The Bible:  Reliable, Trustworthy, Accurate

By: Johnny O. Trail — I typically do not listen in on conversations. To be honest, it is rather hard not to hear someone who is speaking loudly in a restaurant at a table adjacent to yours. If I am completely honest, I must admit that my ears perk up when any person starts talking about God, religion, or the Bible. That having been said, I just recently overheard a conversation at a restaurant that piqued my interest. Continue reading

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The Lord’s spirit spoke through me: 2 Samuel 23.2-3

“The Lord’s spirit spoke through me;
his word was on my tongue.
The God of Israel spoke,
the protector of Israel spoke to me.”

2 Samuel 23.2-3

David’s final words reflect his consciousness of God speaking to and through him. The Holy Spirit spoke through David, Acts 1.16. Many of his writings are in Scripture.

God blessed us by recording in Scripture many of the great events of salvation history, by inspiration of those involved. They deserve our full attention.

#votd #inspiration #revelation

What was spoken to you by God: Matthew 22.31-32

“Now as for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God, 32 ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living!”

Matthew 22.31-32

Jesus believed and taught the divine inspiration of Scripture. Moses wrote Exodus thousands of years earlier. Yet our Lord said God was speaking to people of his day through that written word.

If the Bible is the very word of God, how should we handle it, deal with it, meditate upon it, and share it?

#inspiration #Bible #votd

Another large crowd: Mark 8.1 VOTD

“In those days there was another large crowd with nothing to eat.”

Mark 8.1a

Some say two versions of the same miracle event got included. But Mark affirmed there was another large crowd with nothing to eat. Either he was wrong and scriptural inspiration falls to the ground, or Jesus performed (at least) two similar acts of compassion in multiplying bread and fish.

Each fact of Scripture is precious. How do you grow in your trust of God’s word?

#Bible #inspiration #VOTD

All his letters: 2 Peter 3.15-16 VOTD

“And regard the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as also our dear brother Paul wrote to you, according to the wisdom given to him, speaking of these things in all his letters. Some things in these letters are hard to understand, things the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they also do to the rest of the scriptures.”

2 Peter 3.15-16

Peter’s reference to Paul’s letters indicate they were widely read and highly regarded as inspired Scripture early on.

To what does “these things” refer that Paul wrote about in all his letters?

#inspiration #Scripture #2Peter #VOTD

Hugh's News & Views (Revelation)


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The scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments are inspired (“breathed out of God”) and are an infallible account of God’s dealings with man down through the ages. The Bible sets forth the gradual unfolding of the grand scheme of redemption that was brought to fruition by the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, and the setting up of His spiritual kingdom, the church. Continue reading

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Hugh's News & Views (Inspiration)


The Scriptures affirm of themselves that they all were “given by inspiration of God” (II Timothy 3:16). “Inspiration” literally means “breathed out of God.” The words of the Bible (Holy Scripture) were “breathed out of God” into the writers so that what they wrote was, in fact, the word of God. The apostle Peter declared that “holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (II Peter 1:21). Continue reading

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Honest searching of our spiritual heart:€“ Question #1

Do you believe the Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God and that it is without error? ( ) Yes ( ) No

My answer is YES! The Bible itself claims to be the inspired word of God. Continue reading

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Inspired men with a passion

The scripture for today, April 15, is 1st John 4:15 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:

“And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.”

The New Testament was written by people who walked and talked with Jesus. They saw his miracles, they heard his amazing words. They were eyewitnesses. Continue reading

#bible, #dedication, #devotionals, #inspiration

The New Testament

A good summary statement on “The New Testament as Scripture” by Francis Van Tate, in New Testament Survey, by Don Shackelford, ed.

The New Testament was given by inspiration of God and has been transmitted down through the ages and restored in a trustworthy fashion; therefore, when it is correctly translated and properly interpreted, its message is the exclusive doctrine of Christ and God’s required moral standard” (p. 39).

Are there any parts you might tweak?

#inspiration, #new-testament, #scripture

Views on Inspiration

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In R.C. Sproul’s book, Can I Trust the Bible? he discusses the issue of inspiration and whether it was dictation or whether each writer was allowed to express their own personality/writing style.

He summarizes with this:

“We do not know the process by which inspiration was given. But because of inspiration, no matter how God brought it about, every word of Scripture carries the weight of God’s authority.”

1. Do you agree with him?

2. Can we truly know how it was done?

3. What are your views on this issue?

#inspiration, #scripture

Blog on Inerrancy

In the Lord’s church, I do not hear much on the topic of Biblical Inerrancy. That is, I do not hear much that calls it into question. In rural congregation it is less of a challenge than in urban environment. You might find this topic of interest, a good summary discussion it is.


The Precious Book Divine

How precious is the Book divine,
By inspiration giv’n!
Bright as a lamp its precepts shine,
To guide my soul to heav’n.

Holy Book divine!
Precious treasure mine!
Lamp to my feet and a light to my way
to guide me safely home.

It sweetly cheers our drooping hearts,
In this dark vale of tears;
Life and light and joy imparts,
And quells our rising fears.

Holy Book divine!
Precious treasure mine!
Lamp to my feet and a light to my way
to guide me safely home.

This lamp, through all the tedious night
Of life, shall guide our way,
Till we behold the clearer light
Of an eternal day.

Holy Book divine!
Precious treasure mine!
Lamp to my feet and a light to my way
to guide me safely home.

I love this song as arranged by L.O. Sanderson, and it seems few know it. Anyone know where I can get a good recording of this hymn? I’d like to use it in a gospel meeting series I filmed.

#bible, #hymn, #inspiration, #song

My most positive word today? The word, …

My most positive word today? The word, “steady.” Years ago, we had a member of our congregation by the name of Tom Porterfield, who has since gone on to be with the Lord. When I would ask him every Sunday morning how he was doing, he would reply with a simple, “I’m steady.”

Brother Tom was indeed “steady.” Even though he was up in years, he’d be present at every worship service of the Lord’s people. He was truly an inspiration and godly example of “steady” service to the Lord, and we greatly miss his presence when we assemble today.

Brethren, like brother Tom, may we be found to be “steady” – “Steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58-NKJV).

#congregation, #example, #inspiration, #member, #steady, #work, #worship