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From the Fall 2017 issue of Knowing & Doing:

The Importance of Daily Scripture Reading From the Sermon, “On Lazarus”

by John Chrysostom
(350 – 407 AD)

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  Therefore, we have a continuous need for the full armor of the Scriptures.
  …there are many things which besiege our souls: we need the divine medicines to heal the wounds which we have received and to protect us from those which we have not yet received but will receive.
  We must thoroughly quench the darts of the devil and beat them off by continual reading of the divine Scriptures…
  Haven’t you noticed how a blacksmith, stonemason, or carpenter, or any other craftsman, however much his back is against the wall, will never sell or pawn the tools of his trade? If he did, how could he earn his living? That is how we should think of the Bible. Just as mallets, hammers, saws, chisels, axes and hatchets are the tools of the tradesman, so the books of the prophets and the apostles, and all scripture inspired by the Holy Spirit are the tools of our salvation.

John Chrysostom
(350 – 407 AD)

  Known as one of the greatest preachers of all time, John’s nickname, “Chrysostom” means “golden tongue”. His sermons are full of wisdom and illustrations still used by pastors today.
  He grew up in a Christian home and was dissuaded by his mother from becoming a hermit. He eventually became the Bishop of Constantinople (today’s Istanbul, Turkey). He often preached against the politicians of his day who he believed were doing harm to the church and society. Eventually this led to his banishment. He once stated, “Preaching makes me well. As soon as I open my mouth to speak, all my weariness is gone.”



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