“The word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).

It’s only those who have never read the Bible that claim it to be archaic and out-of-touch with the realities of modern day life. Peel back the layers of the rich, historic narratives of the Old Testament and you discover not just the struggles and victories of an ancient people but, between-the-lines, you find the saga of the human dilemma.

Within the Wisdom literature of scripture we find both common-sense Proverbs for the horizontal dimensions of everyday life and the sweet songs of the Psalter that draw us vertically to the heart of our Creator. From the Prophets to the Gospels is the reminder that we are a people of destiny, the crown of God’s creative glory, recipients of his greatest display of love, ones for whom He has the highest of expectations. From the coming of the Holy Spirit in the book of Acts to the culmination of the ages in Revelation, we are prompted to be a people on mission.

For an “out-of-touch” book it sure seems to cut to the heart of the matter.

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