- John 3:16: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
- Jer 29:11: For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
- Rom 8:28: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
- Phil 4:13: I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
- Gen 1:1: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
- Prov 3:5: Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
- Prov 3:6: in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
- Rom 12:2: Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
- Phil 4:6: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
- Matt 28:19: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
- Eph 2:8: For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—
- Gal 5:22: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
I remember my brother was having trouble with mold in the old apartment building where he lived. I opened up the Bible and actually found a passage (Leviticus 14:37-48) describing how to get rid of mold! Are you building a new home? Read Ephesians 5. Are you getting married? Read Proverbs 5. Are you establishing a business? Read Ecclesiastes 5. Are you planning your budget? Read Mark 4. If you want a guide to life, read the ten commandments in Exodus. The Bible is a lot more practical than we realize.
Furthermore, the Bible has so many genres of writing. If you prefer practical advice, read Proverbs. If you like poetry, read the Psalms or the Song of David. If you like geneology, read Matthew. If you want to learn about the parables of Jesus, read Matthew or Luke. If you like history, read 1 Samuel or Kings. If you are fascinated with creation, read Genesis.
Yes, the Bible offers something for everyone. Far from being a boring, outdated book, it is a well-written and fascinating read. If only you open it up. And what's the best benefit of all? By reading its pages, you grow closer to the Author.
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