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Joy Williams: Rooted in Grace (December 29, 2002)

Judy Rachels: Christmas gifts (December 22, 2002)

Ralph Carmichael: New music for a timeless message (December 15, 2002)

Roger and Greg Flessing: Media, ministry and society's ungodly messages (December 8, 2002)

Rick Salvato: Meeting medical and spiritual needs around the world (November 24, 2002)

Asa Hutchinson: Drug Enforcement's top officer (November 17, 2002)

Bill Bright: 'Not I, but Christ' (November 10, 2002)

Ray Berryhill: Living by faith (October 20, 2002)

Owen C. Carr: Reading through the Bible 92 times (October 13, 2002)

Curtis Harlow: Combating campus drinking (September 29, 2002)

Wes Bartel: Making Sunday count (September 22, 2002)

M. Wayne Benson: The Holy Spirit knocks (September 15, 2002)

Dr. Richard Dobbins: Understanding Suffering (September 8, 2002)

K.R. Mele: Halloween evangelism (August 25, 2002)

Roland Blount: God makes a way for blind missionary (August 18, 2002)

Cal Thomas: Finding a mission field (August 11, 2002)

Lisa Ryan: For such a time as this (July 28, 2002)

Dallas Holm: Faith and prayer in life’s toughest times (July 21, 2002)

Paul Drost: Intentional church planting (July 14, 2002)

James M. Inhofe: Serving Christ in the Senate (June 30, 2002)

Karen Kingsbury: The Write stuff (June 23, 2002)

Michael W. Smith: Worship is how you live each day (June 16, 2002)

Wayne Stayskal: On the drawing board (June 9, 2002)

Fory VandenEinde: Anyone can minister (May 26, 2002)

Thomas E. Trask: Pentecost Sunday (May 19, 2002)

Stormie Omartian: Recovering from an abusive childhood (May 12, 2002)

Luis Carrera: Beyond the Shame (April 28, 2002)

Tom Greene: The church of today (April 21, 2002)

Philip Bongiorno: Wisdom for a younger generation (April 14, 2002)

Deborah M. Gill: Christian education and discipleship (March 24, 2002)

Norma Champion: Becoming involved in politics (February 24, 2002)

Steve Pike: A candid discussion about Mormonism (February 10, 2002)

Raymond Berry: More to life than football (January 27, 2002)

Sanctity of Human Life roundtable: Doctors speak out (January 20, 2002)

Chaplain Charles Marvin: Ministering in the military (January 13, 2002)


2001 Conversations

 

Reading through the Bible 92 times

Owen C. Carr has been in active ministry since 1942, pastoring and serving as president of Valley Forge Christian College from 1979-82. While pastoring The Stone Church of Chicago (Assemblies of God), Carr started WCFC-TV38, a 5-million-watt Christian station. Now a full-time evangelist, Carr has read through the Bible 92 times. He recently talked about God’s Word with Promotions Coordinator Ron Kopczick.

PE: How and why did the Bible become a significant part of your life?

CARR: In my first pastorate, at the age of 19, one morning in prayer I asked the Lord, "What can I tell these people? They have served You longer than I have lived." The reply came almost as an audible voice, "Give them My Word. They don’t have to answer for what you think. But one day they will have to answer for My Word." From that day on I have studied the Bible and preached His Word.

PE: What role has the Bible played in your 60 years of ministry?

CARR: The Bible has been the foundation for my personal lifestyle and for the standards established for our home. It has also been the foundation upon which I have tried to build the churches I have pastored.

PE: Can you recall a specific instance when you found comfort in God’s Word?

CARR: When faced with a very difficult situation, I was reading in 2 Chronicles 20, where Jehoshaphat prayed, "Neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee" (verse 12). I knew I should keep my eyes on God and not on the overwhelming problem.

PE: For those facing life-and-death issues, how can the Bible help?

CARR: Faith is very important for life – and for death. "Faith cometh by hearing … the word of God" (Romans 10:17). Our faith is anchored to God’s Word and based upon the nature and character of God, who cannot lie (Titus 1:2). If our faith isn’t strong enough to die by, it isn’t fit to live by. If we saturate our minds and hearts with God’s Word while we are in good health and comfortable circumstances, our faith will be strong for the times of testing.

PE: How should a believer study the Bible?

CARR: There are five important steps. Read the Bible to know what it says. Study the Bible to know what it means. Memorize the Bible to hide it in our hearts (Psalm 119:11). In this way we can meditate upon the Bible "day and night" (Psalm 1:2). All of this is to no avail unless we obey God’s Word.

Jesus said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15). Obedience is the highest expression of our love to Him. We can’t do that unless we know what He said and understand what He meant.

PE: What long-term effect does Bible reading have on the believer?

CARR: It builds our faith. "Without faith it is impossible to please [God]" (Hebrews 11:6). We’re saved by faith. We live by faith. We walk by faith. "By faith Enoch was translated" (Hebrews 11:5). That is how we will be translated, or taken into God’s presence, when Jesus comes. Talk about a "long-term effect."

PE: Do you have a favorite passage to share?

CARR: Romans 12:1,2. "I beseech you therefore … by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be … transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God."

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