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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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This Bible Translator Didn’t Always Understand the Bible Like He Does Today

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Biblica also recognizes the need for ongoing Bible translation. Language changes over time, Stefano explains. In Indonesia, it’s changing rapidly. Some text books printed in the 1980s are no longer useful. The Indonesian Bible that Biblica is currently working on will help bridge the gap between old and new language, making Scripture more accessible to everyone, especially young people and unbelievers.

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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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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 …