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Chris Scotti

There Are No Shortcuts to Being a Disciple

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Some words change over time. One word I detested growing up, has now become beloved.

The word STUDY was an unpleasant word for much of my childhood. I was not the sharpest knife in the drawer and STUDY was the returning thief that kept robbing me year after year. The more it invaded my freewill the more my disdain for school grew. Why couldn’t I willfully choose what topics I wanted to learn and avoid the boring ones that didn’t interest me?

In Elementary School I learned that the teacher’s edition was different than my textbook because it had the answer keys. If only I could get my hands on a copy of their book, then I would ace every test! Oh the time it would save me!

In High School, the Cliffs Notes section at the local bookstore caught my eye. Why read a 400-page book you have no interest in when you can buy a short summary of it, complete with a thematic outline? Timesaver!

In my 20s, I was the rookie in a room full of Christian publishing professionals planning for an upcoming release of a new Study Bible. Why didn’t more people read the Bible? was the question we were all trying to tackle. Most everyone agreed to what a great timesaver this edition would be for busy Christians who couldn’t find time for devotional study. After much banter and brainstorming, the marketing message taking shape was somewhere close to, “Be a better disciple in ONLY 5 minutes a day!”

We thought we nailed it until a quiet veteran nearing retirement spoke up, “There are no shortcuts to being a disciple” he said somberly. It was like a needle introducing itself to a balloon; there was nothing more to say.

Studying God’s Word should not be a chore. It does take time, but it’s a joyful time. It never robs and only rewards. Here’s a short reflective list of why I find joy in reading the Bible:

  • God reveals Himself and His plan is scripture (John 1:1, 18). Why read a biography when there is an autobiography in print?
  • In reading the Bible I find I have new questions and then eventually as I keep reading, many of those will get answered too. The discovery of knowing God is endless (Philippians 3:10).
  • The Holy Spirit illuminates the text as our guide of all truth. So, scripture reading provides an opportunity to read with His companionship (John 16:13).
  • Scripture is eternal and therefore the joy is everlasting (Matthew 24:35). Plus, scripture tells me my name is written in another eternal book, the Book of Life!

There are no shortcuts. Discipleship takes a lifetime. Time spent in the Bible is time well spent.  

Read On!

Chris Scotti

VP and Publisher

Three Sixteen Publishing

How the Bestselling Book Became His Best Read Book – Our VP’s Story

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I was raised a reader.

By the time I reached high school there were several years I had read over 100 books annually. In elementary school, I read bestsellers like the Little House series, Roots and The Hobbit. But, whenever someone asked me if I had read the bestselling book of all time, my answer repeated something I had heard from an adult, “the Bible was not meant for me, it’s a holy book, written for priests.”

Giving that same answer one day, a challenge came back from an adult, “What if I told you the Bible is God’s manual for life and He wants you to read it?” The next day at age 15 I opened a KJV Bible to the Gospel of John and by the end of that week I received Christ as Savior, not by the Word preached, but by the Word read.

At age 20 I began working at a Christian bookstore and got plenty of free books. Ten years later when I went to work for a publisher that produced 120+ new titles a year, I got even more. At one time before marriage in my mid-twenties, I tracked my reading and averaged over 2000 pages a week for a year. Fast forward nearly 30 years and my reading of books has dwindled to less than 50 pages a week most weeks (not including reading to my 18-month-old granddaughter).

Since I first encountered the Bible,  I’ve maintained reading at least a chapter of scripture each day. Early on there were times it was done dutifully, legalistically and with wrong motives. Though there were also many days and seasons I read joyfully, anticipating learning more of the story.

After reading every day for 30+ years, the Bible stories are no longer new. Yet, I have a greater joy that draws me into the text. My Bible reading ceased being performance based as an attempt to win God’s favor. Instead, I look forward to my time in God’s Word each morning because of the joy and faith it produces and the way God’s grace is on display.

I may not have grown up in a Christian home, but my mom gave me a love for reading; the avenue through which I came to know Christ. So though my granddaughter is only 18 months, I am thrilled that she loves books! Because training up a reader is one of the greatest challenges that can cultivate a lifetime of reward.

I’m not sure I would be a daily Bible reader without the love for reading my Mom modeled for me at a very young age. Reading is a great gift and reading Scripture provides a great reward. The Bible is in a category all by itself. It is the only Holy Book, written by the only true and living God and He wants you to read it.

Redeem the time and make the Bible the best-read book of your life.

Chris Scotti

VP and Publisher

Three Sixteen Publishing

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