Life’s Textbook

Tired of wearing a mask every day? Tired of trying to see around the heavy fog spots in your glasses? Tired of breathing in what you are breathing out? Whether you spent $25 or $5 on your mask, they are irritating and clumsy. However, if we can prevent ourselves or another person from coming in contact with this powerful virus, it is worth the irritation, don’t you think?

Let the irritating mask be a reminder to pray daily for relief from this global pandemic.

How would you like to study a textbook that never goes out of date, never will be contradicted, never proven false or inaccurate? You can. It is the Living Word of God; the Bible. All life’s answers are found within its pages; comfort to heal our wounds and peace to soothe our weary souls. Fear may be overcome; anxiety may be calmed; and confusion clarified by reading the Bible. His promises Never Fail! 

 Do not be afraid—I am with you! I am your God—let nothing terrify you! I will make you strong and help you; I will protect you and save you. . .I am the Lord your God; I strengthen you and tell you, Do not be afraid; I will help you.  Isaiah 41:10, 12 

 Joshua 1:8 ~Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.  

Psalm 119:15  I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.  16 I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.  

Paul: I love reading the Bible. 

Dan:  I used to but since I learned there may be translation errors and cultural mistakes, I don’t really read it very much. 

Paul: What are you talking about, Dan? 

Dan:  Well, I was really into reading the Bible when I saw some articles about how the original bible has been translated so many times we don’t actually know what it says today.  

Paul:  The Bible is God’s written word for us to read and follow, Dan.  

Dan:  That’s what I thought for a long time but now, I’m not sure, Paul. After all it is written by men like you and me. And then there are so many translations now, how can I be sure it’s worth reading as God’s Word? Maybe the first one back in King James time was ok, but now who knows if it’s accurate or not? 

Paul:  Faith. 

Dan:  That’s it? Faith? 

Paul:  Yes. The Bible is God’s written word, filled with His thoughts and instructions. He is God, the Creator of everything and everyone. Either you believe that or you don’t. If you do, then, by faith, you accept the Bible as His Word.  

Paul:  Do you pray? 

Dan:  Yes. All the time. 

Paul:  Why? 

Dan:  Because I believe God hears me when I pray and He cares about what I care about. When I pray I feel better and more hopeful. 

Paul:  Exactly. And that is faith. You don’t see God and He doesn’t send you emails or letters does He?  

Dan:  Of course not. 

Paul:  Ah, but He does, Dan. The Holy Spirit of God guided men to write the Bible for us as if God were sending us letters or emails. God is the Creator, the Master Author of the most important book ever written. Just as He hears our prayers, He guides us through the Bible. 

 Jeremiah 15:16 ~When I discovered your words, I devoured them. They are my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, O Lord, God of Heaven’s Armies.  

 John 1:1-5 ~In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.  Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all people.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. 

   Matthew 24:35 ~Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear.  

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