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All Scripture references are New International Version (NIV), Copyright © 1978 by New York International Bible Society

 

The Word to Live By

 

by Kim D. Headlee
Copyright © 1993-2013

 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)

This was the first passage I devoured as a newborn Christian to commence my lifelong quest for truth. Today it holds more meaning for me than ever before.

After a church service one Sunday I was meditating on my pastor's frequent use of the term "Bible-believing." I will be the first to attest to the Scriptural soundness of his teachings. But to me, the term "Bible-believing" seemed to be turning into another popular buzzword, carrying about as much impact and meaning as "user-friendly."

Fortunately, God straightened me out.

Words are my livelihood. Two livelihoods, in fact. By day, a computer is my "audience" as I stitch special words into certain patterns to order it to perform vital tasks at my office. Whenever time permits during my off hours, I work for what I hope is a more receptive audience. To that end I am forever attempting to reshape tired phrases into vibrant new creations.

Thus is was only natural for me to apply my mental tailor's chalk and pins to the phrase "Bible-believing." The result?

Bible-be-living!

At once John 1:1 sprang to mind. Wealthy in its wisdom and sleek in its simplicity, John 1:1 is one of the few verses that is word-for-word identical in every major English translation of the Bible. This is God's way of underscoring the importance of His message: to doubt the Word is to doubt God, and to walk with the Word is to walk with Him.

Yes, I am a "Bible-believer." And now, thanks to a gentle nudge from the Lord, I am also striving to be a better "Bible-liver."

 

Publication history:

His Garden, vol. 1, issue 4, Summer 1993

 

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