Throwback Friday – My First Bible

It’s been quite an extraordinary week at the St.Pierre’s, and the BEST part of the entire week happened just a few minutes ago when I laid on my bed and fell asleep….

Let me digress…

While driving home from Tampa earlier today on the interstate, the serpentine belt flew off the alternator, water pump, engine crank and tensioners, which caused the engine to nearly overheat. For a few minutes, while I gathered my thoughts and looked at my options, God used our van as a billboard along side the Bay’s busiest highway.

One of our Billboards for Christ

Eventually, I decided to pull up my sleeves, park the van on an angle by the side of the highway so I could fit under the engine, and I started to snake the belt back in its place. About an hour later, soaking wet and my hands, arms and face covered in motor oil & engine residue, the belt was back in place and I started the van. I found myself feeling grateful for the knowledge and perseverance I am blessed with, and I am positive there is no doubt this was divinely planned by the wonderful hand of God!

So it is with great joy that, in spite of today’s nightmare, I give praise to the Lord for opportunities such as this one to answer the call to the Great Commission. God’s plan is indeed perfect…

Speaking of perfection, this week’s throwback happens to be a picture of the first bible I purchased after I was born again at Saddleback church in California.

A dollar store KJV bible, this “el cheapo” is possibly the worst bible in my collection. Cluttered pages, a tiny type face, lacking concordance or study notes, it’s no wonder this edition ended up in a dollar store!

Still, in spite of its simplicity and lack of bells and whistles, this bible holds the holy truth of God. It wasn’t too long after I purchased this bible that I was handed down a study bible by the very person who led me to Christ, which in turn that NIV Study Bible was passed on to my lovely wife Elizabeth, and more recently, our oldest daughter Grace.

Since then I have acquired other bibles but none quite like the old King James, which will forever hold a special place in my heart as my first bible as a believer, as a saved disciple of Jesus.

Plus, this old dollar store bible has been featured in numerous stock photos distributed online, blog posts, web graphics and even book covers! Remember “Be A Nehemiah” by pastor Art Dykstra? Only God knows how much money Calvary Chapel St Pete and the good pastor Art Dykstra made off my intellectual property…

Today, my first bible sits on a makeshift shelf in our guest bathroom waiting for the opportunity to do what it does best… #TGTG #OAMFG

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2 thoughts on “Throwback Friday – My First Bible

  1. Cal

    The best bible translation EVER!!!! The high numbers of KJV readers confirm the findings of last year’s American Bible Society (ABS) State of the Bible report. On behalf of ABS, Barna Group found that 52 percent of Americans read the King James or the New King James Version, compared with 11 percent who read the NIV.

    The KJV also received almost 45 percent of the Bible translation-related searches on Google, compared with almost 24 percent for the NIV, according to Bible Gateway’s Stephen Smith.

    In fact, searches for the KJV seem to be rising distinctly since 2005, while most other English translations are staying flat or are declining, according to Smith’s Google research.

    With that in mind, God is clear on stewardship: Quit wasting your time findind a bible and read the one you’ve got!!!!!

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