I started this blog to record my daily thoughts about the Bible as I read it all the way through. But perhaps you are wondering, “why should I read through the whole Bible?” After completing this 15 month project, here are some of the benefits I have seen:
- It gives purpose and direction to your daily quiet time.
- It reveals the progress in God’s dealings with mankind, from speaking to only one person, like Noah, to a family, to a whole people, and eventually to all the world.
- it reveals the full character of God as you see him reveal himself in many different situations.
- It shines a light on the scarlet thread of Jesus’ presence in all the books of the Old and New Testaments.
- It gives you “the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27).
- It demonstrates the unity of God’s word in both the Old and New Testaments
These quotes inspire me to read the Bible regularly:
“There are times when solitude is better than society, and silence is wiser than speech. We should be better Christians if we were more alone, waiting upon God, and gathering through meditation on His Word spiritual strength for labour in his service. We ought to muse upon the things of God, because we thus get the real nutriment out of them. . . . Why is it that some Christians, although they hear many sermons, make but slow advances in the divine life? Because they neglect their closets, and do not thoughtfully meditate on God’s Word. They love the wheat, but they do not grind it; they would have the corn, but they will not go forth into the fields to gather it; the fruit hangs upon the tree, but they will not pluck it; the water flows at their feet, but they will not stoop to drink it.” Charles Spurgeon
“Out of 100 men, one will read the Bible, the other 99 will read the Christian.” D.L. Moody
“I think the greatest weakness in the church today is that almost no one believes that God invests His power in the Bible. Everyone is looking for power in a program, in a methodology, in a technique, in anything and everything but that in which God has placed it—His Word. He alone has the power to change lives for eternity, and that power is focused on the Scriptures.” R.C. Sproul
“The Holy Scriptures are our letters from home.” St. Augustine
“Visit many good books, but live in the Bible.” Charles Spurgeon
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