The Prophet Amos spoke to the prosperous Northern Kingdom of Israel. He told them, “The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign LORD, “when I will send a famine through the land – not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the LORD.”(8:11) Our country has a large majority who say they are Christian. We have the largest percentage of people attending church each week of any country in the world. Yet, surveys of Biblical knowledge reveal pitiful results. Many say they honor a book of which they have virtually no knowledge. It is not sufficient to wave it in the air as a good luck charm. Within 40 years of Amos’ prophecy the Northern Kingdom was destroyed. Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”(Matthew 4:4) People may have all the appearances of an active physical life, but without the recreating power of God’s Word they die. I would hope that some could begin to see the Bible as a book of grace, spoken by our Father in the deepest love, seeking the best for us all, and then long to know more of Him.