Miscellaneous

His Glorious Might

Ever since reading through the passage in Colossians 1:9-12, that phrase “His glorious might” has been in my head. “May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy.” (see Steve’s sermon posted May 31st) It’s been mulling around in my mind and popping up as I read other parts of scripture. The evidence of God’s wonderful power in us is just shining from the pages of His word.

1 Thessalonians 5 :23-24 says, “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; He will surely do it.” There it is again—His glorious might—He will surely do it—He is utterly trustworthy and powerful to complete His good work in us.

2 Thessalonians 1: 11-12, “To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of His calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by His power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” If there is one thing I’ve learned from our discussions over the past few years, it is the importance of trusting in the unfailing power of God to accomplish the work of His kingdom. How easy it is to slip into thinking we can do things by our own power. Let us pray as Paul does, and let us depend on God’s power, for He will surely do it.

Jehovah Tsidkenu

I have a lot of papers with things written down on them. For some reason the act of writing it out helps my mind remember. I usually never go back to look at these papers, but the other day I came across a little scrap in a pile that just had one thing written on it, “Jehovah Tsidkenu”. I vaguely remembered being interested in the Hebrew names of God a few years ago. Word origins and meanings have always intrigued me. But all that was on the paper was the name, so I had to look it up.

Indulge me in some brief entymology. I knew that Jehovah was the name for God and meant something similar to “I am”, so I was really just interested in the word tsidkenu. On a basic level, “Jehovah Tsidkenu” is The Lord our Righteousness. Now that is pretty awesome just like that. It’s found in Jeremiah 23:6, “In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is the name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.” I even found a powerful sermon of Spurgeon’s all about Christ as our righteousness. (Check it out here.)

But what really struck me was the meaning of Jehovah. From blueletterbible.org, “Jehovah is translated as “The Existing One” or “Lord.” The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havah meaning “to be” or “to exist.” It also suggests “to become” or specifically “to become known” — this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly.” Wow, what an amazing thought to contemplate. He is the ever existing One who becomes known. The gospel is contained in God’s name! God’s name tells us that He reveals Himself, which points us to Christ, His Son who revealed the truth to mankind. I am so thankful for the richness of God’s word and its power for salvation!

Is it Weird Al or the Message Bible?

Our friend Tim Berry has directed me to a blog entry that presents a quiz.  There are 15 texts and it is up to the reader to determine if the text is from the Message Bible or a John Mayer song.  For those of you who don’t know John Mayer, he’s not a CCM artist.  For those of you who do know John Mayer, stop chuckling.

I took the quiz and scored 10 correct out of 15.

This quiz is genius.  Take it yourself here.  The Message is a disaster.

So, I started gazing on the text of the Message Bible.  John Mayer may be one comparison, but I think many of its passages sound more like another artist.  So, here is my quiz for you.  See how you do!

Is each passage from Weird Al Yankovic or the Message Bible?

1.  “Don’t they know they can’t get away with this— Treating people like a fast-food meal…”

2. “Turned-around Jacob skips rope”

3.  “I’m just an intern, I still make a mistake or two”

4.  “Who gets invited to dinner at your place? How do we get on your guest list?”

5.  “I hate all this silly religion”

6.  “Forget that I sowed wild oats”

7.  “I saw her today at the reception, A glass of wine in her hand”

8. “As I walk through the valley where I harvest my grain, I take a look at my wife and realize she’s very plain.”

9. “I just smiled at him and turned the other cheek, I really don’t care, in fact I wish him well”

10.  “Join us for the time of your life!   With us, it’s share and share alike!”

11. “The street-talk gossip has me criminally insane”

12. “Raise the roof!”

13. “Parties tend to break up when they find out that you’re coming”

14. “Working like a dog at the synagogue, he’s there all day.”

15. “Get insurance with God and do a good deed.”

Bonus Question: “Please, God, no more yelling, no more trips to the woodshed. Treat me nice for a change; I’m so starved for affection.”

To check your answers, go here!

Quality Bible Construction

A couple of years ago, my Bible was clearly in need of an upgrade.  Hence, I started one of the most frustrating searches of my life…seeking a Bible constructed in a manner that is durable and usable.  After searching for a while, I found Bibles the frayed at the edges easily, Bible the had spines breaking in the first few months of usage, and other Bibles that required two C-clamps and an anvil to hold the pages open without the Bible flapping shut.

Then, there is the issues of page layout.  I found a wonderful single-column layout with a good amount of side-column references, but soon found that I was limited to the poor quality Bible construction that I spoke of earlier.

To make things even more frustrating, there are precious few stores that have a good selection to get your hands on to get a feel of the Bible.  In Kansas City, there is a Mardel with a huge wall of Bibles.  Sadly, the huge wall of Bibles is 75% NIV, 20% KJV, and 5% other.  In fact, NASBs are not on the wall at all.  The three editions carried are thrown over with the Bible software.

In the end, I found my Bible (NASB Update Side-Column Reference; Burgundy Genuine Leather).  I have been using it for over a year and no problems so far.  It opens and lies flat during studying and the large single-column layout is wonderful for preaching and teaching.

So, here’s my question to you: Do you have good or bad experiences to report from the quality of your Bible’s construction?

Finding Info On Our Site

I have finally caught up posting notes on my sermons through the book of Acts.  Well, almost caught up.  I didn’t start recording my notes until I was in chapter 2.  But now, at least chapters 2-8 are all recorded in our blogs.

If you would like to view these notes for your study or devotion, you can view them all (from the latest date to earliest) by clicking here.  You can also use the “Tags” drop-down control found on the right side of most pages on the web site.  There, you can run a search for any of the site entries that have certain “tags”.  For instance, you could select “Evangelism” and all entries labeled with the tag would be displayed (though you may have to click “Previous Entries” at the bottom of the page to view older posts).

Answers to “Weird Al or the Message Bible Quiz”

Answers to the post, “Is it from Weird Al, or the Message Bible?

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1. “Don’t they know they can’t get away with this— Treating people like a fast-food meal.”

Message Bible – Psalm 14:4

2. “Turned-around Jacob skips rope”

Message Bible – Psalm 14:7

3. “I’m just an intern, I still make a mistake or two”

Weird Al Yankovic – “Like a Surgeon”

4. “Who gets invited to dinner at your place? How do we get on your guest list?”

Message Bible – Psalm 15:1

5. “I hate all this silly religion”

Message Bible – Psalm 31:5

6. “Forget that I sowed wild oats”

Message Bible – Psalm 25:7

7. “I saw her today at the reception, A glass of wine in her hand”

Weird Al Yankovic – “The Hot Rocks Polka”

8. “As I walk through the valley where I harvest my grain, I take a look at my wife and realize she’s very plain.”

Weird Al Yankovic – “Amish Paradise”

9. “I just smiled at him and turned the other cheek, I really don’t care, in fact I wish him well”

Weird Al Yankovic – “Amish Paradise”

10. “Join us for the time of your life!   With us, it’s share and share alike!”

Message Bible – Somewhere in Proverbs 1:8-19.

11. ” The street-talk gossip has me criminally insane””

Message Bible – Psalm 31:13

12. “Raise the roof!”

Message Bible – Psalm 32:11

13. “Parties tend to break up when they find out that you’re coming”

Weird Al Yankovic – “Born to Be Mild”

14. “Workin’ like a dog at the synagogue, he’s there all day.”

Weird Al Yankovic – “Pretty Fly for a Rabbi”

15. “Get insurance with God and do a good deed.”

Message Bible – Psalm 37:3

Bonus Question: “Please, God, no more yelling, no more trips to the woodshed. Treat me nice for a change; I’m so starved for affection.”

Message Bible – Psalm 6:1-2.  Sadly, the editors of the Message Bible feel that God’s kindness to David was rare.  To Eugene Peterson, God’s Word presents God as an anger-crazed father who beats a child without mercy.