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Confidence in the Bible – By Dr. Glenn Cummings

There are many wonderful pastors and churches in Gilmer County.  I am thankful for the fact that the Word of God is being preached and taught.  The Bible is the Word of God!  I believe it is true from cover to cover.  It is without error and it is perfect.

When I was 15 years old in Thomasville, Georgia, God placed a call on my heart to preach His Word. Everything I believe either stands or falls on the accuracy of the Bible.  Now, almost 40 years later, I have discovered God’s Word to be life changing and true through personal experience and witnessing many lives that have been changed by its truth and power.
When you read your Bible, you are reading the very words of God.  You can base your faith upon it.  You can trust your eternity to it.  You can embrace its message knowing that it reveals the very mind of God to man!  It cannot fail!  It cannot err.  It will never be corrected, updated or amended.  It is complete and it is perfect. As we read the Bible, God illuminates it to our hearts so that it speaks to us in a personal way.
The Bible is unique in that it came through men by the inspiration of God. Consider how unique the Bible is from other books.  The Bible was written over a period of 1,500 years by over 40 different authors (Among them were kings, military leaders, peasants, philosophers, fishermen, tax collectors, poets, statesmen, musicians, scholars and shepherds).  The Bible was written on three continents: Asia, Africa and Europe.  The Bible was written in three different languages: Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic. The Bible is written with many different literary styles: Prose, poetry, historical narrative, romance, law, biography, parable, allegory and prophecy.  The Bible addresses hundreds of difficult issues without a single contradiction. The Bible is a book of great diversity, yet, it unfolds a single continuous story, and it does so without ever contradicting itself.  The Bible has for its main character God Himself, made known through the person of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
I thank God for His perfect Word.  I am thankful that this book has revealed the sin of my heart and pointed out that I was headed to Hell.  I am also thankful that God illuminated my heart to allow me to see not only myself and my need, but also Jesus Christ, the solution to my problem.
I challenge you to make the Bible a part of your daily life and watch how God uses it to work in your life.  Find a local church that is faithful in preaching and teaching the Word of God and watch how God uses that to work in your family. 
Isaiah 40:8 says “the grass withereth, the flower fadeth:  but the word of our God shall stand forever.”  The Psalmist said in 119:89 “For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.”  The Bible is the fixed, unchanging Word of God.  Through all the centuries and millenniums, God’s sovereign grace has cared for and protected his Holy Word. You can confidently build your faith, build your life, build your soul, build your destiny on the unchanging, inerrant, and infallible Word of God.  No matter how society changes, God’s Word is like Himself – the same yesterday, today, and forever!
Earlier this month, we celebrated our nations independence and the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.  One of the most precious freedoms we have is to worship God.  Many have shed their life’s blood that we can have the freedom to attend the local church of our choosing.  If you are not attending a church, it is my opinion you are missing out on one of the blessings we have as Americans.  Our spiritual life and growth is very important for the welfare and nurture of our family. 
You will never regret being faithful to a local church where the Word of God is preached faithfully.  The Word of God says, For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”  I am personally very grateful for all the pastors in Gilmer County who stand in the pulpit week after week proclaiming the wonderful Word of God.