Approach the Bible as a friend who wants to give you a gift with no strings attached, a gift that shows that your friend really gets you, really knows your pain, and really loves you. Come to the Bible with healthy doses of critical thinking and respect for what its stories can teach you. Come ready to receive self-awareness. If you’ve ever looked at the Bible as a list of rules, an unreasonable, outdated, patriarchal document, or a collection of fictional stories, that is fine. Try to read it one more time with the expectation that it may also teach you something about yourself.
—Angela D. Schaffner, Revealed: What the Bible Can Teach You About Yourself (Upper Room Books, 2018)
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Then [Jesus] interpreted for them the things written about himself in all the scriptures, starting with Moses and going through all the Prophets.
—Luke 22:37 (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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