When my youngest son, Zach, was a baby, I signed up for a Disciple Bible study in our United Methodist church. In one year, I read 70 percent of the Bible and digested it with a small group of people from church. We spent two hours per week meeting together to study and reflect. I wrote more, gave sermons at a small Wednesday night service, and asked a lot of questions. I began to experience the Bible differently. More than ever before I recognized that Bible stories have symbolic meanings, and they jumped out at me.
—Angela D. Schaffner, Revealed: What the Bible Can Teach You About Yourself (Upper Room Books, 2018)
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Every scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for showing mistakes, for correcting, and for training character.
—2 Timothy 3:16 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Loving God, thank you for the gift of your Word, the Bible. Help me to draw closer to you by reading and reflecting on the truths in scripture. Amen.
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