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It doesn’t take long to feel overwhelmed in most Christian bookstores these days. So many books, some good, some bad, all competing for your attention and dollar. You may buy a book every so often, only to have it sit next to your other books collecting dust, one of which might be your Bible. It is so easy to bypass the Word of God in our day. Television, phones, and the Internet fill up the “free-time” we have and give us the sense of being “plugged-in” and up-to-speed with our families and current world events. All of this is not a bad thing, but when these things start becoming our only source of truth and guide for how we live our lives, we will become disconnected from God’s will.
As Christians, our lives are built upon the truth that God reveals in His Word. We understand that 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 competent, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16–17). This fact is of utmost importance to the entire Tabletalk staff. The Word of God teaches us that we are to do our best to present ourselves to God as workmen who do not need to be ashamed, correctly handling the Word of Truth (2 Tim. 2:15).
One way we steward this responsibility is through a special round of editing where every Scripture reference listed in Tabletalk is checked for accuracy, clarity, and consistency. For every issue, each verse is looked up and compared with the particular passage in Scripture then read in the context of the surrounding paragraph, and finally approved.
Each article and daily study is specifically written to take principles and truths found in Scripture and explain them in ways that connect to our readership. For those that want to dig deeper into the Word each day, there are additional Scripture references listed at the bottom of each daily study page. Our hope is that readers might take the time to look up and research the Scripture verses referenced throughout Tabletalk, and as a result, understand God’s Word more clearly and live as children of light (Eph. 5:8) — two things that can only happen once the dust is blown off their Bibles.