Friday, May 11, 2012

Bible Study and Devotions

"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet,

and a light unto my path." 

~ Psalm 119:105

“A Bible that’s falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t.” 

~ Charles Spurgeon

Oh, loved the blessed Book,
To wandering sinners given,
To teach them all about the road
That leads from earth to heaven.

It tells of Him who died,
Our peace with God to make'
It shows how God is satisfied
With sinners for His sake.

It shows us what to do,
If we with Christ will dwell,
So plainly, that a child may know,
Who only reads it well.

~ Unknown

The Forbidden Book. "God's Holy Word was prized when 'twas unsafe to read it."

Searching The Scriptures. "Study to show thyself approved unto God." 2 Tim. 2:15.

“How Readest Thou?”

It is one thing to read the Bible through,
Another thing to read to learn and do.
Some read it with design to learn to read,
But to the subject pay but little heed.

Some read it as their duty once a week,
But no instruction from the Bible seek;
While others read it with but little care,
With no regard to how they read, nor where.

Some read to bring themselves into repute,
By showing others how they can dispute;
While others read because their neighbors do,
To see how long 'twill take to read it through.

Some read it for the wonders that are there,—
How David killed a lion and a bear;
While others read it with uncommon care,
Hoping to find some contradictions there.

Some read as if it did not speak to them,
But to the people at Jerusalem.
One reads with father's specs upon his head,
And sees the thing just as his father said.

Some read to prove a preadopted creed,
Hence understand but little that they read;
For every passage in the book they bend
To make it suit that all-important end.

Some people read, as I have often thought,
To teach the book instead of being taught;
And some there are who read it out of spite.
I fear there are but few who read it right.

But read it prayerfully, and you will see,
Although men contradict, God's words agree;
For what the early Bible prophets wrote,
We find that Christ and His apostles quote.

So trust no creed that trembles to recall
What has been penned by one and verified by all.

"Thy word have I hid in mine heart,

that I might not sin against thee."

~ Psalm 119:11

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