Kathy Eckermann, my Executive Assistant, sent in her favorite Bible verse.
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2: 5-11
Kathy says: “I love that these verses explain exactly who Jesus is and what He did for us in giving his life. He gave us the ultimate example of humility and of putting others above ourselves. My favorite part is the picture of every knee bowing and every tongue confessing that Jesus Christ is Lord.”
Ben Locklar, a lawyer in the firm, sent in his favorite verse.
One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick. Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus. Matthew 5: 17-19 (NIV)
Ben says: “I always marvel at this story, not because a man was taken to Jesus to be healed but because his friends refused to be denied access. This paralyzed man’s friends were so determined to get their friend to Jesus they literally tore a hole in the roof and lowered the man down in the presence of Jesus. I do not know if I have any friends who love me that much, but it occurred to me that we should all have the hearts of these friends. We should be willing to tear down any barrier necessary to get our loved ones to Jesus to be healed, forgiven, cleansed and saved.”
My good friend, Dr. Terry Stallings, sent two verses that he says have great meaning to him.
This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Deuteronomy 30:19-20
Terry had this to say: “In Deuteronomy 30:19-20, Moses challenges us to choose life over death, and by choosing life, we will continue to experience his blessings. God does not force his will upon us, but from the beginning of man, he has given us the opportunity to choose. By choosing to love and obey God, we choose life over death. The other verse he chose is Proverbs 6:16-19, which describes what makes man wicked, and states seven things the Lord hates. Three of the seven are committed with the tongue.”
There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies, and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers. Proverbs 6:16-19
LaSonya Lucas, a Legal Secretary in our Mass Torts Section send in James 1:2-4. She says: “In a world where there is constant turmoil and trouble on every hand it is so encouraging to know that in all that we go through that you can profit from your problems and knowing that going through these things will not only strengthen us a individuals but they will more importantly draw us closer to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4 (NIV)
Kim Owen, a Legal Assistant working with David Dearing in our Mass Torts Section, also supplied her favorite verse for the issue. She said one day when she was brushing her hair and saw what was left in the brush, she started thinking about this verse. She couldn’t imagine how God could keep up with her hair and everyone else’s. Kim says: “Then I thought if God knows every time a sparrow falls then He didn’t just count my hair one day and stop. He knows every time a strand of hair grows or falls out. If He counts our hair then know He’s aware of all our troubles, sickness, heartaches, and sins. We need to examine our value through God’s eyes and live fearless and blessed!”
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. Matthew 10: 29–31
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