by Frank Pollard

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I Peter 1:22-25
Every year in Jackson, Mississippi, there is an arts festival. It
is a time set aside to honor arts and artists. There are concerts,
ballets, displays of arts and crafts and tours of beautiful homes and
buildings. In 1976, David Roddy, our church's educational director,
decided we ought to have a Bible Day during the arts festival.
Collections of rare and expensive Bibles were brought to our church and
displayed. The mayor designated that Sunday as Bible Day in Jackson.
That morning I preached about the miraculous way God has preserved His
Word against physical and intellectual attacks. On Monday I was called
by the executive director of an Honor Society for Junior College
Students in America. She told me her organization was bringing
together their most brilliant students for a survival conference. She
said scientists and environmentalists were being brought in to discuss
the chances of the survival of life on earth. "I was driving through
Jackson yesterday," she said, "and I heard your sermon on the survival
of the Word of God and I want you to come and deliver that sermon at
our meeting."
Well, I did that. I shall forever remember the experience. Every
person on that program painted a picture of despair. Together they
presented a collage of calamity: over-population will choke the world,
there will be no room; starvation will be common, there will be no
food; living will not be possible because there will be neither air nor
water. (shot an arrow into...)
About 600 B.C., Johoiakim, King of Judah (Jeremiah 36), attempted
to destroy the word of God and failed. He was angered at the message
which the scroll of Jeremiah contained, cut it to pieces and threw them
into the fire. But the word did not burn. Just the paper on which it
was written. The writing was reproduced at the command of God. Today
we have it in the book of Jeremiah. So it has always been. The
effort ...

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