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Before Laurie and I traveled to Bangladesh in late October and early November of 2019, I made preparations to speak to a group of pastors in that Muslim nation. We have no experience in Bangladesh whatsoever, but, thankfully, we have the Word of God, which transcends culture. My heart was to teach these men lessons in Scripture, encourage them to study their Bibles diligently, and preach the Scripture in context. So, every time I got up to speak to these men, I held up my Bible and said, “I love this book!”

I am truly gratified that the Lord has brought me to a place where I can teach God’s words while hopefully reducing as much Western influence as possible. How that truth is lived out within cultures will vary, but Christians, prayerfully before the Lord, must work out with Him how to do that and still remain obedient to His Word.

God’s truth is true for all cultures, objective truth for all people. There is no other truth by which we find what is required to know our Creator and Savior and walk in His ways. There is no other truth that brings us life, abundant life here and life eternally. In fact, He is the truth. “I am the way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6a).1

The Bible tells us that the Father will make Christians His sons and daughters. There is no way or method that this can be accomplished. Think about it. The Creator of all things, the One who created all mass, energy, time, and gravity in less than a second—you will be His son or daughter if you are a Christian. This God, whose power is inconceivable to us, loves you. He is merciful. He is humble and low in heart. In fact, He, as the Son, lowered Himself and came to Earth to sacrifice Himself for you. If you are a Christian, He has given you a new heart. He has created a new person, indwelled by His Spirit. The Lord God Almighty has clothed you in His own righteousness. You are a saint, a holy one.

You will live forever.

You will not go to hell.

All of this—freely given.

Recently, Laurie read to me that preface to a New Testament distributed by the Gideons.

“The Bible contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the 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 is 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 the grand subject, our good the design, and the glory of God its end.

It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure. It is given you in life, will be opened at judgment, and be remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the greatest labor, and will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents.”2

Amen. Thank You for Your Word. Be glorified, Lord God.

1All Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

2The Gideon Bible, The Gideons International, Nashville, TN

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