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Topic: Encouragement (among believers) (11/08/07)
TITLE: Emma's Challenge
By Fay Johnson
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Someone suggested she read the whole bible. She was not sure at first how one went about doing it. She was not even sure if anyone ever had. Surely, such a task must rank up there with climbing Mt. Everest. Without doubt, it was just too complicated and too difficult to read all of it. She wondered if one should start at Genesis or go by some chart. She thought on the matter a while longer and decided to just start at the beginning.
The next morning she set out on her new mission to read through the Bible in one year. She quickly found she needed some ground rules to keep herself in check. Four chapters a day should get the job done in a timely manner. What should she do with all those tiny Psalms? She decided it would be okay to read ten per day. She quickly learned many things did not make a lot of sense and then there were all those weird names. She was relieved no one used those names any more. She preferred the stories because they were so much easier to understand. Yet, she just kept going day after day, book after book.
Finally, after ten months, she finished the job! She closed her Bible at the end of Revelation feeling complete satisfaction. She began to think back on what she had read. She was a little dismayed because the story seemed to repeat itself. The people of God sinned, repented, were forgiven. She chuckled, just like me.
She went into the kitchen contemplating her next adventure. She did not really have anything in mind; maybe she would just start over again to find out if she remembered anything from her first reading. Lately, her short and long-term memories seemed to be in a constant race to see which would fail first. She wondered if familiarity would help her to finish quicker. She started to think how she could encourage others to read through the whole Bible after all it is not like climbing Mt. Everest.
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