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Why We Need to Know Scripture

IMG_1756.jpgWhy We Need to Know Scripture

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12 NKJV

In the wild, it’s rare to see a dolphin jump out of the water, but he did, and I did. See him, that is. Shocked that fading vision caught this beautiful creature. Immediately, my attention turned to something more surprising. Iva saw the dolphin too. Her reaction stirred up laughter on the boat.

Iva whined, getting down on her front legs ready to jump right back at her aquatic playmate, like she does when she meets friendly dogs. We quieted her whines. Dolphins surrounded our boat, and Iva spotted them easily.

After our morning dolphin cruise, we entered a restaurant to fill our grumbling bellies with seafood. The hostess remarked, “I’ll have to check with the manager to see if the dog is allowed.”

I informed her about the law. As she spoke to her boss, I tried to coaxed Timmy to leave. This place did not deserve my money. Timmy wanted to force their hand. She seated us without another word.

We still ended up leaving without lunch, since they no longer serve shrimp. We went to another seafood restaurant where the waitress loved Iva, and the shrimp was delicious.

North Carolina’s Outer Banks must have a fake service dog epidemic. Vacationers bring their furry friend, especially if they rent a house. Then they want Fido to tag along with them into businesses. They go online to purchase a “Do not pet” vest. They may even get fake paperwork.

One gift shop displayed a sign which demonstrated their understanding of the American with disabilities act. It read:

“No pets allowed. Only service dogs. Be prepared to describe the service the dog provides.”

Genuine service animals are allowed in any public place. The ADA law states that disabled people are not required to provide any paperwork

The business can be handed fake papers, but they have the right to ask what duties the dog provides. Pretty obvious with blind people. I have found most businesses don’t fully understand the ADA law.

Similarly, Christians must have a vast understanding of the Bible. Two people go through a trial. One knows Scripture well. He memorizes verses regularly. He reads daily. He studies to understand what he reads. He prays the Word and speaks it over his life.

The other person never memorizes Scripture. His Bible is only cracked open on Sundays. His knowledge of Scripture is minimal at best.

Which person is going to know that God will give him grace and strength when he needs it? Which one knows God is always by his side fighting the battle for him? Which one understands peace that is incomprehensible? Which one will see joy in sorrow?

Knowledge is priceless. Wisdom is wealth. Needless to say, no amount of Bible knowledge saves a person. Salvation only comes from being born again and having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

We must immerse ourselves in God’s love letter. Get to know the god who knows you.




Guide Dog Tale: Are You Following God’s Road Map

Are You Following God’s Road Map

By Carolyn Dale Newell

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV

What was this in front of us? Not an uncommon question for a blind person, but the sidewalk appeared to end and stepping stones led the way into darkness. I never passed this on the way down. I checked my location using my iPhone, and Siri informed me that I was still on Parkway. I sought for someone to help me figure out exactly where I was, but the crowds had thinned out.

I retraced my steps until I found a helpful couple who assured me I was on Parkway, and they flagged down a police officer.

He informed me that the sidewalk ended and the stepping stones led into the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

No, I didn’t! Yes, I had walked by every destination, including my hotel. All those times Iva paused, she was trying to say, “Stop here Mom.”

I didn’t follow my guide dog’s cues. Obstacles preoccupied my thoughts. Like the one blocking the sidewalk on our way to the candy store. It was impassable without the assistance of a kind pedestrian. He had even accompanied us to the store since it was on his route.

Another passerby helped us locate a trashcan and bid us a blessed day. Afterward, I was elated about the ways God was watching over us. Maybe a bit over-confident.

I enjoyed the breeze as Iva sped up the sidewalk. Each time she stopped, I checked for a barrier. No obstruction, so we continued on. Right past our usual stops and hotel. Right to the national forest.

But that’s what we do in life. Obstacles clutter our minds. We get caught up in our journey, and we fail to acknowledge God’s signals. The same way I neglected Iva’s cues.

God says, “Stop! Tell this person about Jesus. Share the gospel.”

We keep moving forward. Then another time, He tells us to stop. This person needs to hear the gospel. Then another time, God encourages us to share the love of Jesus with someone.

We keep going until we are abruptly stopped. The end of my walk was at the city limits of Gatlinburg. God’s roadblock can be something serious enough to get our attention.

When God saved us, He could have carried us into heaven immediately. He left us here for one purpose. The Great Commission: to spread the gospel. That is the duty of every Christian. Not just preachers, evangelists, speakers, and writers. No, that job is to be filled by each Christian.

Are you traveling merrily through life like Iva and I did in Gatlinburg, or are you stopping to share Jesus with those you meet on your way?


Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell.