Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | October 16, 2015

October 16, 2015 “The Book For Me”

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)

Good Morning Family of Faith!

I grew up in a small Pennsylvania town with a population of about 2500 people and at least 13 churches, by my recollection. On Sunday morning, most of the people in my town attended one of those churches regularly. In the summer, many of them would have a Vacation Bible School program,  which meant I had opportunity to attend more than one, which I enjoyed doing! We sang the song called “The B. I. B. L. E.”  The first verse of the song was:

The B.I.B.L.E…yes, that’s the Book for me. I stand alone on the Word of God…the B.I.B.L.E.”

   The town was filled with believers. God’s Word was being taught in churches and homes, and even read in school. Things have changed since those halcyon days. Not too many years ago, the Barna Research Group surveyed some 7,000 young people asking them among other things, if they believed in the existence of “moral absolute truth”. The results of that survey revealed the following: “Eighty-three percent of all teens thought moral truth depended on the circumstances, with just 6 percent believing in absolute truth.”  Even more stunning were the results of a question directed to pastors…Among 7,441 Protestant pastors, asked if they believed that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant Word of God: 87% of Methodists said NO. 95% of Episcopalians said NO. 82% of Presbyterians said NO. 67% of American Baptists said NO.”  I doubt the statistics have changed in a positive direction since then.

In his book “Destined For the Throne,  Billy Graham writes: “Unbelief in the integrity of the Word is the first great cause for prayerlessness.” Effective prayer and belief in the Word of God as it is recorded for us in Scripture go hand in hand. If we are dubious of its truth, how can we expect to have faith in a God believed by many to be simply allegorical? The Bible is full of testimony to the power of prayer. The testimony, as well as the answers to those prayers, evidence God’s reality. To dismiss these accounts as mere allegory or fantasy lead to the conclusion that prayer is a fruitless exercise, signifying nothing. For the life of me, I cannot understand how those who would consider themselves “called by God” to ministry could deny the veracity of the very word they proclaim! No wonder many churches are diminishing in number! We are a people in need of revival, and just for the record, I am NOT one of the 82% in the denomination that I currently serve who does not believe in the inerrant nature of scripture! Without such belief in the integrity  of the Word,  why pray at all? Combine your prayer life with a daily dose of the Word. It is “alive and active” and “sharper than any double-edged sword…it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Let’s pray!

Most Holy God; In Your amazing grace, You have revealed Yourself through the pages of Your Holy Word. Instruct us as we read it and meditate upon it. It ushers us in to Your presence. It brings us to that precious place of prayerfulness, as it has this very day. We kneel reverently before You making our prayers in the Name of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ our Lord and lord of all. Amen!

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