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When you want information, where do you turn? If you have a question, where do you go to find the best answer you need? Now today most people would turn to Google. They'd turn to Yahoo. They'd go to a Web search engine like Bing, or something like that to find answers to their questions.But, when you want answers to your most vital questions, the big questions of life, where do you turn?Join us for this special presentation of Beyond Today , in front of a live audience, as we look at, “The Power of the Word.”How can you find a better life? I thought I'd do an internet search on “a better life”. So I typed those three words in “a better life” and you know what came up on the first page of that Web search? Well, almost every one of the items that returned was about a recent movie called A Better Life . Then there was one for vitamins and there was one other link for cleaning products. Not exactly what I had in mind for “a better life” and probably not what you'd have in mind if you were searching for “a better life”.But instead of searching the Web, did you ever think of checking the all-time best-seller list? Now if you did that, you know what you'd come up with? You'd come up with the Bible. The Bible. Over seven billion copies have been sold and it's for a good reason. Because millions of people know that the Bible is the written word of the true God!But with that said, perhaps we're like millions of others. Perhaps we believe the Bible is inspired by God, but we have trouble understanding it. We have trouble really getting down to what it really means. Does it really do any good to read the Bible? Is there really power in the Word of God? Yes there is! There is. In fact the Word itself tells us that there is.There's an interesting passage over in Hebrews 4:12For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.×. And here's what it says in Hebrews 4. It says, “The word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”You see God Himself tells us there is power in this Word of God and He gets right down to it. He cuts right through all the difficulties in life and He gets right down to our thinking. Right down to the heart of it. And it's something that's practical. It's something that's real. It's something that is meaningful for your life! And so in your search for understanding, this is the place to start. This is the place where we need to turn to.Jesus Himself said, “I have come that they may have life, and (that) they may have it more abundantly.” That's over in John 10:10The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.×. He came that we could have an abundant life, a fulfilling life, a meaningful life! Not just a useless type of existence. That's not what God had in mind. He wanted us to have an abundant, fulfilling life. So when you're searching for meaning, when you want to really understand, maybe it's those deep questions, those things that you really, really wonder about. When you're looking for solid wisdom, when it comes to making sense, fixing what's wrong in your life, when you come to the Bible, that's when you've come to the right place.The apostle Peter made a remarkable comment to Jesus Christ. In John 6:68Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? you have the words of eternal life.×, Peter said this to Jesus, He said, “Lord to whom shall we go?” He said, “You have the words of eternal life.” You see there is no doubt when we consider God's perspective. He wants us to come to the source, not any old source but the source; the true source. He wants us to explore the practical source for our lives—The Bible.In fact, not only does He want us to come to it, but He wants us to understand it. Doesn't He? He wants us to really get it. And so for a better life, come to the Word! Because we know it's inspired by God. You might think the Bible, wow, that's too tough to understand. That is too baffling. It's so mysterious that only a few, really super trained people could ever really understand it. But is that true?Now that's the way it was in the Dark Ages. In the Dark Ages, all the religious leaders said, well you can't understand this Word. Let us explain it to you. In fact there weren't even copies, very many that people could even share. So it was mysterious. It was difficult, because only a few held that knowledge.But wait a minute. Can only expert theologians, only those who have studied for years and years and years understand the Bible? It's no wonder that millions of people are discouraged from reading the Bible because they come at it from that point of view, but that's not God's perspective. That is not the way He looks at it. Jesus Himself said in Matthew 7:7Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you:×, He said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”You see God can't wait to open your understanding to His Word. His intent is for you to comprehend the Bible. To realize its impact in your everyday life and it's proven. It's a proven thing! You can read it in His Word, it says so. In the book of Luke, it's recorded that Jesus opened their understanding that they might comprehend the Scriptures. Will He do any less for us?By extension, He's promising us the exact same thing. And so we can understand! There is a way that we can get more benefit from the Bible. We can get in depth. In fact that's what we'd like to do. It can be difficult to put all the pieces together. It can be a challenge. And we'd like to help.We have a free booklet and it's called How to Understand the Bible . You can use this booklet as a study aid to help as you get a handle on what the Bible is all about, and why it's so important, so vital for your life.