Archive forDecember, 2003

More Message.

Proverbs 1:7-19
“Start with God-the first step in learning is bowing down to God; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning. Pay close attention, friend, to what your father tells you; never forget what you have learned at your mother’s knee. Wear their counsel like flowers in your hair, like rings on your fingers. Dear friend, if bad companions tempt you, don’t go along with them. If they say-’Let’s go out and raise some hell. Let’s beat up some old man, mug some old woman. Let’s pick them clean and get them ready for their funerals. We’ll load up on top-quality loot, We’ll haul it in by the truckload. Join us for the time of your life!’
Oh friend, don’t give them a second look; don’t listen to them for a minute. They’re racing to a very bad end, hurrying to ruin everything they lay hands on. Nobody robs a bank with everyone watching, Yet that’s what these people are doing- they’re doing themselves in. When you grab all you can get, that’s what happens: The more you get, the less you are.”

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The Message.

I love this translation. Actually, it is more of a paraphrase. Read this verse, one many of us know well:
Genesis 1:1
“First this: God created the Heavens and Earth- all you see, all you don’t see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss.”
It is more applicable…no, that’s not even why I like it. I don’t know if I can explain this…Ok. King James Version and even New International Version have “big words.” I like big words, and the Message has my kind of “big words.”
That made almost no sense. Oh well, I tried!
Here’s another:
John 3:16
“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. Annd this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. “
and I like this so much I am going to continue:
“God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentance without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to belive in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.”
Wow. I really like this.
It is The Message, translation by Eugene H. Peterson. I will keep this by the computer, or by my bed. Places where I often am. And I hope to improve my personal relationship with God.

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Questions.

I want to have more in this site. I thought it was cool that Ted had a web site, and started reading it daily. I decided I wanted one…was to scared to be forthright…my cousin gave me one. I used it some, and now I have slacked off.
What’s the point? Some people use it to give a narration of their everyday lives. Jessie, for instance. Some people use it to give more of a…personal interpretation of the Bible, along with some notes about their day. Personally, I don’t know what I use it for. I want it to have more meaning. Not just something I occasionally type carelessly in, filled with misspellings and abbreviations like “u” “every1″ and “y?”.
Maybe, since I seem to have trouble doing my own devotional each day, I could start reading a few verses and posting about them everyday. Tell me what you think.

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