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The Field Manual (3 of 8)
Series: B.A.S.I.C. Training Being A Servant In Christ
The Bible is a unique book.
Actually it's a collection of 66 books written over a period of 1500 years by 40 authors who were from 13 countries on 3 separate continents (Asia, Europe, Africa).
It claims to be the Word of God over 2700 times.
And it has been translated into about 1500 languages.
From this book comes all the information that we have about God, Jesus, heaven, hell, salvation and eternity.
It also contains numerous fulfilled prophecies about various men and nations down thru the ages, and (more importantly) it contains over 300 prophecies that declared that the Messiah was going to come to earth to live, die and rise form the dead.
It is truly one of the most powerful works of literature ever written.
And Satan hates it!
If it were just a history book, or a collection of rules and regulations Satan probably wouldn't be too bothered by it, but this is God's book. This is God's truth. And this truth of God has the power within its pages to change us.
Now, of course, not everybody believes that.
ILLUS: When I was 12 years old I was deeply impressed by a great preacher named Ken Mathis. He was the embodiment of everything I wanted to be when I grew up, and even before he baptized me into Christ I determined I was going to be a preacher just like him.
But when I graduated high school my brother Jack convinced me to go to a secular college for a couple of years. Since I respected my brother - and my dad was willing to foot the bill - I went. And my brother was right, it was a great experience. I learned a lot while I was there. And one of the most important things I learned concerned the Bible.
You see, when I was a young man, I grew up in college town. I really loved - and still love - that town, but being a college town it had its share of people who were more impressed with the wisdom of men than they were with the wisd ...
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