An Idea of Biblical Proportions

It had never really even occurred to me before…

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It wasn’t until the summer after my freshmen year of high school that such a thought even crossed my mind. It was a mind boggling concept. A revelation with huge implications.

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To read my bible. By myself. On my own. In a place other than church. On a day other than Sunday.

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I went to a week of camp on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, at a beautiful little camp called Sunset Lodge in Glenn, Michigan. It was a fantastically fun 7 days full of volleyball, swimming, great friends and dynamic chapel services – enthusiastic singing of praises to God and messages from the bible by a guest speaker.

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Each morning before breakfast about 15 minutes was set aside for each of us to get off on our own and prayerfully read our bible. Sitting on a bluff, overlooking the lake I heard God. I experienced him in a way like never before. It was thrilling. I looked forward to that every day. They called it having a “quiet time”.

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Once I got home I tried to make it an almost daily habit. I started writing notes in the columns of my bible and underlining verses that especially stood out to me. It was life-changing.

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Some 36 years later I’m still reading my bible. On my own! Even on days other than Sunday!

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How about you? When did you start reading your bible? What motivated you?

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Peace,
?Dave

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