Last month very few Bible verses were sent in, but, we had a bunch sent in for this month’s issue and that’s good news. I am going to use more than usual in this issue and really wish I could include all of them. But unfortunately space won’t allow it.
Several folks have said that the most needed verse in today’s world and especially for the United States of America is found in 2 Chronicles 7:14. The message God gave to King Solomon is as needed today as it was in those days. I will mention more on that in my concluding remarks.
If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14
Lamar and Joy Brown were our neighbors when Sara and I lived in Clayton a “few years” back. At the time, Lamar was the Pastor at Clayton United Methodist Church. He later became Senior Pastor at Saint James United Methodist Church in Montgomery. Lamar and Joy were two of the finest folks I have ever known and were very good friends of ours. Lamar died in December of last year after a lengthy bout with cancer and is now in Heaven. Recently, Joy sent in Lamar’s favorite Bible verse.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Joy says Lamar lived by the Bible and especially by this verse. Having known Lamar well for years, I know that to be true.
My good friend Sam Crosby, an outstanding and well-respected lawyer from Baldwin County, sent in a number of his favorite verses from the Bible for this issue. Sam did an outstanding job as president of the Alabama State Bar Association in 2008 and set the bar very high for those who follow him in that office.
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?
For I am thy passing guest, a sojourner, like all my fathers.
Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through the fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
With the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
2 Peter 3:8
He who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
1 John 4:16
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Because of Sam’s daily walk with His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, he has inspired all with whom he comes in contact and in the right way.
My friend, David Wininger, from The Wininger Law Firm in Birmingham, sent in his wife’s favorite Bible Verse. He says that Peggy uses this verse regularly in her daily life and ends almost all telephone conversations with, “Psalms 91 over you.” Peggy asks the protection of God’s angels over those upon whom she bestows her blessing.
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler[a] And from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.
Oswald and Jeanie Knight, who are from Montgomery, sent in the following verses which they say give them much strength, peace, and comfort – especially at this difficult time in our nation. Oswald and Jeanie have been good friends of ours since Sara and I moved to Montgomery in 1971. Oswald, a retired lineman with the Alabama Power Company, is famous for being the maker of the best “pecan brittle” in the world. The following are verses from two good folks:
Give all your worries and cares to God for He cares about you.
1 Peter 5:7
Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is my strength.
But my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Lo I am with you always even to the end of the age!
And Jesus said, the things which are impossible with man are possible with God.
Another good friend, Taylor Blackwell, wrote recently that he really enjoyed the article in the last issue entitled “Christians must stand firm.” Taylor pointed out that too often Christians fail to stand up when they should and are silent when they should speak out. He says we often “turn away” or “tolerate” things when we should act. Taylor is absolutely right. The following are the two verses that he keeps with him at all times:
Do not withhold your mercy from me O Lord. May your love and your truth always protect me. For troubles without number surround me. My sins have overtaken me and I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head and my heart fails within me.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Taylor is a highly successful businessman in Montgomery. He is a very good role model for young men and women entering the work force in our city.
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