Rediscovering the Greatest Book

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As Hilkiah the high priest was recording the money collected at the Lord’s Temple

he found the Book of the Law of the Lord as it had been given through Moses.

When the king heard what was written in the law, he tore his clothes in despair.

“Go to the Temple; speak to the Lord for me and the remnant of Israel and Judah.

Ask him about the words written in this scroll that has been found.

The Lord’s anger has been poured out against us because

our ancestors have not obeyed the word of the Lord.

We have not been doing what this scroll says we must do.”

2 Chronicles 34:14, 19, 21 NLT

 

My Textbook for Living had been lost during reigns of evil kings. Found and read to Josiah, he realized that drastic changes were required to bring the nation he governed back into line with My commands.

 

The Book from Heaven is My gift to earth, telling you of My care. My never-ending love story is recorded in the pages of Scripture.

 

The Book of Holiness is My instruction manual on how to live—teaching eternal truths, making you sense what is wrong in your life, getting you back on track, and helping you avoid derailment.

 

The Book of Books tells of My greatness and exalts My lordship. It records My creation of the universe out of nothing, holding it all together with invisible hands, supervising galaxies—and you.

 

The Book of Life reminds you of My grace—illuminating your lonely darkness with My Heartwarming Presence. Nothing can extinguish Holy Radiant Light. Every time you reopen Scripture, you rediscover the Book that makes all the difference in your life. No other book transforms attitudes and actions like the Holy Bible. No other book so convicts you of sin and makes you want to respond with true remorse and repentance.

 

The world’s greatest literature cannot compare to the treasures of My law.     No poetry matches the Psalms. No novel is more charming than the saga of My love. No story is more captivating than Scripture. The most thoughtful philosophies cannot touch the human heart like Christ’s parables. All the best books ever written, placed side by side, could not rival the divine library.

 

Do not leave My Word on a bookshelf to collect dust—that is no better than hiding a scroll in the Temple. An unread Bible is as useless as a lost one. The best Bible study? Read it over, think it through, pray it in, live it out. The best translation your world will ever read? An obedient life.

 

 

© Johnny R. Almond

Pastor, Hull’s Memorial Baptist Church

Author, Gentle Whispers from Eternity

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Johnny R. Almond earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey and a Diploma in Religious Studies from the University of Cambridge. After pastoring churches for a decade, he served the Air Force as a military chaplain in worldwide assignments. After retiring from the military in 2000, he began serving as pastor in Virginia. He currently serves as pastor of Hull's Memorial Baptist Church in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He and his wife, Beverly, have four sons, three grandsons, and two granddaughters.

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