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“Some people treat the Bible like rental car insurance.”

A thought by James MacDonald (2010-05-03) from his book, 10 Choices: A Proven Plan to Change Your Life Forever(Kindle Location 1660). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
Now the Bible is God’s Word.His word has the power to do unbelievable things in our life.As James says, “The Bible is the decree of God. God has eternally determined that what is written there will happen. That’s why, in the face of temptation, Jesus said, It is written . . . it is written. It will be as God said.”
But so many of us don’t treat it like that.  As James says, “Some people treat the Bible like rental car insurance.”
He says, “I would guess that most people waive the extra rental car insurance. If you’re like me, you think to yourself, The rental car costs plenty already. Now they want me to add $ 35 a day for the insurance? I haven’t had an accident in ten years. What are the chances that I’m going to have an accident today? Slim. No, I don’t want the ins…

“I find sheer happiness in God’s Word.”

A thought by James MacDonald (2010-05-03) in his book, 10 Choices: A Proven Plan to Change Your Life Forever(Kindle Location 1593). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.(Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
There are so many things you can find in the Bible and one of them is happiness.
James says, “Now, the world has tried to hijack this word. So to be clear, when I say happiness, I don’t mean some little oh-I-just-had-a-Big-Mac-meal-I’m-so-happy-right-now. True happiness is not some shallow, giddy, short-lived pleasure. Like we said, God wrote the blueprint on human happiness.”
Psalm 1: 1– 2 says, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD.”
James goes on, “The word blessed means happy— real happiness, not the horizontal, worldly substitute that flashes by in a heartbeat. Blessed is the person who knows God’s kind of soul satisfaction that l…

“Hope is the confident expectation that better things are ahead.”

From a thought in10 Choices: A Proven Plan to Change Your Life Foreverby James MacDonald,(Click on the title to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
Do you need a confident expectation that better things are ahead?Do you need that?Do you need hope?
James says, “I find most of us can identify an area of life in which we desperately need to hear God’s promise of hope. We need to know that good things can still come for our future. We haven’t so messed up our life that everything good is now past and all opportunities are gone.”
Is that true of you today or someone you know?
James goes on, “Hope is the idea that it’s not too late, no matter how many mistakes you’ve made. Your life could be better. Some of the things you’ve dreamed about can still be yours. You don’t have to be trapped in this cycle of failing and falling and fumbling all the time. You can rise up and be who God wants you to be. That is hope. Do you feel it rising in your heart?”
He goes on, “Hope is found in God’s Word. Hope is…