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God's Answers for the Graduate: Class of 2019 - Brown NKJV: New King James Version
by Jack Countryman
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Growing up in a solid Christian family has given me a firm foundation on which to stand. But when I left home after graduation, I took the fast track of life and started running with the wrong crowd. I did this for quite a while and, as time went on, I became worn down mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. During that tumultuous time, I lost someone very near and dear to me. I believe I lost even myself. At times, fear and anxiety gripped my life, and I thought there would be no tomorrow. I allowed others to lead me down a very destructive road.
It took many years of strife before I turned back to God. However, I know that all along, God 's love for me never wavered. He patiently waited for me to wake up and grow up. Fortunately, I did.
Now I spend my time celebrating how He 's redeemed the time I lost and truly appreciating the fact that without Jesus Christ at the helm of my life, I would be nothing.
As you read the Scriptures in this book, may your journey be forever changed. And may you always know this: God is waiting for you. He has big plans for you. Realizing this and really knowing your identity in Christ is a very mature thing to do.
Congratulations on your graduation. May you always seek Him and His ways for your life.
- Bret Countryman
God 's Answers for Me
Who is God?
"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End," says the Lord, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty."
- Revelation 1:8
The Lord by wisdom founded the earth;
By understanding He established the heavens;
By His knowledge the depths were broken up,
And clouds drop down the dew.
My son, let them not depart from your eyes—
Keep sound wisdom and discretion;
So they will be life to your soul
And grace to your neck.
Then you will walk safely in your way,
And your foot will not stumble.
- Proverbs 3:19-23
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one!
- Deuteronomy 6:4
For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord,
And He ponders all his paths.
- Proverbs 5:21
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.
- Genesis 1:1-5
Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
- Genesis 1:26-27
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
- Genesis 2:7
Commit your works to the Lord,
And your thoughts will be established.
The Lord has made all for Himself,
Yes, even the wicked for the day of doom.
- Proverbs 16:3-4
The eyes of the Lord are in every place,
Keeping watch on the evil and the good.
- Proverbs 15:3
Where Do I Seek Truth
Let not mercy and truth forsake you;
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart,And so find favor and high esteem
In the sight of God and man.
- Proverbs 3:3-4
Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise,
And apply your heart to my knowledge;
For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you;
Let them all be fixed upon your lips.
- Proverbs 22:17-18
Show me Your ways, O Lord;
Teach me Your paths.Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
On You I wait all the day.
- Psalm 25:4-5
He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
- Psalm 91:4
Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles!
Laud Him, all you peoples!
For His merciful kindness is great toward us,
And the truth of the Lord endures forever.
- Psalm 117:1-2
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.
- Psalm 100:2-5
Hesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."
- John 14:6
Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
- John 8:31-32
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