Friday, March 24, 2006

What are you reading?

posted by Paul

Are you reading right now? What are you reading right now? This is the constant conversation that we should be having with one another. There is no other book in all the world that displays the character and work of God better than the Bible. So, #1 on the list should be the Bible. We should be people of the book; this is what makes us the people of God.

The Bible is not all that we need to be reading it is important to read books. Specifically books that will further our knowledge of the Bible. But how do we choose what books to read? Here are the questions that Richard Baxter asked himself:

1. Could I spend this time no better?

2. Are there better books that would edify me more?

3. Are the lovers of such a book as this the greatest lovers of the Book of God and of a holy life?

4. Does this book increase my love to the Word of God, kill my sin, and prepare me for the life to come?

I dare say that if we would all take such care in what we read we would be better conduits of God's glory. When we are reading good books we are standing on the shoulders of giants. ON their shoulders we can have our heads in the clouds of biblical knowledge, and strive to attain an even higher knowledge of what God has revealed. When you pick up Calvin's commentary you and read it you know what Calvin knew! Calvin put in all the work, and you can reap the benefits.

Find good books by godly men, and read them.


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