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You Can Always Use One More Translation, or Why I Read the NIVNKJVESVNLTNASBMSGKJVCSBNET Bible

John GrecoBy John Greco

When I answered the phone, I was met with sniffles and sobs. It was the sort of call I dreaded. I’m not a professional counselor and had no experience talking someone down from an emotional precipice. So, I did the only thing I could. “Sir,” I said, “how can I pray for you?”

It was several years ago and I was on staff at a well-respected international ministry that maintained a 24-hour prayer line for people in need. On that divinely-appointed Wednesday morning, the call center’s switchboard was beyond capacity, so calls were routed to anyone in the office with a phone. As an early riser, the phone on my desk had sprung to life and I found myself talking to a man in crisis.

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I repeated myself, “Sir, I’d like to pray with you, if that’s okay.”
Then, he just blurted it out: “I breed dogs!” he said, and continued to cry.

Now I was out of my depth and utterly confused. “You’re a dog breeder?” I asked.

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Braving the Storms of Life: An Interview with Randy Travis

Randy TravisFrom a working-class background in North Carolina to being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Randy Travis has sold more than 25 million albums in both country and gospel music. This seemingly charmed life began a downward spiral in 2009: his marriage dissolved, he discovered that his finances had unraveled, and his struggles with anger led to alcohol abuse, public embarrassment, and even police arrest in 2012. Then, just as he was putting his life back together, Randy suffered a devastating viral cardiomyopathy that led to a massive stroke which he was not expected to survive.

Bible Gateway interviewed Randy Travis (@randytravis) about his book, Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith, and Braving the Storms of Life (Thomas Nelson, 2019).

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Please explain what the title means.

Randy Travis: The song and the book are about unconditional love. The first time I heard the song, “Forever and Ever, Amen,” I knew it had potential to touch people. It was a song celebrating love and commitment and marital fidelity through the years—a major departure from country music staples that touted “lyin,’ cheatin,’ and tears in your beer.”

Everywhere we went, we heard heartwarming stories of what the song had meant to someone.

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NRSV: Cultivating Bible Reading Habits

Browse the print editions of the NRSV Bible translation in the Bible Gateway Store where you'll enjoy low prices every dayRenowned for its beautiful balance of scholarship and readability and vetted by Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox, Evangelical, and Jewish scholars, the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) faithfully serves the church in personal spiritual formation, in the liturgy, and in the academy.

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We’re grateful to Dr. Will Willimon (@WillimonTweets), professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry, Duke Divinity School, for partnering with the Zondervan NRSV Comfort Print® Bible campaign in helping people better engage the Bible.

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How to Live the Bible — Image Is Everything


This is the sixty-first lesson in author and pastor Mel Lawrenz’ How to Live the Bible series. If you know someone or a group who would like to follow along on this journey through Scripture, they can get more info and sign up to receive these essays via email here.

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I do not know who first coined the phase “image is everything,” but whoever did captured the spirit of the contemporary world about as well as can be done. People in the public eye—politicians, entertainers, civic leaders, novelists, even sometimes spiritual leaders—often work desperately to shape and polish a public persona that will please the most people. We ordinary people pick up the cues. Are we all supposed to be images pleasing to some external eye?

Man looking in the mirror illustration

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How to Overcome Anxiety and Depression: An Interview with J.P. Moreland

J.P. MorelandNearly 20% of Americans suffer from mental illness—including anxiety and depression—according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and people in church pews are not immune. Because prominent philosopher, author, and professor J.P. Moreland experienced it himself, he has now explored the spiritual and physical aspects of mental illness, and has discovered sound sources of information, treatment, and recovery.

Bible Gateway interviewed J.P. Moreland (@jpmoreland) about his book, Finding Quiet: My Story of Overcoming Anxiety and the Practices that Brought Peace (Zondervan, 2019).

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Please explain how you have a genetic predisposition to anxiety.

J.P. Moreland: We’re born fallen and broken people in great need. Part of the fallenness at birth includes genetic predispositions we inherit from our parents. This is a scientific fact and is part of the biblical idea that we’re fallen. My entire mother’s side of the family was plagued with anxiety and it was passed on to me and I passed it on to one of my two daughters who has more genes from me than my other daughter who has more from my wife’s side. This predisposition does not mean that I’m biologically determined to be anxious. It does mean that I have a natural inclination toward anxiety (and depression) that’s been present throughout my life. But I have the ability to do things to stand against it and minimize or get rid of it altogether. Finding Quiet contains what I’ve discovered to really work in this process.

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The Perfect Graduation Gift (It Can be Hard to Find!)

PERSON'S NAMEBy Melinda Bouma

That season is quickly upon us, in which family, friends, babysitters, youth group kids, neighbors, our colleagues’ kids, and perhaps our very own kids are graduating. When it’s your own child, you know them well enough to know what they want (or need). But the older we get, the more frequently we may be invited to graduation parties for the children of our friends or colleagues; for 17- and 18-year-olds we don’t know well. And in those cases, it can be hard to pick the perfect graduation gift.

For instance, what does this teen girl like? What’s her style? What would she want in her dorm room? Or if he’s deferring college or going to a trade school, what would be a helpful start for him in this new stage of life? Do I even know?

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John Maxwell Profiles in Leadership: Joseph – Get the Right Attitude

John Maxwell This is the fourteenth lesson in bestselling author and speaker John Maxwell’s Leadership by the Bible series. If you know someone or a group who would like to follow along on this journey through Scripture, tell them to sign up to receive John’s free email devotional here.

By John C. Maxwell

Genesis 50

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Some of the best years of Joseph’s life were consumed by injustice and rotten luck. But not one time does Scripture describe Joseph displaying a bad attitude. A positive attitude is the difference maker for every leader. To see your leadership dreams fulfilled, you need to get an attitude. Joseph’s example urges us to adopt the following mindsets:

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Bible News Roundup – Week of May 12, 2019

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Tyler, Texas Independent School District to Offer Social Studies Electives Based on Bible for 2019-20 School Year
Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, Reading the Bible with America’s Founding Fathers: An Interview with Daniel Dreisbach
Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, American History’s Entwined Relationship with the Bible: An Interview with Angela Kamrath

Bible Education Elective Bill Goes to Missouri Governor for Signature

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8 Bible Blessings for Your Mother

Browse the Gifts for Mothers section in the Bible Gateway Store where you'll enjoy low prices every dayAmong the Ten Commandments is the directive to “honor your father and your mother.”

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The following are blessings from the Bible you can pray on Mother’s Day (and all year) to show the great esteem with which you hold your mother.

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An Introduction to the Newest Additions to Bible Gateway Plus

This month, Bible Gateway added to its resource library 2 new Study Bibles and another volume from the NIV Application Commentary series. They are:

  • The NKJV Maxwell Leadership Bible
  • NIV Storyline Bible
  • NIV Application Commentary for the book of Acts

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We’re excited to be able to share the notes from these excellent resources with you when you sign up for a 30-day free trial to Bible Gateway Plus. Below is a brief introduction to each of the new additions.

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