Dr. George Mathison, who is the Senior Pastor at Auburn Methodist Church, sent in a verse for this issue. As some of you may know, my friend George is John Ed’s brother. I am told that George taught John Ed all that he knows. Their father, Si Mathison, was a great preacher and he has to be looking down from Heaven and feeling mighty good about his “boys.”
For every beast of the forest is Mine, And the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the mountains, And the wild beasts of the field are Mine. “If I were hungry, I would not tell you; For the world is Mine, and all its fullness.”
Psalm 50: 10-12
Bryant Boydstun, Jr., a very good lawyer with Abbey, Adams, Byelick & Mueller, a law firm located in St. Petersburg, Fla., sent in the following verse.
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Brenda Bowman, Development Director for Alabama Arise, sent in a verse that she says has meant a great deal to her over the past several weeks. Brenda and all of the folks at Alabama Arise work hard for Alabamians who are quite often ignored by many of our elected leaders.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
1 John 4:18
Pastor Bruce Burks, who serves at the Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Midway, Ala., sent in his favorite verse for this issue. Pastor Burks lives in Louisville and is a good man.
For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
Jami Dittmeier, who is with Breakthrough, sent in a verse for this month. Breakthrough is a ministry that operates a Christian book and gift store in Lincoln, Va.,
Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.
My good friend Rosemary Elebash sent in a verse for this issue. Rosemary is the Alabama Director of National Federation of Independent Business and she works extremely hard and effectively for her members. She and her husband Brian are good folks. They have a son, Sams, who currently attends Troy University.
God is my strength and power, And He makes my way perfect.
2 Samuel 22:33
Another good friend, Father Manuel Williams, furnished three verses for this issue. Father Manuel, who is with Resurrection Catholic Missions in Montgomery, says these verses guide him in his daily walk with Jesus.
You have been told, O man, what is good, and what the Lord requires of you: Only to do the right and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God and God in him.
Willa Carpenter, who is the firm’s Human Resources Liaison, gave me a verse for this issue. As we have said on many occasions, Willa is a most valuable employee in our firm and we are blessed to have her with us. She is an inspiration to all of us.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
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