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Cell Phones and Bibles

January 20th, 2010 Posted in encouragement, Pastor's corner, stella

Have you noticed how much cell phones are a part of our lives now? It seems like everyone has them, even the children.

My granddaughter Stella has a Dora the Explorer toy phone where Dora asks you a question. Then when you are answering, she seems to become disinterested and changes the subject quickly. Then she says she is your best friend and hangs up!

I was a bit offended until I reminded myself that it is, after all, a computer chip I am interacting with, not the real Dora (who herself is simply a drawing).

Next, they will have cell phones for dogs and cats, though I am not sure the latter would ever use them.

Rudeness

I was with some friends the other night and everyone was reading texts and e-mails on their iPhones, so I texted them a question. I figured that wold be the best way to communicate.

When cell phones first came out, they were enormous, about the size of a World War II walkie talkie with a battery life of about eight minutes. Now they are so small and powerful, with the ability to check e-mails, play video games, take photos and videos, and send text messages.

Sometimes they even make phone calls! (Though mine does not do that function particularly well and often drops calls)

We take our phones with us everywhere, we consult them constantly, and we panic when the battery begins to fade. We can’t seem to live without them!

What if we treated our Bible like our cell phone?

Someone sent me an e-mail that asks the fascinating question, “What if we treated our Bible like our cell phone?” So check this out.

Ever wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phone?

What if we carried it around in our purse or pocket?

What if we flipped through it several times a day?

What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?

What if we used it to receive messages from the text?

What if we treated it like we couldn’t live without it?

What if we gave it to kids as gifts?

What if we used it when we traveled?

What if we used it in case of emergency?

This is something to make you go . . . Hmm, where is my Bible?

Oh, and one more thing. Unlike our cell phone, we don’t have to worry about our Bible being disconnected because Jesus already paid the bill.

Makes you stop and think, where are my priorities?

And no dropped calls!

9 Responses to “Cell Phones and Bibles”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I also agree that words are very powerful. That is why it is so important that we use words that encourage, and not bring others down and not be so judgmental. A patient who writes and publishes poetry stated to me that he must be careful what he writes about, because words are so powerful and can impact people in many ways and can either sometimes save a life. I told him Nothing is more powerful than the word of God and nothing makes a greater impact. I hope he checks out Gregs website and his own life is impacted by finding Christ. oh and just to get off the subject I am guilty of leaving on my cell phone in church accidently last week and a rock song came on …total rudeness!!! I will not be so forgetful next time!!!!

  2. Josue says:

    Pastor this commentary really its true no for the messeng of the cellphone,its about the bible because in this times noone wants to expend time reading the bible even studing the bible.

  3. Anonymous says:

    This really hit home with me! It made me think, How many times a day do I check my cell phone/email/facebook? Do I give that much of my time to the study or reading of Gods word? How much more I would get out of my day if I did! Thank you for this insightful reminder. :o)

  4. Joe says:

    Wow. So true.

    Thanks for that Pastor Greg. =)

  5. Yoli says:

    Makes me think how insignificant a phone is..

  6. Carrie says:

    My mom was the biggest Jesus Freak I’ve known. She connected Jesus to everything. She use to say Jesus would never put her on hold, or call waiting or click over to talk to someone else. She died before cell phones came out. I know she would be totally annoyed with cell phones. I think your insight is right on. If we turned to Jesus or our Bibles as often as we turn to cells we would be less stressed and worried.

  7. Renee says:

    Love this!! I am forwarding it to everyone. So true. What if….

  8. KennyO says:

    Hi Pastor Greg,
    Reminds me, one of my pastors studied scripture one time on his touch screen cell phone when I asked him a question about a bible reference. One thing is that the bible never needs to be recharged because it’s always on FULL power!
    God bless,
    Kenny
    Woodstock Illinois

  9. Audrey Card says:

    Love how you put it!!… I have a Bible in my phone.. Its nice but prefer my book in hand turning pages and coming across special marked scripture & objects used to save my place… Hope you don’t mind if I copy & paste you incite on cell phones to share with my friends… Thank you for being an “Awesome” messenger of God!… God Bless you

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