May 21, 2022

Pastors share their bible verse and what it means to them, their lives – The Vicksburg Post

Whether through family, Sunday school, or catechism at the parish school, children learn the scriptures of the Bible and, in many cases, are encouraged to memorize passages that help later. to strengthen their individual faith.

And somewhere during their education in the Bible, many people will come across a verse that touches them and becomes a favorite that will accompany them throughout their lives.

The Vicksburg Post asked several pastors for their favorite scripture verses and why they liked it:

• The Rev. Elisabeth Malphurs, responsible priest, St. Alban Episcopal Church, Romans 8: 38-39: “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, or anything else in all of creation, can separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord.

“The entirety of chapter 8 of Paul’s letter to the Romans is a theological feast,” said Malphurs.

“But this is Paul’s conclusion that absolutely nothing can separate us from the love of God, to which I turn again and again in my own moments of grief or despair.

“Even in this time of physical distancing and separation from our friends and faith communities, the love of God is always present for us, able to overcome any barrier. God’s love is stronger than the coronavirus, stronger than midlife, stronger even than death. “

• Reverend Andy Andrews, Rector, Church of the Holy Trinity, Lamentations 3: 22-23: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, the mercies of the Lord never cease; they are new every morning; great is your fidelity.

“A biblical understanding of mercy is rich in compassion, forgiveness, and love,” Andrews said. “The author of the Book of Lamentations claims that the Lord’s mercy never ceases. It’s mysteriously fresh and new every morning.

“The past is over, and today is a remarkable new day to be alive. We don’t know what tomorrow has in store either, but it is also full of possibilities. Although the way is not always clear, we can trust this reality regarding our Creator.

• Reverend Bill Talbert, Pastor, Solid Rock Pentecostal Church, Acts 2:38: “Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and each one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.’ ”

“This verse contains concise direction of God’s plan of salvation,” said Talbert.

• Reverend Thomas E. Bernard, Senior Pastor, Travelers Rest Baptist Church Isiah 61: 1:

“When I was asked what was my favorite scripture in the Bible, it quickly became a competing question in my mind,” Beard said. “You see, my preaching and my pastoral life spans some 40 years of constant teaching and learning of the lessons taught while facing interesting life experiences.

“However, there is one book, chapter, and scripture that I consider my favorite but not by choice but by purpose. The book is Isaiah chapter 61 and verse 1.”

To answer the second question about why this scripture holds such a favorite place in his life, he said, “I must remember my call to the ministry 40 years ago.

“It was a dark October night while I was sleeping but not resting as the miraculous and mysterious experience captured and controlled the very being of my existence. The Spirit of the Lord carried me into spaces and places unknown to me as I trembled inside and out as in the presence of a dreadful and inexplicable God.

“It was then that I knelt down, my face on the ground, and I said this prayer: ‘God, if you call me, show me what you want me to do’, he said. -he says.

At that moment, said Benard, a great calm came over him as he returned to his bed and slept until morning.The ride to work that morning was Spirit controlled as it whisked me off a detour and I found myself sitting in my car in the parking lot outside Krystal, ”he said. -he declares.

“This experience is where the answer to my prayer becomes the scripture that guides me for the rest of my life. I wondered why I am here and at this pivotal moment my hand picked up a Bible that I had never seen before in the seat next to me with a bold print on the back cover that said and I quotes, Isaiah 61: 1:

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; for the LORD has anointed me to preach the good news to the meek; he sent me to heal broken hearts, to proclaim freedom to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.

While there are so many other scriptures that I can claim to be one of my favorites, Isaiah 61: 1 has been granted to me by God to keep me focused on His purpose for my life throughout this journey. of service to others.

By the way, my favorite scripture should be Proverbs 3: 5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and do not rely on your own intelligence. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

• Reverend Joe Mosley, Pastor Calvary Baptist Church:

“One of my favorite scriptures that I come back to often is Ephesians 3:20 which says, ‘Now to him who is able to do far exceeding anything we ask or think, depending on the power at work in us. “This is in my favorite folder because Paul takes his personal prayer and now slides it to God to fill in the blanks.

“Any personal and human limitations that Paul might have had in his prayer regarding the church, he now takes off by allowing God’s infinite capacity to work in his prayers. It was here that I learned that when you pray make sure you leave room for God to work.