Summer Reading

Summer is here and with it comes vacations or holidays as the UK says, time to relax and turn back to reading some new and old favorite books. Children enjoy this time, and we should as well. But, as we read, we are cautioned to be alert to this deadly d sin: sluggishness or dull. We can read but not comprehend. We can read but not enjoy it. We can read but not utterly understand the author’s motives and thought process.  

The author of Hebrews chastises the reader with these words: “On this topic we have much to say, and it is difficult to explain, since you have become sluggish in hearing.” [Heb 5:11] Could this be said of us? Sluggish has the connotation of dull, lacking understanding.  

Today earnestly yearn to hear, understand, and apply the truths of the Bible to your life and the lives of your young proteges. The author of Hebrews recalls the two warnings already spoken: drifting and disbelief. Let us not add dull or sluggishness to that list. I love the energizer bunny commercial which shows we must be charged up to do the work and so it is with biblical understanding. We must be charged up with the power of the Holy Spirit so that when we face Christ we can say as John wrote: “I glorified you on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.”  [Jn 17:4] Can we emulate Christ, and can we say these same words for ourselves as Christ said them of Himself?        

What book or books do you have on your summer reading list? Children love being read to and to listen to stories. What Bible stories are you going to share life principles with these precious young ones?  

Coordinator of the Heartprints Blog Page: Gaye-Ellen Austin or SonShine has a passion to train people to be successful Bible students, following the words of Paul to his protégé Timothy: “ entrust to faithful people who will be competent to teach others as well.” (2 Tim 2:2). She taught 15 years in public schools and 12 years in a Christian school where she was coordinator of the NILD program for learning disabled students. She has taught Precept upon Precept classes and was a discussion group leader for 10+ yrs. in BSF in Daytona Beach. Fl. and Atlanta, GA. Also, Gaye-Ellen is the writer for the https://www.facebook.com/bible.org/ She also has her own personal blog page: https://sonshinesjournal.com/ David is a full time director for Bible.org as well as his secular job. He and Gaye-Ellen along with their son, Dr. Mark Austin, daughter-in-law, Dr. Blanca Austin and granddaughter Christina (https://christinaaustinlopez.com.) live in the Dallas area. Gaye-Ellen's goal is to present Christ and live Christ glorifying God. One of her favorite verses about the role as parents, teachers, and adults for the next generation comes from Psalm 78:4, "but tell to the generation to come the praises of the Lord."

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