I Should Read the Manual!

I am not a person that likes to read the manual. For ANYTHING. Even though I know I need to read it, and it makes things easier if I read it. I will usually fight my way through until I absolutely need to read the manual. Then I read it and discover, again, I should have read it in the first place. Like I said, reading the manual makes things so much easier.

I wish I had a manual for following Jesus. They say the Bible is a manual for following Jesus, but many parts of it are over my head. I digest small amounts of it at a time, parts that relate to my life experiences keep adding up but there is so much more to come. I don’t read the Bible sequentially, and 99% of the time I only read the new testament. I go for “light” reading. Usually I just open it to a random page. It always fits what I am looking for. Everything fits. Then I’ll read the whole book. I like reading Luke and Acts, written by Luke, because it reads simply like a factual account, a technical manual. I find it amazing how much Paul wrote – Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Phillipians, Colossians, 1&2 Thessalonians, 1&2 Timothy, Titus, and Philemon. Paul was an amazing leader. My study bible tells me James was the brother of Jesus, so I’m very interested in what he has to say. Guess I better read the manual.

Phillipians 4:8 And now dear brothers and sisters, let me say one more thing as I close this letter. Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

Terry Luce

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1. Federica wrote:
20/20In hindsight I view thgins lost or given up for the Lord as true blessings. It is true that at times letting go of something (or someone) is what opens you to what God has for you, that otherwise you would have no room for.I prayed continually for the Lord to speak to me, teach me, mature me. It did not begin to happen until I gave up worldly music and stopped watching TV and secular movies which had content unbecomng a Christian.The result was hours of free time in which I persued the Lord through Bible study and prayer. I asked for good Christian books and theological study material, and soon I had hundreds of books from thrift stores and yard sales, which I got for a quarter here, dollar there. I was able to use the time most waste with TV to put several thousand hours study behind me in just a few years.I would urge any who are serious and madly in love with God to just ask Him, and be willing to let go of the world. He will turn your world upside down. I would have it no other way now, and the loss I do consider gain indeed.In godly love brothers and sisters- AMEN

Tue, January 8, 2013 @ 7:48 PM

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