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April showers came with snow instead of rain.  I do not like the present forecast of cold, cold, cold again.  I have a few crocuses blooming.  Hope nothing happens to endanger whatever fruit or other produce that might get damaged by this strange weather.  Summer, fall, winter, spring, all in one month, it seems.  It is comforting to me to read Genesis 8:22 that “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”  With all the talk about global warming, etc., I just like knowing that God is ultimately in control.

That being said, it doesn’t mean that I understand everything I read in the Bible, but if God Is the Author as it says, it should be explainable by someone smarter and more closely connected to the Author than I.  God the Holy Spirit gave the Bible by inspiring the minds of various Bible writers (2 Peter 1:20, 21).  Jesus the Bible is God’s Word made flesh (I John 1:14).  He used people with different backgrounds, some cultured, others with little or no education, people of royal blood or just plain common people.  He inspired their minds and they expressed those ideas in their own words.  So the Bible is completely human (but more than human).  In spite of all of this, the Bible has but one Author.  God’s Word is an infallible revelation of God’s plan to save lost humanity.  Both the Old Testament with its ceremonies and rites pointing forward to a Savior who would die for each of us to pay the penalty of our sin, and the New Testament with the actual sacrifice made by God as a Gift of salvation for us.  “The wages of sin is death, but the Gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

I hope that you know that God loves YOU and would like to get more acquainted with you and tell you things through His Word.  The best way you get to know Him is through His Word.  We need the guidance of the Holy Spirit to understand God’s Word and apply it to our own lives.  He is willing to help you if you ask and we must be willing to accept it as God’s Word.  He invites us to “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8).  Our prayers are how we talk to Him and the Bible, the living Word of God, is Him speaking to us, to you, today.

Maranatha

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