How We Got Our Bible : short survey of the history of the English Bible
In the near future, I will make a change in the Bible I preach from. For many years I have preached from the New American Standard Bible (NASB), first published in 1971. I considered it to be the best word-for-word translation we have in English. The main criticism of the NASB has always been that, in an effort to maintain a literal word-for-word translation, the result has been a text that lacks fluidity and is sometimes difficult to read. This is probably the main reason why the NASB never gained more popularity. In addition to that, the King James Version was always more beautiful than the NASB and the New International Version, first published in 1978, was more readable. I have always liked the NASB because the translation was more contemporary than the King James and more literal than the NIV.
Love Not the World
In Sunday School with the Youth Group we have been studying the Book of Revelation and the events of the End Times, lately the first of the judgments, the Seal judgments, against a sinful world by a Holy God. One of the aspects that have caught my attention is the persecution the world heaps upon Believers and the utter hatred the world has against Believers in Jesus Christ.
Is God Keeping a record of My Acts of faith, As He Is Doing In This Biographical History?
1-7:As you walk through, "Portraits of the Saints in the Hall of faith," with Bible dictionary in hand, think of what the Lord is writing about you in His record book. "Faith," found 24 times in 40 verses, is the complete assurance that the unseen and invisible God in Christ exists, that He is the Rewarder of all who seek Him, that things of the Lord and God fulfilling all promises, are the only true realities. Our faith is the title to ownership "of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." By faith we believe that the world was created by the spoken command, "Let there be," and that God is the origin of all Creation.
Missionary Update: February 2012
Dear Friends and Family,
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! It seemed strange to write 2012 on the top of this letter. I am just getting used to writing 2011!
On the first Sunday of Advent, we talked about Mary's pondering. She certainly had much to ponder that year of her life: a visit from an angel, a relative's miracle baby, Joseph's
acceptance, her own miracle baby, a visit from a bunch of shepherds, and, later, a visit from some wisemen. As I ponder the past year, even the past two months, it is exciting to see
the things God is busy doing.
Odd & Ends : Update February 2012
Thomas Jefferson Quotes
Amazing words in this day....spoken over 200 years ago! How did Jefferson know?
John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the white House for a group of the brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement: "This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in the White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone."
When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.
The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.