Monday, March 3, 2014

Message from Margarita Llanes, High School Teacher

I pray the meditation of Days of Praise will bless your life like it did mine.

                        The Importance of Reading

“Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, and to teaching.” (1Timothy 4:13)

In this video age, Christians are in grave danger of forgetting the importance of reading. The word translated “reading” in this verse is the Greek angnosis, a compound word meaning essentially “renew knowledge.” A sermon or lecture is knowledge heard, an educational film or video is knowledge seen; but reading is knowledge that can be read, rehearsed, reviewed, and renewed again and again, until fully and securely learned. In fact, it is necessary for students to take notes, even when hearing a sermon or seeing a film, if they expect to retain any knowledge received by such a means.

The importance of reading is also pointed out by the verb used in the verse. “Give attendance” means, literally, “continue steadfastly.” Reading and studying the Scriptures are especially necessary for a fruitful Christian ministry. To do this requires steadfast continuance in the study, not only of the Bible, but also of other sound literature as well. A truly effective and influential Christian is an informed Christian, armed with facts and sound counsel, prepared and capable both in his own professional field of practice and in his spiritual service as a Christian witness. The conscientious Christian must never cease to study and to grow in grace and knowledge (2 Peter 3:18). Henry M. Morris, Ph.D. Days of Praise, February 13, 2014.

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