by Jerry Vines

The B-I-B-L-E
Jerry Vines
Psalm 119:129-133

The Bible has been a part of my life as long as I can remember. I was brought up in a Christian home and so it was not uncommon to see copies of the Bible laid around.

One of my earliest memories is to see my mother's Bible, and in that Bible a devotional book. Every day my mom would read that devotional, Open Windows, a Southern Baptist publication, and she would read her Bible.

We would go to church on Sunday and we would take a copy of the Bible with us. In those days in Sunday School we had what was known as the "six point record system." When you came to Sunday School you would check that you were present, that you were on time, and also on that record system there was a place to check that you had brought your Bible. I was taught at an early age to bring a copy of the Bible.

I remember as a boy going into the services where our pastor would preach. He would preach from the Bible.

I remember on Sunday nights how the building used to be filled. I recall on one particular time that he was preaching through the book of Acts. We brought our Bible and he would turn to the book of Acts, and we would turn in our Bibles and we would follow along with him.

One of the most exciting things that ever happened when I was in elementary school is when the Gideon's came. The Gideon's gave every one of us a little pocket New Testament if we would make the promise that we would read through that pocket New Testament. I can remember as if it were yesterday leaving school that day with my brand-new copy of the New Testament.

All through these years as a boy the Bible was a very, very special book to me.

I remember at Vacation Bible School we would have the opening assembly and we would have the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States. We would also have the pledge of allegiance to the Christian flag. Then we would also have a pledge to the Bible. Then we would sing, "The B-I-B ...

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