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The Costly, Yet Eternally Rewarding Life of Being a Bible Translator

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For Mathew Varghese, the road to becoming a Bible translator was long and difficult. It required a great deal of time and prayer, along with some serious sacrifices. Mathew was born into a Syrian Orthodox family. As a baby, his parents dedicated him to become a priest in the Syrian Orthodox Church. “When I was 15 years old,” he says, “I had my first encounter with the Lord. My Sunday school teacher introduced me to the Lord Jesus Christ and …

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This Bible Translation Never Existed Before. Now it’s Changing Lives

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“Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. He said: ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven…’” – Matthew 5:1-3, NIV How many times have you read Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount? This famous teaching, found in Matthew 5-7, is one of the most well-known passages in the entire Bible. Yet there are still people who …

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Which Bible Heroes Would You Friend on Facebook?

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What if Mark Zuckerberg had invented Facebook 5000 years ago? Think about the possibilities. Imagine if folks we know from the Bible had Facebook profiles. What might you see in your newsfeed? Samson posting ANOTHER workout selfie at the gym. Moses uploading a snapshot and writing, “And here’s what I’m having for lunch today!” (And of course, it’s still manna…) Eve always bragging on her kids: “Oh look! Here’s Cain taking his first step!” “Abel just lost his first baby …

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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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The Military Biblestick: Real Hope for Real Heroes

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“It helped me get closer to God. I thought I had lost Him, but He found me.” – Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army “[It] keeps me calm and self-controlled. It gives me hope.” – Petty Officer 2nd Class, U.S. Navy “[It] gives me peace of mind to know daily that God loves me and has me in His care as well as my family and friends.” – Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army “It fills my mind with the Word of God …

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7 Things You Didn’t Learn About Samson in Sunday School

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Whether you grew up in Sunday School or not, chances are you’re at least somewhat familiar with the epic story of Samson, “the strongest man who ever lived.” But how recently have you actually taken the time to read the account of Samson’s life in Judges 13-16? Samson, while chosen by God to be a judge of Israel, had some serious flaws. With today’s release of the major motion picture “Samson,” we wanted to take some time and refresh you on some of the aspects of Sampson’s story your Sunday school teacher likely left out.