And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2 Timothy 3:15 & 16

Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.
Psalm 119:160

The Bible is a precious book that fills the need of every soul. The messages found in it provide spiritual nourishment. There are chapters exactly suited for your particular need or inquiry. God’s message to man is expressed in different ways in various chapters of the Bible. There is much knowledge of God and the history of His people to be found in Genesis and other Old Testament chapters. The Psalms and many New Testament chapters can be read as a source of real spiritual inspiration. Many teachings of Jesus as Matthew 5, 6 and 7, as well as writings of the Apostles, give direction for our daily lives. It all combines to provide an understanding of God, His will for us, and His promises. God has warmed the hearts of many readers as they have drawn from these chapters. Read them not only to make ourselves feel better, but to let the message of God touch the need of our inner self.

For it contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, doom of sinners and happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable.

Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you and comfort to cheer you. It’s the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword and the Christian’s charter.

Here paradise is restored, heaven opened, and the gates of hell disclosed. Christ is its grand subject, our good its design, and the glory of God its end. It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet.

Read it slowly, frequently, prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure. It is given you in life, will be open at the judgment and be remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility, rewards greatest labor and condemns all who trifle with its holy contents.

Ste. Anne, MB Canada A5H 1R1
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite