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  1. I also want God's word to be alive and well in my heart. Very inspired reading. May our Lord continue to bless you.

  2. Well said William! Bibliolatry is a very deceptive form of idolatry because its wrapped in what appears to be faithfulness to God. You have done a great job at exposing this and calling us to the true aim of scripture. Thanks again!

  3. Jesus said: "You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life." John 5: 39.40

    How often do we miss the point of studying the Bible? If we are studying to prove a point, or even to gain eternal life, then our Bible study is self serving. If the Bible testifies of Jesus, then what should we find? How should it affect us?

  4. My Bible is precious,to me because when studying, I make notes that I can re-read and later meditate on the meaning at a later time. Before I read it,I ask the Holy Spirit to give me wisdom and understanding. Then and only then does the scripture come alive and relevant.

  5. The Bible is prominently visible in many churches. It is often displayed near (or on) pulpits, banners, and on stained-glass windows. This is clearly not necessarily wrong. But I can see that it can be a problem. If the display of the Book imparts a sense of holiness [and authority] to the church, while the people have nothing more than a superficial familiarity with its contents, then yes, I see the problem.

    The Waldenses used a picture of an open Bible as one of their emblems, and this was entirely appropriate in my view, because they were definitely a "people of the Book". The Waldenses knew the Book, and they endeavoured to live according to the principles of that Book.

    [An additional aside, if I may. One of the most harmful forms of idolatry, in my view, was/is "the adoration of the host" - the worship of the bread in the Lord's supper. The Catholic "mass" is open/blatant idolatry, and it is no surprise that historically, Bibles, adorned with gold and jewels, were used in processionals, in association with the celebration of mass. The "veneration of the Book" took place, but the people were actively discouraged (to say the least) from reading the Bible in their own homes.]

  6. Wow..I had never looked at it that way but it makes absolute sense, we can actually idolise the holy bible. What's more important is going by its contents and making sure that we have its author in our hearts. Amen

  7. Thank you so much for this post. You once again have vividly painted a picture that establishes a vital point. If we honor the book more than the God who gave it, we have missed the point. Instead of stressing about not putting anything on top of the Bible (I was taught that as a child too) we must strive to place the truths of the Bible IN us and live by them through the power of the Holy Spirit who inspired them.

  8. William, thanks for sharing with us from your life's experience. I don't know how much time elapsed between Ex 24:3 to Deut 5:27 to Jer 42:5-6, but the Creator's truth regarding our humanity remains firmly in place (Deut 5:29; Jer 42:20; Gen 8:21; Rom 3:9,19). Most have not really heard the Creator's truth that the natural state of all human minds are dangerous (Jer 17:9-10) in their dissociation from their Creator (Isaiah 55:8). We don't acknowledge our mind's potential to create an idol of any and everything (Jn 5:39,38; 2 Kg 18:4). But I guess that's what deception looks like in actuality (Mt 23:28)...it is sighted blindness (Rev 3:17-18) of one sort or another (Lk 6:41). Perhaps what you've shared may give us, your readers, pause in our performance to truthfully evaluate our actual standing with our Creator (Ps 51:17,10).

  9. Food for thought indeed Mr. Earnhardt! The title of this message got my attention quickly and after reading it, I found it simple, yet profound! Yes, this is another angle of the text where we are admonished to not just be "hearers, but doers of the Word!" May God continue to bless you with the deep insights you share on this site. Have a pleasant holiday season.

  10. Mr Earnhardt: I too grew up believing, and still do out of respect, that nothing should be placed upon the Bible. I seem to remember there is a proper way to dispose of a Bible, but can't recall what it was. I have my 8th grade Bible from 1952 & it is falling apart. Could you or someone please tell me what to do with it. Thank you

    • Thanks everyone for your thoughtful comments.

      Leilani I too believe in showing respect for the Bible. I believe the American Bible Society has a way of properly disposing of or refurbishing old Bibles.

  11. Very true William, thank you for article, it goes to show anything can become an idol even the Bible, without us even being aware of it. When Jesus confronted the Jews (who wanted to kill Him because He equated Himself with the Father)John 5:38,39; He replied thus "But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe. You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me"

    Maurice Ashton has hit the nail squarely on the head! It is Jesus you find in the Bible And He will change your life IF you let Him, then the Bible will live in your heart, and not on perishable paper or in evanescent cyber space.

    Nevertheless, the Bible should be treated with respect, the same as the flag of our Nation, not trampled on the ground or displayed as an ornament or worn as clothing.

    William, Maurice et al, I enjoy you articles and gain further insights into the wonderful and unending riches of His word, bless you all and greetings in the name of Jesus. Amen.

  12. William,

    Thank you for your picture and post. It really touched my heart to think of you as a young child, "one Sabbath while the preacher was preaching, I was studying a particular picture of Jesus on the cross, and I gave my heart to Jesus." How happy your parents must have been!

    When I was at my lowest low, I was introduced to the Bible and it became my lifeline and still is my lifeline. I don't like to put anything on my bible. In the morning, I like to study the Bible and it continues to mean a great deal to me, 35 years after becoming a Christian. There were years when my husband disliked my morning studying and wanted attention from me so I didn't study. But I am back to doing what I really enjoy.

  13. I have grown believing that sleeping with the bible from enemies and the devil please help me if it is true because some of you said it is just a book like any other book except that the word of the bible are true and have the power to change a person

    • Dear Rosesta, Your faith in Jesus will protect you from the devil. Before you go to sleep, ask Jesus to have His angels watch over you, and He will send His angels to watch over you - whether or not you have a Bible book with you.

      Then, during the day, pray to Jesus and ask Him to speak to you through the Bible, then read the Bible to see what He has to say to you. Then do what He tells you through the Bible. That will make the word of God powerful in your life.

      The teachings of the Bible hidden in your heart are more powerful than the words on pages you haven't read.

      If you will speak to Jesus throughout the day - and you can do that in your heart wherever you are - He hears you and will be with you, even when you do not have the Bible with you. The power is in Jesus, not a book with paper pages. Someone may be able to steal your Bible and take it away, but no one can take Jesus away from you. And if someone does steal your Bible, Jesus can make sure that you get another one so that you can continue to study His Word. In the meantime, just trust Him and read His Word every day. 🙂

  14. If we place the Standard of Man’s Righteousness - the Law - before or equivalent to God’s Righteousness, is that idolatry?
    Matt 19:16-22 “All these things I have kept; what am I still lacking?” Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
    “ ... as to the Righteousness of Law, found blameless. But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss, for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus My Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a RIGHTEOUSNESS of MY OWN DERIVED FROM LAW, but that which is through FAITH OF CHRIST, the RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD on the basis of FAITH...”(Phil 3:3-11)
    “... by the works of Law, no flesh will be justified in His sight for through law comes the knowledge of sin. But now apart from Law the RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, the RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD through the FAITH of JESUS CHRIST for all those who believe; ... being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus...”(Rom 3:19-26)
    “For I am not ashamed of the GOSPEL, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes... For in it the RIGHTEOUSNESS of GOD is revealed from faith to faith...”(Rom 1:16,17)
    “But if the ministry of death, in letters engraved on stones, came with glory, ... how will the MINISTRY of the SPIRIT fail to be even more with glory? For if the ministry of condemnation has glory, much more does the MINISTRY of RIGHTEOUSNESS abound in glory.”(2 Cor 3:7-11)
    “nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of Law, but through faith in Jesus Christ, even we (Jews) have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of Law...”(Gal 2:16)
    Since the believers are born of God, born from above through Christ, they have been elevated to a sphere infinitely higher than Adam; as Christ is infinitely higher than Adam of the earth. Because of Christ’s oneness with the Father He was perfect in His Father’s sphere. Christ prayed, “Holy Father, keep them in Your name, that they may be ONE even as We... that they may all be ONE; even as You, Father , are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in US, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.”(John 17:11,21) That’s the standard of perfection that we attain as believers: not “in our sphere”, but God’s Sphere. Praise the Lord!

    • Kenny Springer..

      The Decalogue or the Ten Commandments, which scholars call the “Moral Law” and which the apostles call “The Law of Liberty” is in James 1:25, 2:12 and is distinguished by the fact it was written in stone by “...the Finger of God” in Exodus 31:18 separate from the handwriting of Moses (Ex. 24: 4; Deut. 31:9,25, 26, Dan. 9:10,11) from which we received the Cermonial Law (of Moses).

      So, do you mean the 10 Commandment “Law” of Liberty as spoken of in James 1:25 and 2:12, the one God gave us just after he rescued us from the house of bondage according to Exodus 20:2 and written by the Finger of God in Exodus 31:18? Or do you mean the Ceremonial “Law” which was abolished by Christ (Eph. 2:15) that leads us back into bondage (Gal. 5:1, 3) witten by the hand of Moses (Ex. 24: 4; Deut. 31:9, 25, 26)?

      If by keeping the law, you refer to the Moral Law, then the Bible is full of examples where Gods people kept that. When Jesus tells us we must keep the Law to enter life, the Jew says “...all these I have kept since I was a boy.” so it is evident one can keep them.

      In James 1:25, God tells us through James we must \"...continue...doing the work...\" of \"...the Perfect Law of Liberty...\" so that \"...man shall be blessed in his deeds.\" If by the law you mean the Ceremonial Law, then no, we clearly cannot keep it (Acts 15:24, Gal. 5:4) and that is indeed the Ministry of death, yet the Sabbath is a Moral Law and obligation, separate from \"the Laws contained in ordinances\"

  15. Thanks William for this inspiring sharing, putting jesus first and not necessarily the paper and ink. Quite phenomenon and applicable to all 'Holy things' that we reverence, the Sabbath inclusive. These should never take the place of Christ in our hearts. I have been blessed, the Lord bless your Ministry.

    • Dear William,
      The picture of your Bible brought back lot of good memories. My sister who was a working student in PUC diligently saved for a long time so she can give me the exact Bible with the pictures and she wrote my favorite hymns behind each picture illustration inside. I read that Bible till it was unable to hold itself together its binder. That same Bible accompanied me in Boot Camp and I was able to successfully hide it to avoid punishment since anything that was not officially issued by the government was considered unauthorized gear. After Boot Camp I was sent aboard on a Destroyer warship with very small foot locker and again that Bible found a special place along with all my possession.
      I agree with you wholeheartedly that it is the word in the book which should rule my life and not the paper and ink but I associate that Bible with the pictures of my love ones while I was away fighting the war. Looking at their pictures gave me strength and happiness. Having that precious Bible also gave me strength and happiness.
      Thank you and may our God continue to bless you and your family.

  16. My Bible and all Bibles like mine must be mislabeled, as some comments would indicate. Mine says, HOLY BIBLE. To reduce the contents to construction material,I would have to question. Of course the information that is given in the Bible is the purpose. However that information was chosen information by the Holy Spirit. It was mostly in scroll form to begin with and was just as Holy as the Book form is today.
    There are some Christians that see significance in what ever they believe is of religious value. Such as a potato chip that is imagined that looks like Christ,and was on e/bay for sale. It all comes down to reverence of that which is Holy. Gods word, is Holy in my view. If it is just a symbol such as a cross, its value has been significantly reduced.

    • Might I suggest that the value of a person's Bible is significantly reduced (and potentially reduced to a negative), if it is used as a talisman (a good luck charm), rather than being read and pondered.

      Holy times and holy places can be defiled (Ex 31:14, 1Cor 3:17). And if, in our day, the Holy Bible is used to justify aggression, or abuse of privilege (e.g. a man domineering his wife), or if the Bible is used to encourage open spiritualism, then in my view God's name, and the name of the Holy Bible, is profaned/ defiled. (Lev 19:12)

      "There is much reading of the Bible that is without profit and in many cases a positive [i.e. definite] injury." (Steps to Christ p.110) If this is true, then I think it must also be true that the display of the Bible, for the sake of display, is best avoided. Isn't it better to put it in a cupboard?

      • Exactly Stewart. You hit the nail on the head of what I am saying here,by adressing those who use it as a good luck charm. Its not a good luck charm. We must do what it says to benefit from it.

        • I think we all have proper respect for the word of God and where it is placed in the house or what ever dwelling, only makes a difference if we are careless in our selection. God's word is Holy and we do not treat Holiness the way we treat secular items. I think of the stories about a small bible in a shirt pocket taking a bullet and saving a soldiers life. We maybe cannot cover all the bases, but disrespect and misuse of the Bible is not an issue as some see it. Nonuse is probably the most prevalent example of misuse.

      • Mr. Craft, your question in that last paragraph made me think - a lot!

        While we must not worship things; i.e., books, such as the Bible, or things or symbols, such as the cross, we may honor them. I place my Bible where I will see it, along with devotional books. Because I am a weak human being, who requires reminders. I also may display books on nature or history, sometimes called 'coffee table books.' I display nice pictures on my walls, yet I don't worship them.

        To display does not mean to worship. It does infer some value, however. Being that the Spirit of God inspired men to write the Bible, then those, perhaps, are Holy words. They came from the Godhead.

        Moses removed his sandals, as God Himself commanded, because Moses was about to stand on terra firma where God was, making the plain, dirty, sin-scarred ground, holy. If God's Presence is there, or His Breath is given in Inspiration, then I could see why these could be thought holy. Anything proceeding from the Holy God...

        Placing it out of sight might keep me from worshiping it, but it also might keep me ignorant of its hope, comfort, instructions and warnings because I am not reminded to use it. Equal dangers?
        It definitely should not be misused as a good luck charm, with no knowledge of its contents.

        I appreciate all your thoughts and comments and thank you for sharing!

        • Well spoken Marie. I actually share your feelings on this. I also place my Bible where I will see it. I'm one that avoids putting things on top of the Bible, and at times I'm even careful about which side of the table my Bible is on. (I hope I don't provoke anyone by saying that, but for me it a personal respect thing... or yes, an expression of "honor", as you say.)

          What I was meaning earlier, is that I believe it would be better to put the Bible in a cupboard [out of sight], rather than having the Bible on display simply for the sake of [dishonest, pretentious,] display.

          Remember that there was a time when Moses threw the stones [upon which God had personally written the Ten Commandments], down and broke them. Moses was not reproved for this. It may be difficult for us [I know it would be very difficult for me,] to allow that there might be a time when the Bible could be treated the same way. But do you see what I'm trying to say here?

          • You might spare a thought for those of us who no longer use paper Bibles. I have several of those and they sit on my library shelves largely unopened now-a-days. Most of my Bible reading is done on a tablet, where all my versions share space with things like email, web-browsers, books, music, photographs and all the other clutter that goes onto a tablet.

            For me the most important thing is that these Bibles get used rather than where they are physically placed. The fact that my table accompanies me everywhere, means that my Bibles are also available everywhere and more easily than the paper versions. It is up to me to ensure that the message of the Bible is foremost in my mind, even when I am doing secular things. And that has to be more important than the physical location o my "cloud" Bibles.

          • Point taken Maurice. Thank you.

            It is right for us to encourage respect for the Bible, in the same way that it's right to encourage respect for the house of God, but when it comes to other peoples Bibles - how can we make hard and fast rules? It would be foolish - and not only for the reason you've just described; it would also be needlessly offensive/intrusive. If I feel hurt when somebody across the table puts their notes on top of their own Bible, then what right do I have to remove it, or to say anything? I have no right at all!

            But having said that, it is still right to encourage respect for the Bible, isn't it? This, I believe, is incorporated in the First Angel's Message of Rev 14, with the opening words, "Fear God". Simply showing respect and reverence for God, and for the things of God.

          • Oh, I think it is better understood, now. I think you were inferring hypocrisy, or trying to impress someone with pretense. This sheds a better light, for me. Thank you for helping me with this.

          • You're welcome Marie. Thank you too. I will try to be clearer in my comments.

  17. I read that in EGW writings but are unable to locate where its taken from at this present moment because I'm on vacation with my love ones. While we do not make our Bibles into idols and use it as good luck charms we still should not place other books on top of them!They are the words of God! Long time SDA were people of the word of God and the Spirit of Prophecy but today, we seemed not to be!Why did EGW say that we should not put other books on top of our bible then! In the past many people lost their lives to make the words of God available to us and we take it so lightly! We should know the value of God’s words!

  18. Ann Marie,

    I just did several different word searches in my EGW data base which I diligently study and go by all the time. I could not find anything remotely close to what you are talking about. I'm not saying its not there. I am saying after several different word searches for placing or putting things on top of Bible nothing even close showed up. May I kindly suggest 1. That next time you post an absolute statement that you have an actual reference. 2. When you do actually supply an absolute reference do not assume everyone else is intentionally ignoring it, instead of making absolute statements that everyone else is intentionally ignoring what you just shared. May I kindly suggest sharing it assuming no one else has seen it before?
    I was searching for your statement with the intention of sharing it, but like I said, it never showed up on my EGW database.

    • God has given to His people the choicest reading matter. Let the Word of God find a place in every room in the house. Keep the Bible, the bread of life, in plain sight. {ML 89.2}

      We are constantly to behold the Pattern, and continually grow in grace and the knowledge of the truth. Even in the least responsibility, in conversation concerning plans in business counsels, we should preserve our Christian decorum. Be very nice and pure and elevated in everything that concerns eternal interests. There should be no soiled covers on a table or stand where the Bible is opened before the people. Let everything be neat and modest, and in keeping with the character of the work which we have to do. {RH March 5, 1895 Par. 3}

      This is the closest I've found in her writings.

  19. You make some great points William and offered much food for thought, but I'm wondering if what you're describing is more superstition than idolatry. Someone who is careful how they handle the Bible or weilds it like an amulet or charm sounds like they're being superstitious about the Bible rather than treating the Bible as if it were a god. If idolatry is the case what then do they idolize? The leather, ink, and paper, or the content? If worship for the material construction is the charge how exactly is that manifested? Again the above actions you spoke of sound more like superstition than idolatry, which indeed is something we should avoid. I've known some salt over the back, don't step on a crack type of people before and they seem to be more afraid of the spirit or god they think controls the rules surrounding the crack rather than seeing the crack itself as a god. So with people who are strict of how they handle the Bible or treat the Bible like a lucky charm these actions seem to speak more about what they think of God more so than thinking the materials of the book itself are a living breathing entity.

    • Bensheh, I don't think the point of William's article was to distinguish between idolatry and superstition in our relations with our Bibles. Besides, considering God's intention in giving man the Holy Scriptures (2 Tim 3:15-17), wouldn't both be deemed offensive to Him anyway? I understand William to be recounting the difference in value that he then placed on his Bible over a neighbor, that didn't prevent him from "yelling and berating" him, which he called "Pharisaical". It reminded me of Jesus' teaching on neighborliness (Lk 10:30-32; 13:15-16). Our minds, in their post-Adamic fallen state, creates attitudes of all sorts (even using perfectly good things in that process! [Rm 7:5]) that distorts our behavior towards things and our fellowmen and that ultimately dishonors and offends our Creator. Humans truly are better off living in accordance with "every word of God" (Lk 4:4). The great irony of human history, however, is that we will continue to be deceived by our minds until they are subordinated to their Creator's truth (Jer 16:12; Lk 22:34,33,61-62).

      • "I don't think the point of William's article was to distinguish between idolatry and superstition in our relations with our Bibles."

        Hello Lynrol! I don't think that was the point either. I only brought this up because it struck me that what William was describing in his post and what was being discussed in the comments sounded more a description of superstition to me than idolatry. I highlighted this because quite frankly there were already very salient points made and I didn't want to retread the same ground.

        I do find the idea of someone worshipping the Bible above the God of the Bible difficult to charge a person with. Consider Psalm 138:2
        "I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name."
        The word magnified above Gods Name? If this wasn't a verse in the Bible some may take such a sentiment as blasphemous. But yet here it is in Scripture. In Romans 9:17 Paul quotes something God told Pharoah in Exodus 9:16 but he says "Scripture" told Pharoah, using "Scripture" and "God" interchangeably. And of course Jesus Himself is called the Word. This is why I think calling someone a worshipper of the Bible rings a little hollow. Even Ellen White said the Bible should be treated "with reverential awe"{CT 427.2}, something that is clearly reserved for God alone. No I don't think this means that the leather, ink, and paper are holy, but the information is.

        The issue with the Pharisees wasn't that they held Scripture higher than Jesus but that they held their own opinions higher than Scripture. Matthew 15:5-6, 9. They couldn't discern Christ in the word because they had a low view of Scripture not a high one. If anything was being idolized it was their traditions not the Bible.

        So again I think William has made some great points about fussing over the treatment of the material make up of the Bible while disobeying its content. I just think that's superstition rather than idolatry.

  20. Hi Sir, I've started searching this evening and so far I've found this quote from (Ibid.,p:244). "We should reverence God's Word. For the printed volume we should show respect, never putting it to common uses, or handling it carelessly" I'll continue to search until I find about not placing other books upon the word of God!

    • Thank you Ann! Here is the quote in its context in Education page 244.

      "We should reverence God's word. For the printed volume we should show respect, never putting it to common uses, or handling it carelessly. And never should Scripture be quoted in a jest, or paraphrased to point a witty saying. "Every word of God is pure;" "as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times." Proverbs 30:5; Psalm 12:6. Above all, let children be taught that true reverence is shown by obedience."

      I always cringe when I hear people even pastors, quoting Scripture to make some funny pun or joke. I agree wholeheartedly we should show proper respect for the Bible and the printed pages. While we do not worship the pages or use them for a good luck charm, this generation can still learn a lot more about respect.

  21. Many thanks for the enlightening comments of this post. The word of GOD is so very precious and sacred. The joy and rejoicing of my heart. (Jeremiah 15:16.) The word is esteemed more necessary than food. (Job 23:12). The physical format the word comes in is holy by association. Much like the garments the priests wore. The actual linen itself had no intrinsic holiness but it became holy, by association. Likewise the articles and furniture of the sanctuary were considered holy and only designated priests. Thus in Exodus 29:37; Exodus 30:29 etc "whatsoever toucheth them shall be holy" of course we know the actual materials had no intrinsic holiness and should not be worshipped but were deemed holy by function and association.
    Which one of us would not feel offended or upset if someone were to spit upon the Bible or smear it with filth in our presence? Or even shred it and disdainfully cast it aside. Why? Because it is not just another ordinary religious book or collection of writings. Because of its association of bearing life giving sanctifying GOD inspired truth. There are times I have embraced the Bible to my heart and even (dare I say this) kissed it. Was it in idolatry? No it was because of the comfort and blessings l received from its sacred words. I love the balance given in Haggai 2:12. If one bear holy flesh in the skirt of his garment, and with his skirt do touch bread, or pottage, or wine, or oil, or any meat, shall it be holy? And the priests answered and said, No.
    My understanding of this verse in the context of the discussion is that although the the Bible is holy by association of its GOD inspired message, it doesn't make me safe or holy by simply handling it. Neither do the places or shelf I place it become holy -which they would if it the physical format was intrinsically holy. May our wonderful altogether holy and magnificent Saviour breathe into our lives His holy word today and always.

  22. Thanks for ue story that i shared with my kida. But they insist that you have to apoligise to Your friend. Even if da bible-mustard incident happened years ago.

    • Khutsang, I wish I could apologize! I have no clue where he is now, but if he sees this and remembers I hope he forgives me. Please share with your kids that this is why we should be so careful how we treat people as we may not always have a chance to say we are sorry. It is also why we should always be forgiving of others who also may not have a chance to tell us they are sorry as well.

  23. Thank you dear very much for your quick response to my comments about the bible!I love God so very much and the closest I'll can get to him right now is through His words! I also read that even the places that we communicate with him should be regarded as holy because God is holy! I love my Bible so much that in the many trials of life and when I become sore afraid and weary of life's burdens, I hug my Bible tightly to my chest and weep because that the closest I'll come to God! But not God to me! He's near but I cannot see him! So until then I'll keep hugging my Bible to my breast until I can see him face to face! Love and God's riches blessing to you and your family for 2016


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