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Becoming One with God's Word                September 18, 2013

Dear friends,

On Sunday I used my new tennis racquet to illustrate a point with the children. I
told them that I had my first tennis lesson the day before. I was so excited that I
demonstrated the proper stance and the correct form for returning a volley. A
couple of them laughed. One of them suggested I was too old.

I laughed with them and then told them that you are never to old to learn something
new. I wanted the kids to understand that this is especially true when it comes to
Bible study. You can never know all there is to know about the Bible.

A few days later I picked up the tennis racquet and was carrying it out to the car. A
parishioner stopped me to ask if I carrying the racquet around with me would make
me a better tennis player. That's when I thought of my friend, Brian.

Brian was a star on our high school basketball team. For four years it seemed like
he carried a basketball with him everywhere he went. He had it with him on the way
to class, to practice, to his job and as he was walking home. I think he even took it
with him to bed.

He dribbled that ball every chance he got. By the time he got on the court, the ball
was like an extension of his hand. He could dribble it around his back, between his
legs and over his head. He darted around players and made the game look easy.

Deuteronomy 11:18 -19 says, "You shall therefore impress these words of mine on
your heart and on your soul; and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and
they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall teach them to your sons,
talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and
when you lie down and when you rise up."

If we want to live a life that pleases God, we need to integrate God's word into our
lives just like my friend Brian did with the basketball. We need to read it daily and
study it regularly.

This is a good time of year to begin. Check out the classes and studies that our
church. Sign up and make it a practice to be in the Word on a daily basis. You will
be blessed and God will be glorified.

God bless. See you in church. Cal