By Pastor Bruce K. Oyen and Pastor Daniel Peters
One of the most remarkable things about the Bible is its ability to change lives in very practical ways. The Bible has this ability because it is not just a book. And it’s more than the best of good books. It is the infallible Word of God. It is easy to make such a claim for the Bible. But the Bible proves itself to be God’s infallible Word by what it does in the lives of those who believe it.
What follows is an example of the power of the Bible. It is taken from chapter 14 of a very interesting and helpful book called “Sixteen Counseling Sessions With The Wonderful Counselor.” The book’s author, Pastor Daniel Peters, has given me permission to put this story on my blog spot.
Here is the example from Pastor Daniel Peter’s own experience of helping a skeptic become a Bible-belieiving Christian: “I was asked to visit Charles in the hospital. He was dying of leukemia. He had studied comparative religions in college and had come to the conclusion that religion was good because it helped people act morally, but he saw no more truth in Christianity than in any other religion. He told me, ‘I would like to believe in God. I would like to believe in heaven. But I don’t.’ Rather than arguing with Charles, I proposed an experiment. ‘Read the Gospel of John, one chapter a day. Before reading, pray a prayer like this, ‘God, if you are there, please reveal Yourself to me as I read.’ He agreed to do it. I came back into the room a week later and I could see the joy on his face. He said, ‘I believe!’ I had not argued with him. But the self-authenticating Word of God in the Gospel of John had been used by God to do what it had been written to do.“
I would encourage you to get Pastor Peter’s book from which this story was taken. Remember, it is called, “Sixteen Counseling Sessions With The Wondeful Counselor.” In this book, the author draws our attention to 16 Biblical persons who stuggled with some problem, and he then presents how God helped those persons deal with their problems. In other words, “the wonderful counselor” is the Lord himself. One of the strengths of the book is the leader’s guide with questions for each chapter. It is found at the end of the book. The book can be ordered from many sources. Here is a link to one of them: http://www.amazon.com/Sixteen-Counseling-Sessions-WONDERFUL-COUNSELOR/dp/1628394250.
Daniel Peters is the pastor of Limerick Chapel, in Limerick, PA. here is a link to the church’s website: www.limerickchapel.org.