Meanderings of a Minister


Ever Wish You Knew the Bible Better?

Have you ever wanted more out of your Bible reading, or have you ever wondered why it seems that others get so much when you get so little?  Perhaps you should do more than read.  Perhaps you should think deeply about scripture, spend time with it, replay it throughout the day, or meditate on Scripture.

I know that you might be thinking, “That is too hard or complicated!   I wouldn’t even know where to begin!”  Actually that is the very reason that Robert J. Morgan wrote the book, Reclaiming the Lost Art of Biblical Meditation:  Find True Peace in Jesus.  Morgan’s book is like having a master walk beside the reader to help with Biblical Meditation.  The book is a treasure trove of information, inspiration, illustration, and rumination, with absolutely no condemnation for any who have not tried to spend more or more serious time in God’s Word.

Each chapter is designed to give the reader a benefit of Biblical meditation.  In the chapter, Morgan tells the reader why they should meditate on scripture and gives examples that flesh out the ideas into actual life lessons.

In addition to the chapters, there is also scattered throughout the small volume, on the green pages, specific suggestions for how to get started.  This helps to make sure that the whole process does not seem to be just for the professionals, but puts the cookies on the bottom shelf for the rest of us.

Additionally, there is a 10-day meditation guide at the back where Morgan walks the reader through the method with helpful pointers and suggestions along the way.  Each day gives the reader a scripture, context, and some thoughts to help with the meditation process.

As bonus, at the end of the book, Morgan gives the reader an additional list of scriptures so that the process can become a habit for life.

I have been meditating on scripture for years, and I found this book to be simple, yet helpful.  I found it to be inspiring without being so far above everyone’s heads to make it unreachable.  I also found it so immediately applicable and practical that there really is no reason that a person could come away from the book questioning the importance, impact, or impassable process so crucial to Christian Growth.

This would be a great book to read on your own or with your children.  It would also be great to be used in church or in a small group setting.  It could also be incorporated into a discipleship strategy for new believers, but that is only the benefit to be had outside of the reader’s heart and mind.  Inside the heart and mind, there is no way to estimate its value or exhaust its uses.

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The Best Is Yet To Come! (Zechariah 4:1-6:15)
February 7, 2014, 10:17 pm
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Wonder Bread

Have you ever had to wait for something for a long time?  I sure have.  I remember once, when I was younger, we were supposed to tour the Wonder Bread factory.  I could not wait because a friend of mine told me that we could “sample” all of the bread we could eat.  I was also curious about how the bread was made because it seemed like every time my grandmother would make bread, she would yell at me about running in the house and making her bread fall.

 The trip was to be a reward for a combination of behaviors desired by my elementary school.  First, you had to be there at least 90% of the time.  Not many absences allowed.  Second, you had to have turned in 90% of your homework.  Third, you must have turned in your science project.  Finally, you had to have a passing grade.  The catch…this had to be done for the entire semester.  When you are in fifth grade, a semester can be an eternity.  Every day, the teacher would threaten all of us with not being able to go it we did not “straighten up”.  It took forever!  I am pretty sure I was in the first semester of fifth grade for at least fifteen years.

 The day finally came to go on the trip and…

It was better than I imagined!  We ate fresh bread with honey, jelly, butter, peanut butter, and even with syrup.  We got to see the bread being made.  We were not yelled at one single time.  The bread did not fall.  It was a wonderful day.

In these chapters, God continues sending visions to Zechariah to tell the people to hang on to Him and trust Him with their future.  He promises that their future will be better than sliced bread (sorry, I couldn’t resist).  He promises they will be cared for, delivered, and protected.  He promises to bless them and to bless their leaders, but they had to wait patiently and faithfully for the deliverance to come.  They had to trust Him enough to follow Him and obey Him and tell others about Him and the blessings would come.  Are you waiting for God’s blessing in this same way?

 Think of a time when you had to wait for something for a long time.  Did that something prove to be as exciting as you had thought?  Why or why not?  I can promise you that God’s promises will never let you down.  Hang on to Him today.