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Monday, December 3, 2012

Restored

By Don M Aycock & Mark Sutton

      Have you ever rummaged through your attic or your basement and found something you had forgotten that was important to you...? You look at that picture or hold that object, and your mind floods with memories that put a smile on your lips or a lump in your throat. You wonder how you could have forgotten about it because it was so important.
      King Josiah started a program of restoring the temple in Jerusalem, which had been neglected. In the process of the restoration, workmen found a book that had also been neglected. It was the "Book of the Law." Scholars believe that it was the book of Deuteronomy, or at least key portions of it. When Josiah heard its content, he was personally grieved, and then he led his people in a process of national reformation.
      The Word of God has that kind of power. How could anyone stand up to its strength and act unmoved?
Many people today ignore the Bible and act as if it were nothing but a dusty collection of ancient tales. But it has the power to restore men and nations to their proper relationship with God.
      Do you need restoration? Like Josiah, do you need to be shaken out of your ruts?

- From Don M Aycock & Mark Sutton, Still God’s Man, pg. 106; via The Central Message, the weekly bulletin of the Central Church of Christ in Paducah KY.  Jim Faughn serves as an elder and preacher for the congregation.  He may be contacted through the congregation's website at: http://www.centralchurchofchrist.org




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