Sunday, November 20, 2011

National Bible Week and giveaway

The role the Bible plays in the development of a Christian’s life.

Leave a comment to be entered for a giveaway - instructions at the end.

I was supposed to pick a topic to write about from a list of topics, for this week. I'm not a Bible scholar, I don't know a lot about the different translations, but I am a pastor's wife. Our church is pretty conservative compared to most others and only uses the 1611 KJV Bible. That doesn't mean we don't use other versions for study though. My husband has a massive collection of Bibles.

I memorized scripture as a child from the KJV. That was pretty much the version used when I was a child. I do remember a 4 parallel New Testament I had as a child, but I don't remember what other translations it had included, other than the KJV.

I was involved in the AWANA clubs as a child and memorized a lot of scripture. Now, as an adult I find that I still remember most of the verses I learned. Sometimes when I'm praying a verse will come to mind that's encouraging. Sometimes one just comes to me when I'm stressed or trying to talk to someone else about Christ--His goodness, His Mercy, His grace, His promises...

My children didn't have the luxury of being in AWANAs. There aren't any in the area of the country we live in. Some churches tried them, but failed for one reason or another. But the church that we are in now, encourages its youth to memorize the Bible. Every Sunday the young people from itty bitty all the way up to High School students, come up and quote a verse or a passage out loud, from memory in front of the whole church. I really think this is wonderful, as it encourages memorization and someday these same children are going to be adults, and able to recall the verses they memorized.

To the words of my husband...

The Holy Spirit will call those verses to mind in times of crisis when you don't have a Bible handy; when you need to hear from the Lord about a situation, and you don't have time to get your concordance out, or your Topical Bible, and see what God has to say about this or that, the Holy Spirit will bring to mind those things God has said, the pertain to the subject, and God's word becomes REALLY REAL to you.

I will hide thine word in mine heart that I might not sin against thee... (KJV)

v 2 Timothy 3:15-17 (CEB): “15 Since childhood you have known the holy scriptures that help you to be wise in a way that leads to salvation through faith that is in Christ Jesus. 16 Every scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for showing mistakes, for correcting, and for training character, 17 so that the person who belongs to God can be equipped to do everything that is good.”

v Romans 15:4 (CEB): “Whatever was written in the past was written for our instruction so that we could have hope through endurance and through the encouragement of the scriptures.”

v 2 Peter 1:19-21 (CEB): 19 “In addition, we have a most reliable prophetic word, and you would do well to pay attention to it, just as you would to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20 Most important, you must know that no prophecy of scripture represents the prophet’s own understanding of things, 21 because no prophecy ever came by human will. Instead, men and women led by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.”

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