Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Why is a Bible so important?

A Bible is not just for Christmas....!

Many people, even Christians, have a limited perception of the importance of the Bible in their lives. I probably own in the region of twenty Bibles in all sorts of different translations, hard back, paperback, leather bound and even some on CD. I can access the Bible on-line and have considerable further reading material if there is something I need to study in more detail to grasp a fuller understanding of the context.

Why is a Bible so important?

A Bible is not just a book, most people would agree with that statement. It is much, much more that that. Its more that just a Holy book though. 2 Tim 3:16 tells us that 'All scripture is God breathed...". In other words, the Bible's teachings come directly from the mouth of our Father God and as such we as His people cannot afford to ignore what the Bible has to say, it is the Word of God.

Too often even Christians disregard the Word of God, there are many in our world who for whatever reason cannot and will not accept His direct intervention in our lives in this way, but we as Christians have a responsibility to read and obey God's Word to us. We often feel that there are to many areas that we don't understand, however someone once said "I have enough trouble dealing with the areas of the Bible I do understand to worry too much about the parts I don't understand". Oswald Chambers in his book studies from the sermon on the mount observes that even the areas of the scripture that we read which at that moment in time means little to us because we don't fully understand it, will in time become important as other parts become clear. Jesus 'brings all things to remembrance' and will use the 'inputs' when the right moment comes. It is therefore imperative that we read the Bible even though there are times we don't fully 'get it'.

Many Christians in our world do not have access to even a basic Bible. This can be as a result of the Bible not having been translated into their tongue but in the main access to a Bible is an economic problem. No matter how inexpensively a Bible can be produced it is unlikely to be in the price bracket of the poor.

Mission International's Bible-A-Month Club is designed to raise funds in order that those in the most need are not disadvantaged due to their poverty and lack of resources. The purpose of the Bible-A-Month Club is to provide a Bible in the language of the reader, often for as little as £3.00.

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Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Bibles to Tanzania Refugee camp:

The Bible-A-Month Club reaches refugees training seminar on time:

The simple, small church building in the picture below was the venue for a pastors training seminar for church leaders in Katumba refugee camp in Tanzania, recently. It was here that an unexpected gift, one prized by Christians throughout the developing world, was presented to some delighted church leaders. A Bible in your own language might be commonplace in the western world but them it was as if a miracle had taken place.
Christians confined to this Tanzanian refugee camp begin to arrive for the seminar which will give them much needed training in their service of the Lord.
Now that the pastors and church leaders have arrived the training can begin.

Bibles are a much sought after resource anywhere in the developing world but here in Katumba only 12 Bibles are available and so Pastor Hezroni has to choose who will be the most needy cases, a choice not easy to make.

Pastor Hezroni presents the Bibles to those deemed to require them the most, much to their joy.

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