What the Good Book Is Good for – Always Current
As a 27-year-old Canadian, James MacDonald was called to pastor a group of 18 believers in suburban Chicago.
Seventeen years later, the resulting Harvest Bible Chapel, composed of many new Christians, has grown to nearly 8,000 worshipers. It has also recently added two new campuses. Pastor MacDonald is heard on Walk in the Word, a daily radio broadcast.
He and his wife, Kathy, have three children, aged 18 to 14.
What He Said…Always Current
I will never forget the news conference of the Willis family after their van exploded in flames on the freeway, and their children inside were engulfed and consumed in an instant.
As they sat before those microphones, and the world listened in for insight as to whether their faith could remain in such tragedy, they began by quoting Psalm 34:1: “I will praise the Lord at all times, I will constantly speak his praises.” The Word of God was their anchor in a storm that would have quickly capsized most of the boats.
David wrote in Psalm 19—the one we’ll be walking 0through this week—“Reverence for the Lord is pure, lasting forever.” God’s Word is full-strength from cover to cover. Turning to it brings stability to every person in every generation. From the most successful athletes to people of quiet faith in the hidden corners of the globe, God’s Word is a constant, reliable source of stability in the toughest of times.
Adapted from God Wrote a Book (Crossway, 2002)
Prayer for the Week: Thank you, Lord, for giving me Your Book that tells me everything I need to know about life and how to live it.