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What about the Message version?

One of the most common questions I hear is one regarding which version of the Biblical text is best to use and study. Perhaps the most common translation I am questioned about would be the controversial version written by Eugene Peterson called, “The Message”.

So the question presents itself: is The Message a viable translation of the Biblical text, and if not, what is the fuss about?

“The Message was paraphrased over a period of ten years, straight from the Bible’s original languages (Greek and Hebrew). The idea of The Message isn’t to water down the bible, making it easier to digest. The idea is to make it readable- to put those ancient words that their users spoke and wrote everyday into words that you speak and write every day.”

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Love the Brotherhood

I’ve been doing a lot of study lately in 1 Peter.  I plan on working through the book soon on here.  One command found in Peter is to “love the brotherhood.”

It is a reminder to the readers of the connection all Christians have throughout the world.  Although they might not ever meet the majority of Christians in the world, we are commanded to love them.  This is what we should expect.  As Christians we are called brother and sisters.  We become blood relatives at baptism.  We are blood relatives because we have all been the beneficiaries of the blood of Christ.

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What is robbing you of joy?

I will never understand the appeal of jigsaw puzzles. Who in the world thought up the idea of cutting up a picture and putting it back together again? If I take a picture that means a lot to me, and somebody comes and tears it to pieces and tells me to put it back together again, I’ll honestly be pretty mad. Yet for some reason, I’ve been told that some people actually enjoy jigsaw puzzles. Now I hope I haven’t offended the 5 of you that enjoy puzzles. If I have, let me offer an interesting fact. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, in Germany some 15,000 enthusiasts have come together in only five hours to assemble a 1,141,800 piece puzzle, forming a nearly 6,500-square foot (600-square meter) puzzle–setting the world record for the largest jigsaw puzzle. That is pretty incredible, but regardless of how incredible a 1,141,800 piece puzzle is, I am not impressed. In fact, I don’t even agree with this statistic. I think Guinness needs to check their records, and I will tell you why. I do not know the exact number, but there are several million members of the church of Christ. You might be asking, how does that relate to a jigsaw puzzle? 1 Corinthians 12:12 says that every Christian is an equal member of Christ’s body. Each member is a puzzle piece that makes up Christ’s body. Now, you may think a 1,141,800 piece puzzle is tough to put together, but try unifying several million Christians. Some would say it cannot be done, but I disagree. Some would say the conflict present in our church cannot be managed, but if we look at God’s word on the matter, perhaps we can find some reasons for unity.

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What does “The Lord is the Spirit” mean in 2 Corinthians 3:17

One of the great passages in the Bible relating to the study of biblical interpretation is the third chapter of 2 Corinthians. While the passage itself has broad implications for biblical interpretation, it also provides an opportunity to remind ourselves to keep biblical statements in their context in order to understand them correctly. The statement, “The Lord is the Spirit” is often used to demonstrate that the Holy Spirit is divine. This, however, proves to be an erroneous application of the statement when viewed in its context. There are many other passages that prove the deity of the Holy Spirit. This passage, though, is about something altogether different.

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Maintaining Unity

In the beginning of the church, God created unity. God sent Jesus to seek and save the lost, and by doing so, to build his church. Jesus prayed for unity among the apostles, and among the millions who would believe on Jesus through the teaching of the apostles. God had one plan for human redemption, one new covenant to offer all people, and one church for all who would accept his covenant.

God created unity among all people who are in Christ. By abolishing the Mosaic Law, he removed the barrier between Jew and Gentile. He did this so that “he might create in himself one new man, so making peace.”  God also reconciled to himself every human being who accepted the new covenant.  All of these people were brought back to God “in one body,” the church. This is God’s divinely created unity. There is but one body of Christ, one church, in which all people come together with one another and with God.

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