Whether through family, Sunday school, or catechism at the parish school, children learn the scriptures of the Bible and, in many cases, they are asked to memorize passages that will help them. later to strengthen their individual faith.
And somewhere in their education in the Bible, many people will come across a verse that touches them and becomes a favorite that will stay with them throughout their lives.
The Vicksburg Post asked several pastors their favorite verses of scripture and why they love them:
• Reverend Elisabeth Malphurs, pastor in charge of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Romans 8:38-39: “For I am confident that neither death nor life, neither angels nor rulers, neither things present nor things to come, neither powers nor height nor depth , nor anything else in all creation, can separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord.
“The whole of chapter 8 of Paul’s letter to the Romans is a theological feast,” Malphurs said.
“But it is Paul’s conclusion that absolutely nothing can separate us from the love of God, to which I turn again and again in my own moments of grief or despair.
“Even in this time of physical distancing and separation from our friends and faith communities, God’s love is still there for us, able to overcome any barrier. God’s love is stronger than the coronavirus, stronger than quarantine, stronger even than death.
• Reverend Andy Andrews, Rector, Holy Trinity Church, Lamentations 3:22-23: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, the mercies of the Lord never cease; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
“A biblical understanding of mercy is rich in compassion, forgiveness and love,” Andrews said. “The author of the Book of Lamentations affirms that the mercy of the Lord never ceases. It is mysteriously fresh and new every morning.
“The past is over, and today is a remarkable new day to be alive. We also don’t know what tomorrow holds, but it is also filled with possibilities. Although the path is not always clear, we can trust this reality of our creator.
• Reverend Bill Talbert, pastor, Solid Rock Pentecostal Church, Acts 2:38: “So Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let each one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'”
“This verse contains the concise direction of God’s plan of salvation,” Talbert said.
• Rev. Thomas E. Bernard, Senior Pastor, Travelers Rest Baptist Church Isiah 61:1:
“When I was asked what my favorite scripture in the Bible is, it quickly became a competing question in my mind,” Beard said. “You see, my preaching and pastoral life spans some 40 years of teaching and continuously learning the lessons taught while dealing with interesting life experiences.
“However, there is one book, chapter and scripture that I consider my favorite, but not by choice but by purpose. The book is Isaiah chapter 61 and verse 1.”
To answer the second question as to why this scripture holds such a favorite place in his life, he said, “I must remember my call to the ministry 40 years ago.
“It was a dark October night, when I slept but did not rest, that the miraculous and mysterious experience captured and controlled the very being of my existence. The Spirit of the Lord transported me into spaces and places that were unknown to me as I trembled inside and out as in the presence of an awesome and inexplicable God.
“That’s when I knelt down with my face to the ground and said this prayer: ‘God, if you call me, show me what you would like me to do,’ he said. -he says.
At that moment, Benard said, a great calm came over him as he returned to his bed and slept until morning. “The trip to work that morning was Spirit controlled as it took me on a detour and I found myself sitting in my car in the parking lot outside Krystal,” he said.
“This experience is when the answer to my prayer becomes the scripture that guides the rest of my life. I wondered why I am here and at that decisive moment my hand took a Bible I had never seen before from the seat next to me with a scripture printed in bold print on the back cover that said and I quote, Isaiah 61:1:
“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the Lord has anointed me to declare good news to the humble; he sent me to heal broken hearts, to proclaim freedom to captives and the opening of prison to those who are bound.
Although there are so many other scriptures that I can claim to be one of my favorites, Isaiah 61:1 was granted to me by God to keep me focused on His purpose for my life throughout this journey. of ministry to others.
By the way, my favorite scripture would have to be Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and do not rely on your own intelligence. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
• Reverend Joe Mosley, pastor Calvary Baptist Church:
“One of my favorite scriptures that I often come back to is Ephesians 3:20 which says, ‘Now to him who can do abundantly exceeding all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. “This is in my favorite folder because Paul takes his personal prayer and now slides it to God to fill in all the blanks.
“Any personal and human limitations that Paul might have had in his prayer regarding the church he now removes by allowing the infinite ability of God to work in his prayers. It was here that I learned that when you pray, be sure to leave room for God to work.