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‘I grew up in Yugoslavia. Christianity wasn’t banned, but nobody ever spoke about faith. I never heard anything about it. I thought the Bible was make-believe and fairy tales. I thought that people who read the Bible were off their heads in la-la land. A few years after I got married we went through a real depression. We went from being really, really wealthy to my husband losing his job and having a breakdown. One day when I was really, really low because life wasn’t getting any better, I sat in the kitchen on my own and I knew that somebody was standing behind me. I knew it was Jesus. I felt that he wanted me to lean into his arms, and I did. Then I felt I should ring my friend who went to a Bible study, so I did and I went along. I’ve been going every week since. We went from not having the Bible in the house to having about 20 Bibles. Now I would describe the Bible as a love letter from God. It’s such a warm book. If I read it regularly I’m much, much more at peace than if I don’t. I’m a personal trainer. Reading the Bible is part of my discipline every day. For me, I just know that I drift if I don’t have that discipline and routine.’ #mybible #bible #bibleverse #personaltrainer

‘I was 19 and I found my girlfriend in bed with three blokes. It sent me off the rails. I ended up homeless. I rang my Dad, who had left when I was six. He put me in a B&B. I embezzled the money out of the landlord’s bank account. I avoided the police for three days, but then I walked into the police station and gave myself up. My Dad came and picked me up. He said, “We’re going to church.” He dragged me there and I hated it. The bloke at the front was telling my story and I was yelling at him. But it was the story of the prodigal son. I cried and cried. That was 30 years ago. The Bible came into my life straight away. My Dad gave me one. I wasn’t perfect, as you can imagine. But I had been hungry for so long and the Bible was the meatiest meat that I had ever eaten. My Mum had said, “You are useless. You’ll never amount to anything.” But the scriptures said that I was precious and God would work on me until He was done. He would be my strength. It was wonderful. Now, I design signs that are used at Heathrow and by the roads. If I’ve got a three-hour drive to see a customer, I can listen to the whole of Romans. There are moments when you feel that the world is crashing around you and that just grounds me. The Bible is a love story that makes me feel loved and embraced. It’s incredible.’ #mybible #bible #bibleverse

‘I work with adults with disabilities. There was a lot of unsettling news over the summer – the suicide bombing in Manchester, the attacks on Westminster Bridge and London Bridge, and then the Grenfell Tower fire.I’m in a position where I support people and help them process that. One of the dangers of seeing these things on the news is that you can become fearful and you can feel that these things will happen to you. That’s what happened to me. My friends were sharing on social media about what had happened. Everyone was saying that something dreadful had happened. So, I was praying that God would give me peace. I didn’t want to be fearful. I read lots of verses from the Bible that gave me peace. In Proverbs it says, “All who listen to the Lord shall live in peace and safety, unafraid.” And in Genesis it says, “What’s more, I am with you and will protect you wherever you go.” And in Psalm 138 it says, “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies and your right hand delivers me.” I have noticed that people I work with can’t relate to what’s happened. They have been unsettled by it. I was conscious that I wanted to be helpful. These verses have helped me to see that we can’t shy away from trouble, but that God is with is in that trouble.’ #mybible #bibleverse #bible

‘I was made redundant from a job presenting and reporting at ITV West in 2009. We knew it was coming. But when you actually stop and drive away from a newsroom having presented your last bulletin, that’s a bit of a wrench. It was a very difficult time. That was when I ended up working at Bible Society as a press officer: something I’d never done before. What helped me at that time was reading the story of Peter walking on the water to Jesus. I saw that, at some moment, you’ve got to get out of the boat, you’ve got to step out. Peter stepped out in faith and he lost his nerve a bit. I’d learned to tell stories in a succinct way in TV newsrooms. Now I could use those skills, but step out of my comfort zones. Reading that passage reassured me. It was very powerful. When you’re a reporter, you’re always scanning documents to see if there’s a story in there for you. It makes you lazy. You can’t read the Bible like that. You have to feel it. And what I feel is that Jesus’ life really spoke to me. It was who he was, what he was about. An MP I interviewed once said to me that Jesus was “the most compelling and interesting person who’d ever lived”. I agree with that. His story is so powerful.’ #mybible #bible #bibleverse

‘When one of my sisters died in a plane crash I read the Bible. I couldn’t deal with the grief. She was in Nepal and the plane flew into the side of a mountain. Everyone onboard died. She was so funny and wanted to enjoy things in a way that some people don’t. If we were drinking Coke she’d say, “Let’s pretend it’s champagne.” She was 31 when she died. Because we had no body, we couldn’t bury her. There was lots of unresolved grief. I read the verse in 1 Corinthians, “If I have faith enough to move mountains but have not love, I am nothing.” She’d flown into a mountain. Reading that helped me to remember that she was with God. I couldn’t doubt that she was in a better place. I wanted her with me. We were very close. But I could see that I had a lot of love for her and without that, what would my faith be?' If you really believe that these people you love have gone to God, do you believe that is better? I could see that it was. When I read the Bible I saw that there was somewhere better than here.' #mybible #bible #bibleverse #love #grief

‘My wife and I were consultant surgeons in a Christianhospital in Iran in the 1970s. We lived in Isfahan. We liked everything about it. It was a green city set in the desert. Then, in 1979, the revolution happened. I was taken before a revolutionary tribunal. The magistrate threw the case out because he said theevidence was contradictory. We used to gather in the underground chapel of the hospital every evening and read Psalm 91. Outside, people were calling from the rooftops and the city was in uproar. It was a very disturbed time. We were sheltered from a lot of it, but there was bloodshed. Our friends were imprisoned. My colleagues were held and Terry Waite's first job with hostages was to get them released. We knew we were on the hitlist. They wanted to get rid of Christian missionaries like us. I didn’t think I was frightened, but I was obviously anxious . I wasn’t eating. I lost weight and I wasn’t sleeping. I wasn't frightened for my life, but I was anxious about the hospital and one’s ownfuture and if I had been a failure. Reading Psalm 91, in Farsi, brought a peace and stillness. It brought an inner calm.' #mybible #bibleverse #bible

'When I went to boarding school aged 13, I had my first episode of depression, though I didn’t have a diagnosis then. I had a total and utter loss of perspective. I felt cut off from the present, the past and the future. Everything felt completely black. They were different times. I wouldn’t talk to my parents for 12 weeks. Letters took three weeks. My mum wrote me a letter. It was full of Bible verses including Isaiah 43, Psalm 139 and 2 Timothy 1.6-7. It pretty much saved my life, that letter. That was the beginning of trying to embed the Bible into my mind so that I could lean on it when I couldn’t trust my own thoughts. Sometimes, when you are depressed, you can't argue with the thoughts in your head, but you can go through a Psalm instead. I read and re-read the Bible. It got to the point where I thought it was a bit dreary. That’s so arrogant isn’t it?! So I went and studied it in Vancouver because I didn’t believe that the Bible was really dreary and I didn’t want to live like that for the rest of my Christian life. Now, I feel like there’s more and more of it that I want to investigate.' #mybible #bibleverse

'In 1991, I was pregnant with twins. At 24 weeks, I lost them. It was a desperate time. My husband and I went through a process of mourning and pain. People came to talk to us about where God was in the situation. I realised that something was missing. I needed to talk to God. I developed a relationship with him, he was the only person I needed. That was the beginning. It was not too long before I got pregnant again. I was a different person during that pregnancy. I never got angry for nine months. You could never annoy me, because there was a joy radiating in my heart. I was constantly reading the Bible and it backed up my prayers. There were lots of verses that helped, but particularly two. Philippians 4.13 says, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." And in Ephesians 3.20 it says that God does "immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us". I believed it. The words became alive to me. I became confident that it would be. I knew that God felt my pains. It helped me tremendously. My daughter has just graduated as a pharmacist. I’m the proudest mother. I still go to the Bible every day, but now, I listen to it on my phone. It’s the first thing I do when I wake up.'
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'I was 15 years old. I found out through Facebook that my boyfriend had cheated on me with another girl. I was heartbroken. I had not felt proper pain or rejection before that. I got my Bible out. I had heard it read on a Sunday but had kept it in a drawer and didn’t understand the fascination with it. But then, the words spoke into how I was feeling and the situation I was in. The first thing that I read was in Psalm 118.8: “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man”. I realised that I could trust in God. For the next few weeks, I heard God speaking into my life through the Bible every night. It was such an exciting time. Every night I was excited to go to bed and read the Bible. The Bible gave me a new freedom. If God thinks I’m amazing, I realised, then I could have a different outlook on life.' #mybible #bibleverse

‘I worked in the City for many years. Life was brilliant on the trading floor. If you couldn't stand pressure and didn’t have a sense of humour, it wasn’t the place to be! One lunchtime, two of my colleagues asked me to go to St Helen's Bishopsgate with them. I went along just to be argumentative. Why did I need Jesus? What were they going on about? There were about 600 blokes there and then Dick Lucas stood up and preached from Colossians 1.15-23. This says, “The son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things inheaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities, all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together…” and so on. This struck a rich chord with me. It wasn’t a blinding light moment. It was more of a Homer Simpson “Doh!”. It seemed logical to me. If I hadn’t come to faith through those verses, I’d have had a glittering time in the City of London, but not necessarily with a purpose in life. I don’t think we would have coped with the things that have come our way. My wife miscarried twins. Then she nearly died giving birth toour second child, who herself nearly died four months later. It would have been difficult to be resourced for that without the Bible. That passage gives me hooks to start to understand the immenseness of who God is. Through my telescope at home I look at just a part of what he has done. There are billions of galaxies. Christ upholds them and is the means of their creation. It’s utterly mind blowing.’ #mybible #bibleverses

'The book of Isaiah is really important to me. I read it during the year that I was Student Union President at Exeter University. I’d just finished my degree in theology and suddenly found myself in charge of sixty staff. I was super, super busy and the world quite liked to distract me from my faith. I often didn’t have time to go to church. But people knew that I was a Christian. I felt a lot of pressure publicly and I felt that integrity was a real issue that year. I had to manage 60 staff and I was aware that how I did that would affect how people saw Christianity. It was a very high-pressure job. I felt that I was messing up and so reading Isaiah was really helpful. In it God called the people of Israel, they messed up and then God said, “For goodness’ sake, I love you and forgive you." It’s 66 chapters of that. At the time, I felt really bashed. But reading Isaiah gave me perspective. Reading it affirmed to me who I am and what I was doing.' #bible #bibleverse #bible #mybible #isaiah

'On the day of Pentecost all the Lord's followers were together in one place. Suddenly there was a noise from heaven like the sound of a mighty wind! It filled the house where they were meeting. Then they saw what looked like fiery tongues moving in all directions, and a tongue came and settled on each person there. The Holy Spirit took control of everyone, and they began speaking whatever languages the Spirit let them speak.' Acts 2.1-4 Find out what happened next by following the link in bio. #acts #pentecost #happybirthdaychurch #flames #candles

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