I strongly recommend this book to you

Good morning brothers and sisters.

It is my pleasure this morning to be with you.

I would like to thank the invitation that the administration of the Mexican Union of Chiapas has given to me for this ceremony. Thank you very much.

This morning is my pleasure and honor to lead these words to you.

I understand, you all have finished your English curriculum for this summer.

I am pleased to know that you all, with the support of our church, continue to grow and progress in every possible way in this life. And I also know all this is thanks to God. Congratulations on this achievement.

I think I can say with you, according to 2 Chronicles 20:21, “Praise the Lord, for his love endures forever.”

I would like to use the following minutes, that we have available, to encourage each of you to continue growing, as human beings, in all aspects but specially in one.

Mainly I would like to take the basic need we all have to make the habit of reading a practical and continuous standard in our lives.

The habit of reading is one of the most important and useful activities performed by human beings throughout his life. Reading, just as all other intellectual activities, is an exclusive possibility for the human beings, that have been able to develop an advanced intellectual and rational system. This means that reading is one of those activities that define us by what we are, and take us from other living beings. Reading is an activity that usually is acquired very slowly in our early ages, stays ongoing for life, and it is not lost over time.

On the other hand, the importance of reading also lies in the fact that it is through it that humans can begin to receive knowledge and thus formally can be inserted into the useful, but complex process, of education. [1]

So, it is the habit of reading that, being something elemental, leads us to a greater good.

Our interest on reading should be broad

As pastors we need to be informed in many aspects of life, both historical and also contemporary.

Today, we must recognize that the pastor is that kind of person who lives very involved in his duties and job, that provides little time for other things. This has led to other important aspects of life to be lost. That is why today we must also recognize that, among those other aspects, reading is one of those greater goods that we have to practice and we have to improve.

Brothers, sisters, you have received as blessing the opportunity to learn and/or improve into the English language. Do not throw away what has been given to you. Through the habit of reading you will find the opportunity to practice, improve and extend what you have learned during these months: the English language.

As a friend, I recommend you to seek improving in this area.

All this leads me to identify the book for excellence that can really help us in this duty: Holy Word of God, the Bible.

The Bible

The reading and studying the Bible become suitable for the task we all have ahead. It is important to read the Bible for the principles it teaches to us. But also the Bible is a fascinating book because it contains history and poetry; it has doctrine, ethics, prophecy; it talks about the future, it has stories of war and love, it has political intrigue, it talks about death and murder, but also speaks of miracles and resurrection promises; also it has stories of suicide and adultery, but also of faith and hope. [2]

I strongly recommend to you to read the Bible because it is totally reliable and without error; because God does not change and because human nature does not change as well; because it is so present for us as it was when it was written; because the Bible equips you to serve God. [3] In short, the Bible makes us wise and intelligent, but even more than that, allows us to know the God we serve! As it is well said by the Psalmist, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against you” and later he said “through Your precepts I get understanding; Therefore I hate every false way” (Psalm 119: 11, 104).

When the Lord’s servant, Ellen G. White, began her writing ministry, in 1851, one of her very first statement on her writing Sketches of Christian life was “Dear reader, I recommend the Word of God as your rule of faith and practice.” [4] The interesting thing would be that in 1909, being on her last World Congress of the General Conference, she spoke several times with clear voice, and at the end of her last presentation, to the delegates, she said, raising the Bible with her aged hands, brothers and sisters, “I recommend this book to you.”

That is why today, brothers and sisters, I make an appeal to us to take the Word of God and give back the time the Bible deserves in our lives. The Bible will make us to grow and progress in every aspect. It is a call for us to take the Bible in order to place it in it’s own special place, which invites us to grow and to use what we have learned through all this summer. God forbid that what was written by the prophet Hosea would not be for us, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children” (Hosea 4: 6), but rather the reading of the Bible, the Word of God, would take us soon before our great Lord.

I strongly recommend this book to you. (Raise the Bible opened).

Thank you very much. God bless you all.

[1] http://www.importancia.org/lectura.php

[2] https://porqueseguirajesus.wordpress.com/2014/03/06/la-importancia-de-leer-la-biblia/

[3] http://www.deblogcional.com/?p=322

[4] Tutsch, Cindy. El líder y el liderazgo según Elena G. de White. APIA. Pag. 19

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