Across the Preacher's Desk: What Are You Reading?

July 30, 2020 - During the middle part of the 20th century, one of the most popular religious writers was Norman Vincent Peale. He was most famous for his book, “The Power of Positive Thinking”. Many today would not recognize his name, however, they would recognize the names of Max Lucado, Joel Osteen, John McArthur, Charles Swindoll and others.

The books written by these writers are quite popular and widely read. Yet, I remember reading the advice that an old preacher one time gave a young preacher when he said, “be careful young man that you don’t find yourself some day reading more and more books about the Bible and reading the Bible less and less.”

I wonder how much of that is going on in our world today. How many people are reading more and more of the writings of popular religious authors and reading less and less of the Bible.

Perhaps we should give consideration to spending more time in the reading of the word of God. How much time do we spend in reading the Bible? We might say we don’t have time to read the Bible, and yet that is just one more of the many excuses we offer for not living God’s kind of life. Friends, we find the time to do almost everything we really want to do. If we don’t have time to spend in reading God’s word, it’s because we really do not have the desire to spend time studying the Bible.

When we offer some lame excuse for not reading and studying God’s word, do we really think God is buying what we are selling?

It’s something to think about…..tbp

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