Do it again and again

We get hungry again and we eat again. We are going out in the cold and put on a jacket again. We get thirsty and drink water again. We get tired and go to bed again. The list goes on and on. All of these are for our physical well being. Taking good care of our physical needs helps our mental needs. These two parts of us are involved in our actions. Staying mentally positive adds to our physical well being.

We think, read, interact socially and make endless decisions. We have probably all heard the old saying, we are what we eat. Maybe we should also know that we are what we think. Another bit of wisdom is that attitude is everything. If we were to go into the list of “do it agains” it would be almost endless. The lists of do’s for the physical and mental are both temporal entities. There is another part of us that is eternal. It is our spirit.

We can help one another in the spiritual realm. We can encourage each other to practice that which has eternal consequences. We can do it again and again. Does your church have a women’s or men’s Bible study? How about inviting a friend. Do you belong to a prayer group? An invited friend might come.

About forty three years ago I joined a group that encourages reading the Bible, memorizing scripture and distributing God’s Word. Although I had memorized verses gone to Bible College and taught Bible classes I had never systematically read through the Bible regularly. A few years later I started to follow a pattern of reading through it each year. Reading and studying God’s eternal Word never gets old. It changes our eternal perspective. Like eating when hungry, drinking when thirsty or wearing a jacket when cold; it never gets old or boring. God reveals something new every time.

Something that has been jumping out at me this year is society’s disregard for God’s commandments. He promises that individuals and nations would be blessed for obedience and cursed for disobedience. A quick glance at Deuteronomy 27 and 28 gives a glimpse of these blessings and curses. Nothing has changed for individuals or nations. In His sermon on the mount our Lord made it clear that He did not come to do away with the law, but to fulfill the law. This is New Testament grace (Matthew 5:17, 18). He asks us to repent and go and quit the sin (John 8:11). No, the woman who was caught in adultery wasn’t condoned for her sin, she was told to repent aad forsake her sin.

If you start reading through the Bible each year, you will never be disappointed. That is one reason I started to put a read through the Bible schedule in this column many years ago.

For the 2013 Club, Apr. 7 takes us to Judges 21 and Luke 11.

Have a good two weeks.

Crist Langelett writes a twice-monthly column on faith. He is a chaplain for the North St. Paul city, police and fire departments, a chaplain at Washington County Jail, a past president of the North St. Paul Area Emergency Food Shelf and one of the founders of North St. Paul’s Polar Arena. He is active in civic groups and his local church.

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