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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Redeeming the Time

I was on the road most of today.  My dad has an appointment at MD Anderson Monday, to re-stage his cancer.  I am taking him, so a 7.5 hour road trip.
Redeeming the Time
I started by listening to a couple of messages by John Piper that I like.  One on John Paton and the other on John Bunyan (12 and 13 on the list, they are well worth the listen).

I did not finish Bunyan.  About half way through the message I began to think about the reality of suffering in the believer’s life.  So I had a desire to get into 1 Peter, the challenge being I was driving and it is not a great idea to read the Bible while doing so.  I have done it.  I don’t any more.  I don’t recommend it.

So I opened YouVersion, actually had to download it from the cloud.  I pulled over and figured out how to have the app read 1 Peter to me.  I listened to 1 Peter about 15 times.  You have probably done this.  I have listened to the Bible on occasion but never like this.

I am more of visual and kinetic learner.  But, I found myself identifying themes in the book.  I used the voice memo app to take notes on what I was hearing.  I made note of things that I want to pursue in a study of 1 Peter.

It was a good use of several hours.  I could have listened to Piper.  That is good.  But listening to Peter is better.  He is inspired; Piper is good, not inspired.

In Ephesians 5:15 – 16 (KJV), Paul exhorts us to redeem the time.  Listening to the Word whilst road tripping, may fit that bill.

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