Uncategorized

THE MOST INSPIRING WORDS

By October 15, 2014 7 Comments

Slide1I asked over 1200 people to write down their favorite Bible verse on a card.

Most wrote from memory.

Some wrote from the New Testament they had just received, courtesy of the Gideons of Canada.

After sifting through hundreds of cards, I quickly concluded 3 things:

1. A wide variety of Old and New Testament verses mean something very special to people. I went through 38 cards before I found my first duplicate verse. There were literally 100’s of different favorites.

2. The most popular verses in this given sample were:

Jeremiah 29:11
Romans 8:28,29
John 3:16
Proverbs 3:5,6
Psalm 23:1

2014-10-15 18.21.08

3. The Bible is a rich source of inspiration and direction for people at North Pointe. Many who wrote down their verse also recorded WHY the verses were meaningful to them. People have been through tough times and its been Bible verses that have sustained them.

RESPECT FOR THE BIBLE

Respect for the Bible is alive and well in the hearts and minds of young and old believers alike.

We gave out 1200 New Testaments on Sunday. Some people asked for additional copies to give out at work and to relatives or friends.

One family reported back that they have given their copy to a neighbor of 30 years. They shared how the gift started a conversation. It was the first spiritual conversation they have had with their neighbour in three decades. It was the beginning of something good.

A PLEASANT SURPRISE2014-10-15 18.21.19

One surprise for me was that Romans 15:13 was a favorite of more than one person. Its a rather obscure verse. The people who chose this as their favorite verse do not know each other. They are from different ethnic groups and age groups.

Romans 15:13 – “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust Him, so that you may overflow with the power of the Holy Spirit.”

One person wrote – “Romans 15:13 has had a huge impact on my life. I tend to worry at times and those times when I am super-worried I have remembered this verse. All I need to do is trust God and through Him is where I find peace.”

The Holy Spirit has been at work in making indelible impressions through Scripture on the hearts of people from diverse backgrounds – He will do the same for you.

THANKSGIVING AND PROBLEMS

Are you face to face with a challenge? A crisis?  Needing direction?

The Bible is alive – its divinely inspired – “God-breathed.”  The right verse at the right time will be a breath of fresh air for you.

One of the following verses can become a new favorite of yours because of how it will speak to you.

Romans 8:28 – “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.

Psalm 25:4 (NLT) – “Show me the path where I should go, point out the right road for me to walk.”

James 1:5 – “When troubles come your way consider it an opportunity for great joy.”

Genesis 18:14 – “I am the Lord; is there anything too hard for me.”

APPLICATION: What is your favorite verse? Please leave a comment below.


I write to inspire people to be real, grow an authentic faith in Jesus, enjoy healthy relationships and discover their life purpose. If this material is helpful to you, please follow me.

  • Subscribe. I’ll put helpful content into your email box on Mondays and Thursdays, as well as upcoming events at North Pointe Community Church, Edmonton, Alberta.
  • Follow on Twitter. I daily tweet info I think you’ll be interested in.
  • Friend on Facebook. If you “like” my page, let me know you found me here.
  • Connect on Linkedin. I like this because it reminds me what people think I’m good at.
Bob Jones

Author Bob Jones

Pastor at North Pointe Community Church for 27 years. Happily married to Jocelyn for 38 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three gorgeous daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love being a pastor and inspiring faith in Jesus through communicating, blogging, counseling and coaching. I enjoy running, reading, writing and ball hockey. Fan of the Esks and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

More posts by Bob Jones

Join the discussion 7 Comments

  • Jocelyn Jones says:

    I love The Word of God, it brings rest to my soul

  • Carole Schlachta says:

    The word of God gives me strength for each crisis.¥

  • Patricia says:

    I have many favorite verses. I have them on bookmarks, faith cards and many places in my journal. Romans 15:13 is on a plaque on my bedroom wall. I also like Nehemiah 8:10, Psalm 46:1, 10, 34:18, Lamentations 3:26, Isaiah 40:31, Matthew 28:20, 6:33, John 14:27 and I could continue on. My all time favorite verse is Exodus 14:14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. This verse is important to me in overcoming anything I don’t feel I can on my own. We have a great and powerful God who will fight for us if only we will submit to His perfect timing. Anytime I feel I can’t handle something, I repeat this verse along with Matthew 28:20 And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. There is nothing else comparable to God’s Word in bringing comfort and healing, strength and courage, joy and peace.

  • bob jones says:

    Exodus 14:14 is a great verse from a wonderful story. Thanks for referring to it, Patricia. I’m glad to know that so many Bible verses have given you inspiration and direction.

  • Patricia says:

    I have some verses for everyone to read. In the Gideon Bible they are on page 341. God’s Promises Bring Hope. Hebrews 6:13-20. Make sure to read at least verses 18 and 19. I hope these verses help someone.

  • Christian Mark Luha says:

    Romans 8:28 – “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.
    – some close relatives revealed their problems to me and even some of my closest friends and workmates.. I am so grateful that they trusted on sharing their story.I told them to pray and ask for forgiveness.Prayer is the only way that we can talk to him and to have a peace of mind and heart.

  • Andrea Korobko says:

    Ezekiel 16:3-14. Lol I doubt that passage is anyone else’s favorite, but it means a lot to me. It taught me that it doesn’t matter what my roots, heritage, or parents were like…God loves me like a princess anyway.

Leave a Reply