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Staying after it. Not giving up. Being stubborn.

Persistence. It's hard to say just where this characteristic comes from, but in the life of faith we can say that, when we do not give up on matters of righteousness, persistence has its source in God.

That is because there is none so persistent, so faithful as this One we follow. Make it your intent, just in these next few moments, to be focused on listening for God.

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Listen

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it, and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

2 Timothy 3:14-15

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Think

"The Bible is boring." I’ve heard this countless times. I have to admit that I was bored when I first read the Bible. I thought, "It’s a book. You should read this from cover to cover." I started with Genesis, talking about this person "begat" this person. Soon I realized I had no idea what "begat" meant.

Begat means to become the father of someone. Why didn’t the writers of the Bible just say that? The fact is that the Bible is much like any kind of literature. Maybe you have read "Romeo and Juliet" or "Julius Caesar." It can take a while to enjoy Shakespeare because of the language. You have to build literary muscle and exercise your mind to understand it.

You have to do the same thing with the Bible. Eventually you will realize what the Bible is and that is an instruction manual. The Bible is a how-to book about faith. We just have to work out by reading and reading and asking for help when needed.

Patrick Kangrga

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Pray

God, it’s hard to focus. It’s hard to sit down and read any book. It’s even harder to sit down and read the Bible, because I don’t always understand it. Help me to continue to read. Help me to continue to work my mind and my faith until they are fit enough to understand what you would have me do and how you would have me live. Amen.

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Go

Offer praise to God our Savior because of our Lord Jesus Christ! Only God can keep you from falling and make you pure and joyful in his glorious presence. Before time began and now and forevermore, God is worthy of glory, honor, power, and authority. Amen.

Jude 1:24-25 (The Contemporary English Version)

Patrick Kangrga

Patrick Christopher Kangrga is serving his second year with the Episcopal Service Corps, an organization that helps young adults define their faith in intentional community and through working for social justice. Currently, Patrick is serving in an Episcopal Church in Quincy, Massachusetts, working with youth and children and families as well as assisting in tutoring children from a predominantly Chinese immigrant community.

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