First Ever Paperthin Hymn Giveaway!

So this is the first ever giveaway for the website. I thought that seeing as how one of the axes I like to grind is the importance of being precise concerning the scriptures, that I would offer up a piece of biblical history. The giveaway therefore is a framed bible leaf from the Geneva Bible, circa 1605, complete with a a legit certificate of authenticity.  Originally printed in 1560, the Geneva Bible was the primary Bible used in the 16th century by the reformers, and was the go-to bible until the King James Version of 1611.

Seeing as how I only have a few readers, I would imagine the odds of winning are extremely good. In order to be entered, all you have to do is post a comment in the comment section of this post, telling me in one sentence each what is your favorite portion of scripture, your favorite hymn, and why. I’ll put them in a hat and pick one at random [I stress, your odds of winning are really, really good]

The winner will be announced in a separate post Tuesday the 23rd.

Have fun, and God bless!

*note, i am giving away a complete bible leaf, not just a fragment of a page. i included that corner closeup so you could see the old school “s’ “, which look like “f’s”

10 thoughts on “First Ever Paperthin Hymn Giveaway!

  1. hehe, I love giveaways!

    It’s always hard to pick my favorite bits of scripture… but I really love 1 John, especially after I spent a year translating the whole thing. It’s just very encouraging to me.

    And my favorite hymn is “Be Thou My Vision”. I love the melody and the plea to God to always be my vision.

  2. Phillipians 4:6-8
    Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.
    Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.*

    The first five words are incredibly important to me especially as I’ve dealt with depression and anxiety.

    Favorite hymn… Blessed be your name is my favorite religious song. I don’t know that it qualifies as a “hymn” though? It’s one that really affected me after my sister died and was important in my journey back to faith.

  3. Great giveaway Dustin.

    I don’t have a favorite portion. It feels like picking a favorite child! But to appease you, I’ll tell you one I like…

    Isaiah 6:1-8 – I can really identify with Isaiah in this portion, and much of this book is full of language that brings the Scripture to life for me.
    I love O Come, O Come, Emmanuel. The power in the lyrics and the intention forces me to stop and reflect on our need for a Messiah. On top of that, the music is so beautiful and awe-inspiring. (that’s three sentences, opps!)

  4. Wow! neat!

    I think my favourite Bible passage is Deuteronomy 10:12-13 because it is basically the core command of God that should be the foundation and shape of my life, my relationship with Him, and my christian journey.
    “And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the LORD’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?”

    my favourite hymn is “Because He lives”.
    The chorus gives me so much hope and peace…. it always impacts me so much:
    “Because He lives I can face tomorrow
    Because He lives all fear is gone
    Because I know He holds the future
    And life is worth living
    Just because He lives.”

  5. “For in him were all things created in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominations, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him and in him. And he is before all, and by him all things consist.” (1 Col. 1:16-17)

    This verse, among others, really set me down the path to understanding (or beginning to understand) the Trinity, and Christ’s role as the logos, the word, the archetype.

    My favorite hymn is “O Holy Night,” which so delicately describes the night of the nativity, its frailty, its beauty, while retaining the utter power and majesty of God: “Fall on your knees! O Hear the angel voices!”

  6. As a MDiv student, I really appreciate this giveaway :) It’s hard for my to choose a favorite scripture, but I would say that Psalm 121 is my favorite as I just translated it from Hebrew in the Spring quarter (if I had my notes readily available, I would share my original translation!)

    My favorite hymn is Blessed Assurance. It brings back fond memories of my childhood!


  7. My favorite verse is John 3:30 – “He must become greater; I must become less.” I noticed you said favorite portion, though… if I was picking a full chapter, Romans 8 is just great, but picking favorites is tough.

    For favorite hymn, I think I have to go with Come Thou Fount. Amazing lyrics. I don’t mind the old-style language at all in this one.

  8. Interesting site. I like the give away idea, but didn’t want to enter myself in the raffle as it is my first visit. Like what you are doing here. Keep it up.

  9. My favorite portion of scripture:

    Php 3:7 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.
    Php 3:8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ
    Php 3:9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith–
    Php 3:10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,
    Php 3:11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
    Php 3:12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.
    Php 3:13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,
    Php 3:14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

    My reason: This portion scripture opens a window into the heart of Paul. These words always keep me anchored in Christ and Christ alone. I see myself as a work in progress,like a piece of clay in the Potter’s hands. Then look what Paul says after this…

    Php 3:15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.

    My favorite Hymn:

    (It Is Well With My Soul)

    You will find the Gospel in this!!!!

  10. Hey Dustin!

    I love Colossians 1:9 through 2:15 (especially 1:9-1:23 and 2:6-2:15).

    I love this passage because it talks about redemption, reconciliation, pleasing God, the supremacy of Christ, deceptive human tradition and the gospel in a deep way.

    My favorite hymn is “All Creatures of our God and King” … probably because it was one of the first ones I really grabbed ahold of… but I love the simple, beautiful melody… and the simplicity, but truth, in the lyrics.

    Love you bro.

    *Note: If I were to “poster” any verses, I like colossians 2:13-15. and 1:13,14

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