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(December 31, 2001)

Bible Dentistry

      By Kelly Tinning

I shared this thought with only one other group, and the vocal ones in the bunch openly scoffed when I admitted brushing before and after flossing my teeth. You see, I'm of the opinion that the fluoride (if you use it) can get at a tooth better if you remove the excess plaque first, using a wetted brush and floss. It occurs to me also that the same can be said of reading your Bible in the living room where your roommate is watching WWF wrestling on the television: though it may be a good witness to your roommate, there is reason to believe that removing some of the periphery, when possible, will render a better result to you as you read. And by the way, I never brush before bedtime since the fluoride seems to displace the protective mucous and give me a sore throat. But in the case of Bible reading, perhaps having the Lord on our hearts the last thing in the day would similarly displace the normally compelling worldly orientation which we find ourselves drawn away by when it comes to some quiet time after reading Scripture. But no matter where you read your Bible you are liable to be "loaded with benefits".

The end of December always brings to mind the proper choice of committing to another year of reading through the entire Bible. But imagine a world where no one read their Bible, or where only Bibles in the original language were published because of the doubt regarding translation. It's easy to see that we would be a sorry bunch without these privileges, with only a few, or no one knowing the desires and plan of our Creator.

In that regard, the chief deception that stumbles those following a daily reading schedule is the assumption that there are things more important than making regular room to become aware of the content that our Creator uses to reveal Himself to us. And at the other extreme, it's important when you are following a Bible reading schedule, not to become distracted by the urge to study small bits to the exclusion of just reading the whole. If something catches your eye, jot it down and move on, coming back later.

Additionally, if you get behind, don't throw away your past effort and habit of reading, over the notion that you won't ever catch up; the more important thing is to keep your heart open to the Lord's word and direction for your life, and walking away from a routine of that exposure tends to be a mistake for normal creatures of habit. Even for a slow reader who commits to 24 minutes a day it is easily done. That's 1/60th of a 24 hour day. That's really not much if you have to double or triple it for a few days to catch up ... if you are honest with yourself.

"Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word ..And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh." (Isaiah 66: 1,2,24)

"For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe." (1 Thessalonians 2:13)

© 2001 Mr. Kelly Tinning

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