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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for March 30, 2016

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WEDNESDAY, March 30      Wednesday in Easter Week

Luke 24:32 Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?

Before I was ordained, I had three degrees in theology. I had read and studied the Bible, some of it in Hebrew. In an academic sense, I thought I was at least competent. But it wasn’t until five years into ordained ministry that I actually knew much about the Bible.

In one of the churches I was serving, we decided to read the Bible. We went all in. In September, we read the whole Bible out loud over a long weekend. Then throughout the rest of the year, we had a Thursday evening dinner and study group of a few dozen people who read the Bible cover to cover together. Sunday mornings we had a simpler, Reader’s Digest version of the class. We stopped printing the lessons in the bulletin and urged people to bring a Bible to church.

It was transformational. Opening the scriptures with open hearts with a group of people made room for the Holy Spirit to bring God’s word alive for us. Our hearts burned within us.

PRAY for the Dioceses of Brisbane, Brisbane-Northern Region, Brisbane-Southern Region, and Brisbane-Western Region (Queensland, Australia)

Ps 105:1-8 or 118:19-24; Acts 3:1-10; Luke 24:13-35

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