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I had just finished university and was working as a computer programmer when my father had a heart attack.

My Bible: reasons to believe in the power of the Bible

‘I had just finished university and was working as a computer programmer when my father had a heart attack. It was a shocking time for me. He had not had heart trouble. He was living in Cyprus and I was in England, so I couldn’t rush to be there. 

‘Earlier that day he had read Psalm 73.26 which says, “My flesh and heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever.” He said that he felt God had led him to that verse. 

‘It wasn’t a huge heart attack. Probably now they would have given him a stent, but he had three working arteries, so the doctors felt that there wasn’t any need for an operation. My father felt that he had been given a promise by God, like Hezekiah was in the Bible for 15 more years of life. He lived another 12 years. 

‘For me that verse was a specific instance of something that I knew in principle – that God is watching over you and he cares and when you look behind you, you can see his actions. It was a confidence booster that God does watch over you; that’s not just something that preachers say. Knowing that has given me confidence to share my faith with other people and to share Bible truths with them. It’s a passage that I go back to whenever there is a crisis.’

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