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The Everyday Club Report for August: Dusty Bibles?

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I am thankful that you are a member of The Everyday Club. Given the sad statistic that 2% of Christians share their faith regularly, it’s great to see others remaining faithful.

To help me stay faithful I make it a point to read my Bible every day, too.

I like the One Year Bible because each day’s reading is broken up into four segments: One portion from the Old Testament, one portion from the New Testament, one from Psalms and another from Proverbs. I am currently reading the New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs.

Psalm 119:9-11:

How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to your word.
  With my whole heart I seek you;
let me not wander from your commandments!
 I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.

Job 23:12:

“I have not departed from the commands of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.”

I like Ray Comfort’s reminder mantra:

No Bible, no breakfast. No read, no feed. Bible before belly.

I have chosen not to eat until I read because that way I won’t forget.

Bible teacher Kay Arthur said that the greatest enemy to regular Bible reading is Christian books.

What about reading Our Daily Bread regularly? Surely that counts, doesn’t it?

The founder of that publication, M. R. De Haan, M.D. said this: “These articles in Our Daily Bread are not designed to be a substitute for the Bible; they are meant to stimulate your desire to read more of the Bible. If reading this booklet has caused you to neglect the Word of God, please throw this booklet in the wastebasket! If you’re too busy to read the Bible, you’re too busy. 

J. C. Ryle (1816-1900) wrote: “Here is one among many reasons, why we ought to be diligent readers of our Bibles. The Word is the sword of the Spirit. We shall never fight a good fight, if we do not use it as our principal weapon. The Word is the lamp for our feet. We shall never keep the king’s highway to heaven, if we do not journey by its light.

“It may well be feared, that there is not enough Bible-reading among us. It is not sufficient to have the Book. We must actually read it, and pray over it ourselves. It will do us no good, if it only lies still in our houses. We must be actually familiar with its contents, and have its texts stored in our memories and minds.

“Knowledge of the Bible never comes by intuition. It can only be obtained by diligent, regular, daily, attentive, wakeful reading. Do we grudge the time and trouble this will cost us? If we do, we are not yet fit for the kingdom of God.”

And I love this quote from Charles Spurgeon: There is dust enough on some of your Bibles to writedamnation’ with your fingers.”

So, how about you? You evangelize every day. What is your Bible reading habit? I’m curious to know.

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Please write how you did on your evangelism commitment for August in the comments section below.

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17 Comments

  1. My goal is to hand out at least 10 tracts a day or have a 1-2-1 conversation and to open air preach when I can.

    I missed three days last month.

  2. Goals met this month, preaching once/week at the food bank, door to door with the team once/week and handing out tracts everyday. Bible reading plan is Prof. Horner, one chapter from each section, plus Thru the Bible with J. Vernon McGee. No read, no feed!

  3. It was a good month for me, especially when it is fair and parade time. It never gets old passing out tracts, even in the same town at the same events because God’s word never returns void.

  4. missed one day of my daily 1-1 goal. Been listening to the Bible on MP3 lately more than reading it. Not sure how I feel about that, but I do enjoy hearing the Word while i walk or ride bike.

  5. I met my goal of passing out atleast 5 tracts all but 1 day this month.

    I find different ways of reading the Bible – Prof Horner last year. From July to August of this year I read the Bible in 37 days. Now, I have it formatted out to read in 64 days (day 15 today). You really get the overall picture of a VERY forgiving God – even in the Old Testament! I love His Word!

  6. August was a good month for me. I think I maybe missed 2 days. The big thing that happened is I went to a mall with two other disciples who had never gone out witnessing. I was able to hand out a lot of tracts and I made the attempt to get a one-2-one (she didn’t want to talk). One of the other guys for the first time stepped up and stepped out and made the attempt to witness. It was a good time looking forward to going out evangelizing with them again real soon.

    Also to answer the above question Pastor Steve about my Bible reading habits, I read the Bible everyday and more than once a day. I enjoy reading the Bible and it is something I have done now consistently for almost 10 years that I have been saved. God has made this possible giving me the drive and hunger to do it. For me that really is the easy part, the hard part is living it out and that is where sadly I am not as consistent in. God help me!

    • I also wanted to add that I’m blessed at the place I work I have a Bible on my desk and when there are slow moments I read a Psalm or a Proverb or another chapter. Many co-workers coming and going in the backroom where I work see that I’m reading the Bible, but no one has commented as of yet. PTL!!!

  7. The month of August was good for me in that I only missed two days of outreach.
    I handed out many tracts locally and when I went to Myrtle Beach for vacation. I was given and took the opportunity, to take many people through the good person test. Yes, a really good month.

    Steve, you ask about how often I’m reading my Bible. Every day, in the morning with a cup of coffee before I head to work. I have an audio version on my ipod that I listen to in the car. This spring semester I took as Old Testament survey of the Bible at school and I am presently enrolled in a New Testament survey which we are reading through the Gospels in parallel. No matter how times I read the Bible, it never ceases to amaze me how God will continually teach me something new.

  8. August was not a very good month for me, I did not meet my goal. I hope to improve this month.

    I started to read the Bible daily two years before I was saved, when I was a false convert.

    Reading the Bible before was a like chore that I had to cross out on my list and at the end of the year I would receive a certificate from my church for reading it.

    I will admit that now, as a Christian, there are times when I have to push myself out of bed(I suffer from insomnia) to read it. I have to get up real early, before my spouse because it bothers him to see me reading it. But once I am up and awake I read it for “transformation not information” which I need tons of and pray for.

    I read the Bible every morning. I was using Prof. Grant reading plan, but when my teenager switched to the John MacArthur reading plan, I switched too. I feel that we should be in the same plan to have discussion or share what we are learning.

  9. I did not meet my goal this month. I have noticed that this month, I haven’t even done 1 one-2-one. God is showing me that I need to repent of not coming out of my ‘comfort zone’. Thank you Pastor Steve for your everyday-club. God has convicted me that I need to share my faith with people all around me. God used your club to show me my lack of evangelism this month. God bless you.

  10. Steve Sanchez wrote:
    “I missed three days last month.”

    I must be aware (at all times) of the importance of witnessing verbally or with a tract! I mustn’t let everyday distractions keep me from my duty!
    Speaking for myself, five days is inexcusable and I’m sure if you asked Steve, he’d say three was too many as well!

  11. I forgot to mention that I’m reading the John MacArthur Reading Plan.

  12. i did well last month.
    My mom is reading to me the “Bible Story”, by Arthur S. Maxwell.

  13. I have shared the Gospel in one way or another every day in the month of August. We did an outreach at a Dallas Cowboys pre-season game and also a number of outreaches at the train station and the mall. But overall the goal is simply to share the gospel with someone that crosses my path each day and I have managed to do that. Sometimes it might be leaving a tract at the gas pump. Other times it is a one on one with a waiter or casher.

    As for Bible reading, I concur that it is the most important food of the day. My goal is to read the proverb of the day as well as from my reading plans. I use the YouVersion Bible app on my tablet. I am currently reading the Old Testament plan to go through the OT in a year as well as another plan to go through the new testament in a year. I am also reading Project 345 with my wife and son in the evenings.

  14. This month I missed two days of my Everyday Club.

    Praise the Lord.

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