Are you searching for a new Bible? Have you ever wondered which Bible translation is the most accurate? If you have ever been in a Bible bookstore and lost at all the different translations. All of which are abbreviated, ESV, KJV, NKJV, NIT, NLT and etc. There are people who swear by one translation and curse other translations. Some are written in old English, which to some is a harder read. My goal with this article is not to point towards one specific translation versus another translation. I hope that this does not stir up more divisions or anger among the brotherhood. My hope is to help people understand that some translations are more useful than others that we have today.
I remember this verse from when I was child mostly because of the odd question about being a brother’s keeper. I am the baby of my family. This means that as a child I got beat up a lot by my older brother, totally unprovoked. (You can believe that, right?) He and I rarely saw eye to eye while we were younger. As we got older and both have matured, sort of matured, our relationship has changed. He knows that I care about him and will help him when he needs and he has helped me during times where I needed advice.
How many of you remember when you were filthy? I remember a few times of playing in the mud or playing football in the pouring rain and diving in huge puddles. I remember painting a tree, yes I did say tree and not a treehouse, and getting paint all over myself. Throughout basic training I was drenched in sweat. There was this time where we went on a little run down a sandy road and was forced to do several exercises and various crawls through the sand. Afterwards, we were covered in sand from head to toe. We still had a few more days in the field before we marched back into our barracks and had a hot shower. I still remember what it felt like to finally wash the filth off and change into a new uniform.
“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NKJV)
Yesterday, we celebrated Valentines Day, the day of love. Some people are out there trying to find that special someone to be their valentine. While others are celebrating years of being each other valentines. We spend money, time and put forth a lot of effort into one day to make it more special than any other day to show your valentine that you love them and care for them. This concept has been driven in the minds of men for years and years. The last few years it seems that our motives are driven not by love but by the media and fear. We worry that not getting anything for our significant other we will in the “dog house”. We have lost the original motive behind Valentines Day.
Over the course of our country we have had times of war and times of peace. Over the last few year, I have a deeper appreciation for those who have served my country. In my life, I have had direct interactions with Soldiers who were deploying and those who just got home from being overseas. I have seen the challenge personally with my uncles serving during this time of war. I had a great opportunity to serve a congregation outside of a huge military installation. I work with teens and children whose parents were about to deploy and was there with them during the months of a deployment. It never got easier to see families deal with this separation and to hear horror stories as families were torn apart from a deployment. In this country we have peace because we have Soldiers who are willing to stand up and fight for our freedom and for our peace. Luckily, we had one that was willing to lay down His life so that mankind could gain the ultimate peace. It is only through accepting Christ as Lord and Savior that we gain peace with God.
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It is an honor to serve as a Youth Minister. I enjoy working with the teens for several reasons. It is a great joy to spend time goofing off and acting silly with the teens. It is more exciting to see young men and women start to take up their cross and follow Christ. One of my joys is spending time with children. The little innocent hearts filled with love and joy. Jesus told his disciples that you must be like this little child.
There are a few good movie quotes that deal with hope. Here are a few of my favorites: “Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” Andy from Shawshank Redemption. “Hope is the only thing stronger than fear.” President Snow from Hunger Games. As Christians […]