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Bible Verses About Thanksgiving and Gratitude

Are you looking for Bible verses about thanksgiving and gratitude? Here are 23 verses from a variety of Bible translations that teach us something important about thankfulness. Read them here.

Help Your Kids Read the Bible: An Interview with David Murray

David MurrayHow should you introduce your 6- to 12-year-old kids to the most important passages and big-picture storyline of the Bible? How can you best answer your children’s questions about the Bible when you don’t know the answer yourself?

Bible Gateway interviewed David Murray (@davidpmurray) about his book, Exploring the Bible: A Bible Reading Plan for Kids (Crossway, 2017).

Is it correct to assume that parents don’t read the Bible to their children as often as they should?

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David Murray: Many parents do read the Bible to their kids, but they’re probably in the minority. The two main reasons parents don’t do this are that many parents have not prioritized this and others are too busy to do it. Unless it’s made a family priority, and it’s scheduled as part of our everyday life, it’s not going to happen.

Why is it important for parents to read the Bible to their kids and to model the reading of the Bible for their kids?

David Murray: We believe that God blesses Bible reading not just in the shaping of our children’s character (Ps. 119:9) but in the saving of their souls (2 Tim. 3:15). We should encourage children to read the Bible for themselves, but reading it with them gives them an opportunity to ask questions and for us to explain the Bible to them. We can also show our children how to apply this ancient book to modern life to help them see how relevant it is to them. The earlier we can get them started the better (Prov. 22:6).

The Bible includes stories of sin, sex, and violence. How should parents handle that when recommending the Bible to their children?

David Murray: Yes, it does, although there are not that many places with these themes and they’re usually described in ways that are a lot more discrete than R-rated movies (for example, Gen. 4:1). However, yes, there are still parts of the Bible that we might think would be best to save for later when they’re a bit older and able to understand it better (Gen. 19:30-38). Having said that, our family has been in the practice of simply reading through the Bible consecutively for 21 years and we don’t miss out anything. We simply trust God with it and if questions are raised we try to answer them in age-appropriate ways or encourage them to wait until they’re older to get answers.

How can parents establish a routine of Bible reading?

David Murray: One of the advantages of Exploring the Bible is that it takes kids from Genesis to Revelation in the course of a year. Its daily readings are only a few verses long. Although that means that large chunks of the Bible are not covered, the main highlights are; and connecting paragraphs help to keep the story linked together. Parents could go through this with their kids in no more than five minutes a day.

However, I think parents can also begin with a Gospel and gauge how much to read each day depending on the ages and capacities of the kids.

It’s best to do a little every day than do larger readings just when you can manage (Isa. 28:10). I recommend doing it after the family meal each evening if possible because that happens every night and hopefully most of the family will be there.

What should parents do when their children ask them questions about the Bible that may be difficult to answer?

David Murray: Admit it. Say, “Well that’s a difficult question and I’m not sure I know the answer. However, I’ll find out and get back to you.” Then either look up some books or ask your pastor. We want to encourage questions and we want to show our children that there are answers.

What should the goal be for parents who want their children to establish themselves in the Bible?

David Murray: Reading together with them is the first step. And then, hopefully, once we’ve got them in the rhythm, we can use a plan like Exploring the Bible which encourages them to interact with the text and write out responses. The goal again should be a little every day. Make it do-able, establish the habit, and then it can grow and develop from there.

How does your book help 6-12-year-olds get into the Bible?

David Murray: It helps them get into the Bible by giving them a big picture view of the whole story of redemption in the course of a year. It’s systematic in that it guides them through the Bible book by book. It includes summaries of books and chapters to keep the narrative going. And it is interactive, encouraging them to think about what they’re reading.

What is a favorite Bible passage of yours and why?

David Murray: My favorite Bible passage is Jesus meeting the despondent disciples on the road to Emmaus and cheering them up with a Christ-centered study of the Old Testament (Luke 24:13-34). My passion is that by helping children read the Bible, they’ll discover Jesus in it and also experience burning hearts as he talks with them through his Word.

What are your thoughts about Bible Gateway and the Bible Gateway App?

David Murray: I love Bible Gateway and use it almost every day in my studies. I especially appreciate how many versions of the Bible it gives me quick access to and therefore helps me to see the differences between different translations, highlighting areas for further study. I also use its search function when I need to find a verse of Scripture and all I have is a few words or a phrase.

Is there anything else you’d like to say?

David Murray: Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, the famous London preacher, once advised Sunday school teachers that whatever else they taught their students, they had to communicate joy and excitement in their lessons. He said that the children may not remember all the details of what they taught, but if they consistently conveyed their own delight in and enthusiasm for the Bible, the children would be “infected” by that and pursue Bible study themselves.

As we read the Bible with our kids and encourage them to read it themselves, let’s make sure that whatever else they remember, they remember our joy. Bible reading is not a “should-do” but a “get-to-do.” We get to hear God’s voice speaking into our lives for our good and the good of others.


Bio: Dr. David Murray is Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology at Puritan Reformed Seminary. He is the author of Christians Get Depressed Too, How Sermons Work, Jesus on Every Page, The Happy Christian, Reset: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture, and Exploring the Bible: A Bible Reading Plan for Kids. Read his blog at HeadHeartHand.org/blog. David is married to Shona and they have five children ranging from 4 to 21 years old. They love camping, fishing, boating, and skiing in the Lake Michigan area.

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How to Keep JOY in Christmas

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A bit of joy will do. But “great joy”? Is it almost too much to hope for?

Where did all the Christmas joy go? How did things get so complicated? So rushed? So squeezed and cluttered? It doesn’t have to be that way. We can choose to step aside—step into a quieter moment—and read angels’ words that came on that night that changed the world.

“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.'”
Luke 2:10-11

Real joy is never something that originates from within, it has to come to us from without. Trying to find joy by getting it out of yourself is like believing a river can flow uphill. Maybe that’s one of the reasons why so many have a hard time finding joy at Christmas. Bite into a Christmas cookie, and you might enjoy it. Open a shiny package and you might enjoy what you find inside. But joy itself—in its true and pure form—is so much more than enjoyment. Joy is the startling realization that God really has claimed territory in this world. He’s taken back what belongs to him. And then joy is a thirst that doesn’t want to be quenched; a hunger that knows it will go on and on. It’s a good thing, to never get enough of God.

This Christmas CAN be different.

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Bible Gateway Now Offers Evangelical Heritage Version® (EHV®) New Testament and Psalms for Digital Reading

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (November 21, 2017)—The world’s most visited Christian website, Bible Gateway (BibleGateway.com; @BibleGateway), has now added the Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV) New Testament and Psalms to its online collection of over 200 freely available Bible versions.

The Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV) is available for reading online and is downloadable in the award-winning free Bible Gateway App for tablets and smartphones.Read the Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV) on Bible Gateway

“Our translation is called Evangelical because its highest goal is to proclaim the good news of the gospel of salvation through faith in the atoning work of Jesus Christ,” says Brian R. Keller, New Testament editor of the Wartburg Project. “Our translation is called Heritage because we’re conscious that we’re building on the rich tradition of English Bible translation. We look to preserving the past and passing on a heritage to the future. We are really excited about having the EHV on Bible Gateway.”

With translation work begun in 2013, the Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV) (the Wartburg Project website) seeks a balance between the old and the new; preserving traditional terms that are well established in the worship life of the church while introducing new terms in those places where a traditional translation no longer communicates clearly. For example, retaining the use of the words inn, manger, and swaddling in Luke 2, but using amen in place of verily or truly in John 6:47 and beer for strong drink in Luke 1:15.

Another example compares Psalm 23 in the Evangelical Heritage Version with the King James Version (KJV), English Standard Version (ESV), Christian Standard Bible (CSB), and New International Version (NIV) (click the image to enlarge):

Parallel comparison of Psalm 23 in the KJV, ESV, EHV, CSB, and NIV Bible translations; click to enlarge

Bible Gateway is ranked number one on global search engines and is the leading Bible website relied on by people in more than 200 countries. Among its many features that augment the EHV and other Bible translations are the abilities to:

  • read translator footnotes within the context of Bible verses
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How to Find Unshakeable Strength in the Bible: An Interview with Christine Caine

Christine CaineAre you struggling with insecurity, fear, or uncertainty? How can the Bible help you discover what it means to be unashamed, undaunted, and unstoppable in the Lord?

Bible Gateway interviewed Christine Caine (@ChristineCaine) about her book, Unshakeable: 365 Devotions for Finding Unwavering Strength in God’s Word (Zondervan, 2017).

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Briefly explain how and why you founded The A21 Campaign and Propel Women.

Christine Caine: After landing in an airport in Greece, I was drawn to a series of posters plastered along the length of one wall. Each poster featured the photos of beautiful children and young women, with one word stamped in capital letters across the top and bottom of each poster: Missing.

The local pastors explained that it was suspected most of those children and young women had been kidnapped. In the weeks that followed, God kept bringing me back to the names and faces on those posters and I knew I had to do something. Nick and I began months of research and we discovered that those children and young women weren’t just missing, they were alleged victims of human trafficking.

After all of our research, extensive prayer, and months of discussions with our pastors, we believed God was asking us to start an organization to reach, rescue, and restore the victims of human trafficking. That leap of faith led to the launch of A21.

We’ve all been created to live in complete freedom through Christ, and it’s my life’s mission to see freedom brought to each and every victim of human trafficking.

That theme of freedom carries over to Propel Women. I was seeing a generation of women whose gifts and talents were untapped for the kingdom of God. Instead, they were being held captive by fear, shame, and insecurity. Propel began with the simple, but powerful, mission of helping all women ignite their passion, discover their purpose, and maximize their potential for the cause of Jesus Christ.

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What message are you communicating in the title, Unshakeable?

Christine Caine: Hebrews 12:27 tells us that everything that can be shaken will be shaken, and only the unshakeable things will remain. We’re living in turbulent times that threaten to shake us. You only have to turn on the news or open social media to hear of new chaos and turmoil happening in our world. The message of Unshakeable is a reminder that we have a God who cannot be shaken, who cannot be moved. And because his Spirit lives inside of each of us, we too can be unshakeable no matter what crazy circumstances we may find ourselves in.

How does this book fit with your other books, Unashamed, Unstoppable, and Undaunted, and your next one, Unexpected?

Christine Caine: In each of my books, I combat a different lie the enemy tries to use to take us off course. Unshakeable is no different. The devil would love to use the turmoil and chaos swirling around our world today to cripple us. In Unshakeable, I remind readers of the truth of Scripture which says there’s not anything that can take down Jesus or his kingdom living inside of us.

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What do you mean, “God wants people to live on mission”?

Christine Caine: God has designed each and every one of us on purpose, for a purpose. Our mission here on this earth is to discover what he has destined us uniquely to do and run that race with faithfulness and endurance. That’s living on mission.

How can a person focus their attention on Jesus when there’s so much turmoil in the world: hurricane disasters, talk of nuclear war, human trafficking, etc.?

Christine Caine: Scripture tells us that the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead is living inside of you and I. Keeping in step with that Spirit by daily filling our minds with God’s Word will help us keep our eyes focused on Jesus and his truth so that we aren’t derailed by the turmoil swirling about.

Why is passion so important for a Christian to have in his or her life?

Christine Caine: As Christians, we’re filled with the Spirit of the living God; therefore, we ought to be the most passionate people on earth. Passion is the fuel that will keep us joyfully fulfilling our purpose.

It’ll keep us motivated when we hit obstacles; it’ll give us energy when we need to endure; and it helps us accomplish things we never thought possible. Most importantly, passionate living will inspire those around us to know Jesus on a personal level for themselves.

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How did you master your fear of flying and how do you use that as a lesson for your audience?

Christine Caine: After years of becoming anxious to the point of exhaustion when I had to fly, I finally told God that I would continue to go where he led me as long as I didn’t have to get on a plane to do it. But God had a bigger purpose and destiny for my life that he didn’t want me to miss out on. As I looked my fear of flying in the face, he led me to 2 Timothy 1:7 which says “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

On my own, I couldn’t silence my fear, but with God’s presence I could push past it. And that’s true for all of us. We must choose to make God’s power that lives inside of us bigger than anything that’s happening around us.

Why should a person “do something they’ve never done before”?

Christine Caine: Healthy things grow, and growing things change. If we allow fear or doubt or shame or insecurity to hold us back from something new God is calling us to do, we may miss out on his greatest purpose for our life. As believers, we go from strength to strength, from glory to glory. And in order to keep expanding God’s kingdom, we have to keep growing and trying new things.

More than that, if we only ever do what we know how to do, we’ll miss out on witnessing the depth of God’s miraculous power in our own lives. Our God is the God of the impossible. When we say yes to doing new things as we step into our destiny, we’ll get to see God show up and equip us for the journey ahead in miraculous ways.

How do you want readers of Unshakeable to be changed?

Christine Caine: Unshakeable is 365 days of devotions; 365 days of truths from Scripture with practical application. My prayer is that as readers journey through a year of daily gospel truth, they’ll develop a fiercely unshakeable faith in our always unshakeable God so that they can run after their destiny with more passion and confidence than ever before.

What is a favorite Bible passage of yours and why?

Christine Caine: There are so many passages that I remind myself of on a regular basis. But, keeping in mind the message of Unshakeable, Romans 8:37 is one of those favorites. It says “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”

I love this truth-filled reminder that the victory is already ours, the battle is already won; we have more than conquered whatever this world will try to throw at as because we’re God’s children; we have his kingdom in our hearts, and he loves us dearly.

What are your thoughts about Bible Gateway and the Bible Gateway App?

Christine Caine: One of the most important things that we as Christians can do is regularly fill our hearts and minds with God’s Word. Bible Gateway is one great tool available that makes reading and studying Scriptures readily available to each of us at any moment.

Is there anything else you’d like to say?

Christine Caine: God is faithful. He’ll fulfill every promise he’s made. There’s no disease God cannot heal, no heart he cannot mend, no bondage he cannot break, no enemy he cannot defeat, no mountain he cannot move, and no need he cannot meet. And because that same Spirit lives inside each of us, we move forward undaunted; we are unstoppable; and we live unshakeable. Focus on our unshakeable God instead of the chaos around you and he will carry you through the challenges and on to victory.

Bio: Christine Caine is an Australian-born, Greek-blooded lover of Jesus, activist, international speaker, and author of several books, including Undaunted: Daring to Do What God Calls You to Do and Unstoppable: Running the Race You Were Born To Win. Her primary passion is to make Jesus’ last command her first priority by giving her all to see the lost saved and to build the local church—globally. Christine also has a passion for justice, and together with her husband, founded the anti-human trafficking organization, The A21 Campaign (@A21). In 2015, they also founded Propel Women (@PropelWomen), an organization designed to honor the calling of every woman, empower her to lead, equip her for success, and develop a sense of God-given purpose. Powered by hot, extra-dry, skinny, cappuccinos, Christine is a lover of words who speaks too fast, talks too much, and also writes them down.

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World’s Largest Museum of the Bible Now Open

Museum of the Bible; click to enlargeNov. 17, one day before Museum of the Bible (@museumofBible) opened to the public, a diverse group of faith and secular leaders from around the world gathered at the eight-story, 430,000-square-foot museum in Washington, DC, to dedicate the newest museum in the nation’s capital in front of a standing-room-only crowd.

Bible Gateway is a Founding Advocate member of the museum, and is included in the museum’s One Million Names wall commemoration.

According to a museum fact sheet, visitors would have to spend nine eight-hour days in the museum to read every placard, see every artifact, and experience every activity offered. The second, third, and fourth floors are categorized galleries for the Impact of the Bible, Narrative of the Bible, and History of the Bible, respectively.

[Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, How Has the Bible Shaped Our World?: An Interview with Steve Green]

Visitors enter the museum on the first floor through the nearly 40-feet high Gutenberg Gates, comprised of 118 brass panels inscribed in Latin with the first 80 lines of Genesis. The script is written in reverse to encourage guests to create souvenir rubbings, according to the museum’s website. Also on the first floor, children can “walk on water” in the nearly 2,200-square-foot Courageous Pages children’s exhibit. Walking on Water, one of 13 Courageous Pages areas of interest, technologically creates the illusion of a watery surface where children may stand and inspect animated marine life below, according to museum publicity.

The second floor’s 27,000 square feet of exhibit space demonstrates the Bible’s influence “on nearly every aspect of life,” according to museum promotions. A 254-foot-long tapestry telling the Bible’s place throughout American history is a focus of the second floor, which also showcases the Bible in worldwide culture, government, and contemporary news.

Successive museum floors include a wide array of attractions, such as walkthrough theatrical exhibits immersing visitors in Bible stories, Bible history displays comprising 600 artifacts and 50 media programs, a 472-seat World Stage Theater, a 3,000-square-foot biblical garden, and Manna, the museum’s “fast-casual” café offering Bible-inspired fare.

[Bible Gateway Now Hosts Museum of the Bible Radio Program]

Publisher Steve Strang recounts his interview with co-founder Green about the museum’s creation: “He also told me about the miracles that went into the making of the museum. In a city, where it is difficult to find large properties for sale, his team found one a short walk from the Capitol and also from the Smithsonian museums along the National Mall. Built in 1923, the building was the first refrigerated warehouse in Washington, built so sturdily that locomotives could go inside to unload.

“‘We were able to acquire air rights above the office building that was attached to the original building where we added one new floor,’ Green said. ‘We were able to add two new floors on top of the historical building while retaining the 95-year-old exterior. Clark Construction Company said it was one of the most complex projects they had done, with all those dynamics.'”

Those joining in Friday’s pre-opening celebration in the museum’s 472-seat, technologically advanced World Stage Theater included Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington; Rear Admiral Margaret Kibben, chief of chaplains of the US Navy; Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt, president of the Rabbinic Cabinet of the Jewish Federations of North America; US Senate Chaplain Barry Black; and Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to the US. Museum of the Bible president Cary Summers, executive director Tony Zeiss, EdD, and chairman of the board and museum co-founder Steve Green welcomed guests and spoke about the vision of the museum.

“We want to take a moment to set our differences aside and say, here’s a book that has changed our world…impacted lives; and we want to celebrate it in this facility today. And when guests leave hopefully they will be inspired to get engaged with it,” Green said.

“We created this museum to help our guests understand and appreciate the role of the Bible—not only in America, but globally,” Summers said.

“Our purpose is this: to invite all people to engage in this wonderful book we call the Bible,” Zeiss said. “Its history, its narrative and its impact. In fact, those are the three themes you will see throughout this museum.”

[Visit the Scripture Engagement section on Bible Gateway]

Washington, DC, mayor Muriel Bowser said, “It is appropriate that in the nation’s capital where we have soaring museums and monuments and where people visit us from around the world that the Museum of the Bible would be built here.”

Cardinal Wuerl read a letter from Pope Francis: “His Holiness Pope Francis sends cordial greetings and prayerful best wishes to all gathered…for the inauguration of Museum of the Bible. It is his fervent hope that this significant cultural institution, through its extensive collections and exhibits, will promote a better understanding not only of the rich and complex history of the biblical text, but also the enduring power of its message to inspire and shape the lives of individuals and peoples of every time and place.”

[Read Bible Gateway Blog posts that introduce you to the Bible]

The Israeli Minister of Tourism, Yariv Levin, shared a message from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “This impressive building and the fascinating educational exhibits it contains is a fitting home for the thousands of religious texts and artifacts in your remarkable collection. By featuring Jewish, Protestant, Catholic and other faith traditions, the museum highlights our shared values and beliefs.”

Museum of the Bible grand opening ribbon cutting; click to enlarge

Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer said, “Today, nearly two and a half centuries after America’s founding, we are gathered to celebrate the arrival of the Bible in your capital….Just as the Bible has always been the most prized possession of the Jewish people, the Bible has always been cherished by the American people. The towering figures that are memorialized with monuments in this great city surely testify to that.”

The Friday morning ceremony was followed by an official ribbon-cutting in front of the museum’s entrance.

[Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, A Collection of Bible Museums & Exhibits]

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In Time for Thanksgiving and Christmas: A Special Note from Mel Lawrenz

Thanks be to God: A Thanksgiving Day Prayer

I always want to make the most of times like Thanksgiving Day and Christmas, and I’m sure you do also. Here are two opportunities…

A Prayer for Thanksgiving Day is something you can use personally, at your dinner table on Thanksgiving Day, or in your church if you are a pastor. This is the first in a new project called “Prayer of the Week,” which I am very enthused about. You can view this prayer, and from that page you can download a “printable prayer” PDF, listen to the audio, and share the prayer. I hope you will. You can also sign up to get the “Prayer of the Week” via email. These are days in which we all need prayer for ourselves, and to pray for each other. Read the prayer right now.

Secondly, you may wish to use the paperback book, Christmas Joy–A Devotional. Use this devotional for the month of December, or get copies as Christmas gifts for friends and family. The Christmas season should be a time for personal spiritual renewal. A time of joy and celebration. I believe this daily devotional will help us “keep Christ in Christmas.” Each daily reading unpacks the meaning of words like joy, peace, Immanuel, shepherd, Magi, Mary, star, flesh, virgin, counselor, prince, manger, and more. In addition to the paperback book, Christmas Joy is available as a Kindle book, and in Spanish.

May God bless you richly in these important days.

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Bible News Roundup – Week of November 19, 2017

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WWII Soldier’s Bible Returned 73 Years Later
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City of Sweetwater, Tennessee, Agrees Ordinance has “Constitutional Infirmities;” Will Allow Grandfather to Publicly Read Bible on Public Sidewalk
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Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against West Virginia Public School District that Taught Bible
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Hudsonville, Michigan, School District Investigating Another Elementary Teacher Accused of Illegal Bible Discussions
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North Korea: If You’re Caught with a Bible, It’s a Death Sentence
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Bible Society of Uganda Working on Uganda’s First Hand-Written Bible
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Rivers State, Nigeria, Governor Lauds Christian Association of Nigeria for Translating Bible into Okrika
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Algerian Church Closed for ‘Illegally Printing Bibles and Material Intended for Evangelism’
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Borneo Christian Leaders Reject Islamic Council’s Offer to Translate Bible
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UK Parliament Building Lights Up Red to Show Solidarity with Persecuted Christians
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How to Download the New Revised Standard Version on the Bible Gateway App

Learn about and download the free award-winning Bible Gateway App

The Bible Gateway App has recently been upgraded to a fresh, new look. This update also comes with some exciting new features, one of which is the addition of the downloadable New Revised Standard Version, along with all its various editions. This includes:

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The New Revised Standard Version of the Bible was published in 1989 and has received the widest acclaim and broadest support from academics and church leaders of any modern English translation. This ecumenical set of translations—which includes the Anglicised (NRSVA) and the Catholic Editions (NRSVCE, RSVCE)—expresses the simplicity and dignity of King James prose with grammatical and scholarly revisions that are right for today.

If you’d like to read the NRSV or RSV translations with your Bible Gateway app offline, you can download them and read them anywhere you go! Here’s a quick guide on how to do that:

Step 1: Navigate to the menu bar and tap the Bible icon.

Menu bar of the Bible Gateway App; click to enlarge

Open your Bible Gateway app and tap the menu icon in the top left. From there you can navigate to the Bible view.

Step 2: Select a translation.

Scripture Section of the Bible Gateway App; click to enlarge

From the Bible text view, you can select the translation you want using the box on the top right. In the example above, it says NRSV because that translation has already been selected.

Step 3: Tap the Download Arrow beside the translation.

Bible translation menu; click to enlarge

Scroll down to the NRSV (or whichever translation you’d like to download) and tap the blue download arrow next to it. Feel free to explore and find other translations that have the downloadable capability! (Note: in the example above, the New Revised Standard has already been downloaded on to this device, which is why you see the open book icon instead.)

Step 4: Download and start reading!

Bible translation introduction; click to enlarge

When you click the download arrow, you’ll be brought to an information page about that translation. Simply toggle the publisher email permission slider and tap “Download Now,” and you’re good to go! Enjoy reading Scripture wherever you are.

And if you don’t already have the Bible Gateway App, you can download it on iOS, Android, or Kindle devices here. It’s free, and it’s one of the best ways to ensure that Scripture is within your reach anytime you need it.

How Has the Bible Shaped Our World?: An Interview with Steve Green

Steve GreenWhy is the Bible the bestselling book of all time? Why does it ignite religious debate, social upheaval, and political controversy? How could one ancient book have so much power through the centuries?

[Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, The Bible’s Most Outrageous Claims]

Bible Gateway interviewed Steve Green (@SteveGreenHL), who, along with his wife Jackie, wrote, This Dangerous Book: How the Bible Has Shaped Our World and Why It Still Matters Today (Zondervan, 2017).

[Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, Bible Gateway Now Hosts Museum of the Bible Radio Program]

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Explain what the title means.

Steve Green: The title of the book reflects our view of the Bible: it’s a dangerous book. What we mean by that is that throughout history, we’ve seen those who have rightly applied the principles of the Bible, and we’ve seen revolutionary results. People who follow the principles of the Bible—even unknowingly—tend to have a dramatic impact on their world. For instance, no one would argue that it’s a bad idea “to love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39). On the other hand, those who don’t follow it’s principles or misuse the principles of the Bible for their own purposes can have equally devastating impact. For instance, Jim Jones led a mass suicide of the People’s Temple with his aberrant teachings.

How (and why) did you get the idea to build a museum dedicated to the Bible?

Steve Green: Actually, we had some other people bring us the idea of the museum dedicated to the Bible. They asked us to look at some buildings for them, and later we were able to buy a Bible artifact in 2009. Our intentions at that time, however, were to donate artifacts to a museum that someone else would develop. However, after a period of time passed, it became clear that the Lord was impressing upon us that our country needed a world class Bible museum and that it was our calling to undertake such a project. The Museum of the Bible (@museumofBible) officially opened its doors to the public on November 17, 2017.

Paint a picture of how the Bible came to be and how it has been passed down through the centuries to us.

Steve Green: I love that passage of Scripture in Romans 15:4 where it says, “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” The story of the Scriptures coming together is a story in and of itself. From the earliest times, people wanted to record the story of the Bible whether on tablets, papyrus, scrolls, or elaborately decorated manuscripts. But even above recording the story, we’ve seen people who fought valiantly to bring the Scriptures to life for the common man to read.

Today we take it for granted that the Bible is in our language. We forget that the Bible used to not be available to the common man. It’s no wonder that TIME magazine recorded the number one event of the last 1,000 years was the Gutenberg printing of the Bible which made this book available in mass form to all people.

In the book you describe the Codex Climaci Rescriptus. What is it and why is it important?

Steve Green: The Codex Climacti Rescriptus represents a significant find in the artifact world. There’s little doubt that there’s a renewed interest in archaeology in our world today—to find the meaning and origins of things. The CCR represents one such example. To backtrack, ancient writers used tablets, then papyrus, then parchment as writing instruments. Parchment was often animal skins and when bound together could make a book—or “codex.” The CCR is one such book and each page contains multiple layers of writing—the top layer of manuscript has been added or written on the text beneath. Through new technology we can now begin to determine the content of the underlying text. And in the case of the CCR, most of the underlying text is in Aramaic, the language of Jesus.

How has the Bible shaped the world?

Steve Green: Wow! We have an entire chapter in This Dangerous Book dedicated to this very subject. There’s a few ways to answer the question. One is the way John answered the question in John 21:25: “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” There’s just so much within the story of God—the story of Jesus—that the world doesn’t have room for all the books.

On the other hand, imagine a world without the Bible and it’s principles. We’ve seen some of that narrative described in Judges 21:25 where every man did what was right in his own eyes. There’s no question that great discoveries have been made, scientific principles, art created, music composed, wars fought, countries divided, fashion created, and lives changed—all because of this book all across the world.

What role did the Bible have in the founding of America? And in influencing our culture?

Steve Green: I suspect that few would know that at one point in America’s history Congress actually authorized the printing and payment for a Bible. That fact illustrates the high regard that the Bible was held in early American society. While not all of our early leaders were necessarily Christian, they held the Bible in high esteem. As a result, we see biblical ideas woven into the founding documents of our country like the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. For instance, the Declaration of Independence explicity states “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…” This is a biblical idea stemming from the dignity of all people—Psalm 139:14—we are fearfully and wonderfully made.

What can people of other faith traditions learn by seeing biblical artifacts or reading the Bible?

Steve Green: If you can imagine the story of the world as a giant movie, to not have some understanding of the Bible—its story, its history, and its impact—would be like watching a great movie and removing part of the plot. It can’t be done. The real truth is that everyone regardless of faith tradition benefits from knowing and understanding these aspects of the Bible. It enhances one’s knowledge of literature, science, art etc. It’s difficult to read any classic work of literature for instance and not see biblical allusions.

What do you want to achieve with the Museum of the Bible?

Steve Green: Our aim with the Museum is pretty simple: we want all people to engage with the Bible. It’s not about a particular point of view or a faith tradition. We believe that all people will benefit from knowing the stories of the Bible, the history of the Bible and the impact of the Bible. Even well-known atheist Richard Dawkins was quoted in a June 2017 interview with The Telegraph as saying: “I think that it is an important part of our culture to know about the Bible; after all, so much of English literature has allusions to the Bible, if you look up the Oxford English Dictionary you find something like the same number of quotations from the Bible as from Shakespeare.” Similarly, in 2 Timothy 3:16, the Bible says of itself that it is “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness…”

What is a favorite Bible passage of yours and why?

Steve Green: Psalm 1—this passage of Scripture reflects the tremendous promise of those who meditate on God’s Word.

What are your thoughts about Bible Gateway and the Bible Gateway App?

Steve Green: I love using Bible Gateway as a resource for my Bible reading and study. When I want to find a Bible verse or do some study, it is often one of the first places that I go. It’s easy to use. And I hope that the Museum efforts will cause many to turn to Bible Gateway as a resource. In fact, one of the exhibits in the Museum is the “Bible Now” exhibit which will showcase how the Bible is being used, read, and shared through tools like Bible Gateway.

Is there anything else you’d like to say?

Steve Green: Isaiah 55:11 says, “So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” I believe that. I believe that if we put the Bible out there, the Bible will do its job. This Dangerous Book seeks to capture some of the unique history and story of the Bible that we’ve quite frankly forgotten about.


Bio: Steve Green serves as chairman of the board of Museum of the Bible. In this role, he has assembled a team of academics, designers, technology professionals and other experts to create the 430,000-square-foot Museum of the Bible, dedicated to a scholarly and engaging presentation of the Bible’s impact, history and narrative. He is also president of Hobby Lobby, the world’s largest privately owned arts and crafts retailer. Founded in 1972 by his father, David, in 300 square feet of retail space, the chain has grown to more than 600 stores. Along with its affiliated companies, Hobby Lobby employs some 30,000 people companywide. Today, Hobby Lobby and its affiliates (including Hemispheres and Mardel Stores, a Christian bookstore and educational supply chain) have combined sales of more than $3.3 billion.

Green is the author of This Dangerous Book, Faith in America, and The Bible in America. Green and his wife, Jackie, have been married for more than 30 years and reside in Oklahoma City, where Hobby Lobby is headquartered.

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