Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.
I don't know about you, but time is precious to me. I don't get a lot of it to spare. During Lent, I wrote to you about the need to take time with Jesus in prayer. Precious few of us devote enough time to God. After I had challenged our church to pray for an hour a day, someone came up to me and said, "I think it's great that you challenged us to pray, but couldn't you have asked us to pray for two minutes a day instead?"
God wants our time. Again, I don't know about you, but time is one of the things I have the least of. So to me, time is gold. God wants me to give Him my best. He wants me to give Him my time.
There are days when I'm on the road or in meetings virtually all day long. Rather than giving God my sleepy time, when I'll doze off as soon as I crack open my Bible, on days like that it's better for me to absorb God's Word through audio. I can just pop an earbud in my ear (not two earbuds if I'm driving) and enjoy a good MP3 Bible passage. If you're looking for a good MP3 Bible download, I have to suggest a great website:
faithcomesbyhearing.com is a great source of several free English versions of the Bible, all on MP3 for free download. Please check out this website to learn more about the ministry of Faith Comes By Hearing. Using MP3 technology, they are spreading the Gospel in many different languages all over the world. You can donate to support their missions work, or purchase products like the BibleStick or the Proclaimer, or order an MP3 disc if you're on dial-up and the free download is too difficult for you.
Faith Comes By Hearing offers a couple of really cool products for sharing the Gospel with others.
The BibleStick is made for both military personnel and civilians, and for $30 you get a dramatized audio New Testament that you can give to someone who might never take the time to sit down and read the Bible--but they'll listen to it in the car or on their morning jog.
The Proclaimer is an amazing tool for international missions! The website says, "We consider the Proclaimer** to be a gift from God. Why? Because the inspiration for it came during three days of fasting and prayer by the entire staff of Faith Comes By Hearing. The Proclaimer is a digital player dedicated to playing God's Word in the local heart language...
How does the Proclaimer work?
- An installed microchip contains Scriptures in the heart language; the chip will not erase or wear out from frequent playing.
- The battery will play for 15 hours and can be recharged enough times to play the entire New Testament more than 1,000 times.
- The Proclaimer has a built-in generator and solar panel to charge the battery.
- The solar panel, in addition to charging the battery, will run the Proclaimer even without battery power as long as there is sunlight.
- The sound is digital quality and loud enough to be heard clearly by groups as large as 300.
The Proclaimer was developed primarily as a playback device for poor and illiterate people who may not have any other source to hear God's Word. Our goal is to use the Proclaimer in the majority of our FCBH programs worldwide."
So, if you're interested in supporting international missions where people get to hear God's Word in the language of their heart, then check out faithcomesbyhearing.com. If you just want to download a free MP3 for your own use, let me tell you, these are great. My 8-year old son is loving his new children's audio Bible, and I've got the New Testament loaded on my Blackberry. Listening to the Bible on MP3 is a great way to make use of your time...not to mention that "faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ."