Merry Christmas and The Greatest Gift of All

I’d like to wish you a very Merry (Christ)mas!

There’s only one gift that truly matters which we received on Christmas, and it’s not material.

Our greatest gift is Jesus, who God sent not to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:17)

And, remember that everything you have is a gift from above…

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights.” -James 1:17

Merry Christmas and have a Happy Christ Filled New Year!  (Lots coming here in 2016)

Which Bible Translation Should You Read?

When I was first exploring Christianity many-many years ago, my dad bought me my first Bible, the King James Version (KJV) translation.

I was excited and started going through it, but you know what happened… I didn’t get very far.  Why?  Because I couldn’t really understand it as I was reading it.  Art, thou, thee, it was just really hard to read.

So, it just sat in the corner doing nothing (the worst thing your Bible can be doing).

Eventually I was given another Bible that had the NIV (New International Version) translation.  Guess what… I was able to read it!  Sounded just like how I spoke.  I liked that, so I stuck with it (Today, I enjoy going through other translations, even the KJV, which makes more sense to me today than it did 10 years ago).

Now, there’s a critic for every translation.

Here’s some of the different popular translations:

NIV (New International Version)
KJV (King James Version)
ASV (American Standard Version)
NLT (New Living Translation)
HCSB (Holman Christian Standard Bible)
ESV (English Standard Version)
CEV (Contemporary English Version)

and the list goes on.

Some of these are Word-for-Word (Ex. KJV) translations, others are Thought-for-Thought (Ex. CEV), and then you have some that are a mix of Word-for-Word and Thought-for-thought (Ex. NIV).

You can see this pretty cool guide here:

Everyone has their own preferences on which translation is the best.  Some believe one translation is more accurate than another.  But, I’ve decided to make it easy on you, especially if you’re just exploring or new to Christianity.

Here’s my advice on which translation is the best: 

The best Bible translation is the one you’re going to read!

It’s as simple as that.  Get the one you’re going to read and, ultimately, apply!

It won’t do you any good if you don’t read it.

So, don’t worry about which translation is the most accurate or that you should read a word-for-word, thought-for-thought, or a mix of the two.

Just get the one you’re going to read and apply! 

And, here’s a quick little tip on how to do that:

Go to the bookstore and review Matthew, chapters 5-7 in the different translations.  As you’re reading, see which ones flow off the top of your tongue, and which ones make the most sense to you.

Once you find the one you that wasn’t making you stutter, and the one that you understood the most, then that’s the translation you should get.

As you grow with your walk with Christ you can then study up on the translations you’d like to read.

Just remember, none of us started running when we were babies.  We first learned to roll, then crawl, then stand up, then hobble around while holding on to something, then walking, then running.

Same goes with all of the areas in your life.  Christianity is know different.

Keep spreading the Word!

We All Make Mistakes

Did you see the mishap at the Miss Universe 2015 Pageant last night?  If not, I’m sure you heard about it…

The host, Steve Harvey, announced the wrong Miss Universe 2015 winner.  He had to come back on stage to apologize and announce the real winner.  He stepped up and admitted he read the card wrong to the world.

Hey, it could happen to any of us.

But, if you’ve been on social media at all after the show or today then you’ve noticed all the bashing people are doing to Steve for his mistake.

We all make mistakes.  Just as King Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 7:20:  “There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins.” 

We’re all sinners.  We all make mistakes.

Now, I’ll admit, I couldn’t believe the mistake and laughed about it (Laughter is good for the soul), but I also felt bad for everyone involved.  But I don’t condemn Steve for it, for I know I make mistakes all the time.

As for the people who are giving a lot of hate towards Steve for it, here’s what Jesus says…

“If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” -John 8:7

So, if any one of you have never made a mistake, then let them be the first to throw a stone at him.

Don’t spread the hate… Keep spreading the Word!

You Don’t Get What You Don’t Ask For

I once heard from a great marketer who said, “You don’t get what you don’t ask for.”

So, what did I do?  I started asking for things, even if I thought there was ZERO chance of getting it.  And, you know what?  A lot of times I got what I asked for.

How does this relate to God?

Well, as Jesus said, “Ask and it will be given to you…” (Matthew 7:7)

Want God’s grace?  Ask Him!

Want Him to forgive you?  All you have to do is ask for forgiveness!

Ask God what His will is for you.  Ask Him to come into your life and make your paths straight.

Ask for guidance!

I’m not saying you’ll always get what you ask for, but you certainly won’t get it if you don’t ask.

Yeah, it’s that simple.

All you have to do is ASK.

Keep spreading the Word!