Monday, May 28, 2007

God's Holy Word

When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the priests, who are Levites. It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the LORD his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees and not consider himself better than his brothers and turn from the law to the right or to the left. Then he and his descendants will reign a long time over his kingdom in Israel. Deuteronomy 17:18-20 (New International Version)

While these were God's instructions to the future kings of Israel, they apply to all Christians. Like the king, God expects us to be holy and obey His commandments. The king was to have a copy of God's law for his personal use, to keep it with him at all times, to read God's Word every day and to obey it. Why? The only way to know God's Will is to spend time reading and studying His Word.

The Bible is God's instructions to us for how we should live our lives. A Bible that is not read is useless. The Bible cannot affect your life unless you read it and willingly do what it says.

Applying the Word of God daily to our lives keeps us from sin (Psalm 119:11), gives us joy (Psalm 119:111) and peace (Psalm 119:165), makes us wise (Psalm 119:98), teaches us what is true while pointing out the wrong in our lives (2 Timothy 3:16) and prepares us to do the Lord's work (2 Timothy 3:17). As our understanding of God's Word grows so will our reverence for our Lord, and we will see ourselves for what we truly are -- undeserving sinners who are no better than anyone else.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Prayer to Live with Grace

May we discover through pain and torment, the strength to live with grace and humor.
May we discover through doubt and anguish, the strength to live with dignity and holiness.
May we discover through suffering and fear, the strength to move toward healing.
May it come to pass that we be restored to health and to vigor.
May Life grant us wellness of body, spirit and mind.
And if this cannot be so, may we find in this transformation and passage
moments of meaning, opportunites for love and the deep and gracious calm
that comes when we allow ourselves to move on.
Rabbi Rami M. Shapiro

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