"The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?" --- Psalm 27:1
"Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong." --- 1 Corinthians 16:13
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast." --- Ephesians 2:8
"When I am afraid, I put my trust in you." --- Psalm 56:3
---(I learned this as a child through the King James version, so what I really learned was "What time I am afraid, I will put my trust in Thee." I still prefer that particular version for that particular verse)
|"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." (Hebrew 4:12)
On September the 26th I made myself a vow to read the entire Bible in a year. My strong Protestant heritage and the sacrifices of my ancestors played a large part in this goal. I share their faith and love it just as they did. If they made reading Scripture a major part of their lives, I wanted to do that as well. I learned that I did not know certain books of the Bible nearly as well as I thought I did. Discovering them in depth was enjoyable, interesting, and edifying.
I currently use a "Take Note" Bible in the New King James version. I do prefer the New International Version better, though. I love the original King James Version for its history, imagery, and poetic wording, but for everyday reading it's just too "Shakespearean" for me to wade through :-) So it's going slowly, but I feel an immense sense of gratitude that in this day and age I can practice my faith freely and read Scripture in my own capacity. My ancestors didn't have this luxury. Here's to the journey ahead!
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