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What is the favorite Bible verse or passage mentioned by contributors to the Profiles in Goodwill series on

Launched in early September 2014, 79 profiles have been posted.

Most of our profiles have featured Baptists. But the series has included persons from the Methodist, Disciples of Christ, nondenominational and Roman Catholic traditions.

Adding to the diversity in houses of faith are the locations of the contributors.

Twenty-seven of the 50 U.S. states have been represented as well as the nations of Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, Estonia, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Lebanon, Liberia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Scotland, South Africa and Switzerland.

The profile question about favorite biblical texts resulted in a diverse set of responses – 54 New Testament verses and 36 Old Testament verses were listed.

Favorite verses came from 16 Old Testament books: Ecclesiastes, Esther, Ezra, Genesis, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Job, Jonah, Joshua, Micah, Nehemiah, Numbers, Proverbs, Psalms, Ruth and Samuel.

Of these, five books were referenced more than once: Genesis (7), Isaiah (6), Proverbs (3), Jeremiah (2) and Micah (2). Only one Old Testament verse was mentioned twice: Micah 6:8.

Favorite verses came from 15 New Testament books: Acts, Colossians, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Ephesians, Galatians, Hebrews, James, John, Luke, Mark, Matthew, Philippians, Romans and 2 Timothy.

Eleven of these books were cited more than once: Matthew (12), Luke (10), John (8), Romans (6), Mark (4), Philippians (4), Acts (3), 2 Corinthians (3), Ephesians (3), Galatians (2), and James (2).

Three New Testament verses were mentioned twice: Romans 8:28, Romans 12:18 and Ephesians 2:8.

Matthew 5-7, the Sermon on the Mount, was listed four times.

You can find all of the currently published profiles on our website here and on our Pinterest page here.

Do any of these goodwill faith leaders share your favorite verse?

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