Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Getting Something from the Bible

This morning, I was reading the last few eight chapters of Luke and the first twelve chapters of John.  It was a joy to read them again.  I have so many verses marked in John that it is hard to find new verses to mark up.  People ask how to get something from God's Word and the answer is:  easy!
I always have my pen with me to underline a verse or phrase that jumps out at me and many times I will draw a star in the margin of a phrase I just underlined.  Sometimes I will write down a statement or phrase that I thought of as I read the scripture.  In Luke 20:17,18, I wrote:  Yes! And Wow! In the margin beside these two underlined verses.  One says that Christ is made the "head of the corner" and the other says: "on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder."  Yes! Jesus is the Head of the corner upon which the church is built, and Wow! Those who stand against Jesus are sure in for a rude awaking of being "ground into powder."  In Luke 22:40, I put a star beside the verse that says: "Pray that ye enter not into temptation."  We want to pray when we are tempted and when we have given into temptation, but the Bible says to pray that we don't enter into temptation.  I put a star by that verse because I want to be reminded of that truth.  Again in verse 46: "rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation."  In John 4:23 it says: "for the Father seeketh such to worship him."  I wrote in my Bible margin, "God's Searching!".  In John 6:28, 29, I wrote in the margin:  "Our work is to believe!"  The question was asked: "What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?"  and answer in verse 29 is: "This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent."  Well, so much more I could say, but that's enough for today.  Join me tomorrow for another cup of coffee.   Pastor Mike Mutchler

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