It’s a miracle!

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Writing and Reading”
Our Bible verse for today: “The grass fades, the flower withers, but the word of our God endures forever.” Isaiah 40:8 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “It’s a miracle!”
The written Word of God is a miracle. It has to be. There can be no other explanation for it. Beginning with the circumstances under which it came into existence, we see it had to have been by the hand of God and no other way. Paraphrasing author Josh McDowell in his great book, “A Ready Defense”,
“The Bible was written over 1500 years; over 40 generations; by more than 40 different authors – including kings, peasants, philosophers, fishermen, poets, statesmen, and scholars; written in different places – including the wilderness, a dungeon, on a hillside, in a palace, in prison, while traveling, on the isle of Patmos, and during the rigors of military campaigns; written during both war and peace; on three different continents – Asia, Africa, and Europe; in three different languages – Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. It addresses hundreds of difficult, complex, and controversial subjects, and yet the authors spoke with harmony and consistency from Genesis to Revelation.”
How could any book be written by more than 40 very different authors, over 40 generations, on three continents, in three languages, over the span of 1500 years and yet tell one consistent story woven intricately together from start to finish? It’s a miracle! It has to be. There’s no other explanation.
And then consider that the enemies of God have been working vigorously since the time of Moses (more than 3500 years ago), to diminish, discredit, and even destroy the written word of God and yet not only has it survived, it has thrived. For thousands of years the Holy Spirit has moved across generational, geographic, cultural, and language barriers to have the Word of God translated into the languages that people actually speak, so that the Bible can be read by everyone. Today the entire Bible is available in over 700 languages, the New Testament is available in over 1500 languages, and portions of the Bible have been translated into another 1100 languages. The Bible is the bestselling book of all time. No other book even comes close to the number of copies produced or the number of people who have read it.   
The Bible you hold in your hands is nothing short of a miracle. It is God speaking directly to you. I encourage you to take some time right now to thank God for the Bible, and then I encourage you to spend some time reading it.
God bless,
Pastor Jim
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