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Examining the Lord’s Prayer: Does Prayer Make a Difference

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Most of us have had a glimpse of the dark side of life: illness, broken relationships, the death of a loved one, or material loss. And when we turn to God in prayer, we are often met with further disappointment and grief as a result of—as yet—unanswered prayer. Still, we know that we must continue in prayer, “[F]or our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms”(Eph 6:12).

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Examining the Lord’s Prayer: Why Should We Pray?

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Prayer is universal. Every religion has some form of prayer. We pray because we cannot help it. The word “prayer” comes from the Old French preiere which is derived from the Latin prex or precarius meaning “to beg, to entreat in a precarious situation”. Prayer is universal because it speaks to a basic human need — the need for fulfillment, the need for God. As Augustine said in his Confessions, “Our heart is restless until it finds rest in God.”

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The Nature and Challenges of Bible Translation

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Introduction In this series of three articles, we will firstly look at the nature and challenges of  Bible translation and how a theology of translation is firmly rooted in Scripture. In the second article, we will more closely consider the place of Bible translation in Biblica’s Mission and Vision, looking at the centrality of Bible translation in all we do as well as its historical development. In the third, we will unpack Biblica’s translation philosophy, strategy and global translation portfolio, …

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A Fascinating Dive Into How Popular Bible Verses Were Translated

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Romans 8:28 is one of those well-known and often-quoted verses which many of us have drawn on when faced with tragedies, challenges or adversity. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (NIV) Most translations follow the NA28/UBS5 Greek working text which is based on the majority of manuscript readings and is usually translated in English as, “And we know that…all things work …

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Is the Reformation Still Relevant Today?

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We live in a world of multimedia where we connect via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google and YouTube. Our daily lives are run by apps on tablets, smartphones, smartwatches and exercise devices. In the medical field, we benefit from retinal implants, artificial pancreases, bionic limbs and lenses. Technological advances bring us camera pills, tooth chips, brain implants, artificial memory and artificial intelligence — the boundaries between human and machine blurring with every passing day. On October 31, 2017, the world …