160801-NLNow you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions and suffering the things that happened to me in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra. What persecutions I endured! Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. Indeed, all who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. But wicked people and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving others and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it, and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:10-17, NRSV)

In May, we started our journey of learning more about becoming disciples through the 6 marks of discipleship in Power Surge by Michael Foss

This month is about reading the Bible. Reading the Bible is one way we learn about who God is and who we are in God. As the author of Second Timothy says, “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.” So Scripture is good for teaching and correction, and training in righteousness.

Reading the Bible is like getting to know someone. Remember when you first met a person and you couldn’t wait to learn more about them? You would listen to their stories for hours, and you would ask them questions. You wanted to know more. Some of the stories they told you might not be that exciting to you, but still you listened to learn and to grow in relationship with them. The Bible is the word of God. To us, it is one way we learn about and interact with Jesus.

It is how we help the Holy Spirit work in and through us. We learn and digest the word of God and keep it in our hearts and minds, and the Holy Spirit works in and through all of this.

So don’t let you Bible get dusty, read it. Or if you want electronic method of daily Bible readings use one of these links:

http://www.elca.org/Faith/DailyBible

https://asacredrebel.wordpress.com/

http://www.luthersem.edu/godpause/default.aspx

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