A-1 - Encouraged by What You Read?

Why are so many people afraid of what the Bible has to say? Out of one side of their mouths, they say it’s just another book, but out of the other, they say, “I don’t want to hear it!” What harm could there be if it’s just another book?

The Truth is the Bible is not just another book. God says His Word “achieve[s] the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11). The Bible is not merely words on paper. Those words have God’s authority, power, and strength. Those words have been commanded by God to accomplish His will. This is why God’s Word is hated by so many in our culture. And it’s why Satan will do whatever it takes to stop God’s people from reading the Bible.

Statistics show that only 18% of Christians read the Bible regularly. Brothers and sisters, this should not be. You cannot claim to love someone and never open the letter that your beloved has sent to you. Why? Because an unopened letter means that you do not want to know or hear from that person. But the Bible is not junk mail to be tossed out or ignored; it is God’s letter to us. We need to open it, read it, and be changed by it. We need to approach it with great excitement and anticipation, eager to hear from our Beloved.

Prayer: Lord, help me fight Satan by reading Your Truth—resting in and rejoicing in Your Truth. May I be a light in this culture as I immerse myself in Scripture. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“ . . . so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.


Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.


The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.


He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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