For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
I have talked a lot about the power of the Word and the necessity of being in it, so I just want to testify of what the Bible has done in my life. As I have also previously mentioned, I became a Christian through two ladies who came and taught Vacation Bible School in my little farm community. They taught the Word of God apologetically, persistently, and clearly. I sat on the edge of my seat as I listened to them each summer. They came from hours away, so this was the only time I heard teaching like this. They quoted verses as they taught and in conversation, they sang songs with verses in them, and they simply stood on the truths of the Bible.
Through these two dear ladies, Miss Evelyn and Miss LaRue, the two-edged Word sword did its work in my life. I learned that you don’t need a lot of props, you just need the Bible. Through their encouragement I memorized hundreds of verses. It is what changed my life, and I saw it change other people’s lives in the same way.
When I went away to college, I joined Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship, a campus Christian group. Through them I was taught how to study the Bible inductively and many other things that took this love for the Bible and the passionate belief that we must base our lives on it, eat, drink and sleep with it. I have kept Bible study journals for almost 40 years now.
I worked my summers throughout college and beyond in camping ministries. In each of these places, I saw God use me in other kids’ lives as I taught the Bible and told them the good news about Jesus’ life, death and resurrection to pay the price for our sins and to purchase salvation for us. I prayed with hundreds of kids to find this Jesus in their lives, just like Evelyn and LaRue did for me.
Since then, I continue with the same conviction. I know if I teach with the Bible in my hand, God works. I don’t get carried away with emotional or funny stories, just this living and active sword of the Spirit that changes lives. In 2 Corinthians 4:1-2 it says that we are not to resort to manipulation or clever schemes, watering it down or panhandling it for profit.
God moved my audience from children to an evangelistic ministry in our County jail. For over 17 years I have had the privilege of being the first person, in many cases, to introduce these dear women to Jesus and to the Bible. The living and active word of God is doing its work in their lives. Isaiah 55:10-11 says, “it will not return to Me empty but will accomplish that which I purpose.”