Importance of reading the Bible

I grew up in a Bible believing, Bible teaching church. I am grateful for parents that took me every Sunday.

I began teaching young adult sunday school when I was 25 or so and taught classes in two churches for the next ten years. I am ashamed to admit that even then, I had never read the Bible through from cover to cover.

Finally in 2004 when I was 36 years old, I undertook on February 1, to read the Bible through. I was a month behind on my preacher’s reading schedule so I had to read more to catch up. I soon realized it wouldn’t take a full year to read it through. I made a goal to do it in six months. I then realized this was too long as well and I decided I would do it in a month. My competitive juices were flowing at that point and I finished the whole thing in 21 days.

Of course, to read the Bible through in 21 days that had to be all that I did. I read nothing else and I watched no T.V. I ate a sandwich at my desk at lunch with my Bible in the other hand.

It was a life changing experience. I saw the whole picture in a way that I had never seen before. I haven’t gotten over it.

In 2006, I read it again in four months, and I did it again from 8/14/07 to 2/14/08.

I love, Love, LOVE the Bible. I love the God of the Bible and spending time with scripture allows me the opportunity to experience communion and fellowship with God.

I say all this to say that I know this topic from both sides and I am so grateful to the Holy Spirit for convicting me of my need to read the whole thing through.

Keith

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