Happy New Year’s Day, 2018!

Have you ever read the Bible through? If not, why not read it through this year? Wouldn’t that make a great New Year’s resolution? My father, who was not a believer during his long career as a college professor, still considered the Bible the best literature in the English language, and I’m sure it’s been the world’s best seller over the centuries! Doesn’t that make you curious to know what it says? Here are a few inspiring quotes by famous Americans to encourage us in starting out the year well…by treasuring God’s message to us.

“A man has deprived himself of the best there is in the world who has deprived himself of a knowledge of the Bible.” Woodrow Wilson

“Here is a book worth more than all the other books that were ever printed.” Patrick Henry

“I am profitably engaged in reading the Bible. Take all of this Book upon reason that you can, and the balance by faith, and you will live and die a better man.” Abraham Lincoln

“If we abide by the  principles taught in the Bible our country will go on prospering, but if we and our posterity neglect its instructions and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury our glory in profound obscurity.” Daniel Webster

“The more profoundly we study this wonderful Book, and the more closely we observe its divine precepts, the better citizens we will become and the higher will be our destiny as a nation.” William McKinley

“The Bible has been the Magna Carta of the poor and oppressed.” Thomas Henry Huxley. (I don’t know that Huxley was a Christian, so he may not have meant this comment as a compliment, but I think the Bible could rightly be called the Magna Carta, not only of the poor and oppressed, but of all men!)

“As a sailor locates his position on the sea by shooting the sun, so we get our moral bearings by looking at God. We must begin with God. We are right when and only when we stand in a right position relative to God, and we are wrong so far and so long as we stand in any other position.” A.W. Tozer

“Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him” (King Solomon, who was said to be the wisest man in the world, in Proverbs 30:5).

Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Jesus, in the Bible, the book of Matthew 4:4).

 

 

4 responses to “Happy New Year’s Day, 2018!

  1. Charylene Powers

    Your post is very timely for me …..I have been considering reading through the Bible in 2018. Do you read the complete Bible each year…..

    • Alan and I read aloud to each other every morning (Lord willing), and we try to read the Bible through each year…which means about 4 chapters a day (which leaves room for a few times when we can only read 1 chapter). Alan likes to try various texts, so over the years we’ve read lots of translations. We’re just finishing the KJV but are thinking about which version to read next. Do you have a favorite?

  2. Great goal! Each time there is something new to discover. We are all so flawed. It’ s cool to know Moses made mistakes, too.

    • Yes, it’s humbling to see the strength and integrity of some (like Paul and Daniel) and relieving to see that even some of the greatest people of faith stumbled at times…and that God always shows mercy to all who repent and ask his forgiveness!

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