I don't write about my involvement very often because I am not a very good member. My attendance at the meetings is dismal. I help out various events maybe four times a year. I am the kind of member who pays his dues and has a loose grip on the hem of the shirt-tail.
One of their missions...
My chapter (Chapter 11875) is dipping its toes into a new mission: Putting Bibles into lending libraries. These lending libraries are popping up like mushrooms after a rain due to structural changes in how books are distributed.
Back in the day it was easy to find books, especially Bibles. Churches rarely locked their doors. Most families lived in close proximity. Brick-and-mortar book stores were common.
Back then, it was not hard to find a Bible in times of personal crisis.
You might argue that digital sources are more available than dead-tree books ever were. That is true, but there are some things that digital books cannot do.
For instance, digital books don't have "an educated spine." It is not uncommon for pastors to advise new Bible readers to stand the family Bible up, on its spine and pull their hands away. The Bible will usually open to the pages that were most referenced by the previous owners. If that Bible was in your family for three generations, then you can harvest the wisdom of your grandparents and your parents.
You can do a search on a topic, "Stewardship" for instance. But then you have to do a lot of drilling to get a handle on the perspective of the web-pages author.
|Zones of vision. From Wikipedia.|
"Ah ha!" you say. New paper bibles don't have "educated spines".
|The translation the Knights are using is the Student version of the NAB. The New American Bible is slightly easier to read and slightly more literal than the New International Version and slightly more difficult to read and slightly more "paraphrased" than the New King James Version. Source of Graphic|
Asking for your help
This ministry is still in the incubation phases. I happen to know the guy who is coordinating the effort and he is attempting to refine the "cheat-sheet". The headings are:
- Bible readings for comfort in troubled times
- The Lord's Prayer
- Ten Commandments
- Sermon on the Mount
- Bread of Life discourse
- Practical advice
- What makes men unclean
- Stewardship, men
- Stewardship, women
- God's Generousity
- Classic Bible stories
- Seasons of Life
- Will we see our loved ones after death?
What are your "go to" readings in the Bible when you are getting mauled by life? When you place your family Bible on its spine, where does it open up to?