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Bert and Wilma Visser

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Reading the whole Bible

2018-05-25

The church that we attended in Cameroon hosted a 5-day retreat in order to read the whole Bible – reading from 7 am to 9 pm. When Wilma and I decided to take a 3-week retreat in order to seek God’s will for our future, I thought that reading through the whole Bible might be a good idea. When I shared the idea with Wilma, she agreed. However, we wanted to do more than just read it, more than just be able to say that we had done that. We wanted to take time to reflect, to share some of the verses that were touching us, and to make note of any verses, phrases or words that we felt were speaking to us about our future.

We started reading on May 5. We took turns reading a chapter aloud. I had calculated that we would need to average about 57 chapters per day. During the first week, we read between 70 and 102 chapters per day. We were encouraged to get the big picture of the Old Testament – and we wondered why there were so many names and why so much repetition. We finished the entire Bible on day 17.
Jesus’ teaching about the kingdom of heaven in Matthew really struck me. We were both struck by two verses in John: John 4:34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” And John 6:27 “Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”
We also re-listened to part of the book, “Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy?” by Gary L. Thomas. “The ultimate purpose of this book is not to make you love your spouse more; it’s to equip you to love your God more.” The book also equips you to love your spouse more, and to seek a joint sacred purpose for your life together. Reading the Bible and taking a retreat in order to seek God’s will for our future helped us to do all of this. We were truly blessed!

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