Monday, May 25, 2015

Whose My Lord?

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Bible Verse

And now you are united with the one who was raised from the dead. As a result, we can produce a harvest of good deeds for God.  Romans 7:4

We are no longer driven to please our old master, the sinful nature. Though we may feel ourselves still a slave to sin, we no longer feel happy and free to obey sin- it disturbs us, it is unfaithfulness to the one we have pledged our lives to. 

Feeling upset by our tendency toward sinful thoughts or deeds is proof to us, that we have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer we who live, but Christ in us, the hope of glory. 

Now, we live to please Him, because His good heart in us, the mind of Christ given to us, compels us to love and good deeds, so being married to Him, we can produce a harvest of good deeds for God.

Current Events: 
Mon., May 25. Memorial Day became a federal holiday in 1971 and is observed on the last Monday in May. It originated in 1868, when Union General John A. Logan designated a day in which the graves of Civil War soldiers would be decorated. Originally known as Decoration Day, the holiday was changed to Memorial Day within 20 years, becoming a holiday dedicated to the memory of all war dead.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Sinner or Saint

Video Devotional


Bible Verse

Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin. Romans 7: 25

My First pastor, Sam Smucker from the Worship Center, was strong to teach us, we are a NEW CREATURE in Christ, the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. How then can Paul say, “I am a slave to sin?” Because now, there is a war inside of him. His mind hates to do wrong and resists it and feels sorry about it. But sin in him still conquers his mind at times. 


It’s this internal war, that shows us, we no longer belong to the evil one, and we are truly God’s child. If we fear sinning against God, then we do not need to fear about our eternal destiny- our fear and sensitive conscience is proof to us, that Jesus is alive and well inside of us.

The one who should fear is the one who has no fear of sinning against God. This one is in perfect agreement with the sinful nature, proving he is not in a healthy relationship with Christ Jesus.

When we say crude things- does it bother us? When we get angry over nothing, does our conscience condemn us? Rejoice if we feel the pain of waring against sin with in ourselves. It is proof that we belong to Him! We have only to repent and obey!

Current Events: 

This Sunday Shavuot (Hebrew Pentecost),
Sun., May 24. This festival, sometimes called the Feast of Weeks, or of Harvest, or of the First Fruits, falls 50 days after Passover and originally celebrated the end of the seven-week grain-harvesting season. In later tradition, it also celebrated the giving of the Law to Moses on Mount Sinai.

Thurs., May 14. The Ascension of Jesus took place in the presence of his apostles 40 days after the Resurrection. It is traditionally thought to have occurred on Mount Olivet in Bethany.
Read more: Holidays: Religious and Secular, 2015

Interested in the Hebrew Passover celebrated this Sunday, May 24th and the unique timing of the blood moons this year? Check out my fried, Dianne's Facebook Page about this event!

Monday, May 11, 2015

How to Choose Your Bible Translation Cheat Sheet


A quick Bible Translation Cheat Sheet to help you in your Bible selections-

If you can find a Discipleship Study Bible (they are out of print now) it is PACKED with support for the new Bible student. It was one of the first Bibles I ever read through and it was amazing! 

This is a link to the NIV version - which is out of print now, the Bible is printed in the NRV, but I am not familiar with that version's accuracy. Here's what I DO know about choosing a Bible Version:

NAS- New American Standard- the most accurate word-for-word translation 

This version is my favorite for FIRST time students because it can be taken at face value. The reading level is more difficult than NIV, Message, or New Living Standard- but the accuracy is worth it for somebody building their foundation for scriptural understanding. 

NIV- New International Version- most accurate phrase by phrase translation, simplest reading level, 

first choice for many private Christian schools because of the lower reading level and accuracy.

KJ, NKJ- King James and New King James Versions- Good accuracy, uses Old English. 

King James is MUCH MORE difficult reading than New King James. This translation is praise for it's age, accuracy, and not evolving with translations that cater to modern common language and culture.

NLT- New Living Translation- This is SUPER fun reading, but it is not exactly a "translation" it is a "paraphrased version" of the Bible. 

It's pure inspiration, and a good place to start for somebody who is not into the EXACT translation, but still wants all the meat of the meaning of the Bible. The reading level is EASY- this is a great choice for reading out loud at the table, or with children, or for easy bedtime reading- this is not for the intensely studious academic. I love this translation, as I have already studied the NAS, AMP, NIV through many times, I feel secure in my understanding of the accurate word for word translations and really enjoy the FRESH presentation of the HEART of it all in the NLT. This has been my Bible translation of choice in personal study for the past two years. - It makes really nice quotes too! (as does "The Message").

The Message- This, like the NLT is not an actual "translation" but a paraphrased retelling of the Bible.

It's deeply inspirational, and a fun and easy read I've enjoyed very much.

AMP- The Amplified Version of the Bible takes each main word of each verse and "amplifies" them with the Greek(if it's New Testament verses)  or Hebrew (if it's old Testament verses) definitions/ descriptions. This is a VERY WORDY version, used most often for reference instead of reading through the Bible habits. I've read the entire AMP version a few times and really enjoyed learning the deeper meanings of the words and verses. - But this would probably only interest a very motivated student as each sentence is VERY drawn out. :) - apart from the sentence length, it's not hard reading. This version is the LONGEST of all of them. 

Parallel Version- The Parallel Bible will take two or more versions and line them up side by side on a page, Chapter by chapter so a student can compare versions. 

There are many varieties of the Parallel Version with any combination of the above translations and probably more.

There are a few Online Bibles that offer any translation/ version you prefer, as well as any language.

Bible Gateway

Bible Hub (

Are the three I am most familiar with, I'm sure they are all amazing providing ANY translation/version/language along with Bible Tools to help, and reading plans in many varieties.

I currently (and for the past 5 years or so) use I LOVE it. Many of the versions are available for Audio, I enjoy the wide Bible reading plans available there. I've been through a few- read the bible in a year plans, and am currently doing a  New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs year long plan.

I enjoy the ability to highlight, create notes, share, copy verses, leave book marks and use it as a social app with my family to check up on their Bible Study discoveries. 

I think the Bible Gateway has the added advantage of a Hebrew Greek Concordance, which I don't think has. 

A Greek and Hebrew concordance is an awesome tool allowing you to look up the original word and it's definitions, synonyms, and antonyms. It's the BEST tool for those who just can't get enough of their Bible Study.- So if that's you, you might want to use the Bible over the 

I hope this is helpful! MUCH LOVE to you!
- Angela Schans