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We, who profess to believe the Bible, should be sure we know what the Bible says. President Obama said, “I trust in God but God wants to see us help ourselves, by putting people back to work.” When asked about that statement later, press secretary Jay Carney replied, “I believe the phrase from the Bible is, ‘The Lord helps those who help themselves.’” Only later did the White House issue a correction: “This common phrase does not appear in the Bible.”

--World, December 3, 2011 p. 66 Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell

We can excuse this mistake, coming as it does from a couple of politicians. We don’t expect them to have an understanding of God’s word. Rabbi Rami Shapiro, in a CNN investigation said, “Most people who profess a deep love of the Bible have never actually read the book.” It is not excusable for those of us who do love the Word of God to have a similar ignorance of what it actually says.

2 Timothy 4:2 (HCSB) Proclaim the message; persist in it whether convenient or not; rebuke, correct, and encourage with great patience and teaching.

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