Giving you the desire

Our text this afternoon in the Taubaté church Bible study was Philippians 2:12-16. A phrase that never ceases to delight and encourage me is in v. 13: “for the one bringing forth in you both the desire and the effort – for the sake of his good pleasure – is God” (NET). NLT translates it as “giving you the desire.” Let no one ever say of the Kingdom of God, “I don’t feel like it.”

• For the second time ever, we had more in attendance this afternoon in Taubaté than in SJCampos this morning. Tuesday is a holiday, so Friday through Tuesday is a long holiday for many. Which means that SJCampos tends to lose people, since few are from there, and that Taubaté gets visitors.

• One of the things I do in my service in the Kingdom of God is help people connect. Especially, Christians with other Christians. So I was pleased to get a note today from London, after a young Brazilian Christian had visited a congregation there. She felt right at home. By coincidence, even the order of worship was the same as her home congregation. Many of the songs she knew. She was happy to see that they worship the Lord the same way we do here in Brazil. She thanked me for having helped her find the congregation. I thanked her for her priority in meeting with the Lord’s church during her stay there.

• Do you ever feel useless? Feelings have no exact correspondence with reality, but they sometimes make their own reality, if only in our heads. So we can thank God for texts like Galatians 6:7-10 and 1 Corinthians 15:58. Powerful reminders that what we do makes a difference. An eternal difference.

• I just noticed the NLT translation of that latter verse: “nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.” That’s as good a way of putting it as I’ve ever heard. You?

• I use the site a lot because the NLT often has a good way of expressing the meaning of a text. (See previous paragraph. It does have its problems, some of which I’ve mentioned on my personal blog.) And that site, which also serves to shorten URLs, has only the Biblical text. Nothing else. Such a feature I like, a lot. Do you know of any other site which offers only the text of a recent, major Bible version, without comments or notes?

#church-attendance, #encouragement, #nlt, #usefulness

Short URLs for Bible versions

I noticed Larry M. used a short URL for the ESV in a Facebook post, which redirects to their main Bible study site (unfortunately, in my mind):

The NLT also has one: with the Bible text only, which I like.

Do you know of any others?

These are good for emails, Twitter, and other spots where space is at a premium.

UPDATE: I forgot a good one: but I’m not sure what versions are available with it.

#bible-versions-online, #esv, #nlt

Saturday evening in Acts 20.7

Probably the worst rendering I can think of, to my mind, because of the impact it has doctrinally on a central teaching like the Lord’s supper, is Acts 20:7 in the Good News Bible (TEV). It substitutes the phrase, “Saturday evening,” for “On the first day of the week.”

This is perpetuated in the Brazilian Portuguese equivalent (Bíblia na Linguagem de Hoje), and was not corrected in a new edition (Nova Tradução na Linguagem de Hoje).

It may have nothing to do with it, since the so-called emerging churches just don’t bother to pay attention to the Bible, but it makes one wonder if this mis-translation has been used to justify churches eating the Lord’s supper on Saturday nights and other times during the week.

That said, another bad one is the NLT rendering of 2 Timothy 4:1, which I noticed just last night; it appears to lend support to premillenialism. And my first impressions of the NLT were so favorable. *Sigh*

#english-bible, #gnb, #mistranslations, #nlt

NLT for iPhone and iPod Touch

Got to grab this time-limited offer quick, but you can get the New Living Translation offline for your iPhone and iPod, whatever those are. (I live in another world.)

The offer comes through, which has other versions available for mobile devices as well.

#mobile-devices, #nlt