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Let's be clear from the beginning. Reading the Bible doesn't make you a Christian, just like watching a James Bond movie doesn't make you a secret agent. But, if you want to grow in your relationship with God, then reading the Bible is absolutely essential. And reading it every day has loads of benefits.
1. It will help you know God better
Being a Christian is about being friends with Jesus. It's a real relationship just like the one you have with your best friend. Now, in all relationships we talk and we listen to each other, and this is what reading the Bible and praying is all about.
I love hearing about how God has worked in people's lives. Whether it's someone giving a testimony in church, an article someone has written on Fervr, or just an informal conversation, it's always encouraging to hear personal stories of people coming to faith.
However, I think there's often something missing. Have you noticed when we tell or write our testimonies, they follow a formula that goes something like this:
- I was lost in sin.
- I became a Christian and have been saved by Christ.
- I will go to heaven to be with him.
That sounds about right ... doesn't it?
At some time in our lives, we all experience situations where we are trying to help or comfort a friend, family member, or even a stranger. If you’ve never been confronted by the issues the person is going through, it can be particularly hard. You may feel out of your depth, clueless about what to do, or unsure how to show them Christ-like love and compassion. If that sounds like you, here are some suggestions that may help.
Start by listening
The Bible has lots to say about the value of listening. The books of James and Proverbs have tons of wisdom on it, and I recommend reading them if you want to learn more. Here are some verses that go straight to the point:
Before I left on my year-long, 50-state road trip, the one thing that scared me the most was that — if I really gave up everything to go after what I wanted, I would end up being alone forever.
As in, I would never find a husband.
It seems laughable to me now.
The logic doesn’t even make sense. But, at the time, this was my train of thought: if I were to quit my full-time job, move out of my apartment, and sell all of my physical possessions to go on this crazy journey, no self-respecting guy would be able to take me seriously.
Jack Ryan. Number cruncher. US Marine. CIA operative. Dude with two first names.
He’s a character that has been around the traps for some time. Created by author Tom Clancy, Jack has hit the big screen in a number of film adaptations already — Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger to name two. Now, director Branagh has been given the reins of rebooting the franchise, with Chris Pine in the title role.
What's Jack Ryan all about?
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit explains the origins of the character without dwelling too much on the backstory. Ryan was a U.S. Marine badly injured by a helicopter crash, causing him to go into long-term rehabilitation and settle for an office job as an analyst on Wall Street. Or so it seems.
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