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Opening THE Book with Rev John K-S April 2021


Rev John Kinchin-Smith
Assistant Minister, St Andrew’s Church, Gorleston


Opening THE book
At the beginning of these “Opening THE Book” articles back in June 2018, I wrote: “When I hold a Bible in my hand, I know that I’m holding the most precious thing in the world”. I hope these articles have indeed begun to open the Bible for you as we have learnt about some of the different parts of it and how it helps us to answer the most important questions in life. If anyone would like to have a copy of all the previous articles, let the editors know and I will email you a copy (apologies that printed copies cannot be supplied)
But when it comes to the Bible, what are the best verses for seeking help? In this month’s and next month’s articles I will give a list of helpful verses for those difficult times when you just can't do it alone. Sometimes we all need some words of encouragement and helpful advice, especially when we're stressed or anxious. That has been especially true in the past year. We all need help to navigate our lives here on earth. The Bible provides many helpful verses on how to lead a positive, fulfilling life. Feeling stressed at work or at home? Feeling down and depressed? The Bible provides many helpful verses for any situation. (The numbers indicate the chapter: followed by the verse). And Christians believe the Bible can never lie and that God’s promises are absolutely trustworthy and sure
Jesus said, “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28)
Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4)
The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged
 (Deuteronomy 31:8)
God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1)
Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established
. (Proverbs 16:3)
Cast all your anxieties on God, because he cares for you (1 Peter 5:7)
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)
Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him (Psalm 34:8)


published by St Andrew's Church in the Gorleston Community Magazine


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