Thinkin’ ‘Bout the Bible

Unlike human history books, the Bible tells the unflattering truth about its heroes. The Bible’s not a mild, coffee table book. It’s a coffee-book full of spiritual caffeine. However, I didn’t believe the Bible was from God until I read it. I didn’t read the Bible until I met Jesus & found that it fed my passion for Him. In most books I hear the author speaking to me; in the Bible I hear God.

People who walked with God have an amazing perspective. Read the Bible and see. Many who say critical things about the Bible have never even read through it once. Freedom to read the Bible is a privilege. It has often been forbidden & persecuted. Many people avoid (or attack) the Bible because it has the power to change them.

No book has ever inspired me & transformed me like the Bible. I’ve read many hundreds of books, but only one Book over & over again for 47 years. If the Bible puts you to sleep, you’re not paying attention. It’s electric! If you will read through the Bible; soon the Bible will begin to get through to you. My favorite library is the Bible–a collection of 66 life-changing books.

No matter how much you read it, the Bible always has something more to say. The Bible is a key that unlocks insight & transformation, if you humbly and frequently read it. Read the Bible like you breathe, filling your inner self with its life-giving wisdom. Read the Bible with an open heart & it will work inside you, even if you forget the details of what you read.

The Bible’s like an icebreaker ship. It will break up the frozen sea inside you. The Bible applied to self, is much more powerful than the Bible on a shelf. The Bible will introduce you to a supernatural place where you can find peace & joy. The habit of daily Bible reading with an open heart will brighten up your life.

The Bible is a gift from God that you can open over and over again. Reading the Bible is like having conversation with the most godly people in history. Read the Bible to listen, receive, ponder, consider, and be changed. The context of the Bible is supernatural revelation from God. Read it for light.

Many of my best friends are in the Bible. I open the pages and hang out with them. Regular Bible reading awakens in me a longing to be more spiritually alive. Not to read the Bible is to miss out on 66 books that have led millions to the living God. They have learned to experience a new way of life by reading the Bible. You can find God’s presence & timeless truths in the pages of the Bible.

Too many Bibles have dusty covers. An unread Bible is like an unused gift card from your favorite restaurant. The Bible’s like a hospital bed; between its covers it will resuscitate your soul. As you read the Bible, it reads the secrets of your heart back to you. A broken heart needs the Bible like a broken engine needs a mechanic.

The Bible’s endured the test of time. Why not take the time to read it? The Bible needs a warning label: “Reading this will change you.” The Bible greatly rewards those who muster up the courage to read it all. The Holy Spirit takes words from the Bible & makes them come alive in your soul. To open the Bible with an open heart is to open God’s treasure chest.

Give up on trying to find yourself. The Bible will help you find God instead! Addiction to Bible reading produces long-term recovery from other addictions. The Bible calls the dry bones in me to come alive & stirs me up to follow Jesus.

It’s easy to drift into deception without the anchor of the Bible’s discernment. Truth has boundaries. Be careful not to wander outside of truth. Find a Bible, sit down, start reading it, & see what happens in your heart. The Bible never needs a battery charger; just read it and it will charge you. Words in the Bible connect with Jesus in my heart & burst forth in spiritual life. The Bible, like a spiritual match, can light (or rekindle) God’s fire in your heart.

The Bible focuses me on Jesus & challenges my opinions so I can follow Him not self. The Bible is a library of words from God, ready to come alive in your heart. We become like what we read, watch, talk about, & think about. Read something daily that will not just entertain you but will make your life better. Why not begin to regularly read the Bible today? Regularly reading the Bible will decrease the darkness you feel in your soul.

“Were not our hearts burning within us while He talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” –Two early Christ-followers who had just spent time with the risen Jesus. Twenty-one centuries later, the risen Jesus still opens the Scriptures to burn in the hearts of those who read them and spend time with Him. If the risen Jesus felt the need to explain Scripture. How can we ignore it? (Luke 24:27)

There is a “lost word of the Bible.” The Greek New Testament word “ekklesia” was mistranslated into English as “church.” Learn more in my book, “Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible–Ekklesia.”

Let’s put the Bible into action and “rebuild the ancient ruins” of the Greek New Testament ekklesia. Let’s meet together like an orchestra and let the living Jesus be our conductor. (1 Cor. 14:26) Ekklesia is an arch where every member works together to help people cross a chasm.

steve & the Bible

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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