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“If you could name the ‘Top Ten’ things in the Bible for which we should give thanks, what would they be?” — Miriam
My list will likely be different from that of someone else asked the same question, but I am thankful for the following “Top Ten” Bible truths:
God exists. He is infinite yet personal, holy yet close, just yet gracious. (Gen. 1; Ps. 66; 100; Isa. 6:1-8; Rom. 9:14-16; I Cor. 2).
The beauty, intricacy, mystery and grandeur of nature are evidences of the invisible God (Gen.1:1ff; Ps. 8; 19:1-6; Isa. 40; Rom.1:20).
Jesus is the Christ, God in the flesh. He came into the world to save humans from a broken, hopeless existence (Isa. 9:6-7; Mt. 1:18-23; Lk. 2:10-14; Jn. 1:1-5, 14; Eph. 1:3-14).
The Spirit of God lives in those who trust Him, comforting, equipping and maturing them (Jn. 14:16-27; I Cor. 3:16; 12:1-13; Gal. 5:22-26).
Grace is the greatest gift. It means a new start in life. It means freedom from fear and hopelessness; freedom to love, to live and to change (Eph. 2:1-10; Jn. 21:15-17; II Cor. 12:9; Gal. 5:1, 13).
We can be sure of salvation and eternal life (Jn. 3:16-21; Rom. 5:1-9; I Pet. 1:3-5).
Because of the bodily resurrection of Christ, we have victory over death (I Cor. 15).
Our life finds high purpose in God’s call to love, trust, serve and follow Him (Rom. 8; II Tim. 1:8-14; I Pet. 2:9-12).
We can find value in the trials we experience in this life because they teach us, shape our character and grow us up in faith (Rom. 5:3-5; James 1:2-8; I Pet. 1:6-9).
The church is a unique collection of people in which God “dwells,” ideally characterized by mutual love, honest worship and being His visible presence in the world (Eph. 2:11-22; 4:1-16; 5:21; Phil. 1:1-11; I Thess. 3:9-13).
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