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My first time reading the "Books Of The Bible New Testament", I found myself sitting in great silence. I felt the present off Jesus Christ in the room besides me. It’s like he was coaching and guiding me throughout the paragraphs.
Unlike any other books or bible that I have read before usually, whenever am reading the television stays on. But reading this book I did so with the television turned off. Because while reading , a feeling came over one I have no explanation for. Suddenly I was inside the book , and was part of the stories and parables that was being told by Jesus. I must emphasize that this is an intriguing book and should be read by all. It is explicit, fascinating to read, and very easy to understand. — T.J.
When reading the story of the road to Emmaus, I noticed for the first time that only one of the two disciples walking with (Cleophas) was named. So, I placed myself in that spot. I began to wonder, then, how the many other disciples were coping with the events of our Lord's Passion. At first, it was upsetting to me that Jesus initially would hide his identitiy, but later I could understand why he did that. Some of the things I learned: a great way to love others is to be supportive through periods of doubt and uncertainty. Also, in loving God, I should trust him more - especially when I think He is not present.
So, for me, prayerful reading of the Scripture opens up a dialogue with God and makes for an enriching experrience. — J.G.
I feel very fortunate to have been a part of Christ the King church family to study "The Books Of The Bible New Testament". I found that the layout of the pages made it easier for me to understand and it was very captivating. I was able to see the various dramas in the stories and so they became very interesting and in each story it was as if I was physically there caught up in the excitement of it all. I did not want to stop reading as I was experiencing more and more conversion moments.
In many of the letters written by Paul and the other apostles to the followers of Jesus, I find that even though all this happened centuries ago, some situations still apply to what is occurring in some churches and the world today. I believe that the Bible is a blueprint for living my life. As a follower of Jesus, I do my best to practice the first of two commandments cited by Jesus in Matthew (Chapter 22:34-40) and Mark (chapter 12:28-34). When a teacher of the law asked Jesus, "which commandment is first of all?"
Jesus answered, "The first is: Hear, Israel! The Lord, our God, is One Lord; and you shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength. And after this comes a second commandment: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these two." (Mark 12)
Sometimes it is not easy to love my neighbor; however, Colossians (Chapter 3), gives me the tools I need: "Clothe yourselves, then, as fitting for God's chosen people, holy and beloved of him. Put on compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience to bear with one another, and forgive, whenever there is any occasion to do so. As the Lord has forgiven you, forgive one another. Above all clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony."
One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the "Samaritan Woman at the Well", which is found only in the Gospel of John (John Chapter 4:4-39). In John we read about Jesus' conversation with the woman who had come to get water from a well. She was from a race of people that the Jews despised as having no claim to God. She came to draw water at the hottest part of the day, instead of the usual morning or evening times, because she was shunned and rejected by the other women of the area for her immorality. Jesus knew her history but still accepted her and ministered to her. This story teaches us that God loves us in spite of our broken lives and he values us enough to actively seek us and to welcome us to intimacy. By reaching out to the Samaritans, Jesus showed that his mission was to the entire earth, not just the Jews. Our human tendency is to judge others because of customs, prejudices or stereotypes. However, Jesus treats people as individuals, accepting them with love and compassion.
My hope is that all families will have the experience of studying "The Books Of The Bible New Testament" . — D.D.