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"The Book is Better"Stuart JonesHave you tried to put together a toy at Christmas and become so frustrated that you almost threw it away? Then you remember—an instruction sheet came in the box. You dig it out, study it, put the toy together and it works! Isn’t that how life is sometimes? You encounter a difficult situation with co-workers or your marriage is on a bumpy road to divorce or a child is on a downward slope to disaster. You’re trying to solve the problem at work but no one seems to cooperate. You’re going for professional counseling to help with the marriage but you’re almost ready to move out. Your child finds his situation so tempting that he’s not willing to listen to you. Did you forget the instruction book for each of these situations—the Bible? Had you taken advantage of the opportunities at church to study it or had you opened, read and studied it for yourself instead of watching TV, you might be better prepared to handle life’s problems. 2 Timothy 3:14-17 (MSG) tells us that all Scripture is “useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.” While you might have to consult an instruction sheet only one time to put the toy together, studying the Bible—all of it—needs to be an on-going, life-long process.