The Voice New Testament Bible

2 02 2010

I recently joined the blog team at Thomas Nelson, now I’m an official book sneezer 🙂 This is my debut blog review of their new bible translation called The Voice.  It’s a fresh look at the new testament through the Liberating King, Jesus Christ, and His Church.  The unique approach that really sets this translation apart from others is the collaboration between scholars, pastors, writers, musicians, poets, and other artists.  They use a combination of italics and outlined boxes to give relative context to the passages while using a screenplay format to emphasize a fresh expression of a timeless narrative.

There are so many passages in this Bible that are worth mentioning.  They take a timeless truth, the familiar words, and paint a new picture.  Here is one of my favorite passages and example of this uniqueness:

Through this man we all receive gifts of grace beyond our imagination. He is the Voice of God.  You see, Moses gave us rules to live by, but Jesus, the Liberating King, offered the gifts of grace and truth which make life worth living.  God, unseen until now, is revealed in the Voice, God’s only Son, straight from the Father’s heart. — John 1:16-18
The contributors to this Bible do a really good job of  taking the narratives to a place of meaning and experience where it touches the soul in a new way.  They take the greatest story ever told and make a real storytelling experience through the new testament.  It’s the most creative approach to a translation I’ve seen since Peterson’s “The Message.”
If you are looking for a new testament Bible that is creative, stimulating, transforming, faithful to the original manuscripts, and very readable then The Voice won’t disappoint you.  Click here to get a copy from Thomas Nelson.
Breathe In & Smile Out,

Hope, Encouragement, Power & Authority

24 01 2010

If I could just use 4 words to describe the holy word of God, it would be Hope, Encouragement, Power and Authority. That’s the message…that is what I run to…that is what I stand on.

“I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.”  ~ 1 Corinthians 1:10

“But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.” ~ 1 Corinthians 1:24-25

The last thing God told Moses before he left the top of Mt. Sinai were these instructions on the Sabbath.

“You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day must be a Sabbath day of complete rest, a holy day dedicated to the Lord. Anyone who works on the Sabbath must be put to death.” ~Exodus 31:15

The Sabbath is an important par of our covenant with God.  For a day dedicated to this will bring Hope, Encouragement, Power & Authority.  As we live that out, wisdom comes.  God will take the ordinary and make it extraordinary.  He takes the impossible and makes the possible.  He takes the faithful hearts and blesses the generations with Hope, Encouragement, Power & Authority.

What 4 words would you use to describe the holy word of God? Are you living in those words today?

Breathe In & Smile Out,


Finish Well

1 01 2010

When 2009 rolled in I had three verses/passages that I set out to be foundational for the year. Hebrews 12 is one of those passages that I tried to keep top of mind as I approached challenges and opportunities.  Key elements like endurance, perseverance, and finishing well scream out in this chapter.

I had a subtle reminder of what that means yesterday as I looked out in my back yard.  This view has been the same for years, but yesterday it brought it all back into focus.

I feel compelled to go hang this picture on my neighbor’s door.  Actually, I should hang it on his son’s door who lives across the street from him.  Unfortunately both of them don’t have to look at the back of the unfinished shed everyday like us.

About three years ago the son of this neighbor set out to build his father a nice storage shed in the back yard.  He underestimated the amount of work involved, and subsequently left the job undone.  No endurance.  No perseverance.  The job was not done with any ounce of excellence.  He got so close, but at some point made a conscious decision to stop and leave the back unfinished.  Was it because he thought his father wouldn’t notice?  Was it because he would never see it from his house across the street?  No, he gave up.  He thought it was good enough.

I’m actually glad it’s there, because every time I look at it I’m reminded how important it is to finish well. In 2010 I don’t want to take short cuts.  I don’t want to do it half-way.  I don’t want to give up.  I don’t want to say “good enough.” I don’t want to quit when no one is looking.  I don’t want to build something that only looks good on three sides.  I want to finish well. I’m thankful that I work with a team that wants to finish well. I have leaders and colleagues around me that are committed to excellence.  If you don’t, be intentional this year finish everything well and surround yourself with people who model this and challenge you to do the same.

Breathe In & Smile Out,


Daily Scripture — Faith

27 09 2009

I don’t know what trial or test your dealing with today, but I do know that our Creator & God is bigger than all of them put together. Our faith in Him is what will well up Hope within and carry us to the promises He has made for us. Don’t let your faith falter. Give glory to God and believe!

Romans 4:18-22

Against all odds, Abraham’s hope grew into full-fledged faith that he would turn out to be the father of many nations, just as God had promised when He said, “That’s how many your descendants will be.” His faith did not fail, although he was well aware that his impotent body, after nearly 100 years, was as good as dead and that Sarah’s womb, too, was dead.
In spite of all this, his faith in God’s promise did not falter. In fact, his faith grew as he gave glory to God because he was supremely confident that God could deliver on His promise. This is why , you see, God saw his faith and counted him as righteous; this is how he became right with God.

Quote for the Day:

“There’s a power in hope that goes beyond explanation. It lifts us out of the rubble of our failures, our pain, and our fear to rise above what at one point seemed insurmountable. Our ability to endure, to persevere, to overcome is fueled by this in seemingly innocuous ingredient called HOPE.” — Erwin McManus from the book “Soul Cravings”

Daily Scripture

25 09 2009

John 14:26-27

The Father is sending a great Helper, the Holy Spirit, in my name to teach you everything and to remind you of all I have said to you.
My peace is the legacy I leave to you. I don’t give gifts like those of this world. Do not let your heart be troubled or fearful.

Daily Scripture

20 09 2009

Exodus 15:2-3

A Song of Deliverance

The Lord is my strength and my song;
he has given me victory.
This is my God, and I will praise him—
my father’s God, and I will exalt him!
The Lord is a warrior;
Yahweh is his name!

Quote for the Day:

“Out of suffering comes the serious mind; out of salvation, the grateful heart; out of endurance, fortitude; out of deliverance faith.” — John Ruskin