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enjoy the Bible

During a conversation with a pastor recently, he told me about his new way of thinking about life:

Enjoy the word,

live the word,

preach the word.

I was talking about this with a couple of fellow disciples, one of them suggested this text:

“Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts.” Jeremiah‬ ‭15:16‬ ‭ESV‬‬

One of these brothers, the younger of the two, asked, “But how can I enjoy the word?”

What a great question!

I think SO MANY people would like to enjoy the word more. Indeed, all of us go through times where we might read from duty rather than from enjoyment.

So, I was on the spot.

I finished my soup and tried to think out loud to provide an answer. We talked a bit about it and I honed the answer a bit trying to be clear.

To enjoy the Bible requires a familiarity with the Bible. To enjoy the Bible I must have experiences with it that make it like an old friend. I know him and he knows me. I am glad to spend time with this old friend. Not only is it important to have new experiences, but it is fun to remember old times.

I enjoy reading Scripture because it is sets my heart and mind on God and helps me to be reminded how to live.

Then, having enjoyed and lived, it is so much more fun to preach!

Not familiar yet? That’s okay, just keep spending time in it. As we get to know it better, as our familiarity develops, we will enjoy it more and more.

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Truly, truly..,

“Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.””

‭‭John‬ ‭8:58‬ ‭ESV‬‬

May we understand the confidence we may enjoy from this truth: Jesus is the eternal God-man who came to set us free!

May we approach the throne of Grace boldly! Resting in His finished work!

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Beginning my day…

Today I’m traveling from Croatia to Serbia to preach in a morning service, then back to Croatia to meet with a church team and then preach in their church which meets in the afternoon. Here’s the first map…

But this path takes priority:

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Truth

“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.”

‭‭John‬ ‭3:36‬ ‭ESV‬‬

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Now and forever

“Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.”

‭‭Jude‬ ‭1:24-25‬ ‭ESV‬‬

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Birdwatching

Each day after filling the bird feeders, birdwatching can commence. Then a helpful reminder…

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Influence…

“And again he said, “To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? It is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, until it was all leavened.”” (Luke‬ ‭13:20-21‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

It’s interesting that a modern synonym for leaven, in addition to yeast, is ‘influence’.

With this tidbit, let’s substitute ‘workplace’ or ‘neighborhood’ or ‘school’ for flour.

“It is like the influence that a woman had in her workplace until it was all influenced.”

So that everyone in the workplace knew of her influence.

Which provokes the question: what kind of influence?

This we ask ourselves: Am I known as a disciple of Jesus? If so, am I known for love or judgement? Am I known as one who cares for or accuses?

These might be helpful questions to begin your next disciple making conversation.

The common verb in Jesus’ commands is ‘love’, seek love.

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