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"What are you reading?" - - by Rev. Weldon Bares

At a previous church I served, one of our elderly church members would sometimes drop by the church office to visit. He would always ask me, “Weldon, what are you reading?” We would then spend a few minutes chatting about the book, and then whatever book that he was reading.

Mr. Johnson has since passed away. But I sure would enjoy chatting with him about so many things, including the two books I am currently reading: A biography of Stonewall Jackson entitled, “Rebel Yell” and the story of Rev. Henry Ward Beecher, “The Most Famous Man in America.”

Theodore Roosevelt once said, "Reading is a disease with me." He pointed out, “Books are the greatest of companions.” I read the other day that he would routinely read two or three books a day, even when he was president.

Thomas Jefferson said it very strongly, “I cannot live without books.”

John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church, was a voracious reader. He called himself a “man of one book” (the Bible), but yet he regularly read the writings of scholars, saints, scientists and philosophers of all ages. He even read Shakespeare.

I am thankful today for the precious gift of reading. And especially the privilege of reading each day the greatest book in the world, the Bible. God will speak to us in meaningful ways as we read and study that book.

Take time today to read!

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