Its first episode in March drew 13.1 million viewers, making it the most-watched entertainment cable telecast of the year up to that time.
The most popular book in the history of mankind received a lot of free publicity in the widely popular miniseries.
The Barna Group, a well-known research organization, says 88 percent of Americans own a Bible and one-fourth own six or more. This does not mean that everyone is reading the Scriptures.
However, David Nygren slightly overstated people ignoring the Word when he said: “If all the neglected Bibles were dusted simultaneously, we would have a record dust storm and the sun would go into eclipse for a whole week.”
All of us do not let the Bible just sit and gather dust. We believe it is God-breathed and a guide for daily living; we know its importance. It says of itself:
“All Scripture is giving by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).
Someone said the Bible is the only Book by which you may know the future with all certainly; it is the only Book that satisfactorily answers the questions, Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going?
The reason the Holy Writ is squeezed from the public square, erased from public education, and ignored by much of the public is because people do not know the God of the Book.
The things of God are foolishness to the nonfollower. As has been stated, men do not reject the Bible because it contradicts itself, but because it contradicts them.
Modern man thinks he has moved beyond the Bible. It is outmoded to him, not relevant to the times. Those who profess to follow its teachings are narrow and ignorant.
If we uphold the truths evident within its covers, we are out of step with modern society and are bigots and shortsighted. Many feel that we should be silenced, and though there has not been much overt persecution of believers in this country, we may face acute censoring ahead.
Nevertheless, we feel sad for those who do not know the joy of letting God speak intimately from the Scriptures and then commune with Him in prayer.
The writer John Flavely reminds us: “The Scriptures teach us the best way of living, the noblest way of suffering, and the most comfortable way of dying.”
O, the joy of communing with the great God of Heaven through His Word. This writer’s devotional life has been revolutionized through the help of a printed guide. In it the scriptural references are prayed, and one uses his name when applicable where nouns and pronouns appear in a reference.
Each day has a theme with a written prayer which covers some of the biblical references to be looked up — all on one page. Daily, from five to 13 different locations in the Bible are to be read, dated, mused over and prayed.
I strongly recommend the devotional guide, “Life-changing Moments with God” (Thomas Nelson) by David Jeremiah, in local religious bookstores ($20).
Thank God for His eternal word. The writer of Hebrews proclaims: “The Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any two-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow: it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (4:12).