Thursday, December 27, 2018

"It's somehow gotten complicated and so confusing." We hear that a lot these days. So, why not make clear and uncomplicate things for this new year? “Within the covers of the Bible are the answers for all the problems men face.” ~ Ronald Reagan

Ever been in a relationship that somehow got complicated? Hate that. So, what do you do? You simply uncomplicate it. 

Listen, the Bible helps with that. It is the most fascinating and spectacular Book -- the greatest read there is. Yep, that ever existed. Really great stories that equip and more! I ain't going to lie, it is. The best Book to pull from the shelves. 

No book has been translated, copied, or read as much as the Bible. Cultists and other religious sort of people still twist and selfishly use it sometimes to do their own thing even within some so called churches. Strange -- it's not helpful, but there are some healthy Bible teaching churches you can find. And if the words of the Bible are taken at face value, within their context (so important), then good will come to this world. To you too! 

As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said, ‘Blessed is the womb that bore You, and blessed are the breasts that nursed You.’ But He replied, ‘Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.’  Luke 11:27-28

Now therefore, my sons, listen to me, for blessed are those who keep my ways.  Proverbs 8:32

Hear it, God’s voice as you muse over the words in the Bible. Pray it -- Scripture in a non-spooky, practical sorta way.  Why act hyper-spiritual? Rehear it. Study it. Ponder it and how to act on it. Memorize the words of verses or passages of the Bible. Live it. Be blessed by it -- God does that cuz He delights to see the truth of the Scriptures dwelling in you richly with all wisdom.. for His glory.

He who keeps a commandment preserves his soul; but he who is careless in his ways will die.  Proverbs 19:16

But He replied, ‘My mother and brothers are those who hear the word of God and carry it out.’  Luke 8:21

If you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. John 13:17

Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear and obey what is written in it, because the time is near. Revelation 1:3
I say we wisely apply it instead of foolishly, the great principles found in the 66 books from 35 those authors. 5,000 years of history and every single human problem there has ever been or ever will be.. can be answered in the Bible.
So why aren’t students being taught the Bible? Why are Bibles still catching dust? Why aren't more Bibles on devices like iPhones? Why aren't parents being taught the Bible? Why do so many politicians and other leaders avoid it like the plague?
I just heard of another very creative artist who got depressed and committed suicide. Why? Well, cuz he ran out of Hope which is like an oxygen of sorts for people. So sad!!!
"For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might HAVE HOPE. Rom. 15:4 #Emph.Mine

We are now on the threshold of a new year. Read through the Book. And need some excellent memory verses to prayerfully meditate upon?

  • -- "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." -Psalm 119:105
  • -- "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work." -2 Timothy 3:16-17
  • -- "For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart." -Hebrews 4:12
  • -- "Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching." -1 Timothy 4:13
  • -- "But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night." -Psalm 1:2

  • Here are 25 bonus truths on Scripture! No charge. : ) 

    1. “Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.” -Charles Spurgeon
    2. “We are the Bibles the world is reading; we are the creeds the world is needing; we are the sermons the world is heeding.” -Billy Graham
    3. “We modern people think of miracles as the suspension of the natural order, but Jesus meant them to be the restoration of the natural order. The Bible tells us that God did not originally make the world to have disease, hunger, and death in it. Jesus has come to redeem where it is wrong and heal the world where it is broken. His miracles are not just proofs that he has power but also wonderful foretastes of what he is going to do with that power. Jesus' miracles are not just a challenge to our minds, but a promise to our hearts, that the world we all want is coming.” -Timothy J. Keller
    4. “It is mind-boggling to me that the Almighty power created everything I see; the Bible says that God created the entire universe just so he could create this galaxy just so he could create Earth so he could create human beings so he could create a family.” -Rick Warren
    5. “He does have surprising, secret purposes. I open a Bible, and His plans, startling, lie there barefaced. It’s hard to believe it, when I read it, and I have to come back to it many times, feel long across those words, make sure they are real. His love letter forever silences any doubts: “His secret purpose framed from the very beginning [is] to bring us to our full glory” (1 Corinthians 2:7 NEB).” -Ann Voskamp
    6. “When the world beats you down, open up your Bible.” -Lysa TerKeurst
    7. “The Word of God I think of as a straight edge, which shows up our own crookedness. We can’t really tell how crooked our thinking is until we line it up with the straight edge of Scripture.” -Elisabeth Elliot
    8. “Unless we form the habit of going to the Bible in bright moments as well as in trouble, we cannot fully respond to its consolations because we lack equilibrium between light and darkness.” -Helen Keller
    9. “The Bible is the cradle wherein Christ is laid.” -Martin Luther
    10. “What I see in the Bible, especially in the book of Psalms, which is a book of gratitude for the created world, is a recognition that all good things on Earth are God's, every good gift is from above. They are good if we recognize where they came from and if we treat them the way the Designer intended them to be treated.” -Philip Yancey
    11. “The Bible is the book of my life. It's the book I live with, the book I live by, the book I want to die by.” -N. T. Wright
    12. “I’ve read the last page of the Bible, it’s all going to turn out alright.” -Billy Graham
    13. “Put your nose into the Bible everyday. It is your spiritual food. And then share it. Make a vow not to be a lukewarm Christian.” -Kirk Cameron
    14. “The Word of God well understood and religiously obeyed is the shortest route to spiritual perfection. And we must not select a few favorite passages to the exclusion of others. Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian.” -A.W. Tozer
    15. “The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to act accordingly.” -Søren Kierkegaard
    16. “The Holy Scriptures are our letters from home.” -Augustine of Hippo
    17. “We go from Malachi to Matthew in one page of our scriptures, but that one piece of paper that separates the Old Testament from the New Testament represents 400 years of history - 400 years where there wasn't a prophet, 400 years where God's voice wasn't heard. And that silence was broken with the cry of a baby on Christmas night.” -Louie Giglio
    18. “Don't fall into the trap of studying the Bible without doing what it says.” -Francis Chan
    19. “So great is my veneration for the Bible, that the earlier my children begin to read it the more confident will be my hopes that they will prove useful citizens to their country and respectable members of society.” -John Quincy Adams
    20. “Reading and understanding the Bible involves lots and lots of interpretation. Not just in light of the world and culture around us, but in reference to other parts of the Bible.” -John Piper
    21. “Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand.” -Mark Twain
    22. “I am profitably engaged in reading the Bible. Take all of this Book that you can by reason and the balance by faith, and you will live and die a better man. It is the best Book which God has given to man.” -Abraham Lincoln
    23. “The more I have read the Bible and studied the life of Jesus, the more I have become convinced that Christianity spreads best not through force but through fascination.” -Shane Claiborne
    24. “Apply yourself wholly to the Scriptures, and apply the Scriptures wholly to yourself.” -Johann A. Bengel
    25. “I want to know one thing, the way to heaven: how to land safe on that happy shore. God himself has condescended to teach the way; for this very end he came from heaven. He has written it down in a book! Oh, give me that book! At any price, give me the book of God! I have it: here is knowledge enough for me. Let me be: “A man of one book.” – John Wesley
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