My longtime friend Cecil Spear, who is still working very hard with Trinity Industries, sent in two verses this month. Cecil said the first verse was the topic of discussion recently during a weekly Bible study led by Rev. Lawson Bryant, the senior pastor at First Methodist Church in Montgomery, and a tremendous Bible teacher. Cecil says the discussion brought new meaning to his understanding of what Jesus really meant in this verse.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Cecil has been in the steel business for years and had to deal with some tough situations and some “interesting” folks. The second verse, according to Cecil, is the one that keeps him going on a daily basis.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Alicia Robertson, who attends Vaughn Forest Church in Montgomery, sent in this verse.
You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever. For in Yahweh, the Lord is everlasting strength.
Scott Remington, a very good lawyer from Pensacola, Florida, sent in Psalm 133.
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.
Scott says the Latin version of the first line of this psalm, “Ecce quam bonum et quam iucundum habitare fratres in unum” serves as the motto for his alma mater, the University of the South, in Sewanee, Tenn.
Betty Baggott, who is widely known in Baptist circles around the Southeast, and who is one of the firm’s faithful weekly devotion leaders, sent in a favorite verse.
You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.
Gibson Vance, a lawyer in our firm, who will soon be the President of the American Association for Justice, a national organization made up of lawyers who do trial work on behalf of victims, provided the following verse:
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.
1 Peter 5:6 (NIV)
The following verse comes from the Christian Legal Society and it’s a good one. We certainly need wisdom, but without understanding wisdom can be a dangerous thing. Learning without the gain of wisdom is a waste. But an understanding of wisdom leads to a full life.
Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
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