KEVIN G. SPRACKLEN
It is our goal to get as many people as possible reading through the Bible once a year. We had 18 names turned into us last year and this year we have 26 names. Maybe you have read through your Bible, but did not take time to let us know. Please join us next year. It may not be important to you to have your name published, but it encourages others to join us. If you had to go a few days over a year to finish reading, we will still include you. Keep going until you finish.
There is no greater profit than to hide the Word of God in our hearts. We loved Bro. Roloff and appreciated his life greatly, but the greatest thing he did for us, was to encourage us to read and memorize the Word of God. It only took him a moment to persuade us, but it has lasted a lifetime for us.
I am amazed daily at Christians, that have been saved for years, and have no idea how to approach their problems. They have not invested time in the study and reading of God’s Word. Proverbs says, “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the way thereof is death.” We had better not guess at God’s way, we had better know what He said.
We are including a letter we received from a sweet friend. I believe it will encourage our hearts to keep on keeping on for the Lord.
Just a note to let you know I have read through my Bible again this past year. I have read through every year since you (Gloria) challenged us in our Ladies Meeting when you were here at Central. I think that has been about 19 years ago. It gets sweeter every year and I always see something new that I did not catch before. It just jumps out at me. I have been taking the leftover Tid Bit papers to the nursing homes and passing them out to the ones that I feel can comprehend them. I also pass them out to the residents at Canterbury Gardens Retirement and Assisted Living Center. Two weeks ago I passed out the leftovers for December and after our services Delores came up to me so excited. She said, “I have been trying to read my Bible through every year but get mixed up where to read next. She had the daily reading schedule sheet in her hand and said I will be able to read it through this year. I too was elated over it.
I am having to give up the Nursing Home Ministry. It is getting to be too much stress at my age. I have never really had the help I needed, so being in my 80’s, I am resigning due to health and the stress. My pastor is trying to get someone to take my place, but it doesn’t look very promising at this time. I will try to pop in from time to time to see some of the residents and I will still be playing the piano for the Canterbury Garden Services on Saturday mornings. Keep me in your prayers, as this is a heartbreaking situation for me. They have become like family after 16 years of holding church services for them. I hear Bro. Jerry is struggling with heart problems. Enjoy him while you can. I miss my husband. It is 8 years since he left me to go to his eternal home. I love you. Dorothy Callen.
You cannot know how it excited our hearts to know that 19 years of Bible reading took place because we encouraged her. We will never have great amounts of money to make a difference in this world, but if we can get the Word of God into a person’s life, we have been a part of making their lives rich!!! Let us push the reading of the Word of God. It never hurt anyone!