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NEVER MAN SPAKE LIKE THIS MAN

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John 7:46

Never man spake like this man.

Psalm 45:2

Thou art fairer than the children of men:

grace is poured into thy lips:

therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.

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Isaiah 50:4

The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned,

that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary.

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Song of Solomon 5:16

His mouth is most sweet:

yea,

He is altogether lovely.

This is my beloved,

and this is my friend.

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Luke 4:22

All bare him witness,

and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth.

 

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Matthew 7:29

He taught them as one having authority,

and not as the scribes.

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Colossians 3:16

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom.

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If you want a Bible in America, all you have to do is go the store  and buy one, even at WalMart.  Most people have at least one Bible.  I know I have several and on my phone and Ipad as well.It is a Divine book and has come to us through blood.

The Word of God Has Power to Change Lives

William Tyndale, before being strangled and burned at the stake, cries out, “Lord, open the King of England’s eyes”.woodcut from Foxe’s Book of Martyrs (1563).

William Tyndale

Tyndale was a scholar and theologian whose translation of the New Testament was the first ever to be printed in English. His simple, clear style was a model for subsequent English translations of the bible.

William Tyndale had a … desire to make the Bible available to even the common people in England. After studying at Oxford and Cambridge, he joined the household of Sir John Walsh at little Sudbury Manor as tutor to the Walsh children. Walsh was a generous lord of the manor and often entertained the local clergy at his table. Tyndale often added spice to the table conversation as he was confronted with the Biblical ignorance of the priests. At one point Tyndale told a priest, “If God spare my life, ere many years pass, I will cause a boy that driveth the plough shall know more of the Scriptures than thou dost.”

It was a nice dream, but how was Tyndale to accomplish this when translating the Bible into English was illegal? He went to London to ask Bishop Tunstall if he could be authorized to make an English translation of the Bible, but the bishop would not grant his approval. However, Tyndale would not let the disapproval of men stop him from carrying out what seemed so obviously God’s will. With encouragement and support of some British merchants, he decided to go to Europe to complete his translation, then have it printed and smuggled back into England.

In 1524 Tyndale sailed for Germany. In Hamburg he worked on the New Testament, and in Cologne he found a printer who would print the work. However, news of Tyndale’s activity came to an opponent of the Reformation who had the press raided. Tyndale himself managed to escape with the pages already printed and made his way to the German city Worms where the New Testament was soon published. Six thousand copies were printed and smuggled into England. The bishops did everything they could to eradicate the Bibles — Bishop Tunstall had copies ceremoniously burned at St. Paul’s; the archbishop of Canterbury bought up copies to destroy them. Tyndale used the money to print improved editions!

King Henry VIII, then in the throes of his divorce with Queen Katherine, offered Tyndale a safe passage to England to serve as his writer and scholar. Tyndale refused, saying he would not return until the Bible could be legally translated into English. Tyndale continued hiding among the merchants in Antwerp and began translating the Old Testament while the King’s agents searched all over England and Europe for him.

Tyndale was finally found by an Englishman who pretended to be his friend but then turned him over to the authorities. After a year and a half in prison, he was brought to trial for heresy — for believing, among other things, in the forgiveness of sins and that the mercy offered in the gospel was enough for salvation. In August 1536, he was condemned; on this day October 6, 1536 he was strangled and his body burned at the stake. His last prayer was “Lord, open the King of England’s eyes.” The prayer was answered in part when three years later, in 1539, Henry VIII required every parish church in England to make a copy of the English Bible available to its parishioners.

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Ephesians 6:17

The word of God is quick,

and powerful,

and sharper than any two-edged sword.

When you read God’s Word, you must constantly be saying to yourself, “It is talking to me, and about me.” –Soren Kierkegaard

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People have risked their lives taking God’s Word to places where it was banned.  Brother Andrew, God’s Smuggler, from the previous century would take Bibles into communist countries at great personal risk.

During the height of the Cold War, Communist countries were keeping a tight control on their borders, but God had called Brother Andrew to help the Christians behind that Iron Curtain.

“When I pulled up to the checkpoint on the other side of the Danube, I said to myself, “Well, I’m in luck.  Only half a dozen cars. This Romanian border crossing should go swiftly.”

“But when it took forty minutes to inspect the first car, I began to worry…literally everything that family was carrying had to be taken out and spread on the ground.

“Every car in line was put through the same routine.  The fourth inspection lasted well over an hour.  The guards took the driver inside and kept him there while they removed hub caps, took his engine apart, removed seats.

“Dear Lord,” I said, as at last there was just one car ahead of me, “what am I going to do?  Any serious inspection will show up these Romanian Bibles right away.

“Lord,” I went on, “I know that no amount of cleverness on my part can get me through this border search.  Dare I ask for a miracle?  Let me take some of the Bibles out and leave them in the open where they will be seen.  Then, Lord I cannot possibly be depending on my own stratagems, can I?  I will be depending utterly upon You.”

“While the last car was going through its chilling inspection, I managed to take several Bibles from their hiding places and pile them on the seat beside me.

“It was my turn.  I put the little VW in low gear, inched up to the officer standing at the left side of the road, handed him my papers, and started to get out.  But his knee was against the door, holding it closed.  He looked at my photograph in the passport, scribbled something down, shoved the papers back under my nose, and abruptly waved me on.

“Surely thirty seconds had not passed.  I started the engine and inched forward.  Was I supposed to pull over, out of the way where the car could be taken apart?  Was I … surely I wasn’t…I coasted forward, my foot poised above the brake.  Nothing happened.  I looked out the rear mirror.  The guard was waving the next car to a stop, indicating to the driver that he had to get out.  On I drove a few more yards.  The guard was having the driver behind me open the hood of his car.  And then I was too far away to doubt that indeed I had made it through that incredible checkpoint in the space of thirty seconds.

“My heart was racing.  Not with the excitement of the crossing, but with the excitement of having caught such a spectacular glimpse of God at work!”

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 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet,

and a light unto my path.

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John 1:1-4

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.

All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

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Jesus is the Living Word

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