Hearing the words. Living the words.
Be honest. Do you find the Bible boring? Confusing?
Be really honest. How often do you read your Bible? When you do, does it change you? Are you building your life on what you read?
The Bible, God’s word to us, is meant to provide a solid foundation for our lives, but some of us get tripped up on its old-fashioned style. It’s not because we’re not smart. It’s just because the language and sentence structure are unfamiliar.
There was a time when the Bible was available only in Latin, and ordinary people couldn’t read it at all. But in the 16th century William Tyndale thought an English plowboy should know as much of the Scripture as the Pope. He worked from the original Hebrew and Greek to translate the first English Bible. For this, Tyndale was convicted of heresy and executed by strangulation, after which his body was burnt at the stake.
Yes, people have died for your right to read the Bible.
And there are still forces of violence and greed that would prefer you didn’t hear and live these words from God.
So, if you’d like to build your life on solid rock, and are willing to try a new Bible discipline, Don Mahanna and I have an idea for you. Don liked The Message Bible, a more recent translation using contemporary words and phrases. The author, Presbyterian pastor Eugene Peterson, said he wrote The Message “for two different types of people: those who hadn't read the Bible because it seemed too distant and irrelevant and those who had read the Bible so much that it had become ‘old hat.’”
When Don went into the hospital, he asked me for an audio CD of The Message. I ordered several sets for $10 apiece from Amazon. I started listening to it today when I drove to Spencer and got all the way through Peterson’s introduction and Genesis up through the Noah story. I’m eager for another car trip to see what happens next.
If you’re on the road a lot, or like to listen to something as you work, consider this audio Bible. I’d be happy to order a bunch more CD sets. Just leave a message at the office (402-336-2590).
Let’s read. And listen. And live the words of God.
Building with you,