1643) Better Than College

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By W. Scott Lamb, July 28, 2015, athttp://www.washingtontimes.com

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     If you’ve got a recent high school graduate who is shuffling their feet about his or her plans for the fall — “Should I go right into college, or not?” — then you might want to keep them away from this quote by former President Theodore Roosevelt:  “A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.”

     On the other hand, it might be the very piece of wisdom they need to hear.

     Roosevelt, himself a graduate of Harvard and a year of Columbia Law School, was no slouch when it came it formal education.  He was a lifelong learner, consuming (and writing) books with as much energy as he did just about everything else in his life.

      But Roosevelt’s words here underscore the great confidence that people — including presidents in the public square — had in the Bible.

     So if your recent high school graduate desperately wants to do something other than head directly into college, challenge them to “take up and read” (in the words of St. Augustine) and spend the next year reading the Bible several times from cover to cover.

     Don’t take it from me though. That comes from a former President of the United States.

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“A college education might prepare you for a great career.  Knowledge of, and faith in, what the Bible says will prepare you for a great eternity.”

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II Timothy 3:14-17  —  As for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.  All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching,rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

I John 5:13  —  I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.

I Corinthians 1:25  —  For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

Hebrews 4:12  —  For the word of God is alive and active.  Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 

Psalm 119:105  —  Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Matthew 4:4  —  Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

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Blessed Lord, who caused all Holy Scriptures to be written for our learning:  Grant us to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.
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