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Our Place to Stand

Archimedes, a Greek mathematician of the second century before Christ, said, “Give me a place to stand, and I shall move the world.”

When a king demanded a demonstration, Archimedes had a huge ship brought ashore; then, using a series of pulleys and a carefully placed fulcrum, with the one-handed turn of a lever, he moved the ship.

Jesus once gave His disciples a promise like that. He said, “If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove, and nothing shall be impossible unto you” (Matt. 17:20).

In other words, faith is our fulcrum. So where is our place to stand?  “Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting” (v. 21).  We stand on prayer and move the world through faith.

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Translating the Bible

— By Mark Avery, Editor, Herald and Banner Press, Overland Park, KS

Someone told of a group of Bible college students discussing the merits of various Bible translations. Each told which was his favorite and listed some reasons for his choice. Finally the last student spoke. “My favorite translation of the Bible is my mother’s translation.”

The other students were taken aback. “Your mother translated the Bible?” they wondered incredulously.

“Yes,” came the simple response. “She translated it into everyday living.” If the Bible is the Word of God, and we believe that it is, we should put every effort into practicing it in our lives.

Some simple steps can be taken to translate the Bible into everyday living. Reading the Bible is necessary to this translation. Some believers seem to think that they get enough of the Bible through preaching services and Sunday school classes. In reality, the Bible is the means God often uses to speak to us to conform us to His will. Daily contact with Him through His Word helps us develop a deep, intimate relationship with Him. We gain spiritual strength and stamina from the Word that enables us to live holy lives from day to day.

Praying is necessary to translating the Bible into life. Being a God-inspired book, the Bible becomes much easier for us to understand as we allow the Holy Spirit to work in our hearts. We talk to God in prayer, and He talks to us through His Word. A close communion develops as we communicate with each other.

Meditation is necessary to translating the Bible into life. Regardless of how many times a person has read the Bible, from time to time a verse or passage seems to “jump off the page” at us. Of course, that does not happen literally. Yet having read the Bible several times, I still discover “new” messages tucked away in its pages just for me. The written Word of God is still the living Word of God. It does not change, but it opens to us in various circumstances to help us know how to become more like Christ.

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A Circle of Prayer

— Brandon Speak pastors the Lockhart, Mississippi Church of God (Holiness) and serves in the Department of Devotions on the Harmony Hill Youth Council.

The Youth Council members who were in attendance at the Minister’s Prayer Retreat knelt, and a group of pastors gathered around us and cried out to God for the youth of our churches and prayed for the blessing of God on Harmony Hill Youth Camp.

As I reflect on the more than twenty years I have been associated with Harmony Hill Youth Ministries in some form or another (which is a pretty big chunk of my life since I am only thirty), whether that was attending Boy’s Camp or Youth Camp or now that I am on the Youth Council, I have seen the impact this ministry has on lives. It had a profound impact on my own life, and I am thoroughly convinced it is because there is a group of people who love the youth of every generation and who stand behind the efforts of Harmony Hill Youth Ministries to share the truth of the love of God with the current generation.

We still need that support. We still need to be surrounded by the prayers of those who care for the youth of this generation. That group of pastors lifted up the needs of Harmony Hill, and I challenge all of you to lift us up before God in your prayers. Ask God to bless today’s youth. They are already an important part of what God is doing in our churches and not too many years down the road they will be the pastors of our churches. God cares about teenagers, and we at Harmony Hill care about them. God is raising up leaders for generations to come, and He does it on the Hill. Please take the cue from these ministers and surround us with your prayers.

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