we have been traveling in the states for the past week & a half visiting good friends who have been so missed. it does the heart good. totally worth the 16+ hour drive with four toddlers. ;)
anyways, in one of the hotels on the way down steve was flipping through a gideon bible that had been left on the night stand & he found this written in the front...
"this book reveals the mind of God, the state of man, the way to salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers.
its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable.
read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. it contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you.
it is the traveller's map, the pilgrim's staff, the pilot's compass, the soldier's sword, & the Christian's charter. here to, heaven is opened & the gates of hell disclosed.
Christ is it's grand subject, our good its design, & the glory of God its end.
it should fill the memory, rule the heart & guide the feet. read it slowly, frequently, prayerfully. it is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory and a river of pleasure.
it is given you in life, will be opened at judgement, & be remembered forever. it involved highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labour, & condemn all who trifle with it's sacred contents.
owned, it is riches; studied it is wisdom; trusted, it is salvation; loved, it is character; and obeyed, it is power."
wow. perspective. that'll transform any old ritual reading of the Word.