Tips for Happy Bible Reading

February 20, 2019

The Rector’s Letter to the Congregation (Week of January 13, 2019)

Welcome to God’s house this morning. Today is the second Sunday in the season of Epiphany 2019. We marvel at the Divine babe who has come to us as savior and King. Please worship your God with abandon in prayers and songs.

I trust that you started reading your Bible from Genesis. If you started last Sunday and have been reading at least 6 pages a day, you should be close to chapter 30 of Genesis if not beyond.

It is better to aim at reading number of pages a day rather than number of chapters because some chapters are much longer than others. There are 1189 chapters in the whole Bible, 929 in the Old Testament and 260 in the New. It would seem easy to divide that figure by, say, 250, and imagine reading four or five chapters a day.

But then you come to chapters like Genesis 24, Psalm 119, and others. Such long chapters would cause some days’ reading to be too long. To stay consistent many voices suggest reading number of pages a day. That includes my own voice.

Please take this as a fun exercise. Read and learn and discover. Don’t hesitate to ask me questions about what you read.

One person asked me a question, for example, after reading the early chapters of Genesis: If Adam and Eve were the first two human beings on earth, where did their sons Cain and Seth get wives from? Do you want to know my answer to that question? If so, wait for it next Sunday.

 

For now, let’s enjoy this Luganda song in Luganda language:

 

Ddembe, ddembe, ddembe

Ddembe, ddembe, ddembe

Ddembe Yesu ly’awa;

Ddembe, ddembe, ddembe

Ddembe Yesu ly’awa.

 

Ddembe= freedom (Short for Eddembe)

Ly’awa is a contraction of two words “lye awa” = which He gives

Eddembe Yesu ly’awa = The freedom that Jesus gives (to those who believe in Him).

Okwagalana       =   Loving each other

Okusonyiwa       =   Forgiving (others)

Okusanyuka      =   Being joyful

Obutukuvu        =   Holiness

Okuyimba         =   Singing

Okwenenya       =  Repentance, admitting mistakes, apologizing

 

 The Lazy Way Is Really The Hard Way

“Teachers will tell you that the laziest boy in the class is the one who works the hardest in the end. They mean this. If you give two boys, say, a proposition in geometry to do, the one who is prepared to take trouble will try to understand it. The lazy boy will learn it by heart because, for the moment, that needs less effort. But six months later, when they are preparing for the exam, that lazy boy is doing hours and hours of miserable drudgery over things the other boy understands, and positively enjoys, in a few minutes.

Laziness means more work in the long run. Or look at it this way. In a battle, or in mountain climbing, there’s often one thing which it takes a lot of pluck to do; but it is also, in the long run, the safest thing to do. If you funk it, you will find yourself, hours later, in far worse danger. The cowardly thing is also the most dangerous thing.”

From Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, 1996 edition

 

Have fun all week. Be who you have chosen to be and let the people around you see it and be it.

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