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An older Native American wanted to get a loan for five hundred dollars. A banker pulled out a loan application and asked, “What are you going to do with the money?” “Buy silver, make jewelry, and sell it,” was the response. The banker asked, “What do you have for collateral?” The Indian replied, “Don’t know collateral.” The banker explained, “Well that’s something of value that would cover the cost of the loan. Have you got any vehicles?” “Yes 1949 Chevy pick-up,” replied the Indian. The banker shook his head, “How about livestock?” “Yes, I have a horse,” replied the Indian. The banker then asked, “How old is it? “Don’t know, has no teeth,” replied the Indian. Finally the banker decided to make the five hundred dollar loan. Several weeks later, the elderly man was back in the bank. He pulled out a roll of bills, “Here to pay,” he said. He then handed the banker the money to pay his loan off. The banker asked, “What are you going to do with the rest of that money?” “Put in teepee,” replied the Indian. “Why don’t you deposit it in my bank?” the banker asked. “Don’t know deposit,” replied the Indian.” The banker responded, “you put the money in the bank and we take care of it for you. Whenever you want to use it, you can withdraw it.” The old Indian leaned across the desk and asked the banker, “What you got for collateral?”


THE BIBLE: This book’s doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. Read this Book to be wise, believe in it to be safe, practice it to be holy. This book contains light to direct you, food to support you, comfort to cheer you. This book is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and the Christian’s character. In this book paradise is restored, heaven is opened, and the gates of hell disclosed. Christ is this book’s grand object, our good its design, and the glory of God its end. This book should fill your memory, rule your heart, and guide your feet. This book is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure. This Book is given you in life, will be opened in the judgment, and will be remembered forever. This Book involves the highest responsibilities. This Book will reward the greatest labor, and this Book will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents.”

JUST USE ME – I AM THE BIBLE. I am God’s wonderful library. I am always – and above all – The Truth. To the weary pilgrim, I am a good strong staff. To the one who sits in gloom, I am a glorious light. To those who stoop beneath heavy burdens, I am sweet rest. To him who has lost his way, I am a safe guide. To those who have been hurt by sin, I am healing balm. To the discouraged, I whisper glad messages of hope. To those who are distressed by the storms of life, I am an anchor. To those who suffer in lonely solitude, I am a cool, soft hand resting on a fevered brow. O, child of man, to best defend me, just use me! –


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