Dear Prospective Bible Reader,
As the Archbishop of Canterbury presented the Holy Scriptures to Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth II at her coronation, he said, Your Majesty, this is the greatest treasure the world affords. This has been the opinion of many throughout human history, and is still the persuasion of multitudes, both high and low, rich and poor, educated and uneducated, mighty and humble, throughout Western Christendom and beyond.
And so while the Bible, the Scriptures, the Word of God is indeed the most valuable treasure this world affords, it is totally useless in its regenerating and revitalizing power to those who do not make themselves aware of its contents nor allow its extreme value to affect their lives. Yet it is often widely neglected in all the West, particularly during times of prosperity, to such an extent that Christian faith all but dies in the culture, and the influence of the Bible becomes virtually non-existent, except with those faithful few who endure by clinging to its precepts.
Though sunlight and fresh air benefit all humanity, including those who do not particularly appreciate them, bringing health and beauty to all; yet those who appreciate them for their true value, engaging in their benefits, are those who experience their priceless value much more by far.
Are not the great benefits of wholesome food and drink universally known to all, as most necessary for the maintenance of life and health? and yet how many fail to gain these most necessary benefits because of careless neglect, to the ruin of their own physical wellbeing?
While the Bible above all other influences has brought the greatest benefit to society and all mankind, beyond all conjecture and imagination, founding our most beneficial institutions and guiding the most illustrious of our citizens; yet only those who appreciate this greatest of all books, letting it enlighten their minds through daily reading and meditation, benefit from its transcendent power, and find in it their greatest treasure by far, of all that this world affords.
Certain Christian people throughout the United States during recent years, banded themselves together to encourage their fellow-citizens to discover, re-discover and benefit from this book, in those ways for which the Holy Scriptures have been so well known for thirty-five centuries; realizing the fact of the extreme value
of this great resource, and being concerned at the famine of the Word of God in our society and the abysmal gap of Bible knowledge characterizing the present educational environment; resulting in the untold misery of societal collapse, as seen in ever increasing violence, marital and family break-up and the ignoring of righteousness throughout the culture.
Under dedicated leadership and by sacrificial labor, they have produced a modern media method; whereby others may engage confidently in an intelligent and well-arranged plan for reading through the entire Bible in twenty months, at roughly twenty-five minutes a day.
Some lengthy discussion and experimentation was engaged in, for determining which version was best to employ for this most important practice. Due to several Bible translations during the last two centuries and many modern versions, serious concern arose as to which one to choose for the greatest benefit of all. After much examination and deliberation concerning the prevailing conditions regarding this matter, a final decision was made to follow the old recognized and familiar Authorized King James Version, seeing it was still by far the most available of all translations and revisions. As however no restrictions are made in this plan, one may read any version he chooses. (The Revised Standard Version and all gender-neutral versions are not recommended.)
This fellowship of Bible readers is founded entirely for the purpose of encouraging our fellow-believers (and those who may become believers) to engage in reading the Bible—all who desire to "feed on the bread of life" (John 6:35), "sit at Jesus' feet and hear his word" (Luke 10:38-42), "drink of the water of life freely" (John 7:37-38; Revelation 22:16-17), benefiting from the truth of God.
Moses said, and Jesus quoted to the devil,
Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God
shall man live.
(Deuteronomy 8:3; Matthew 4:4; Luke 4:4).
Moses also said regarding the words of God that he was delivering to Israel,
Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which you shall command your
children to observe to do, all the words of this law. For it is not a vain thing for you; because it is your life.
In the home of Mary and Martha, Jesus remonstrated with Martha, when she tried to take Mary away from sitting at his feet and hearing his word; as Luke tells us:
Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:
But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her (Luke 10:38-42).
The "one thing necessary" was listening to the Lord Jesus. It is no different today. Reading the Word of God brings us into contact with Jesus Christ—the very essence of the Scriptures and the source and completeness of our life, that he might fulfill in us his offer of "life more abundantly"; for all our needs are met here, and all anxiety is dispelled when we heed Him (Luke 24:27, 44; John 1:1-12; Hebrews 10:7; Revelation 19:13; Colossians 2:10; John 10:10).
Reading the Bible, the Holy Scriptures, is the way to engage in "eating" of the bread of life, and "drinking" of the water of life. I have been doing this for an hour before breakfast since I was fifteen years of age (54 years), plus other times each day. I have found it to be a priceless habit, engaging in this reading of the Word of God; and have found the importance of Jesus' word to Martha regarding her sister Mary—"It shall not be taken from her."
The reading schedule herewith provided, was developed by the Christians mentioned above. By this system you can begin reading now, and become one of those who benefit richly from "the greatest treasure this world affords." As soon as you open the Bible to read it, you will be part of our fellowship. Also those veterans of Bible reading who have established a workable schedule need not change for another; and a variety of schedules and methods are all workable.
My background employed the simple method of reading the Bible as a family, thirty minutes after each meal, three times a day; reading through the Old Testament and the New Testament from beginning to end, alternating each meal between the Old and the New.
Listening to Bible reading by audiotape for thirty minutes a day, carries one through the entire Bible in eight months. We are glad to provide you with home-recorded reading tapes for the nominal charge of $4.50 each (the longer Books require 3-4 tapes, the shorter Books fit several to one tape).
David Arnold Pent
President of the College
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