Pastor Dan Nichols
There is a table waiting for us. It is filled with the finest of foods and the best drink. On it can be found samples of the sweetest of delicacies. It is a table that sits before you and I, always satisfies, and never leaves us wanting more or wishing we had not lingered so long. And this Table is the Word of God. So how is it that something we need so much, something that promises to be such a satisfying encounter, and can deliver, can be so difficult, frustrating, and discouraging? Everyone of us has struggled with hearing from God through his book. Maybe you’ve tried it enough to know that you won’t get anything out of it. The stories are tough to understand and apply, or maybe you don’t feel that you have a good grasp of the Bible’s big picture and purpose, and so all the little stuff in it feels devoid of purpose. It may be that you just have not had much of a positive experience with bible intake. Tonight's aim is to present you with a liturgy that can help make the unnatural natural, and can supply benefit to you even when you’re reading through the most difficult portions of Scripture. It can be used if you’ve got 5 minutes or an hour, and at any point in the day. And it yields grace and spiritual reward, whether or not you “get something” out of your Bible reading.