LOVING THE JOURNEY WITH

Pastor Dustin

Hello Journey Friends and Family,“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.” Hebrews 4:12

My Bible is the greatest treasure I own. That’s not some pastor line I’m just throwing out there lightly. I mean it, I love my Bible and can’t imagine my life without it.

God uses the Bible to change lives every day, including my own. I can’t go a day without reading it.

In 1989 the Berlin Wall came down, and missionaries headed overseas to spread the Word of God and distribute Bibles. As they did, one lady came down to the stage frantically weeping and crying out, “70… 70…70 years I’ve waited for a Bible and now finally I have one, Praise God!”

I’m not sure if you have ever read the Bible or not but let me break it down, starting with the basics. The Bible is made up of 66 books. In each book of the Bible, there are small chapters. In each chapter, there are numbered verses. These were all added to make finding certain passages easier. So, for example, if you wanted to find John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” you would look up the book of John. Turn to chapter 3 (which is a bigger number in your Bible) and find verse 16 (which will be a smaller number in your Bible). Now that you know how to locate scripture to study the Bible let’s talk about why we should study the Bible.

I believe there are at least five great reasons to study the Bible:

1. To understand God’s character.

2. To know God’s ways.

3. To hear God’s voice.

4. To deepen your faith.

5. To change your life.

It’s not just enough to know about the Bible; we must all let the Bible transform us, or else we will make the same mistake the Prince of Granada once made. The prince was heir to the Spanish crown. Unfortunately, he was sentenced to life in solitary confinement in Madrid’s ancient prison called the Place of the Skull. The fearful, dirty, and dreary nature of the place earned its name. Everyone knew that once you were in, you would never come out alive. The prince was given one book to read the entire time, the Bible.

With only one book to read, he read it hundreds and hundreds of times. This book became his constant companion. After 33 years of imprisonment, he died. When they came in to clean out his cell, they found some notes he had written using nails to mark the soft stone in the prison walls. The notations were as follows.

· “Psalm 118:8 is the middle verse of the Bible.”

· “Ezra 7:21 contains all the letters of the alphabet except the letter ‘J’.”

· “The ninth verse in the eighth chapter of Esther is the longest verse in the Bible.”

· “No name or word of more than six syllables can be found in the entire Bible.”

He knew so much about the Bible, but there is no proof that he changed his life. Dwight L Moody tells us that, “The Bible was not given for our information but for our transformation.”

I love listening to sermons, especially from our Journey pastors. But there is something special that happens when Christ-followers pick up a Bible on their own and dive into it with an ear bent toward the voice of God. I want to encourage you to read the Bible.

There are free Bible apps for your device, or if you don’t have a Bible, we will gladly provide one for you; just let us know.

I’m already excited for you, just thinking about you diving into God’s Word.

Out of 100 men, one will read the Bible; the other 99 will read the Christian.” Dwight L. Moody

I’m loving the Journey in God’s Word,

Pastor Dustin Aagaard

Associate Lead Pastor

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