Celebs’ favorite Bible verses
In observance of Holy Monday, allow me to shut out the noise of the show biz circus for a while, so that we will be able to not just hear, but also listen to God’s word. I asked some celebs for their favorite Bible verses and how these have impacted their lives.
Mine is Matthew 6:25-27: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”
That passage never fails to make me snap out of panic mode when uncertainty strikes. Whatever Calvary you are going through, read the Bible for instant relief.
Turn your “OMG!” shrieks of disbelief into “OHG!” (Oh, Holy God) vows of adoration.
Jose Mari Chan
Matthew 5: 23-24: “So if you are offering your gift at the altar and remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.”
In the course of my journey through life, I have encountered and, for sure, will continue to experience many hurts. I used to be unforgiving, or I found it difficult to forget. But I’ve come to realize that I cannot expect God, who is all-loving and merciful, to forgive my sins unless I, in turn, forgive those who have offended me. When you’re angry at someone, you’re the one that gets hurt. Holding a grudge is a burden that takes away your enjoyment of life.
Proverbs 3: 5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.”
In all my daily plans, I ask for God’s guidance and wisdom so that He may bless my every move. I humble myself and admit that apart from Him, I can do nothing.
John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
This verse just seems to capture just how much God loves us. I embrace this passage with so much passion that I actually wrote a melody for it and I sang the song in our church one time.
When I read this verse, I feel God’s love and I just submit and obey.
Deuteronomy 31:6: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.”
This verse serves as my shield and strength, especially when I’m facing challenges and undergoing trials.
2 Corinthians 12: 9: “But He said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
My bout with Guillain-Barré syndrome last October was the best thing that happened to me. It was when I was in the ICU, waiting for total paralysis to set in, that I realized I was totally powerless. All my power comes from God. The Ironman [marathon] mantra, “I can,” was suddenly meaningless. I knew in my heart that only God can! That has been my new mantra since then. I need nothing…only His grace is enough. 2013 was the year when I discovered Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 13:5: “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you nor forsake you.’”
Sometimes we get too attached to money and material things. Life is not just about these things. Through the love of God, we can get everything we want in life. We just have to work hard and never give up. And leave the rest up to Him.
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