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The Value of Time with God

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Do you remember the MasterCard “Priceless” ad campaign from a few years ago? You know the ones: Kids with mom and dad picking out a new puppy as the announcer reveals the value of the things seen in the commercial: New puppy: $800; cost of dog food for one year: $600; watching your kids laugh hysterically at the new puppy chasing his tail: PRICELESS!

The way you and I see and handle things depends on its value to us. And our attitude toward God’s Word — how we treat it and how we use it — will reveal its personal value to us.

Most of us would never even dream of leaving our house without our cell phone and would even drive back home to fetch it if we did. If only we valued our Bible — the very words of God, as much.

If only we respected it as much as we do some popular magazines or websites. If only we relied on it as much as we do the advice from popular talk-show hosts and television commentators.

The Apostle Paul passionately reminds his young disciple, Timothy, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16, 17, ESV).

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No other book can make those kinds of promises… and keep them! But Paul had me at God-breathed. Just think — the very breath of God’s Spirit that inspired the writers with His very words, and that’s what you hold in your hands: The God-breathed Word of God!

Oh, dear one, let’s make it our passionate prayer to have the proper attitude about the Bible; to be quick to listen and obey what the Word says; slow to speak and slow to anger when it disagrees with our opinions or confronts our lifestyle. All the while, thanking Him that He cares enough and loves enough to speak His Truth to us!

The cost of spending time with God in His Word: PRICELESS!

You are greatly and dearly loved by the King!

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Punky Tolson heart’s desire is to help women fall in love with Jesus and live the life they were destined for. She has invested in the lives of women of all ages, teaching God’s Word, showing them how the Scriptures really do work in their everyday lives, and how Jesus makes all the difference. A writer, blogger, disciple-maker, and a passionate communicator of God’s truth, Punky (the nickname her Daddy gave her) speaks locally and nationally at women’s events teaching the Scriptures and sharing her life with her audience. Her story of finding identity, true love and lasting satisfaction in Christ is full of transforming truth; her amazing God-story of marrying at the age of 43 will captivate you no matter what stage of life you’re in; and her battle with breast cancer will reassure anyone experiencing any kind of difficulty that you are more than a conqueror in Christ. Along with her husband, John, she is co founder of The Tolson Group, a discipleship-based ministry in Dallas, Texas. Punky is also the host of the Life-on-Life podcast -- practical teaching and truth to help women know, love and follow Jesus … and challenge them to pass it on.

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