by Dr. Foster H. Shannon
“Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light unto my path.” ~Psalm 119:105
In the summer of 1944 I had come from Sand Springs, Oklahoma to spend the summer in Los Angeles with my aunt and grandmother, as I had done in 1939 and 1942. In those summers I attended Immanuel Presbyterian Church on Wilshire Blvd. I was impressed with the preaching and teaching, and the great organ in the worship service. The summer of 1944 I went with a group of high school students from Immanuel to attend a summer conference at the Presbyterian Conference Grounds at Big Bear Lake. That one week made a great impression on me. It was on the last day that we were given a paper to make a commitment: that we believed in Jesus Christ as our Savior. I affirmed, knowing that I had already believed and had been baptized. The second question was on tithing. That was a bit above my head, and I skipped it. I think that I started tithing when I was a senior in high school. The third question was, will you read your Bible every day? I responded that I would. I have kept that promise, and believe that it was one of the most important decisions I have made in my life.
I hope that you have the commitment of daily Bible reading. It encourages us, it guides us—and God speaks to us in it. I continue to be amazed that the text which I read often speaks directly to my daily experience. The Bible is indeed the word of God! There is nothing more important, than our relationship with our Savior. God’s word is true:
“God is not a man, that he should lie.” ~Numbers 23:19
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”~Luke 21:33
Why should you read the Bible?
1. The Bible is considered the most important book in the world. It was the first book to be printed by Gutenberg in Germany, 1455 A.D. It has been a perennial best seller—outselling all other books year after year and has been translated into more languages than any other book. The Bible has had greater influence upon at, literature, ethics, and culture than any other writing. A great deal of the world’s conversations presume a knowledge of the Bible.
2.The Bible is God’s message to you. It reveals God’s great love and care for you and is earnestly concerned for your well being. God desires a personal relationship with you.
3. The Bible teaches us the purpose and meaning of life.
4. As you gain knowledge of the Bible you will become a happier and better person.
5. God wants us to know him. He instructs us to read his word. God is at the center of the universe, at the center of all of life, at the center of all that is. To ignore the Bible is, in effect, to ignore God.
How to Study the Bible?
I have written a basic book on the study of the Bible: So You Want to Study the Bible. It has 64 pages. I believe that it can be helpful to almost anyone. There is considerable information related to the study of the Bible. It includes a section on daily Bible reading for a year. (Keep reading below, to see how you can get a free copy sent to you!)
This book will tell you some basic facts about the Bible. It will give you guidelines for study. It will encourage you to begin with a one year daily reading plan that will guide you to the most important passages throughout the Old and New Testament. It contain sufficient background information so that you can have an understandable framework as you read in the Bible. Each day’s selected passages will take you no more that three to five minutes to read. You will not, of course, read everything in the bible in a year following this plan—only about one-fifth of the total contents of the Bible. But you will have read a most important one-fifth, and you will have laid a foundation to continue a lifetime of profitable and enjoyable Bible study. You will find this plan on pages 46-50. You can refer to it immediately, and begin using it as you read through this book.
I would like to send you a free copy of my book, So You Want to Study the Bible – nothing required except to ask for it, no cost, and no strings attached. You can contact me at fjshannon@sbc global.net or firstname.lastname@example.org. My cell phone, 323 493 0714.