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100 Reasons Why You Should Go to Church

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Here’s my list of 100 reasons you should go to Church this weekend.
1. The Bible indicates it’s what we should do. (Hebrews 10:25)
2. You will have the opportunity to worship God.
3. You will likely have some of life’s big questions answered.
4. You may come up with some new questions that you didn’t know you should be asking.
5. You will probably make some new friends.
6. You’ll probably see some old friends.
7. Being there is a sign of your discipleship.
8. Being there will encourage your pastors and leaders.
9. You’ll be encouraged in your walk with God.
10. You’ll likely encourage other people in their walk with God.
11. If you’re single, you may meet someone.
12. It will help you define what you believe.
13. It will help you understand the Bible.
14. If you have kids, it will teach them to value God and His Church.
15. People who attend church usually live longer (I didn’t make this one up… Google it!)
16. It will give you an outlet for service and ministry.
17. It will likely help you develop leadership.
18. You’ll sing inspirational songs that will carry you during the week.
19. It will encourage you that God is good (if it doesn’t, it should).
20. It will help you to look outside yourself.
21. It will provide an opportunity to give financially to those in need.
22. Because you’ll receive love from other people at Church.
23. You’ll be able to show love toward other people.
24. You’ll hear about great things God is doing in His Church locally and throughout the earth.
25. You’ll be prayed for if requested.
26. You will be able to pray for others.
27. You’re likely to hear about answered prayers.
28. You will be able to give praise reports and share your testimony.
29. You will be able to worship God with other like-minded people.
30. It’s an opportunity to introduce a friend who doesn’t know Christ.
31. You’ve probably got nothing better than Church to do (watching TV, or sleeping in certainly don’t count as better!)
32. Your family needs you to go.
33. It honors God.
34. Because gathering is part of what it means to be a Christian.
35. Because it’s good to have your views and opinions challenged.
36. Because we all need regular reminders of our position in Christ.
37. It will help you acknowledge and confess your sins.
38. It helps you to be in the world, but not of it.
39. It will help you end one week, and starts the next, with the right focus.
40. It’s a break from work.
41. It will help you re-order your priorities.
42. It’s where your real friends are.
43. It will help you put your life story into the grand narrative of scripture.
44. It will remind you that you have nothing to fear.
45. It helps to take your focus off yourself and onto God.
46. It helps bring perspective and feeds the soul.
47. Because gathering strengthens your faith.
48. The discipline of going will help you be disciplined across all areas of life.
49. It will allow for support in times of need.
50. It promotes stability in your life.
51. It helps to promote a happy marriage.
52. It gives you something great to do with your kids.
53. It will help you to improve your self-esteem.
54. You won’t feel guilty for not going (not that you should only go out of obligation!)
55. It will help increase your ability to cope with the trials of life.
56. It will help you to be a happy person.
57. It will positively influence future generations.
58. It will provide you with an opportunity to share in communion.
59. It will allow you to take an active role in missions work.
60. It will help you be a better member of your local community.
61. It will help develop your children’s self-confidence.
62. Your children will learn the Bible.
63. It may keep you out of trouble.
64. It will help give you a sense of purpose.
65. It will shape your vision of the future.
66. It will give you eternal hope.
67. It will help you to know what you believe.
68. It will help you to know what you stand for.
69. It will encourage creativity.
70. It will allow you to be disciplined, mentored, and pastored.
71. Because you’ll learn about Jesus and have the opportunity to get to know Him.
72. Because you want to go.
73. It’s a pleasant experience.
74. It will give you the opportunity to express yourself in song.
75. It beats staying at home and being alone.
76. You get to put your Sunday best on or your skinny jeans (depending on the church).
77. You’ll find acceptance.
78. You’ll be loved.
79. You can love others there.
80. Real forgiveness is found in Church.
81. The gathering of God’s people will help draw you closer to God.
82. You’ll meet like-minded people.
83. Jesus will be there.
84. It will remind you that you’re not alone.
85. It will help the process of sanctification.
86. You’re likely to learn something about God, the Bible, yourself, or others.
87. The growth of the fruit of the Spirit will likely happen.
88. It will bring with it a tangible and intangible blessing.
90. It’s a declaration that you’re a Christian.
91. It will give you something interesting to talk about on Monday at work.
92. Because being planted will help your life to flourish.
93. It reflects a life lived beyond yourself.
94. It will bring joy to your life.
95. A miracle you need may come to pass.
96. You’ve promised someone that you’d go and it’s time to make good on your word.
97. Because it’s the right thing to do.
98. Because faith without works is dead.
99. It will change your life for eternity.
100. Your reason to go to Church:  _______ (comment below)
You’d be crazy not to be in church this weekend, especially with all these reasons to be there!! I’ll see you there!

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100 Reasons Why You Should Go to Church

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Bible Verses About Marriage

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Marriage was God’s idea.  From the beginning, He made male and female and blessed their union.  It’s no wonder the enemy tries so hard to destroy the thing that God…
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Bible Verses About Marriage

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Marriage was God’s idea.  From the beginning, He made male and female and blessed their union.  It’s no wonder the enemy tries so hard to destroy the thing that God has blessed.  When a marriage is operating according to God’s design, it’s a powerful force for the Kingdom!  We have collected these Bible verses about marriage to help strengthen your marriage.  

Bible Verses About Marriage

We pray that these scriptures will help you discover God’s purpose for marriage.  God wants your marriage to be blessed, prosperous, and fruitful.  If your marriage has drifted off course, allow the Word of God to help you get back on track.  Recalibrate your marriage according to the truths found in God’s word.  Get these verses in your Spirit and use them in your prayer life.  

 

Genesis 1:27-28  (ESV)

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

 

Genesis 2:20-24 (ESV) 

The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” 

 

Genesis 2:24 (ESV)

Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

 

Genesis 2:25 (ESV)

And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

 

Proverbs 18:22 (ESV)

He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.

 

Proverbs 19:14 (ESV)

House and wealth are inherited from fathers, but a prudent wife is from the Lord.

 

Proverbs 27:15 (ESV)

A continual dripping on a rainy day and a quarrelsome wife are alike;

 

Proverbs 31:10 (ESV)

An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.

 

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (ESV)

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

 

Isaiah 62:5 (ESV)

For as a young man marries a young woman, so shall your sons marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.

 

Malachi 2:13-16 (ESV)

And this second thing you do. You cover the Lord’s altar with tears, with weeping and groaning because he no longer regards the offering or accepts it with favor from your hand. But you say, “Why does he not?” Because the Lord was witness between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant. Did he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union? And what was the one God seeking? Godly offspring. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and let none of you be faithless to the wife of your youth. “For the man who does not love his wife but divorces her, says the Lord, the God of Israel, covers his garment with violence, says the Lord of hosts. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and do not be faithless.”

 

Matthew 5:32 (ESV)

But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

 

Matthew 19:4-6 (ESV)

He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?  So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”

 

Mark 10:6-9 (ESV)

But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”

 

1 Corinthians 7:2 (ESV)

But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband.

 

1 Corinthians 7:3 (ESV)

The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband.

 

1 Corinthians 7:12-15 (ESV)

To the rest I say (I, not the Lord) that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he should not divorce her. If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. But if the unbelieving partner separates, let it be so. In such cases the brother or sister is not enslaved. God has called you to peace.

 

1 Corinthians 7:27 (ESV)

Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be free. Are you free from a wife? Do not seek a wife.

 

1 Corinthians 7:38 (ESV)

So then he who marries his betrothed does well, and he who refrains from marriage will do even better.

 

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (ESV)

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.

 

2 Corinthians 6:14 (ESV)

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?

 

Ephesians 5:22-33 (ESV)

Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. 28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

 

Hebrews 13:4 (ESV)

Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.

 

1 Peter 3:1-5 ESV

Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your respectful and pure conduct. Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands,

 

1 Peter 3:7 (ESV)

Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.

 

Colossians 3:18-19 (ESV) 

Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them.


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Bible Verses About Healing

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Prayer for healingOne of God’s names in the Bible is Jehovah Rapha (Exodus 15:26), which means “the God who heals.”  Healing is a part of God’s character and one way that He reveals Himself to us.  3 John 3:1-2 says, “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.”  When we are confronted with the mental battle of wondering if God wants to heal us or someone we’re praying for, like a friend or family member, we need to remember 2 Corinthians 10:5.  We are instructed to “demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God,” and “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”  We can do that through reading and memorizing Bible verses about healing.  

Speaking the Word of God over our body, soul, and spirit can have a powerful effect on our thought life and the spirit realm.  We have collected some scripture verses on healing for you to meditate upon and pray over yourself.  Write these Bible verses about healing in your journal, put them on your bathroom mirror or on your desk at work, and declare them out loud over your body until the voice of the Lord becomes louder than the voice of doubt.  

prayer of healingExodus 23:25 (ESV)
You shall serve the Lord your God, and he will bless your bread and your water, and I will take sickness away from among you.


Psalm 30:2 (ESV)
O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
    and you have healed me.


Psalm 103:2-4 (ESV)
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
    who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,


Psalm 107:20-21 (ESV)
He sent out his word and healed them,
    and delivered them from their destruction.
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
    for his wondrous works to the children of man!


Psalm 146:8 (ESV)
the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
    the Lord loves the righteous.


Isaiah 41:10 (ESV)
fear not, for I am with you;
    be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.


Isaiah 54:17 (ESV)
no weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed,
    and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord
    and their vindication from me, declares the Lord.


Matthew 9:35 (ESV)
And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction.


Malachi 4:2 (ESV)
But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.


John 14:27 (ESV)
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.


Philippians 4:6-7 (ESV)
​​Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


James 5:14-16 (ESV)
Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.  Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.


1 Peter 2:24 (ESV)
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.


3 John 1:2 (ESV)
Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.​​


We pray that you experience the power of God as Jehovah Rapha as you pray these healing scriptures over your or your loved ones’ life!  To request prayer, click here.


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How to Host the Holy Spirit

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To host means to receive or welcome a guest.  It is possible for us to get really good at hosting worship experiences but not yet have learned how to host the Holy Spirit.  We can be in large worship gatherings and yet not welcome the Holy Spirit.  We can host Bible studies but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the Holy Spirit is present.

Matthew 7:12-14

“So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”

Who you host is determined by how you host.  If you put a Starbucks in a retail store and put tons of kitschy housewares in the impulse buy section, you will attract a certain kind of customer: my wife.  And if you have a Home Depot or Lowes, you will host another type of customer: men who think they can repair things.  

There are four things to keep in mind when you would like to welcome the Holy Spirit into your life, your gathering, or your midst.  I use the acronym H.O.S.T.  

Holiness

We have constructed the image of holiness as wearing three-piece suits, long skirts, and no jewelry.  We’ve reduced it down to an outward appearance.  But Galatians 5:22 says,

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” 

Long skirts and uncut hair don’t indicate holiness.  These fruit listed in Galatians 5:22-23 are the things that indicate that the Holy Spirit is present because these are the fruit of His presence.  

We think that we can host the Holy Spirit through behavior modification.  But if you host the Holy Spirit, He will go beyond simple outward behavior modification.  He will reveal the innermost parts of the heart.  He’ll reveal the trauma that is at the root of the sin so that you can have complete victory over the sin you wrestle with.  

Overflowing Grace 

Philippians 2:13 

For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

If you see anything good in me, it’s God. If I’m a good husband, it’s God through me. If I’m a good preacher or pastor, it’s God through me.  I am who I am because of the overflowing grace of God.  For the Holy Spirit to be present, we need an atmosphere of overflowing grace.  

Sanctification

Deuteronomy 23:12-14

You shall have a place outside the camp, and you shall go out to it. And you shall have a trowel with your tools, and when you sit down outside, you shall dig a hole with it and turn back and cover up your excrement. Because the Lord your God walks in the midst of your camp, to deliver you and to give up your enemies before you, therefore your camp must be holy, so that he may not see anything indecent among you and turn away from you.

As you work out your salvation here on earth, some cycles will be broken and there will be sins you won’t return to.  However, you won’t reach a place of perfection until heaven.  Sanctification isn’t the absence of sin, it means having the tools to deal with sin.

When you mess up, get a shovel.  Say to God, “I made a mess again, but I’m going to designate a place for this mess in prayer.  And I’m going to cover it up with the blood of Jesus because I want your protection, provision, and favor on my life.”  

All of the kings of Israel sinned, but some were called righteous and some were not.  What’s the difference?  Some had a shovel and some didn’t.  David had a shovel and when he sinned with Bathsheba and caused her husband to be murdered, he knew that he needed to use his spiritual shovel to cover his sin through repentance.  Saul didn’t do this.  

As Christians, we still make mistakes.  However, we know where to take our mistakes.

Teachable

1 Timothy 4:8

For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.

Stay teachable.  Stay vulnerable.  I was in New York City doing a church service just like this. At the end of the service, I told the crowd that we were going to host the presence of the Holy Spirit.  I felt the Holy Spirit nudge my heart and  so I said, “Who wants to receive Him as a father?”   A tall gentleman, all the way in the back, began to wave his arms like he was landing a plane.  I met him after service and asked to hear his story.  

He said,  “I’m a multi-generational Hindu. My father just recently died. In hinduism, the practice is that we watch the deceased body burn for hours as part of our grieving.  The entire time I watched my father’s body burn, I kept thinking about how I would never have a father again.  My friend invited me to church today and when you kept saying God could be my father.”  After that day, this young man went on a discipleship journey with our church, and I saw him baptized.  

The Holy Spirit was present in this young man’s life profoundly because he was vulnerable and teachable.

Host the Presence

The Holy Spirit is welcomed by the type of atmosphere you create for Him.  If you’d like to host Him, create an atmosphere where He is welcome.

Pray with me:

Holy Spirit, I want to host you.  Beyond religion, beyond tradition, beyond a song.  I want to host you, Holy Spirit.  I want to attract your manifest presence in my life like never before. I say yes to you.  Father, I thank you for what you’re stirring here right now God.  I thank you for fanning the flame in my heart.  In Jesus’ name, amen.


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Why Can’t I Hear God?

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God can always hear you.  But there are hindrances to us hearing God.  First, I want to start by saying that the best way to hear God is to read His Word.  There are a lot of people who want to replace reading and studying the Bible to show themselves approved by getting prophetic words from God.  They want to get a new, fresh word.  Don’t be mistaken – there is no shortcut to hearing God’s voice.  If you want to hear God, read your Bible.  If you want to hear God out loud, read your Bible out loud.  Instead of getting a “new Word”, get a fresh revelation on an old one! 

Here are several reasons why you may not be able to hear God clearly. 

Unconfessed Sin  

Isaiah 59:1-3 (ESV)
Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save,
    or his ear dull, that it cannot hear;
but your iniquities have made a separation
    between you and your God,
and your sins have hidden his face from you
    so that he does not hear.
For your hands are defiled with blood
    and your fingers with iniquity;
your lips have spoken lies;
    your tongue mutters wickedness

Unconfessed sin is a barrier to hearing God.  Jesus is faithful and just to forgive when you confess your sins (1 John 1:9).  But you can’t say, “Oh I confessed my sins once,” and then continue to live in sin the rest of your life.  A good habit to get into in your prayer time is confession.  Take a moment in prayer to quiet your heart and allow the Holy Spirit bring to light any sin in your heart that you might be unaware of.  Then, bring it before the Lord and confess it.  When Jesus taught the disciples to pray, he said, “Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us” (Luke 11:4).  Make confession a part of your daily discipline.  

Rebellion

Rebellion is another barrier to hearing God.  God has placed spiritual authority in our lives.  I say this in love: if we are rebellious and disobedient toward the delegated spiritual authority of our pastors and leadership, how can we promise God that we will be obedient to His authority?  Rebellion is a major blockage to prayer.  If you feel as if your prayers are not being heard, ask yourself, am I in rebellion to God’s delegated authority?  Every believer should be under spiritual authority, no matter what ministry position or office they hold.  If you’re not currently under authority, you should not be in authority.  For those who desire to move in the prophetic gift, you cannot be prophetic without a pastor.  Get under authority and submit yourself to leadership, and you’ll be able to hear the voice of God clearly again.

Busyness and Distraction

The God of the universe wants to spend intimate time with us, but busyness and distraction are barriers to hearing Him.  The Lord will meet us wherever and whenever we choose to spend time in His presence, but we often neglect to show up due to our overcrowded schedules and busy lives. 

Luke 10:38-42 (ESV)
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”  “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one.  Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

The story of Mary and Martha is a perfect example of the way we can be so busy, even while in His presence.  Jesus is beckoning us to choose what is better over what is good.  His presence is better than our full schedules and busy lives.  Sitting at his feet is better than checking everything off our to-do list.  This applies to people in ministry too.  We can be so busy working for God that we forget to spend time with God.  Set aside time every day to be with God.  Put your phone away – your phone is robbing you of your destiny – and focus on Him.  

Are You Listening?

These three things – unconfessed sin, rebellion, and busyness and distraction – are three things that might be obscuring you from hearing the voice of the Lord.  If you find yourself identifying any of these three issues in your own life, confess them to the Lord, repent, and make a change so that you can hear Him speak.  He is talking – are you listening?


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What Version of the Bible Should You Read?

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One of the best ways to hear from God is to read His Word, the Bible.  For those just getting started with Bible reading, it can be confusing to know where to start. Others have been told there is only one version of the Bible that is the right one, even though that particular version might be challenging to read or hard to understand. Where do you start?  Which version of the Bible should you read?  

Translations and Versions

The Bible is composed of 66 total books: 39 in the Old Testament, and 27 in the New Testament.  It was inspired by God and written by over 40 authors.  Originally, it was written in several languages: Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic.  Over time, it has been translated into over 3,000 languages!  Of those translations, there are many different versions.  In English, we have over 50 main versions of the Bible to choose from.  

Why So Many Versions?

My wife was raised in a denomination where the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible was the only acceptable translation to use.  As I mentioned above, the King James Version can be difficult to understand because it was written in the language used at the time it was written. Old English is dramatically different than modern English.  Over time, the meanings of words have changed.  New versions of the Bible have been developed to keep up with the changes in language while not compromising the truth of the passages. 

Is the King James the Only “Approved” Version?

If you come from a denomination that only approves of the KJV Bible (or some other specific version), you might struggle to understand the text because of all of the “thees,” “thous,” and uncommon words that muddle the language.  That could discourage you from getting into God’s word, and then you could potentially feel guilt for not reading the Bible.  I want to free you from that guilt right now.  The King James Version is not the only “God-approved” version of the Bible.  Many versions are translated well and hold true to the original meaning of the text.  Read a version of the Bible that you can understand! 

Bible reading

Here are my suggestions for which version of the Bible you should read. 

The English Standard Version (ESV)

If you want a solid Bible that’s easy to understand in the English language, I highly recommend the ESV.  It balances the different types of translations very well.  The translators used a word-for-word method and sought to be as literal as possible as they worked.  

The Message (MSG)

If you want to read the Bible for understanding, I highly recommend Eugene Peterson’s paraphrase, The Message.  If you find the Bible hard to comprehend, try starting with the Message.  As a pastor and preacher, I don’t use The Message as a text for study because it wasn’t written as a word-for-word translation.  It is more of a paraphrase.  However, I do endorse it for reading for understanding.  

Dake’s Annotated Study Bible

If you are looking to dig deeper into the study of the word, I recommend Dake’s Annotated Study Bible.  This is a great resource for those who are preachers and teachers.  The version that Dake uses is the King James, and it includes 35,000 commentary notes, 500,000 cross/chain references, and 9,000 outline headings. 

Which Translation of the Bible Should You Use?

These are just three versions of the Bible that I enjoy, but many are good, solid versions.  Therefore, I recommend visiting an online Bible site and comparing passages across different versions so that you can get a feel for what each is like before you purchase a Bible.  

So, which translation of the Bible should you use?  The one you’ll read!  God cannot transform you and you can’t hear His voice unless you’re consuming His Word, so choose a version at a reading level and understanding level that works for you!  


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