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Spiritual Starvation
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During college I took a year off to work in a church center in New York City. One morning on my day off, I put a peanut butter sandwich into my lunch box, strapped it on the rack on the back of my bicycle and headed out of town. Late that afternoon as I was pedaling across the George Washington Bridge back into the city I began to feel sick.

Heading down the West Side, I felt so bad I couldn't keep going. I made it to a park where I stumbled off my bike and fell in a heap on the grass. I had no idea what could possibly be wrong. I was dizzy and weak. My stomach felt strange. I felt like I was going to faint. I wondered if I was dying. After a while I felt little better so I crawled back on my bike and kept pedaling trying to reach my Times Square apartment. But after a mile or so, I had to stop again and rest. This happened several more times before I finally made it to my building where I took the elevator and collapsed on my bed.

A couple of hours later, I felt strong enough to get up. There was a going-away party that evening for a friend in another apartment in our building. I showered and dragged myself down to the party. There was food, of course. And even though I wasn't hungry and my stomach felt funny, I picked up a couple of cookies. Within minutes I felt a little better. So I ate a few more, and pretty soon I was feeling great!

Energy Shortage

Suddenly the light came on. I had been so intent on my bicycling, I had forgotten to eat my peanut butter sandwich. It was still strapped to the back of my bicycle. I had collapsed from low blood sugar.

Many people own Bibles because it’s the “right thing to do.” But owning a Bible won't help unless you read it. You can starve to death spiritually while owning a whole shelf full of Bibles. The very first rule of Bible study is DO IT. 

Jesus said, "Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4). The “words from God” Jesus was talking about are the words you can read in the Bible. So go ahead. Read it. The words can do you good only when you get them out of the book and into your head.

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