Might I say:
It's responsibility, priorities, and choice. Let us not blame natural bodily changes for taking up our own duties. As my dad used to tell me (he's into physics >.<), it is like the law of equilibrium. What time one puts into one subject must go down in another. Do not weep for those who have sacrificed the joys of the Aetherlight for a season. Taking a hiatus for a while is not so bad a thing. I did it not too long ago, and it's proven very beneficial. Those duties do (i.e. school, job, chores, recreation, etc.) are for our own development and good; so no complaining. (>.<) We should applaud those who willingly take hiatuses without getting too attached to the game and forums (not that the Aetherlight and forums is a bad thing) and encourage those who want to do the same. It's not an easy choice if you've already formed a strong bond with the great community here, but sometimes it is necessary. And from personal experience, taking a break from something for a while and then coming back to it is actually more enjoyable than continually spending time on it. It's refreshing and usually my interest in something sparks more after I've had a good break from it. Once everyone returns, there will be more to chat about and to learn from each other, and a stronger surge of interest and ideas will grow in the community. So no weeping. Let us take our breaks with pride.
Counselor Darkheap out.
I've been carrying a purse... since I was about five (O.O).... Mostly for emergency reasons though: wet naps, tissues, band aids, baby Bible, baby flashlight (gotta find those essentials when it's dark on road trips ), paper, pen, and some other stuff.
For all the tall people out there: ever had anyone start chatting/asking you questions as if you were an adult when you were actually younger than they thought?
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cough cough Yeaaah... righttt... innocentttt......... not.
J, you went through Ralph Neighbour's Beginning the Journey already right? My dad still has a bunch of those books. You can ask him for one on Sunday or I can try finding one for you.
Reading the Bible is a good idea, but I would recommend finding a good booklet to start them off with the basics first. Like Matt said, a new believer may get lost and may lose interest by diving straight into the Bible without some basics.
With the booklet, it will help introduce some basics of the Christian life and help develop devotions as a daily habit to look forward to. If a believer wishes to understand the context of the verses more, he can search for those passages in the Bible. This will also encourage him to go into the Bible for himself and, hopefully, launch him off in reading the Bible for himself.
Yes, if the believer in interested learning straight from the Bible, starting in the New Testament is also a good idea.