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Friday Thoughts from Pastor Tim - July 5

Dear Church Family –

“The book that made democracy.”  That’s how President Woodrow Wilson described the Bible.

As we celebrate American independence each Fourth of July, we hear a lot about the sacrifices of those who have fought for our freedom in foreign wars.  And we hear a lot about our Founding Fathers and their genius and sacrifices.  We may even hear about the founding principles of liberty and justice for all.  Those are great things that are worthy of honor, but it is the Bible—the truth of God for life—that made democracy, and that inflamed and informed the passions and principles of people who shaped America.

Daniel Webster lived in the first half of the 19th century, but he is still considered to be one the weightiest thinkers America has produced.  In 1843 he delivered what was described as “a stirring speech” for the dedication of the Bunker Hill Monument.  In that speech, he referred to the Pilgrims who were greatly instrumental in the founding of our nation, and he said,

“They brought with them a full portion of the riches of the past, in science, art, morals, religion, and literature.  The Bible came with them.  The Bible is a book of faith and a book of doctrine; it teaches man his own responsibility, his own dignity, and his equality with his fellow man.”

The Bible not only came with the Pilgrims, it was also essential equipment for the pioneers who settled and developed the frontier of America.  When the French historian, Alexis de Tocqueville, traveled America in the 1830s and wrote a book about it titled, Democracy in America, he described the first rugged pioneers like this:

“He knows the past, is curious about the future, argues about the present…and plunges into the wilderness of the New World with his Bible, a hatchet, and newspapers.”

And that’s why Woodrow Wilson said that the Bible is “the book that made democracy.

As the Bible equipped the Pilgrims and the pioneers, it also equips us who are pioneers in the new world of technology, terrorism, and “truthlessness.”

Sunday morning, we’re going to talk about the Bible and how to understand it and find it’s meaning for our lives.  We’re in a “mini-series” of messages about the Bible that has grown out of the first hearers’ response to Jesus’ teaching, “When Jesus had finished these words, the crowds were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.” (Matthew 7:28-29)

Last Sunday we saw that the first step to engaging the Bible in a way that is meaningful to life is to pay attention; observe.  This Sunday, we’re going to look at the second step.

We’ll see you then!  For Christ and the Bible – Pastor Tim

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