I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. (Ps. 119:11)

Ed Forster wrote the bible. Not originally, of course. It took about forty authors over a period of 1,600 years to accomplish that task.

But Major Ed Forster, who was a Salvation Army corps officer (pastor), heard a preacher mention that Billy Graham read five psalms and one chapter of Proverbs in the Bible every day. The idea came to Forster that if reading that much every day is good, how much better might it be to write out five psalms and a chapter of the Proverbs every day?

He tackled the project, using a three-ring notebook and an open Bible. He quickly learned that it can take hours to write out a single chapter, depending on its length. He adjusted his daily goal to write out one psalm and one chapter in Proverbs. It was such a rich experience for him that he decided to continue until he completed the entire Bible, all sixty-six books. He finished the task in three and a half years, filling up three notebooks with the Old Testament and one with the New Testament. He said it was a life-changing experience and increased his enthusiasm for the Scriptures.

Such a project may not appeal to you, but on this Easter Sunday, why not commit to increasing your familiarity with the Word of God and with the risen Lord?

Read the Word. Think about it. Hide the words in your heart.

Ron McClung lives in Fishers, Indiana, with his wife Carol. He has written his weekly column, Positive Perspective, for more than thirty years.

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