Boldness Be My Friend!

As Christians we are taught to be meek and humble, but are there times when the Bible tells us that we should be bold?

“Boldness be my friend!” – Bible or Not?

I thought we were to approach God with humility, after all, the Bible describes us as only being dust. And when Job contended with God, he concluded, “Behold, I am vile”, and that he was not justified to question God. So could it be true that the Bible encourages us to be bold with God?

Let us therefore come boldly [with boldness] to the throne of grace…

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A Rose By Any Other Name Quote

In William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Juliet is quoted as saying:

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”. – Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

I wonder if Bible or Not by any other name would be as much fun? What if we called it “The Word of God, or Is It”? How about “Biblical Quotes or Otherwise”? What about other languages? Ahhh, that could be fun… OK, here is “Bible or Not” in a variety of languages.

• Biblia o no – Bible or Not in Spanish… See other translations and a fun link about Dutch…

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Nehemiah Wears His Heart on His Sleeve

Most of us have heard the idiom “you wear your heart on your sleeve” but did you know it’s in the Bible. OK, not the quote per se, but the idea is there in the Book of Nehemiah.

“Therefore the king said to me, ‘Why is your face sad, since you are not sick? This is nothing but sorrow of heart’.” – Nehemiah 2:2 (New King James Version)

Although Nehemiah tried to conceal his sorrow, it was of no use, the king Artaxerxes saw right through him – Nehemiah was wearing his heart on his sleeve.

Shakespeare is the likely original source of the quote in his play Othello written in 1604. In Shakespeare’s Othello Iago wears his heart on his sleeve as a means of deception, but in the Bible Nehemiah is unable to hide his true desire for the things of God. Is our passion like that Nehemiah?

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