preparing to teach a Bible study this week.
In the midst of it I started thinking
about how we read the Bible these days. 
It has changed
and I am not sure I like it.
It really "gets in my craw"
 (whats a craw?)
when I see people trying to study the Bible on an electronic device.
Do you know why?
I believe we lose something by not having to search
through the pages for truths about God.

I believe that we can easily forget God's timeline of redemption
when we can just type in a search for chapter and verse.

And I believer that working our way
through scripture is not only for study,
but when you use your physical Bible,
it can become a type of mediation itself.
For in the turning of pages it draws us
in and we can begin to get caught up
in the study of how much God loves us
and what He did for us.

When I sit down with a list of scripture that I am required to look up
for what ever class I am in, I have a choice.
I can make it like any homework assignment
and look up the verses in the most efficient way I can,
or I can set aside time to sink into God's word physically and spiritually.
Now there may be some whipper snappers out there
that can use those electronic devices to study
and they feel that they are able to dig in and feast on God's word.

But not me,
I need time,
and the ability to turn pages.
It helps me to remember
that Psalms and 1 Peter were written
at very different times and for different purposes.
It reminds me that Daniel and Revelation,
although similar were written and delivered
to people hundreds of years apart.
And yet through all the time that passed
and all the people that God used to write that book,
it is still relevant and alive today.

I don't ever want to forget that.
It is one long story of redemption.
I want to be able to pick that Bible up,
feel the weight of it,
flip through its pages from beginning to end.

It is my meditation tool.
A love letter from God to me, a lost sinner in need of a Savior.

I am passionate that God's Holy Word never get watered down
in such a way that the power of its contents is no longer seen.    

2 Timothy 3:15-17
and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings
which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation
through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching,
for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;
that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is living and active and sharper
than any two-edged sword,
and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit,
of both joints and marrow,
and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Ephesians 6:17
And take the helmet of salvation,
and the sword of the Spirit,
which is the word of God

Now that I have that off my chest,
I am exhausted
I am going to bed
It is past 8pm you know!!

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