A couple of months ago, a story surfaced in the news that many of you probably heard. Lady Antebellum's bus was driving on a Texas freeway when a tire blew. The co-lead singer for the country group, Hillary Scott, was on board, along with her husband and tour manager. After the tire blew, the driver was able to stop and everyone on board evacuated safely. Suddenly, the bus caught fire, turning into a raging inferno. The flames burned everything in the rear section of the bus - except one thing. Hillary posted a photo to Instagram with this description: "Today, when our bus caught on fire we had quite a few personal belongings in the back (where I was asleep before evacuating the bus) one of them being my Bible. I kid you not, EVERYTHING in the back lounge was destroyed from the flames, except my Bible. The outside cover was burned and messed up but NOT ONE PAGE was missing. Yall, God's Word will always stand. He is FOR YOU, WILL PROTECT YOU, AND HIS LOVE FOR YOU WILL NEVER FADE. My faith is forever deepened because of today. I hope this story deepens yours."

Friends, God's Word is sacred and powerful. He will protect it and I believe that this is an example of how important it is. Paul tells us that "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works" (2 Timothy 3:16,17). If all scripture is inspired and God cares so much about it that He would save it from the flames, shouldn't we value it a little more? How many of us have Bibles that sit on the shelf and are never opened? Do we take the time to read God's word every day and let its power change us?

Learning to value God's Word,

Pastor Sutherland

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