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Do you have sleepless and restless nights listening to the tick of the clock and creaks of the house? You count sheep, but they are asleep. You envy Goldilocks sleeping in a “just right” bed, and hate Rip Van Winkle. At 3:35 you go to the bathroom, but not for a bath. All through the house, you are the only creature stirring. Finally you realize that it was the Lord who interrupted your sleep. You become still and finally say, “OK Lord; You got my attention. I will listen to you.” I call this, “Inspired Insomnia!” Well, a king also learned that there are times God interrupts your sleep with inspired insomnia. “On that night could not the king sleep, and he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king. And it was found written, that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s chamberlains…who sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus.  And the king said, What honour and dignity hath been done to Mordecai for this? Then said the king’s servants …There is nothing done for him” (Esther 6:1-3). Amazing! Because they brought “the book” history was changed for the Jewish nation. As I wrote this, I was reminded of a time when a man proudly said loudly to impress the visiting pastor, “Son, bring the big book that we all love to read.” The son quickly brought him the Sears & Roebuck Catalog. Well, it is important to bring the right book. Bring a History book if you want to know about Abe Lincoln. Bring a Science book if you want to know about Einstein.  But if you want to know about God, eternity, and creation, you need to say, “Bring me the Book.” Only one book contains the inspired words of God to man. Only one book explains what happens after death. Many books begin with, “Once  upon a time,” and close with “They lived happily ever after – The End.” The Bible also begins with, “In the beginning,” and closes with “Amen.” Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Rev. 22:20).  Then we live happily ever after with the Lord! The End – No, the Beginning!  The sole purpose of the Bible is to reveal God unto man.  God, the author, inspired forty different men from many different places and times to write His Book. Amazing! All  40 writers from all walks of life for over a period of 1,500 years agreed.  Maybe it is time for you to say, “Bring the Book.” You can learn, as I have learned, and also many others, that God is still in the life-changing business (2 Cor. 5:17). The Bible is God in a Book. In closing, let me leave you with this profound thought, “What if there were no Bible to bring?” On July 4, 1776, our founding fathers must have said, “Bring us The Book.” Because it is easily seen and known that America was founded as a Christian Nation upon the Word of God. It is amazing that I now hold that same book in my hands. Be thankful that when moments of stress and unrest come to you or our nation we can also say, “Bring me The Book.”

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