A chosen labor of love, my first tract written for the beginning of 2010.
I have made this tract available in PDF if you’d like to use it for your own ventures.
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Are you searching for something new this year? Something out of the normal? Something WAY better than what you have now? Something life changing? I pray for you and encourage you—in faith—to pick up a most glorious book called the Bible and find its true message! Okay, did I loose your attention already? Please, don’t turn away or be discouraged. I know what you may be thinking… the Bible??!! Yes, the Bible. I know…it’s a big book! It was written long ago and yes, it is very lengthy. But, no, it is not hard to read and no, it is not a waste of your time. Just try it!
Okay, so maybe you don’t have a Bible. Please, I encourage you to get one. Here is a little story… have you ever gone to the bookstore and taken a quick glance at the religion section and seen all the different types of Bibles available? Have you thought “why in the world are there so many Bibles… isn’t the Bible just “The Bible”? Isn’t there just one?!! The first time I went looking for one, I saw so many, I was thinking… okay, I’m here, I see them, now what? How do I know which one to choose? Isn’t there suppose to be just one? Yes, there is only one “Word” as we say. In essence, they are all fundamentally the same. It’s just that with modern culture, different types of Bibles cater to different people. For example there are Bibles with really big text for better legibility, there are Bibles for students, there are Bibles with notes and tabs for finding things and Bibles that highlight Jesus’s phrases in red so that His words stand out. If you’d like a suggestion on which Bible to pick up, try the New Living Translation. That’s one that I have.
Okay, so now you’ve got your Bible. 🙂 In reading, I recommend you start with the Gospel of John found in the “New Testament”. John was one of Jesus’s disciples and he lived in the same time as Jesus did while on Earth. This section of the Bible is titled “John” because he wrote it and it is his testimony of the life of Jesus.
As I mention all these things, don’t feel discouraged if you don’t know who is who,
or where things are. Over time, you will learn who is who and where is what. Consider it similar to going to a city you’ve never been to before; as you drive around and start going to places you begin to recognize landmarks, streets and things like that. So the same will happen as you read and become familiar with His Word.
As you read John’s account of the life of Jesus, I pray that you come to know who Jesus is and why He wants to be a part of your life. I pray for a renewing of mind and understanding of why God brought Him for YOU. (look up John 3:16) Jesus WILL take you away from the normal and mundane. Jesus WILL give you something better than what you have now. Jesus WILL change your life. All you have to do is let Him in!! With much love I pray for your transformation of mind and spirit. In Jesus’s holy, loving and saving name. Amen!!
In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1: 4-5
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