By Bart Warren
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any
two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of
spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts
and intentions of the heart.” (Heb. 4:12)
“Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness
and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able
to save your souls.” (James 1:21)
Passages of scripture like these
are good reminders of just how powerful the word of God
really is. As a new year begins, this is a great time to
renew our commitment to knowing and living the will of God
as it is revealed in the pages of the Bible.
Does your life need direction? Do
you feel as though you are lost and out of focus? Are you
having difficulty making sense out of your present
circumstances? Renew your commitment to God’s Word! It has
the power to change your life!
Remember these historical events
Saul of Tarsus—In Acts 9:1-2 we find a man who is
bound and determined to destroy the New Testament church. He
finds real satisfaction in the persecution of men and women
that claim to be followers of Jesus Christ. But then, in
verses 3-19, his life is changed forever. Specifically, in
verse 6, he is told to go to a certain place and await
further instructions—he is to encounter a preacher who will
share with him the word of God. His life will be forever
changed. He is soon to become the world famous
church-planting, inspired-letter-writing, Christimitating,
Jews of Acts 2—Likely many of the same people that
only weeks before were in the crowd yelling, “Crucify him!”
(Luke 23:21; Acts 3:17), were the same ones saying, “What
shall we do?” (Acts 2:37) What was the difference? In Acts
chapter 2, the people had given the word of God a place in
their hearts. In fact, it had cut them to their very soul.
The result was dramatically changed lives. Right away they
became devoted to the things of God and to one another (Acts
2:41-47). The word of God had changed them.
What about you and me?
Will we allow the word of God to
Will we be open and honest when we
hear or read God’s word?
God is anxious to change our lives.
He is ready to give us direction and focus and a sense of
Are we ready to receive the word that is able to save our
- Bart Warren; via The
Encourager, the weekly bulletin for the Calvert
City Church of Christ, Calvert City, KY. Lance Cordle
preaches for the congregation. He may be contacted
through the congregation's website: