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The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb.  (Psalm 19:9-10 NIV)

Several years ago (2012) Elvis Presley’s Bible sold at an auction for $94,600? Among other markings, Luke 9:25 was underlined. According to the King James Version, the verse says, “For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?” In another spot, Elvis wrote in the margin, “To judge a man by his weakest link or deed is like judging the power of the ocean by one wave.”

I cannot fathom paying $94,600 for a Bible, but I do have in my possession a couple of Bibles that are rather special to me. One is a Bible that my youth pastor gave to me when I graduated high school. The Bible had been given to him by his youth pastor. In the front cover, my youth pastor wrote these words:

This New Testament helped me through my first two years of College. I hope this is an encouragement to you, with special verses marked and underlined that helped me. You have four years to be a witness on your campus. Don’t wait until your senior year. Start today.

I also have a Bible that belonged to Dr. Perry Sanders, my predecessor at First Baptist Church, Lafayette. The Bible was a gift to him by his parents upon the occasion of his high school graduation in 1943. The Bible is marked up and has several notations. In the front cover, Bro. Perry had simply written, “What the world needs is Jesus.”

What are you underlining and writing in your Bible? Better yet, are you living up to those notations?

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Dr. Steve Horn
Steve Horn serves as the Executive Director for Louisiana Baptists. He was born in Columbia, Louisiana, and grew up in Lafayette. He served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Lafayette from June 2005 through May 2019. Dr. Horn has served in numerous national and state denominational positions including President of the Louisiana Baptist Convention in 2014-2015 and President of the Executive Board of the LBC in 2010-2011. He is married to Linett and they have two sons, Joshua and Dru.

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