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Depending on your connection, staying in touch with people on the Internet either requires you to deliberately check your mailbox on regular intervals or to set up your system so that it notifies you verbally or visually that thereís a message in your in-box. When the icon appears or the alarm beeps, itís hard not to look. We always want to check for mail from close friends or family.

What would it take for you to get the message that God wants to talk to you? How often do you sense God saying, ďYouíve got mail!Ē The purpose of this brief article is to challenge you to examine your attitude about the Bible.

If you read the Bible regularly, you will discover three truths: the Bible claims to be Godís Word; it seems to be Godís Word, and it proves to be Godís Word. (These specific points will be expanded and explained in other articles on this website.) These truths are pretty good reasons why you should read the Bible. But they wonít have any effect in your life as long as your Bible is closed. The best e-mail note youíve ever received will have little impact if you never open it. Good news in your in-box wonít affect you unless you read it.

So the question becomes: How can we adjust our attitude toward the Bible in order to make it possible for us to discover if the Bible lives up to its claims? Before we can answer that question, we need to be honest about two crucial issues: (1) whether we believe that God wants to communicate with us, and (2) whether or not we want God to communicate with us. Do we really want to hear what God says?

When we read a verse like, ďAll Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is rightĒ (2 Timothy 3:16), we know that Godís messages to us will not always be comfortable. But even that is ultimately a sign of Godís love and desire to communicate with us. He loves us enough to tell us the truth, point out whatís wrong, and correct us. Thatís what real love does.

Put your Bible somewhere in plain sight in your room. Decide on an experiment in communication with God. Every time you notice that Bible, train yourself to think of it as a personal letter from God to you, rather than a big irrelevant book. †You will be surprised how quickly God shows you that he really does want to speak to you through those pages.

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ďUsing the New Living Translation in sermon preparation helps to generate Ďahaís! from the congregation. Where there may be obscurity, it can help turn the light on in the hearts and minds of listeners.Ē

Arthur Jackson
Judson Baptist Church
Oak Park, Illinois

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