Published January 28, 2014

Paul's Epistle...
"Your Favorite Scriptures"

Two weeks ago in this space I reported some of the most-requested Scripture verses or passages of 2013 – and I asked you to let me know what your favorite is. Many of you did just that. Here are just a few (we received many), and, of course, they're all good.

John 16:33 – These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. "I have taken this to be my verse for 2014. Our peace is in Jesus no matter what we will face or go through this year. Jesus our Lord has overcome the world and all that is in it. We can face this year with confidence in our Lord Jesus. The joy of the Lord is our strength and victory." – Pastor John Keefer

"My favorite verse is one given to me by my mother in 1961. She gave me a small New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs. She wrote in the front, ‘Proverbs 3:6 – In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.' I carried that testament in my inside pocket for many years. Today it is still my favorite verse..." – Vern & Dorothy Hamm

"My favorite verse is Psalm 46:10(a): ‘Be still and know that I am God.' That verse has brought me much comfort especially when life takes difficult twists and turns! During these times, I try really hard to ‘be still' in the Lord." – Corrie

"My favorite verse is Isaiah 40:31. ‘But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.' So many times in life we like to hurry up and do things our way without asking God for His guidance and we end up being in a valley and cannot seem to see the light of day. If we would just learn to wait on the Lord and see what He has to say about the situation we would be so much better off." – Melinda Davis, Raven, VA

"Paul, the Lord gave me this verse after my heart attack in March, 2005. ‘My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; He is mine forever.' Psalm 73:26 (NLT)." – Jim Buck, Thornton, CO

"In 2013 my ‘new favorite' verse was, ‘The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.' Zephaniah 3:17 is full of hope, promise and God's love, and I never knew before reading that verse that God sings over us!" – Jeri Johns

"My favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11 – ‘For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.' On Good Friday in 1991 my wife was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. While still in the recovery room we were visited by an angel who gave us an Easter Egg with that verse on it and prayed for my wife just like she knew exactly what was wrong with her. No one else saw her come in or out of the room. My wife has now been cancer-free for over 20 years!" – Nick VanderVeen

"Every year I ask God to give me a verse of commitment and reassurance for the year. Last year it was Psalm 118:24 and the year before it was Jeremiah 29:11. This year there are two, one from the Old Testament and one from the new, but the message is the same. The verses are Genesis 18:14 (‘Is anything too hard for the Lord?') and Luke 1:37 (‘With God nothing is impossible.').Wanda Ingle-Stevens

"Paul, my favorite verses are Romans 1:16, ‘I am not ashamed of the Gospel because it is the power of God unto salvation,' and 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 where that Gospel is defined." – Ron Matlock

"Back in 2011 I was asked to read something at my sister's funeral. I didn't know what to read. I found this verse, Romans 14:8: ‘For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord; whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.' I like this verse, there's no way around it. We belong to the Lord. Amen!" – Walton Ready

"My favourite Bible portion has always been Psalm 91, the Psalm of protection. Particularly verse 1: ‘He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.' I love to think that we can actually live in God's secret place, if only we obey Him. Also verses 11-12: ‘For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.' How wonderful that God has given us His angels as our servants! I carry a card with this on wherever I go..." – Catherine Hiscox, England

"My favorite verse is Philippians 1:20: ‘According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life or by death.' Jesus is to be the Lord of our life. Here we see Paul address his own entire devotedness to the service and honor of Christ. Being a Christian does not mean we add Christ to our life, because if we are adding Christ to our life, it often means He is a small part of many parts. Paul said that Christ was his life. I've surrendered my life to serve the Lord with boldness and not be ashamed so that Christ can be magnified and glorified and that His name be made great." – Barry Moyer.

And that's an excellent thought as we end this brief selection of favorite Scriptures. Thanks again to all who submitted.

- Paul

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