Thought For The Day 05/16/14

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Reading It With New Eyes!

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bible-reading

 

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The Bible is one of the greatest blessings bestowed by God on the children of men. It has God for its author; salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture for its matter. It is all pure.

John Locke

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Even if you’ve never personally read the book I’m going to talk about today, you’ve heard of it! There have been somewhere between 2.5 billion and 6 billion copies of it sold through out the ages. It has been translated into 2,018 languages not counting audio translations for some languages with no written word. No, I’m not talking about the Harry Potter series which, by comparison, has sold a mere 400 million copies and has been translated into 67 languages! Even the works of Shakespeare, who is considered to be the master writer of the English language, has had his works translated into only about 50 languages! Indeed, the book I’m going to talk about is far more wonderful! It is as complete and perfect a tome as has ever been written!

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Contained within its pages are countless stories of love and hate, bravery and cowardice, good and bad. In fact, if it were written in the modern-day vernacular, it would, no doubt, be flying off the shelves faster than has the Harry Potter series, first released on June 30th, 1997. Yes, the Bible is a religious textbook of lessons about how to live our lives but, even more importantly, the sheer artistry of its content makes it a work of genius and a true literary masterpiece greater than any other ever written. Read between the lines for a moment.

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Think about the 1500 odd years it took so many different people to compose it’s chapters. It is an anthology, if you will, of many separate books. And yet, somehow, it manages to present itself as one cohesive tale, capable of evoking a myriad of emotions from the human heart! Yes, we laugh at the comedy contained within (remember the message we learned from Elisha never to tease a bald-headed man?) and cry at the tragic tales (think about Job and his trials at the hand of Satan). We learn lessons of morality from the wisdom of Solomon, and we hold hope for man’s future as given to us by people such as Daniel and Isaiah. We learn to sing joyous songs at the knee of David and Asaph. And we read of the heroic deeds of Gideon and Mordecai!

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I want to ask you all to alter your thinking today! Forget about the tedious way the Bible was introduced into your life when you were a child! I know that for me, the last thing in the world I wanted to do on a Sunday morning was to learn the names of the books of the Bible in Sunday School. I wanted to be in the sunshine and I wanted to play. But today is a new day and age. I have a more sophisticated palate for the literary word. So do you all, I am sure! So lets become a bit adventurous, shall we? Broaden your horizons a bit. Pick up the “Good Book” anew and open its cover and begin your adventure once more. But this time, read it for the pleasure it invokes. See its stories with a new set of eyes. You may discover a whole new appreciation and understanding for what we know it to really be…..God’s inerrant word!

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An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.        

Proverbs 18:15 ESV

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Mandy 2014

Copyright © 2012 “MandysPath”

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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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