First Steps – June 17, 2019

While packing up my office, I found two Bibles: One was a Beginner’s Bible that is often given to small children. Filled with pictures, it gives an outline of the most well known biblical passages. Though it doesn’t contain the entire bible, it is highly valuable because it helps a small child begin to develop a Biblical Worldview. It plants the pillars of a foundation where the child can know that God loves them and Jesus died for them. Granted, other parts of the Bible will be learned and greater understanding will come, but one has to start somewhere. Sometimes, knowing the basics is all one needs.

The other Bible was a well-used Kings James Version that belonged to my grandmother. The leather edges are frayed from use. There are many verses highlighted and underlined. There are even some personal notes written in the margins. I can still remember images of her clutching it as she traveled to and from church. There were many mornings and evenings where I saw her face down reading every single word. For her, it was her life.

If you are a small child or an elderly woman or somewhere in-between, the Bible is still useful today. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

This week’s reading:

  • Monday – Col 1, Col 2, Col 3, Col 4
  • Tuesday – 1 Tim 1, 1 Tim 2, 1 Tim 3, 1 Tim 4
  • Wednesday – 1 Tim 5, 1 Tim 6; Titus 1, Titus 2, Titus 3
  • Thursday – 2 Tim 1, 2 Tim 2, 2 Tim 3, 2 Tim 4
  • Friday – Heb 1, Heb 2, Heb 3, Heb 4

    Please Pray for:
  • The Ukraine Mission Team as they travel and all the lives they touch while travelling abroad.
  • Ongoing Building Renovations, Modifications.
  • Our families, homes, workplace, church, and community.
  • Those who are unwillingly absent.
  • Those who are grieving and depressed.
  • The United Methodist Church.
  • Our nation and our leaders.