I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Phil 3:14)
(Reposted and edited from November 2, 2017)
PAT BOONE WAS THE ONLY SERIOUS threat to Elvis Pressley in the early days. Early in his career, he let it be known that he embraced the Christian faith. He grew up in the Church of Christ near Nashville, TN. He drifted toward Rex Humbard and Oral Roberts and was ex-communicated from the Church of Christ. For many years he has encouraged people to visit Israel and has taken groups of people there and acted as their guide. He mentioned on TV that he has read the Bible through every year for the last thirty years. He has a reputation for living a clean life. I don’t know how much we would agree on. Mainly, I was impressed that he has stuck with daily bible reading.
I HAVE READ THE BIBLE A GOOD BIT AND MEMORIZED a few hundred verses. But I have not read the Bible through every year for thirty years. I could have done better. We can read the Bible through in a year by reading four chapters a day. Reading a chapter morning and evening will put you through the Bible in two years. Barbara and I have read the Bible through, together, 10 or 11 times. Part of that time was when we were comparing six of the most popular modern translations with the King James Bible. We compared them verse-by-verse. The King James Bible best meets our needs.
IT'S NOT ENOUGH JUST TO ZIP THROUGH A CHAPTER, so we can say we have read it. It’s good to underscore words and make notes in the margins, and to read the commentaries. We use the King James Study Bible and the Defender’s Bible by Henry Morris. We scan commentaries by John MacArthur and the Bible Knowledge Commentary published by the Dallas Seminary. But, if you do not have time to mark and read commentaries and make notes, then read or listen to the Bible being read.
I HAVE HEARD BASKETBALL COACHES SAY that a team must always keep the fundamentals in good shape. So, in warm-ups, they have the team doing the fundamentals of dribbling, passing, laying up, etc. They are always pressing to overcome laziness and slackness. The attitude is always: “We can do better.” The fellow trying to outrun the bear in our picture today…. had better do better. (Actually, I think he and the bear are good friends, but they demonstrate the need to do better if you’ve got a bear after you.)
A BIOGRAPHY OF JIMMY STEWART INCLUDED HIS SERVICE AS A B-24 BOMBER PILOT. He first trained on the B-17 and then moved up to its bigger brother, the B-24. His outfit moved to England as the base of bombing operations over Germany. They promoted him as a wing commander and put him in charge of a squadron of planes (12-24 planes). A big problem with our Air Force in England was the weather that grounded the planes.
STEWART KNEW THAT THE SAFETY OF HIS MEN (9-11 men per plane) depended a lot on their keeping a keen edge on flying. So, he watched the weather like a hawk and when there was a break in the weather, he had his crews in the air flying in formation and going through routine maneuvers. Some of the men resented this, since they noticed other squadrons remained on the ground while they were required to be in the air. The bombers were cold at high altitudes, and the men were cold even though they had heaters built into their flight outfits.
A SERIOUS PART OF BOMBER MISSIONS WAS COUNTING THE PLANES as they returned to base. There was always a group of ambulances waiting to remove the wounded and dead from the planes. One day, Stewart’s men noticed that more of his planes were returning home with fewer casualties than the other squadrons. Word got around and soon men from some of the other squadrons began asking to be transferred to Stewart’s squadron when there was an opening.
THE POINT OF THE STORY IS THAT STEWART WAS COMMITTED TO THE IDEA: “we can do better.” And: “we must do better.”
THE GREATEST PROGRESS IS ALMOST ALWAYS MADE by improving what is already here. Our automobiles slowly moved upward from the days of the Model T Ford to Thunderbird and Lincoln Continental. The Bible tells us: As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: (1 Peter 2:2) God wants us to be more than we are now. He wants us to like Him, like sons and daughters of God.
AMERICAN CHRISTIANITY IS WEAK. We are great at buying Bibles and giving Bibles to our children and couples getting married. We mean well. But many Christians are not good at reading their Bibles. Do you need to do better at Bible reading? Now’s the time to do better.
I HAVE LONG BELIEVED THAT THE LACK OF PRAYER IS RELATED TO THE LACK of Bible reading. So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17) There are tons of books written and sold about Bible themes and Bible-related Christian fiction, etc. But the Bible itself must not play second-fiddle to all the other Bible-related books on the market.
I continue to post: Read Through the Bible in a Year in Morning Minute. I don’t know how many of our readers use that feature. We are busy and there’s only so much time in the day. But some do read that feature. May I encourage you to read the daily Bible readings. You may have your own plan for daily Bible reading. Can we do better? Ω
Read Through the Bible in a Year
AUGUST 5, 2019 – MONDAY
A.M. Psalm 75-77 P.M. Romans 6
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DO YOU KNOW LESTER ROLOFF? We have a song by some of his singers today. I played for him to sing several times; talked with him by phone and ate breakfast in his home in Corpus Christi, TX. He was a straight shooter. In 1982, at 20,000 feet a storm ripped the wing off his plane, and he plunged to the earth. They found him, face down, clutching his King James Bible. He had several girl singers with him. They all died in the crash. I miss Brother Roloff.
Good Verse to Memorize:
For whatsoever is not of faith is sin. Romans 14:23b
Song for Today:
Through it All (3:29) (Lester Roloff- Mixed Quartet)
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Looking at Creation:
The best book to begin reading about Creation is probably The Collapse of Creation, by Scott TM. Huse. ©1983. (He’s a computer scientist and works for the U. S. Air Force; he has 2 master’s degrees and 2 doctorate degrees.) The link below will take you to a good review of the book. http://midwestapologetics.org/reviews/collapseofevolution.htm.
I'VE BEEN COLLECTING BOOKS AND READING about creation vs. evolution since I was in school 60 years ago. My first book was: The Harmony of Science and the Scriptures ©1936 by Dr. Harry Rimmer. I don’t think Christians should carry water for the evolutionists by adopting their fantasy of an old earth and trying to dovetail it into the Bible.
EVOLUTIONISTS HAVE NO PROOF FOR THEIR BELIEF, (NONE) and they rely on an old earth of billions of years to try to sell their system of belief. I’m not buying. God and Moses did a good job writing Genesis and it doesn’t need to be rewritten or twisted to fit into the evolution religion. It is history and should be read just like it is.
EVOLUTION AND THE GENESIS ACCOUNT OF CREATION are incompatible. The age of the earth cannot be proven by science since it cannot be observed or tested. We are plagued with “science says” every way we turn today, and it works! It sells stuff. True science has been hijacked and its name is being used to scam people. Ω