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Clergy: Loving God’s word

I love this time of year. I love the opening of football camps — getting ready for professional, college and high school football. I love gearing up for the return of Penn State students — they are such a vital and vibrant part of our community and church family at Faith Baptist. I love spending time with family and friends — enjoying the beautiful summer evenings together.

I love God’s word — within my soul resonates the Psalmist’s words, “O how I love your law” (Psalm 119:97).

I love God’s word — it is the “voice” of him who first loved me. “We love because he first loved us” (I John 4:19). “But God demonstrates his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). I love hearing the voice of the lover of my soul as I read his word.”

I love God’s word — it is “focused upon” the Lord Jesus Christ (John 5:39-40). Both the Old and New Testaments focus upon the one who gives us life when we believe in him as our savior (I John 5:11-13). I love seeing Jesus as I read God’s word.

I love God’s word — through it God the Holy Spirit has made me alive in Christ. “For you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God” (I Peter 1:23). I love being alive in Christ. I love living each day in “newness of life” (Romans 6:4) as I walk with God and serve my fellow man.

I love God’s word — through it God nourishes my spiritual man. “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” (Deuteronomy 8:3; Matthew 4:4). I love to eat food that is healthy and tasty. I love to eat the delicious and nutritious word of God. It is likened to mother’s milk (I Peter 2:2) and to solid food (i.e., the proverbial “meat and potatoes”) designed by God to nourish the inner man unto spiritual growth and maturity.

God’s word is good, faithful and truth (Psalm 119:39, 86, 151).

God’s word cleanses, strengthens and revives (Psalms 119:9, 28, 93).

God’s word is the means whereby God speaks to my heart and mind day by day.

I love God’s word. As a pastor, I consider it a great privilege and honor to preach and teach the word of God. “Preach the word — be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction” (II Timothy 4:2). I am thankful for a church family that loves the Lord and loves his word — the means by which God builds up the church of Christ (Acts 20:32; Ephesians 4:11-16).

“O how I love your law. It is my meditation all the day” (Psalm 119:97). Amen.

Drew Fenstermacher is pastor at Faith Baptist Church of State College. Contact him at pastor