Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Escape from Wordly Cares by Reading the Bible

Reading the Bible is the Escape from Worldly Cares that You Need
Barbara Henderson

My family went to see 'Inkheart' at the movie theater a while back.
The story line was that when certain people read a book characters from the book come into reality; and, people from the present are sucked into the book.  I suppose it is sort of like the movie Jumanji - except it is a book instead of a board game.

Seven of us went to see it.
Three liked it; three didn't care for it; and one slept through most of it so he did not vote. Anyway, I began to think about the book that pulled me into it. It is the Bible of course. I read it over the years; I had favorite passages; I gained a general knowledge of what was in the Bible; I gained specific knowledge of scriptures providing evidence of the theology of the church that I grew up in.

Then something dreadful happened. My sister dropped dead of a heart attack at age 33. I was immediately comforted that April was in heaven, but I still had to deal with the present and the reality that she had died. I was overwhelmed with grief.

The Bible is what saved me. It pulled me into it like an escape from a nightmare. As long as I read the Bible I was in a different realm, a realm where I was somewhat comforted, where things seemed ok to some extent. I read it so much that it seemed like I almost memorized the Old Testament.

Prior to that time, I knew the people in the Bible were real, but it didn't really seem to sink in. During that time of sorrow it seemed that the more I read the Bible, the more I began to see the people in the Bible as people just like me. They struggled with grief and sorrow. They struggled to do what was right. They struggled to get by from day to day. I was 'pulled into that book'.

If you are a Christian today, struggling with something in your life, your daily salvation is also in that Book.

Great preachers and Bible teachers of the ages have been pulled into the Bible as well. Some people are pulled into the Bible by the Holy Spirit. They don't need a specific disaster or sorrow or in their personal life. They aren't necessarily called into full time ministry. They just get interested in reading and studying the Bible and it gets hold of them. They begin to 'live' in the Book.

Just as people are pulled into the Bible, the Word of the Living God, there are things and creatures in the Bible that live in this world. Evil is with us. Love is with us. Sorrow and joy are things from the Book that live here as well. There are some dreadful creatures mentioned in Revelation that will one day come into the world we now live in. You do not want to be here when that happens.

Along with these creatures will come earth's darkest hours. If you would escape these evil times, you need to act now.
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved today, There is time.
If you have already trusted Jesus Christ, the author of the Bible, then give thanks.
Thanksgiving is done in deeds as well as in words.
If you love Christ, you will serve Him.
You will do the things He says to do.
You will set out each day to:
be kind to one another,'
Because this is how Jesus Christ treated us.
AND, you will tell others that Christ died for them; and, they can also escape from the wrath to come through Jesus Christ.
Tell them, 'For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth on him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.'

I would like to add one thing. Second in importance to the Bible is the Hymnal. I am not talking about hypnotic seven-eleven songs.  Seven-eleven songs are alleged songs that have seven words and are sung eleven times.  They are boring beyond bearing.  They make me want to scream.  They are not relevant to Christianity.  They are relevant only to emotionalism – a form of self-worship! 

Here’s a link to some great hymns on youtube. 

Hymns are great with a full orchestra and a large congregation singing at the top of their lungs. They are also good with just one voice singing while the singer goes about his/her daily business. 
I also like Tennessee Ernie Ford singing Gospel hymns and there are a lot of his hymns on youtube as well.

God bless you.

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