Famous First Words
by Barry Shafer
November 10th, 2016

This post is simply intended to give you a five-minute break in your day, provide an opportunity to reflect on a few words from Scripture, and give you a chance to test your Bible acumen—connecting first lines of books of the Bible with the proper book.

It’s been said that when writing a book or any literary work, the first line is often the hardest. After crafting those first words, things more easily fall into place. You wonder if that’s true when your book is inspired by God. Every biblical writer had a moment when they were compelled to start writing. With inspiration coming from God, it’s unlikely there was much writer’s block for those first words.

While this “pop quiz” is simply for fun—connecting first lines of books of the Bible with the proper book—let yourself linger for a moment over each set of first words. Consider how each set of words opens its own floodgate to limitless hope and life.

Take the “quiz”!


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Barry Shafer has been communicating the truth of God’s Word since 1984 as a volunteer youth leader, youth pastor, pastor, author and speaker. Barry, with his late wife Dana, founded InWord Resources in 1996 to strengthen youth ministry with discipleship materials and experiences that meaningfully engage teens in Scripture. Barry is author of Unleashing God’s Word in Youth Ministry (Youth Specialties/Zondervan) and has written numerous teen devotionals and small-group Bible studies.

Barry holds a mass communications degree from Anderson University (Anderson, Ind.) and a master’s degree in biblical studies from Cincinnati Bible Seminary (Cincinnati, Ohio). He lives in Middletown, Ohio with his infant son Reade and his wife Jessica, who happens to be a Grammy-winning opera soprano. If you’re curious about that fascinating world you can check out Jessica’s website here! [LINK: www.jessicarivera.com]

When Barry’s not studying, writing, being a diva spouse, or “daddy-ing” Reade, you can find him reading on the porch, biking on a trail, pulling for the Packers, or playing a little golf.

More of Barry Shafer: www.inword.org