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“Bible Stories” - Part 1

January 10 2012 at 4:05 pm 1 Comments

In connection with our “Reading the Bible For All Its Worth” series, we asked church members to send in brief stories describing how they have been affected through Bible reading, study, meditation and/or memorization. Here are the first few, shared by permission. We hope you find them encouraging.

In the spring of 2011, I studied 1 and 2 Peter with a group of women, with a focus on suffering and trials. Prior to this study, I had experienced some difficulties in life, but never anything I would consider a “BIG trial” that could shake my faith. Then I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in July, 2011. After undergoing a thyroidectomy, I sustained damaged vocal cords and couldn’t speak. This was a pivotal moment for me to continue to trust God when I felt my world was shaking. I could continue to trust Him or respond in anger and bitterness. I chose to trust. God proved his faithfulness through the prayers and acts of practical help by many people, and answered prayers for my vocal healing after seven weeks with no voice. Throughout this experience, the Holy Spirit often brought to my mind different Bible verses that comforted and strengthened me, verses that I had studied and meditated on in the past. I am so thankful for the time I had spent in the past studying His word and how it spoke to me during my most difficult trial so far. —Pamela Ward

I had a hard time joining the church. As someone from an ethnic minority, it was very hard at first to look at people that go to our church as my brothers and sisters when I had nothing in common with them. When I was asked to choose my care group, I prayed that God would pick them for me and found myself with people I would have normally avoided or not befriended. Reading and studying the Bible at that time I was dealing with this, I started to pray and accept them as God does, to believe that church unity is stronger than blood ties. Reading the Bible has helped me overcome and not label people that are not like me. And after a while, by reading Scripture, I started to look at eight beautiful people as brothers and sisters. —Brigette Nichols

I am reminded afresh of God’s faithfulness as I look back on the last 40 years of my life. I can still remember certain verses that sustained me in each season of life. As a young person looking for work and direction, it was Psalm 25. When the children were young and finances were tight, it was Psalm 37:25. During bouts of depression, it was Psalm 40. These last 6 years, it has been Romans 12:12. I could go on and on recounting the Lord’s favor and mercy in my life and family through sickness, trials and joys. His word does not return void as we wait for the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. —Mary Baker

 


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I have not been as faithful in reading the Word as I should, but 2012 is off to a very good start in this regard. This morning as I was reading the passage from my youversion.com reading plan, Psalm 100, I was led to record this prayer… I hope it will encourage others as we are reminded of just how great the God we serve truly is (I have included the brief passage here). I hope to reflect on it weekly:

Psalm 100
His Steadfast Love Endures Forever
A Psalm for giving thanks.
1 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
2 Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
3 Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;t
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
5 For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.

Awesome God,
You are infinitely wise and powerful and yet you have chosen to love and care for our family. You are so worthy of honor and worship simply because of who you are …Majestic Creator, Author of Life, the Force that holds all things in the universe together, Father of all Nations, King of all Kings, Lord of all Lords, Protector, Refuge and Friend… your greatness we cannot fathom. Your wisdom we cannot comprehend. Your ways we cannot understand. In reflecting on how great you are, we are reminded of how insignificant we should be, yet you have given us significance through the sacrifice of your only son. You have loved and pursued your rebellious and unfaithful people for millennia, just as you continue to do with us… thank you Lord for your longsuffering and your lovingkindess that draws us to you. You hold everything in your hand and can change history, as well as eternity, in the blink of your eye… we fear you and you alone. It is out of that reverence and trembling that we worship you today. We have nothing else to fear, for you alone are our God and our portion forever. You alone are our refuge and our shelter. You alone are the well we drink from that never runs dry. You alone are the One that owns the cattle on a thousand hills and the very hills that they graze upon! You are God. We are your people. We rejoice in you today! Forgive us for not having this perspective every moment of every day. Accept our offering of praise and worship this day and make Your name famous in our lives. We love you and thank you that you call us your own.
In Jesus’ Name,
AMEN

By Will Armstrong on 01/11/2012
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