Over almost 8 years I have enjoyed sharing this with you and it has been fun. I’ve reached a lot of people and, based on various emails and comments to the blog touched a lot of people in a positive way. For those of you who subscribed and received the blog on your e-Ink Kindle, we collectively raised over $10,000 for the Nehemiah Center of Houston over the years – wow!
However, as with all good things, it’s time to call it a day with this blog as the time commitments in my personal and professional life require me to make some cutbacks in the number of lists / blogs I maintain: this will be the last post to this site. I will keep the content up for a while for people to peruse.
Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your life over the years!
“If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and I if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophecy only in part; but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.”
– 1 Corinthians 13
Four hundred years after the close of the Old Testament, the New Testament completes the cosmic story of God’s plan to bring salvation upon the earth. The word testament is best translated as “covenant.” The New Testament embodies the new covenant of which Jesus was mediator. This new covenant was sealed with the atoning death of Jesus Christ.
The New Testament opens with five narrative books – four Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles. The Gospels cover the ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus. The Book of Acts continues the story of the development of the early church over the next thirty years.
Acts of the Apostles
The Old Testament begins with God’s creation of the universe and continues by describing the mighty acts of God in and through His people. The 39 books of the Old Testament were written over a period of several centuries.
The first five books of the Old Testament are referred to as the Books of the Law or the Pentateuch, a Greek word meaning “five volumed.” The Hebrew term for this collection is Torah, meaning “instruction, teaching, or doctrine.”
Song of Songs
“Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law which Moses my servant commanded you; turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success.”
– Joshua 1:7-8
The Bible in its original form was recorded in Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. It is generally accepted that the very first complete English translation of the Bible was created toward the end of the 14th century and is credited to John Wycliffe, an eminent and influential Oxford theologian and popular preacher. Wycliffe strongly advocated the English translation of the scriptures so that poor people would have access to God’s Word.
The evolution of the English version of the Bible:
||American Standard Version
||New English Bible
||The Living Bible
||New American Standard Bible
||Good News Bible Version
||New International Version
||New King James Bible
“He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”
– Isaiah 2:4