Wednesday, March 15, 2017

What are the Differences in Bible Translations

Can you trust your Bible Translations?

2 Timothy 2:15 KJV-- Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman who needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

This week I would like to discuss Bible Translations  and I would love to have you participate, if possible. Even if you only read your Bible, every now and then.

The reason I am bringing this up is because I believe that there are some “water down” versions of the scripture due to their loose translations, which will hinder a believer understanding. For instance in Romans chapter 16, The Apostle Paul, is giving his personal greetings to “mostly” women in the faith.

It starts off : I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon[a][b] of the church in Cenchreae. I ask you to receive her in the Lord in a way worthy of his people and to give her any help she may need from you, for she has been the benefactor of many people, including me. NIV

Now I must have just skimmed through this last chapter of Roman’s because Yesterday, Helen and I were going through it and I for the first time seen that there was a woman Apostle.

Now let’s compare the difference between the KJV, Authorized KJV NIV and the ESV for verse 7.

  KJV R16:7 -- Greet Andronicus and Junia, my fellow Jews who have been in prison with me. They are outstanding among[d] the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was.
AKJV R16:7-- Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellow prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me. 

 NIV R16:7--  Greet Andronicus and Junia, my fellow Jews who have been in prison with me. They are outstanding among[d] the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was.

ESV R16:7--  Greet Andronicus and Junia,[c] my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners. They are well known to the apostles,[d] and they were in Christ before me.

For my taste the ESV, waters down the true meaning of this verse. I know many pastors use the ESV, today.  Without studying some of these translations that are on the market are not that great.
For myself I prefer the KJV and the NIV. My son Darrick, likes the NLT (New Living Translation.) which I haven’t read.

Perhaps for some of you this little post will provoke you to investigate different translations. The Internet makes Bible study easy and free. The link provided is to “Bible Gateway,” and compares the difference in all the translations for 2 Timothy 2:15

So why even bring up a discussion on Translations? 

I’ll let Paul the Apostle answer this question from Romans chapter 16:17
17 I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. 18 For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people. 19 Everyone has heardabout your obedience, so I rejoice because of you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.

What are some Bible Translations you folks like to use For accuracy?

Of course if you don't know why you should study your Bible you should read this post

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Grow You're faith F.A.S.T

Grow Your Faith F.A.S.T.

Scripture Reference: Rom. Chapter 10:verse 17

“So then, Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God”

When the Apostle Paul wrote that verse in the book of Romans, most of the population in that time did not know how to read. Reading, writing and, arithmetic, were reserved for the affluent of that time.
The common population did not have newspapers, T.V. or Radio, they relied on orators for all there daily news and scripture reading from priests and, preaching from you guessed it… preachers.
So, back in the day, Faith Came from listening to the priest, preachers and, orators as they read from the scrolls of scripture much like Jesus did when he entered the temple and took the scroll and began to read from Isaiah.
Today, most can read and, write and those whom cannot… well we have audio, video and various vehicles or mediums in order to receive information, today.
Here are the most common ways we receive our daily news and information:
  1.  The written word. Which include but, not limited to books, E-books, reports, magazines, newsletters, email, text messaging, and the like.
  2.  Hearing or listening to audio such as tapes and compact discs, radio, in church preaching and teaching, webinar’s, video and, streaming media
  3.  All of our sense’s come alive and it seems we learn even faster with video like You Tube, television, VHS tapes, DVD’s, televangelist programs on cable, etc. Heck, you can even attend a local church service live over the Internet today.
Again, we have many forms in which you can use to grow your faith fast, even more so than our forefathers ever imagined before us. Let us take advantage it.
I’ll use the acronym F.A.S.T. in order to help teach you THE system to growing your faith F.A.S.T. It isn't my system, this is Gods's system of doing things.
Ready? Great! Let’s get started…

How to Grow Your Faith F.A.S.T.

“So then, Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God”.

As the Apostle Paul stated in our scripture verse above, it seems reasonable that we learn by hearing what is said, preached or taught:
  1. reading the word of God (you’re Bible) daily
  2. listening or watching preachers and, teachers wield the word of God through evangelistic programs or on television, radio or even streaming from the Internet.

  • F is our first letter in our F.A.S.T. Faith system which stands for: Fervently pray.
Faith is the initial quality in the heart of any man, woman and, child that talks to God, though un-seen as faith is, the evidence of things unseen, and so it is through fervent prayer. One must believe where he cannot prove. Fervent prayer is simply faith, claiming it’s natural yet, and glorious exclusive right- faith taking possession of it's un-limitable inheritance.
Mark this down or take a mental note here, no man will ever pray to God without having faith in God first. God gives us all a measure of faith, his faith, not mental ascent that an un-regenerated man has before regeneration or our new birth through Christ. God gives us a measure of his faith after our Salvation experience.  There is where you should have begun fervently praying.
  • is forAssemble tools:The Bible tells me “Study to show thyself approved unto God,” now that should be enough incentive to get to cracking the scriptures and study Gods word, the Holy Bible. However, many do not understand how. Perhaps, you may not know how to study your bible, if this is the case, continue reading and You will begin to understand some of the basics.Basically the only tool that you will need is Your bible and if it comes with a good concordance that makes it even better for you. There are many ways to study the bible.You can:

    • Study verse by verse
    • Conduct a word study
    • Study Character
    • Study the Doctrines of the Bible
    • You can even study subjects such as faith, prayer, the end times, etc.

    Depending on your bible, depends how easy it is to find what you are looking for in your bible. If your bible comes with a good concordance you can conduct word studies by looking up the word you wish to study such as the word “study”. 
    For verse by verse studies, it would be helpful to have a good concordance such as a Strong’s exhaustive concordance with a Greek and Hebrew lexicon. If you can’t afford one, Your local library should have along with many other bible study helps and tools. Spending a little more money on a really good bible will go along way with your independent studies.
    “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God”. Faith and knowledge will also grow fast as you study and understand what the scriptures are actually talking about. This leads us to our next part of  our Growing you're Faith F.A.S.T. , the letter S which stands for:
    Sermons: Our scripture reference is “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God”. With that in mind then sermons is one the best way to grow your faith in Christ. However, not all sermons are designed to build faith.
    The word of God warns us in 2 Timothy 4:3-4 “(v3) for the time will come when they will not endure sound Doctrine but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers having itching ears. (v4) And they shall turn away their ears from the truth and shall be turned unto fables”.
    We are defiantly living in strange and uncertain times and we must be careful to guard our hearts from strange doctrines and seducing spirits. It is my firm belief that we are living in the last of the last days and many so called Christians are dropping out like flies because of false teachings and doctrines of devils. However, if you fasten your heart on God’s word and test every sermon and teaching according to your Bible, the Holy spirit, will lead you in all truths. So stand firm on the word of God and he will light your path.
    With that said, let us take a look at how sermons will grow our faith fast.
    How many sermons do you listen to a week? I would estimate that 90% of Christians listen to only one sermon per week when they attend church. This is just an educated guess, and I do not believe that this is enough exposure of to grow your faith fast.  Along with fervent praying, daily bible reading and study of God’s word, you need to listen to at least 3 sermons per week and not just any old sermon. These sermons need to be focused upon where you need your faith to grow fast.
    • If you need faith for healing, then you need to listen to sermons on healing.
    • If you need faith for deliverance then you need to listen to sermons on deliverance
    • If you need faith your finances then you need to listen to sermons on prosperity
    • If you need faith for faith then you need to listen to sermons on faith

  • Here are some places on the Internet that may help.
  • Christian Blogs such as Polemics Report, Pulpit and Pen and Amy Speerman's Berean Research blog.
  • Christian forums
Check out this hilarious comedy act by Tim Hawkins on Hand Raising from timhawkinscomedy on GodTube.

In order to grow your faith fast, you not only need to listen to specific types of sermons, but anointed, prayer drenched sermons. You also need to study and meditate on the scriptures given in the sermons you listen too so, take lots of notes.
In conclusion, we now move on to the final part of  Grow You're Faith Fast and that is …
T, which stands for Take action. Science tells us “for every action there is a reaction”, correct me if I am wrong, this is a universal law of motion, created by God whom created the universe. By getting started in Growing your faith fast today, and implementing this system in your life your faith will grow by leaps and bounds.
I can’t do your praying for you, nor can I do your Bible studying either, but, I can give you some free resources that will help you with increasing your faith fast. This is just a little push in getting you started in the right direction.
In the pages at the top there is a tab titled “Classic Sermons” there are over a 100 sermons by anointed men and women of faith, such as my favorite author and revivalist Leonard Ravenhill, A.W. Tozer, John Piper, and many others. Take advantage of this resource.
You can also go to Greg Gordon’s sermon index for many other sermon audio’s and video’s by great men and woman of God. While you are there register to the site so you can participate in the forms. 
Leave a Comment below tell me how you study your Bible or memorize scripture and/or voice your opinion.
 Thanks for reading Your How to Grow you're Faith F.A.S.T. 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Revival: What you can learn from a true move of God

Revival: What you can learn from a true move of God

Hind sight allows a you to look back and see what God has done in history.

Revival a true move of God, cannot be organized stated Leonard Ravenhill, in his sermon on revival lecture #1. 

He goes on..

Revival cannot be organized -- evangelism can be organized.
Revival cannot be subsidized -- evangelism can and usually it must be.
Revival cannot be advertised -- evangelism can. 

A.W. Tozer, said about revival, When revival comes it changes the moral climate of a community. 

The Brownsville Florida revival, gave us the new prophetic Movement, Closed churches across America, and the Brownsville Assembly of God church has a debt of over $11 Million dollars due to the drastic decrease in funds and attendance.

This revival left a lot of good Christians displaced in its aftermath.

The same year, two Howard Payne University students came forward during a Sunday Morning service to confess sins. This service according to the article stretch into the afternoon as others flooded the alter as well.

You can have revival that covers a church -- Spurgeon had that.
You can have a revival that covers a city.
You can have a revival that covers the whole nation -- and I am thinking in this context more than in the other contexts (though sometimes revival spreads from here to there -- like fire spreads.) -Leonard Ravenhill 

The Brownwood revival spread like wild fire to campuses across America. The theme of this revival if you could call it a theme was Repentance and Holiness.

Because of this revival the world got more Missionaries, more pastors, more churches, and more prayer warriors.