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Week 27 Day 4
Many years ago while still in seminary,
my husband served a small country church.
It was a "little brown (white) church in the vale."
About two dozen people attended services regularly
and they struggled to generate the income
to pay both the utilities and the preacher.
At one point some serious discussion surfaced
that maybe they would close the church down -
there were other churches within driving distance
where these people could go to worship.
They reasoned, what is the point of carrying
this financial responsibility when we don't have to.
So the members set a date to hold a congregation meeting
to discuss the matter.
That day arrived and the whole church was packed
with protestors who wanted the church to stay open.
One declaring, "My grandmother attended here
ever since she was a little girl."
The church did stay open and the next Sunday
two dozen people showed up for worship.
And they pooled their resources to pay the preacher.
The Bible is something like that church
People think highly of it
wouldn't want to be without it
yet seldom open it and read!
What does the Bible mean to you?
MEDITATIONS ON THE WORD OF GOD Teach me. Change me. Revive me. Feed me. Keep me. Psalms 119
33Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes,
And I shall keep it to the end.
34Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law;
Indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart.
35Make me walk the path of Your commandments, and delight in it.
36 Incline my heart to Your testimonies, and not to covetousness.
37Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things,
And revive me in Your way.
73Your hands have made me and fashioned me;
Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.
75 I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are right,
And that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.
77Let Your tender mercies come to me, that I may live.
88Revive me according to Your loving kindness,
So that I may keep the testimony of Your mouth.
89Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.
90Your faithfulness endures to all generations;
You established the earth, and it abides.
92Unless Your law had been my delight,
I would then have perished in my affliction.
93 I will never forget Your precepts; by them You give me life.
94 I am Yours, save me; for I have sought Your precepts.
97Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.
98Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies;
For they are ever with me. 103How sweet are Your words,
Sweeter than honey to my mouth!
105Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
129Your testimonies are wonderful; therefore my soul keeps them.
130The entrance of Your words gives light;
It gives understanding to the simple.
131 I opened my mouth and panted for Your commandments.
132Look upon me and be merciful to me,
As Your custom is toward those who love Your name.
133Direct my steps and let no iniquity have dominion over me.
134Redeem me from the oppression of man,
135Make Your face shine upon me, and teach me Your statutes.
136Rivers of water run down from my eyes,
Because men do not keep Your law.
137Righteous are You and upright are Your judgments.
144Give me understanding, and I shall live.
This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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