Someone stole 3,600 seconds of life last weekend. Daylight Saving Time resumed in the wee hours of Sunday morning. We sprang forward from 2:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.
I love Daylight Saving Time and an “additional” hour of sunlight each evening. I despise the weekends our nation adds or deletes 60 minutes of time.
If I ever run for Congress, I would promise to make DST permanent. This single plank of the political platform would get me easily elected. We could call the new system something simple like “Time.”
A critic once wrote about a play: “A great way to kill time for those wishing it dead.”
God’s gift of time is a gift too precious to waste—or give away every spring.
So let’s get rid of the DS and just have T.
Ash Wednesday Service
Wednesday, March 6, 6:30 p.m.
Northside United Methodist Church Chapel
Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return
Repent, and believe in the Gospel.
Last week’s blog featured the youversion app that enables Christians to access digital versions of the Bible wherever they go. I encourage believers to download the application for their smart phones, tablets, and other electronic devices.
I recently downloaded the Bible to my Kindle device as well.
Amazon sells various versions of the Kindle e-reader that allow patrons to read digital publications on a paper book sized tablet. The e-devices are light weight and portable with enough memory for thousands of books.
And as I continue to mature in wisdom, knowledge, stature, and years, I have also come to appreciate the font size adjustment feature! Readers can make the print as large as necessary.
A hard cover NIV Study Bible costs over $30 with leather editions running much more. I downloaded the Kindle Version for under $10.
Christians exist in a time when the Bible is more readily accessible than ever before. However, we also live in an age of Biblical illiteracy.
If all else has failed, maybe it’s time to read the directions.
In 1454, Johannes Gutenberg published the first mass-produced book using movable type. The Gutenberg Bible inspired a revolution in printing and access to Scripture.
The 21st century is experiencing a Gutenberg-like revolution in electronic media. Believers now enjoy digital versions of the Bible. Scripture can be viewed online or downloaded to smart phones and tablets.
I often recommend that Christians consider the youversion app. The website (youversion.com) provides a FREE Bible app with multiple versions. The application also offers reading plans, study guides, and more.
Youversion.com makes the Bible readily accessible on computers, smart phones, and tablets. We can literally carry God’s Word with us everywhere. The app will even read audio versions for listeners while driving, working, or resting!
I encourage you to download the app today.
Oh, and USE IT!
During the week when we celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day, meditate on the Apostle Paul’s description of true love:
Love is patient, love is kind, it isn’t jealous, it doesn’t brag, it isn’t arrogant, it isn’t rude, it doesn’t seek its own advantage, it isn’t irritable, it doesn’t keep a record of complaints, it isn’t happy with injustice, but it is happy with the truth. Love puts up with all things, trusts in all things, hopes for all things, endures all things.
Love never fails.
Now faith, hope, and love remain–these three things–and the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8; 13, Common English Bible