About 42 percent of adults say Bible reading is very important to them and say they have a favorite verse or story. Reasons adults give for reading the Bible:
—Tyndale House/Barna, cited in USA Today (9/25/97). Leadership, Vol. 19, no. 4.
See: Deuteronomy 6:6-9; Nehemiah 8:2; Matthew 4:4.
My eight-year-old daughter Jessica invited her best friend Sammi to sleep over. The girls tried to memorize the books of the New Testament by using a song. Every five minutes, Jessica got stumped. "Mom, what comes after Luke?" Pause. "What comes after Romans?" Finally, the girls reached Ephesians.
Trying to pick up the song again, she asked seriously, "Okay, what comes after amphibians?"
—Tammy Maynor, East Bank, West Virginia. Christian Reader, "Kids of the Kingdom."
See: Matthew 22:29; Mark 10:15; 2 Timothy 3:16.
I home school my children and one day we talked about how the Bible used to be written on scrolls. When my husband came home, my 4-year-old daughter told him, "The Bible used to be written on squirrels!"
—Linda S., Jacksonville, Florida, Christian Parenting Today, (September/October '99).
See: Mark 10:13-16; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20
One Louisiana observer noted that liquor sales in Shreveport dropped by 40 percent after a local Billy Graham crusade, while the sale of Bibles increased 300 percent. In smaller communities the effects of spiritual change are even more noticeable.
Many have read Mutiny on the Bounty or seen one of the movie versions. Fewer are aware that the book and its two sequels are based on actual events. In 1790, nine mutineers from the Bounty, together with six Tahitian men and twelve Tahitian women, put ashore on Pitcairn Island. One sailor soon began distilling alcohol, and the little colony was plunged into debauchery and vice.
Ten years later, surrounded by native women and a few children, only one man, a sailor named Alexander Smith, survived. In an old chest from the Bounty, Smith one day found a Bible. He began to read it, took its message to heart and then began to teach it to the others. His own life and ultimately the lives of all those in the colony were changed. When the American ship Topaz discovered the group in 1808, Pitcairn had become a prosperous community with no jail, no crime, and a lot of contented people.
—Doug McIntosh, Life's Greatest Journey, (Moody Press, 2000); quoted in Men of Integrity, Vol. 4, no. 1, (January/February 2001).
See: Psalms 119; Isaiah 55:11; Romans 12:2
A Christian university student shared a room with a Muslim. As they became friends, their conversation turned to their beliefs. The believer asked the Muslim if he'd ever read the Bible. He answered no, but then asked if the Christian had ever read the Koran.
The believer responded, "No, I haven't, but I'm sure it would be interesting. Why don't we read both together, once a week, alternating books?" The young man accepted the challenge, their friendship deepened, and during the second term he became a believer in Jesus.
One evening, late in the term, he burst into the room and shouted at the long-time believer, "You deceived me!"
"What are you talking about?" the believer asked.
The new believer opened his Bible and said, "I've been reading it through, like you told me, and just read that the Word is living and active!" He grinned. "You knew all along that the Bible contained God's power and that the Koran is a book like any other. I never had a chance!"
"And now you'll hate me for life?" queried the believer.
"No," he answered, "but it was an unfair contest."
—Floyd Schneider, Evangelism for the Fainthearted, (Kregel, 2000); quoted in Men of Integrity, Vol. 4, no. 2, (March/April 2001).
See: Isaiah 55:11; 2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12