“[The Bible] has a profound sense of value … to men in their hour of greatest need.”
~ Rev. C.W. Gordon (Ralph Connor), author and Canadian Forces chaplain
On November 11, the Canadian Bible Society remembers.
We remember the strength and courage of members of the Canadian Forces who have died in the line of duty.
Stanley had never held a Bible in his hands, let alone read one. So when he joined the Scripture Union Sports Camp this summer and was handed a sports New Testament created for Scripture Union by the Canadian Bible Society, he looked at it – confused – and asked his coach, “Is this a dictionary?”
Like Stanley, many children who go through these sports camps have never seen or owned a Bible. The primary reason is that their family doesn’t go to church or doesn’t own a Bible.
As for me, I was introduced to the Bible by my parents at an early age, so it is hard for me to imagine what it’s like to grow up in a home where God’s Word is not read and talked about. I may not have understood completely the importance of the Bible when I was very young, but, looking back, those years of reading Bible stories and memorizing Christian Scriptures have developed in me the appreciation for God’s Word and the role it played – and continues to play – in my life. It definitely helped me navigate through the treacherous teenage years, gave me wisdom for those life-changing decisions, and provided a guide for day-to-day situations. Most importantly, the Bible led me to Jesus, my Saviour, Friend, and Anchor in life.
The Canadian Bible Society has for over 110 years shown its commitment and passion to make the Bible available in the first language of every person in Canada and around the world. Our commitment is more than just putting that Bible into a person’s hand, through sales or free distribution. It goes further. It means being committed to that person understanding this book and realizing that it is not like any other book in the world. This book’s message is life-giving.
Reading and hearing the Word in people’s language
(By Jonathan Dent)
Results of reading and listening to the Word of God
(By Rev Dr Jonathan Dent)
In the previous blog post (Read Part 2: The Transformative Power of the Word of God as seen in history) Jonathan Dent highlighted some stories that show the transformative power of God’s Word. In this blog post, he talks about the results of reading and listening to the Word of God as shown in the story of Ezra.)
The transforming power of God’s Word as seen in history
(By Rev Dr Jonathan Dent)
In the previous blog post, Jonathan Dent talked about the transforming power of God’s Word and how it is accomplished (Read Part 1: The Transformative Power of the Word of God - How God's Word goes out). In this blog post, he mentions some examples of this transformative power.
The Scriptures speak of stories of transformed lives after hearing God’s Word.
How God’s Word goes out
By Rev. Dr. Jonathan Dent
Most of us have been in the Christian sub-culture within Canada for many decades. We may take for granted that the Bible is the media God has chosen to bring all cultures, languages, nations and peoples back to himself, God’s very self. But the current majority of Canada and the world as a whole has not experienced what we may or may not take for granted: the transformative power of the Word of God.
It is roughly 11, 200 kilometres between Quebec and Delhi, India. But if you wander through the Toronto office of the Canadian Bible Society, you will not be surprised to learn there are team members from both those places and every point in-between.
It’s as if the busy headquarters is a microcosm of the world we serve and a picture of how we serve it together.
I will soon be leaving the Canadian Bible Society in order to give birth for the first time. I imagine that many mothers-to-be are, like me, experiencing a certain level of anxiety, fear of the unknown, and excitement as this major event is drawing near. I am therefore focusing this last blog post on preparing for childbirth, which dovetails with the upcoming celebration of Mother’s Day. The following 10 Bible verses are meant to help all expectant mothers prepare mentally and spiritually for the birth of their baby.
1. “Don't worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart.” Philippians 4.6 (GNT)
2. “Let your father and your mother be glad, And let her who bore you rejoice. My son, give me your heart, And let your eyes observe my ways.” Proverbs 23.25-26 (NKJV)
3. “Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: ‘For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry’.” Hebrews 10.35-36-37 (NKJV)