Read 2 Timothy 3:10­­­-17.

Paul told Timothy to stand firm in the Truth of the Gospel, to stand firm in finding and following God’s purpose for his life, to stand firm in patience and love. Only when we hold fast to the Word of God, will we be able to obey this call. The Bible does not bend to the whims of celebrities or popular culture; God does not change like shifting sands. So if we want to follow His will and righteous way as the days grow darker, we must turn to Scripture for guidance. We need to read it, obey it, know it, and live it because it is the Truth—not just some of it, not the parts that we like, but every sentence and every word.

You see, the Bible is unlike any other book. It was breathed out by the Holy Spirit of God. There were, of course, human authors who penned the words, but it was God who prepared them to communicate according to His will. Each book of the Bible grew out of a special set of circumstances, and yet, God sovereignly orchestrated those circumstances to bring His timeless message to the world through the extraordinary working of His Spirit in ordinary people.

If you think about it, the Bible is really an indescribably good gift to this world. Without it, how would we know God? How would we know how much He loves us? How would we know the way of salvation? The Bible is salvation’s handbook, and it tells us that salvation is only possible through Jesus Christ.

When worldly people hear that, they decry it as intolerant. But God’s offer of salvation through His Son is for everyone. Anyone who will confess that Jesus is Lord and believe in their heart that God raised Him from the dead will be admitted to the Kingdom of God (see Romans 10:9), which will include people from every nation, tribe, and tongue (see Revelation 7:9). The world says all religions lead to God, but there is no faith like Christianity—for, in no other religion did God so love the world that He gave His one and only Son to die for us on a cross. That’s the message of the Bible, a sure foundation that will never fail us if we will stand firm on it.

Prayer: Lord, I praise You for the gift of Scripture that allows me to know You and the hope of Your Gospel. Your grace and love are awesome. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16).

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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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