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Sermon Quotes: "The Wisest Investment"

“They tell us that the Bible is the Word of God-a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. They tell us that we shall find in it the knowledge of God and of his will for our lives. We believe them; rightly, for what they say is true. So we take our Bibles and start to read them. We read steadily and thoughtfully, for we are in earnest; we really do want to know God.

But as we read, we get more and more puzzled. Though fascinated, we are not being fed. Our reading is not helping us; it leaves us bewildered and, if the truth told, somewhat depressed. We find ourselves wondering whether Bible reading is worth going on with.” J.I. Packer

“One of the greatest tragedies of the fall is that we get tired of familiar glories.” Clyde Kilby

“Many good things do not happen in our lives for the simple lack of planning…Most Christians neglect their Bibles not out of conscious disloyalty to Jesus, but because of failure to plan a time and place and method to read it.” John Piper

“Let our secret reading precede the dawning of the day. Let God’s voice be the first we hear in the morning.” Robert M’Chenye

“This book is for Christians who want to read the Bible, who want to read all the Bible…This is a book to encourage that end. Devotional guides tend to offer short, personal readings from the Bible, sometimes only a verse or two, followed by several paragraphs of edifying exposition. Doubtless they provide personal help for believers with private needs, fears, and hopes. But they do not provide the framework of what the Bible says-the ‘plotline’ or ‘storyline’-the big picture that makes sense of all the little bits of the Bible. Wrongly used, such devotional guides may ultimately engender the profoundly wrong-headed view that God exists to sort out my problems; they may foster profoundly mistaken interpretations of some Scriptures, simply because the handful of passages they treat are no longer placed within the framework of the big picture, which is gradually fading from view.” D.A. Carson

“Verse 12 recognizes that a fault may be hidden not because it is too small to see, but because it is too characteristic to register.” Derek Kidner

“Apostasies usually have small beginnings.” Richard Baxter