“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
Briefly, I’m behind in blogging…and a lot of other things. I have some great excuses, like travelling, visiting children and grandchildren, living in hotels, etc, however, those things don’t seem to inhibit better bloggers 🙂 So, I will chalk it up to poor time management.
Thus, I am posting the following profound, non-original thoughts, as encouragement to take us and keep us in God’s Word–something we should always make time for! The Bible is our guide, encouragement, compass, map, companion, friend….and very life!
Lifted from the leaf pages of my French/English parallel New Testament :
This book reveals the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers.
It’s doctrines are holy, its precepts binding, its histories true, its decisions immutable.
Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practise 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, and the Christian’s charter. Here, too, heaven is opened, and the gates of hell disclosed.
Christ is its grand subject, our good its design, and the glory of God its end.
It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and 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 in judgement, and be remembered forever. It involves highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labour, and condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents.
Owned, it is riches; studied, it is wisdom; trusted, it is salvation; loved, it is character; and obeyed, it is power.
 The New Testament with Psalms: New American Standard Version, 1977 and Version Louis Segond, 1979. Geneve Bible Society.