North Baptist Church - Ottawa, KS   

"Where Everyone Is Treated Like Family"

From the Pastor’s Desk – May/June 2017 

          Well, how’s your Bible reading going? At the beginning of 2017, you were issued a challenge to read through the Bible this year. The reading plan is in the back of your calendar books, or I post them on Facebook each week. At this point I don’t send them through the prayer chain, unless someone would want me too.

          For some of you, this would be the first time you will be reading all the way through your Bible. For others it may make several times that you’ve read through the Bible. Whatever the case may be for you, it’s important that you take it seriously.

          One of the ways God’s speaks to us today, is through His Word. When we don’t take time to read His Word, in essence what we are saying is, we don’t really care what He has to say. No, I’m sure no one would ever tell God that, but that’s what our actions show.

          God has went through great extremes (Jesus’ death) to have a relationship with us. He expects us to use every opportunity we have to meet with Him, so that He can speak to us today daily.

          I sometimes think we don’t really want to read God’s Word, because we know what’s in it, and it will convict us of where we really are. It’s the thinking, if I don’t know it’s in His Word, then I can go on doing the things I do, or living the way I live and not feel guilty, confused or condemned because of it.

          I heard a story about W. C. Fields. When he was on his death bed, a friend found him reading the Bible. The friend, surprised asked why he was doing that. He said, "I’m looking for loopholes."

          Unfortunately there are no “loopholes” in God’s Word, only truth. If you’re looking for loopholes, you should know you’re in trouble already.

          I’ve personally read through God’s Word several times before, but the approach we are taking this year is new to me as well. I really like the way this plan incorporates the Old Testament and the New Testament together. The way it correlates the Old with the New has been so unique. I’ve really enjoyed the way it comes together. By reading the Old and the New in this way, I have found some wonderful nuggets hidden in God’s Word, revealed to me as we have read. It’s awesome how the Holy Spirit does that at just the right time. I’m so excited, I can barely contain it. It makes me think of the song, “God is on the Move” the chorus goes like this, “I know, I know, I know, I know – God is on the move, on the move – Hallelujah – God is on the move – In many mighty ways – God is on the move, on the move – Hallelujah – God is on the move – On the move today” God is on the move and we find His direction, from His Word – His Word for us.

          I admit, (confession here) at times it’s hard to keep up. We are trying to juggle, Shelley’s, mine, as well as the schedule of four girls. We’ve been reading the Bible together as a family. We don’t always manage to get it done day to day, but we have managed to catch up. So, I know it is possible. I didn’t say it was easy. But, I’m determined for us to do this as a family, so I’ve been the driving force and the force behind it is found in Joshua 24:15 (NIV) “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates (Marias des Cygnes), or the gods of the Amorites (Ottawian-ites), in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

          We are going to do it! I can’t choose for you and your household (I wish I could), I can only choose for mine. My prayer is that your choice, is the same as mine – Reading God’s Word.

          If you’re behind in your reading plan and don’t think you can’t catch up – don’t worry – just start right where we are right now and move forward. The important thing is reading on a daily basis, if at all possible. By that you will strengthen and build your relationship with the Heavenly Father.

          Remember you don’t have to read your Bible – you get too!

           See ya, Sunday – if not before!

It’s because of Him that we Serve,

Pastor Kim