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I have heard a few people say they did not need to own a regular Bible. They felt that having a cell phone or tablet gave them all the study tools they needed. They saw no use in keeping books around to collect dust. Technology is a wonderful and very useful tool, but is it all we need?

Make sure you are never without the Word of God to study, comfort and guide you.

On Feb. 21, 2008, the United States shot down a malfunctioning satellite using a modified SM-3 missile. The previous year China also shot down a failing satellite. According to Richard Hollingham, in an article for the BBC, “. . . a massive solar storm, a cyber-attack, and space debris can all do damage to our satellites" ("What Would Happen if All Satellites Stopped Working?" June 10, 2013). If this happened, the entire worldwide Web could eventually fail. We have become very dependent on using satellite technology, and unless changes are made, the world is going to be in sad shape if something happens to them.

Many government officials are also talking about what to do if hit by an EMP. An EMP, or electromagnetic pulse, could wipe out the electricity grid. If an enemy were to explode an atomic bomb above a country, it could cause long-term national power outages, and it wouldn’t take long for us to descend into complete chaos.

Life can and surely will get crazy at some point. Maybe not by one of these scenarios, but who knows? There could even come a time when religious teaching is declared unlawful. We cannot see into the future, of course, so we need to be prepared for any situation.

We are told God’s Word will never pass away, but we should make sure we are able to access it. We must be ready, watching and prepared (Mark 13:31-36 Mark 13:31-36 [31] Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. [32] But of that day and that hour knows no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. [33] Take you heed, watch and pray: for you know not when the time is. [34] For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. [35] Watch you therefore: for you know not when the master of the house comes, at even, or at midnight, or at the cock-crowing, or in the morning: [36] Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
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). Part of that preparation is to keep ourselves well-trained in the Word of God. What would happen if we could not use our phones or any other Internet-based gadgets?

God has given us a wonderful hope in His plan. We are not only told to put on the armor of God, but to “take the shield of faith” and “the helmet of salvation and sword of the spirit which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:16-18 Ephesians 6:16-18 [16] Above all, taking the shield of faith, with which you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. [17] And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: [18] Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
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). The key word here is “take.” We receive that protection with the help of the Holy Spirit and by using the word of God, the Bible. We “take” it with us. While the law is written on our hearts, (Romans 2:15 Romans 2:15Which show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)
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) the Word of God helps us to always be ready with an answer (1 Peter 3:15 1 Peter 3:15But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
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).

It is important to be able to reach for God’s Word at any time anywhere. We should be able to find comfort in God’s Word and then share that hope with others (1 Thessalonians 4:17-18 1 Thessalonians 4:17-18 [17] Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. [18] Why comfort one another with these words.
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; 1 Thessalonians 5:19 1 Thessalonians 5:19Quench not the Spirit.
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). We are told many times to be there for each other (John 13:34-35 John 13:34-35 [34] A new commandment I give to you, That you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. [35] By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another.
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; Galatians 5:13 Galatians 5:13For, brothers, you have been called to liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
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, Galatians 6:2 Galatians 6:2Bear you one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
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). We need to encourage each other! If we become completely reliant on technology to give us God’s Word, we may be left without it at some point.

We need to make sure we at least have a physical Bible. It would not hurt to have other study guides on hand as well. Paul tells us, “I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read to all the holy brethren” (1 Thessalonians 5:27 1 Thessalonians 5:27I charge you by the Lord that this letter be read to all the holy brothers.
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). We cannot read what we do not have. Make sure you are never without the Word of God to study, comfort and guide you.