Walk. Believe. Become.

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Over the past few weeks I’ve been stuck around John 12 in my morning devotions. In fact I think it has become my all time favourite chapter in the New Testament.

Have you ever read to a part in a book, whether it be the Bible or not, where you just have to stop, let the depth of the words you’ve just read soak in and attempt, albeit multiple times, to keep on reading?

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This was me with John 12 in The Message. I literally couldn’t turn the page. I read, reread, and read again sentences with such punch, particularly John 12, verses 20 through to 26.

Now it is Christmas, I’ve put John away and hit up Luke. I’ll come back to him though and discover more amazing insights into who Jesus is and what He has done for us.

“How marvellous, how boundless
Is Your love, is Your love
How wonderful, sacrificial
Is Your love for me”

You Bled – Rend Collective Experiment

Wednesday Words To Live By – John 3:16

My Wednesday Words are totally late (not if you live in the USA!!!), but I am still going to post this one today.

While waiting for a client this morning (at the sparrows crack! N.B. I’ve combined sparrow’s fart with crack of dawn – thanks Dad for pulling me up on it ;P) to sign some contracts, I was browsing Pinterest and found this:

*Found here on Pinterest – FYI – not a massive fan of the original blog site name and that’s kinda why I have referred you to Pinterest… you’ll work it out.

I love it this tat, but to be honest, I’m not the kinda gal to get one… but I think it is pretty amazing.

This is my favourite translation of the above verse:

John 3:16

The Message (MSG)

 16-18“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. 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.

Wednesday Words to Live By – 2 Corinthians 4:9

Courtesy of Bethany Cunningham

 16-18So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.

Wednesday Words to Live By – Zephaniah 3:17

 

Which of the following is your favourite version of Zephaniah 3:17?

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Zephaniah 3:17

New International Version, ©2011

17 The LORD your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.”

The Message

God Is Present Among You

16-17Jerusalem will be told:
“Don’t be afraid.
Dear Zion,
don’t despair.
Your God is present among you,
a strong Warrior there to save you.
Happy to have you back, he’ll calm you with his love
and delight you with his songs.

Amplified Bible

17The Lord your God is in the midst of you, a Mighty One, a Savior [Who saves]! He will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest [in silent satisfaction] and in His love He will be silent and make no mention [of past sins, or even recall them]; He will exult over you with singing.

New Living Translation

17 For the Lord your God is living among you.
He is a mighty savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
With his love, he will calm all your fears.[a]
He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”

Footnotes:

  1. Zephaniah 3:17 Or He will be silent in his love. Greek and Syriac versions read He will renew you with his love.

New King James Version

17The LORD your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.”
 
 
 
 
 
I think I love the New King James Version.

“He will quiet you with His love…”

A little Amos in the morning

This morning I went for an early morning bushwalk.

Before leaving the house, I did a quick scan of the old Facebook, after Twitter of course, looking for Brooke Fraser Concert feedback and came across my friend Mali’s (who saw Brooke earlier in the week AND actually got to meet her! See her post here) short status update which read

“Amos 5:21-24”

Half way down the track, I stopped at the creek, grabbed my You Version and read Amos 5 in The Message translation.

It’s a full-on verse.

It’s a verse that you read and go, WOAH, don’t mess with God. He is ripping into Israel and is talking right at me.

What I love is this:

Do you know what I want?
   I want justice—oceans of it.
I want fairness—rivers of it.
   That’s what I want. That’s all I want.

Amos 5:21-24 The Message (The last bit of Verse 24)

Oceans of it.

Rivers of it.

Justice and Fairness.

Then He sent His Son to provide it.

Just for you and me, and everyone else on earth.