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TITLE: 90 Years and Going Strong
By Deb Borrello
07/23/12
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A woman in my Bible study will be turning 90 in April.  She has been studying the Bible faithfully for longer than I’ve been alive.  In fact, she has been studying the Bible faithfully for longer than my life twice over.  Yet week after week she returns and not only does she lead but she also learns.  Tell me, what other books can one study for almost a century and still find something new every time?  Why is it with the Bible no one ever reaches the full saturation point of Biblical knowledge?
 
Hebrews 4:12 offers an explanation to this. “the Word of God is living and active...”  There are no other books I know of referred to as “living and active”.  Granted, there are those “choose your own adventure” books that offer a different array of choices with each read, but eventually one follows every possible path and the reader is offered no new alternatives.  But the Bible?  The Bible is like the ultimate “choose your own adventure”.   It's more than printed letters combined into words arranged into coherent sentences and grouped into logical paragraphs.  It's more than just morality and ethical guidelines.  It is “living and active”.

This is why my friend at 90 is still studying the Bible and why she's willing to come out twice a week to hear and share the Word.  She knows there's still more for her to learn and more for her to pass on to others.  Her Lord is not trapped in the pages but rather reaches out and embraces her every times she opens the Book.  He holds her, encourages her, and leads her, and more and more she takes on the likeness of Jesus. 

This is why we need to remain diligent in our Bible reading.  The Word of God does not benefit me to sit on a shelf.  There is nothing special about the Bible if it gathers dust on my nightstand.  I will not change and grow and be convicted of my choices and behavior because I downloaded the app to my smartphone.  There is nothing effective about owning a Bible.  It is only effective if I open it, read it, and live it.

This is my encouragement to you... be like my friend.  Be 90 years old and still passionate about the Word of God.  Open the Bible.  Read it.  Let it change you from the inside out.  Because that’s what it does.  The author in Hebrews knew it.  I know it.  Give it a chance and you will know it too.  Oh, and pass the WORD.  It WILL change someone’s life!   
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