July 4, 2018

What I read today

Numbers 13-14; Psalm 65; Isaiah 65; Luke 21; Colossians 4

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”

These words were spoken in Matthew 24 verse 35 and Mark 13 verse 31.

Over the centuries God’s word has been attacked by numerous people, kings, emperors, and societies.  Each one has failed.

Think about that.

Rome tried to destroy not only the word of God but the individual Christian worshipers.  Yet the church grew to the point where it forced the emperor Constantine to make Christianity legal after years of persecution.

The papacy attempted to keep God’s word out of the hands of Christians.  Then men like John Huss, John Wycliffe, and Martin Luther spoke out, and God’s word found it’s way back to the common man.

Communist nations have tried to destroy God’s word making it illegal to possess a Bible.

Islamic nations have tried to keep the Bible from their own people with severe penalties in some countries.

Yet the Bible survives.

A survey by the Bible Society concluded that around 2.5 billion copies were printed between 1815 and 1975, but more recent estimates put the number at more than 5 billion.

Jesus words have without a doubt survived.

The problem isn’t the availability or reliability of Jesus words.  It’s the fact that we have failed to read them and learn them.

To rebuild the church, we need to return to the word of God.  We need to cherish hearing the word of God preached.  We need to take time to read and study the word of God.  We need to sit at Jesus’ feet and learn from him.

The reason our churches sit empty on Sunday’s is not that we don’t have a program or organization.  It’s not that we don’t have preachers ready to preach.  It’s that the word of God isn’t front and center in the lives of Christians.

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