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Hey guys! I am honored that you would take the time to read this blog. I hope that what I have to share will be worth your time. You may ask yourself, "What's up with the title of this blog?" The title Siloam's Pool comes from John 9:7. There was a man who came to Jesus who was born blind. As Jesus and the disciples passed by the man, Jesus used this man's condition to teach an important spiritual lesson to his followers. Jesus affirmed that the man had been born blind in order that God might be honored through this man's life. Then Jesus said in a dramatic statement, "We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." (John 9:4-5). He then told the man to go and wash in the Pool of Siloam. The name "Siloam" means "sent." The man went and washed and came back seeing. It is my hope that through this blog, that perhaps someone might see as a result of the truth that is shared here. I will do my best to honor your time. God bless!

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A Letter from an Old Friend
June 27, 2011

         I must make a confession to you as you read this. While I have been faithful in studying the Bible, I have grown a little slack in reading along in my Bible reading plan. As I was lying in bed the other night, my phone went off, indicating that I had received a new email. Instinctively, I picked up my Blackberry to see who the message was from. It was a letter from an old friend, so to speak that is!

          What I had received in my inbox was an email from my Bible reading app called You Version telling me that it had been some time since I last read from my Bible reading plan. They were right! I felt scolded by a digital accountability partner. I knew I had not been as faithful in reading as I should have, and I needed that reminder. After getting over the initial amazement of our modern technology, I began to think about what had taken place and it made me somewhat sad.

          You may wonder why I was sad. Isn’t it great that we have tools to help keep us faithful? Was it that I had been disturbed too late at night that I was upset? Was it that I felt it was too legalistic of my Bible app to demand that I spend time reading from a Bible reading plan that had me reading in four different sections of the Bible? What was it that made me sad?

          What made me sad was that it took an email to remind me of the need to be in the Word of God. Let me explain what I mean. Acts 2:42 says, “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” This verse is referring to the newborn church right after Pentecost. The previous verses teach us that 3,000 souls were added to the church in one day after Peter’s sermon. The people then began to devote themselves to the teaching of the apostles, another way of saying that they began to study the Bible. In verse 46, the Bible says that every day they met at the temple and broke bread in their homes, continuing this Bible study process.

          The point is that the early church encouraged one another and studied the Bible together. They didn’t just meet on two days a week, but every day. When they met, they didn’t need a Bible study app to hold them accountable by sending an email. Instead, they held one another accountable, which is really a much better way of doing accountability, because there is no delete button! The early church was practicing Galatians 6:1, “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.”

          Let us make it our practice to follow the example of the early church and meet together to study the Bible. Let us hold one another accountable to the Word of God in love that we might become the men and women that God wants us to be. Let us get back to reading that wonderful letter from an Old Friend we call the Bible. May God use it to enrich and transform our lives (Rom. 12:1-2)!

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On Monday, June 27, 2011, Eric said
I was reading Sunday morning that the fastest growing Sunday Schools contact all members every week. After reading this, it makes more sense as to why that is. Nice read! Thanks

 



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