One of the regular thrift shops that I visit is a Goodwill store on Taylorsville Road in Louisville. Last Saturday, when I picked up a half dozen Bibles, there were four ladies at the cashier station chatting and laughing and playfully teasing each other. When they stepped aside to let me pay, the regular cashier recognized me and introduced me to her friends and explained that I was buying Bibles to send overseas. The ladies were quite impressed and one asked if I was a pastor. ( The cashier had introduced me as ‘at least a deacon’). “No,’ I replied, I’m just a guy doing what little he can.
The best dressed of the three customers wagged her finger in my face. “Don’t ever say ‘just’ when you’re doing God’s work! You don’t know what else he’s going do with what you do!”
Here are some of the highlighted verses from this week’s ‘finds':
John 9:4-5 KJV (1611 Translation)
I must worke the works of him that sent me, while it is day; the night commeth when no man can worke. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
2 Timothy 2:15 New Living Translation (NLT)
15 Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.
Psalms 118:5-12 New Living Translation (NLT)
In my distress I prayed to the Lord, and the Lord answered me and set me free. 6 The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me? 7 Yes, the Lord is for me; he will help me. I will look in triumph at those who hate me. 8 It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in people. 9 It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.
10 Though hostile nations surrounded me, I destroyed them all with the authority of the Lord. 11 Yes, they surrounded and attacked me, but I destroyed them all with the authority of the Lord. 12 They swarmed around me like bees; they blazed against me like a crackling fire. But I destroyed them all with the authority of the Lord.
( highlighted by Ralph Sullivan)
Thanks for reading! If you find anything interesting in the Bibles — like some of the items I feature on the galley pages– send them on! If you want to help with sending Bibles overseas, click on the Used Book Depository link. And as our Methodist ministers often pray, “may the words of my mouth and the meditations of all our hearts be acceptable unto Him.”
“Singing Our Thanks For Jesus” from
Jan – March 1939 Primary Church School Leaflets