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  1. Michael says:

    So…I’ve always been a snob about what I read, what commentaries I use, and which Bible versions I think are legitamate.

    I used an ESV Study Bible for years and now regularly use an NRSV.

    Somehow…I ended up in possession of a NLT Study Bible.
    That’s the New Living Translation.
    I am shocked to find that I love it.

    I’m not sure if I should repent or install it as the new bible for my church…

  2. Reuben says:

    The Amplified Bible has always been my favorite, written by Frances Siewert, a woman. She poured her life into that transliteration, and it shows.

    I used to preach from it, and following the sermon, people always asked me how I had come up with so many descriptors of each word. I would tell them I didn’t, and show them my calf skin Amplified Bible, open to the passage I taught from, and 90 times out of 100, they had one by next Sunday.

  3. Michael says:


    I have a couple folks in my group that use one…it’s a little too wordy for my tastes, but if some find it helpful,I’m all for it.
    I have to find something else to be a snob about… 🙂

  4. Reuben says:

    This past week was the first week of a new job.

    I have a hard time praying about things, but my next move in my career as a HVACR guy is something I prayed about. I came across a nation wide company that held a number of nation wide accounts. My first two weeks are to be trailing a senior technician in the field so I can learn the accounts and the software used to report any work done.

    God answered the prayers it seems. My regional senior technician is one of the nicest and most honorable technicians I have encountered in all my years doing this type of work.

    Every single building we have walked into, the people there know him by face and name, and are seriously more interested in chatting with him than seeing him to roof access so he can resolve problems.

    It reminded me of when I was a pastor, and known among the Calvary Chapel circles by face and name. For the most part, people were always glad to see me, and likewise wanted to chat. I had a profound sense of belonging back then. I saw it exemplified by my new senior tech this last week. It inspires me to “be that guy”, the one everyone knows and trusts.

    I shook many hands this last week, having been introduced by my partner. They all blew out profound praise for my new supervisor, and I think they hoped I would be the same relentless help he is.

    My industry is tarnished by countless companies who are dishonest and literally robbing people blind. It creates a general distrust with almost everyone, homeowners, building owners, property management companies, most of them have just learned they will get conned and hope for the best. My career in this industry has never been defined by that. I have done all I can to help people with massive problems get the correct solutions for real problems.

    All this to say, I try hard to “hear god”, and this last week has been a subtle nudge that god heard me, and directed me to what I am comfortable with doing.

  5. Michael says:


    If I may…I’d suggest that God was still speaking to you through your new supervisor and all the new clients who are waiting to appreciate you…

  6. Patrick says:

    Michael, I have a random question… what are the Top five J.I. Packer books you would recommend (besides Knowing God)?

  7. Michael says:


    Keeping in Step With The Spirit
    Weakness is the Way
    Concise Theology
    Fundamentalism and the Word of God
    Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God

    There are collections of his essays that are hard to find but very valuable.

  8. Patrick says:

    Thank you:)
    ‘Pointing to the Pasturelands’ looks to be a new book of his essay collections I saw on Amazon

  9. Pineapple Head says:

    I’ve always had a soft spot for the NLT.

  10. Em says:

    “Men throw broken things away; God never uses anyone until they are broken.”. Adrian Rogers

  11. Eric says:

    Em, very true…funny thing is that we are all very broken but we surround ourselves with a multiplicity of “things” to prop ourselves up so that we don’t have to face our brokenness and bankruptcy of spirit and be healed.

  12. Xenia Moos says:

    Now for something completely different!

    Christ is risen!

    Holy week at our beloved parish was a blur of church services and irregular eating, causing gastric distress for some but we soldiered through. The attendance at our small Russian parish has grown and all the Ukrainians stayed with us because we pray for peace in the Ukrainian lands at every service. We have four or five catechumens, and from what I’ve read, there were many baptisms this Pascha in Ortholandia, glory to God.

    I’ve described the Pascha midnight liturgy here many times over the years, but I want to say it’s as fresh and wonderful as ever. I can’t tell you how much I love these people, even the ornery ones, even the right-wingers, even the the left-leaners- the whole bunch of them are the people God has given me and my husband, among who we are blessed to work out our salvations together, amen.

    The meal afterwards at around 3AM was its usual meat/cheese fest. Fr. G. made my favorite dish, bigos (look it up!) and I would have been happy with just a dish of that. I gave out little chocolate lambs to all the little kids, always a popular move. So we all sat and ate, as much as our disrupted digestive systems allowed, telling jokes, shouting “Christ is risen” in several languages. We left the church hall at 3:45 and I was sound asleep in bed at 4:00. (We live near the church.)

    This morning we got up at ten and ate Russian Easter bread and peaches in the sunshine out in the back yard. On Easter and Christmas I usually give all the animals a special treat so I distributed various goodies with “Christ is risen!” but I think the animals already know about this.

    That was my experience with the Church this week.

    Christ is risen!

  13. Michael says:


    That was refreshing!

  14. Duane Arnold says:


    He is Risen Indeed! A blessed Pascha!

  15. Xenia Moos says:

    Christ is Risen!

  16. Xenia Moos says:

    Psalm 98:7 Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

    Our parish is near the ocean, and when I stepped outside last night for a bit to get some fresh air, I heard the ocean roaring as loud as I’ve ever heard it, as all creation rejoices in the Lord.

    Next: Dropping off some flowers on our daughter’s grave and then on to Fr. G’s house where there will be much love, fellowship, rejoicing and eating of flesh foods.

    Christ is risen!

  17. Dan from Georgia says:

    He is Risen!

  18. Em says:

    Yes, Jesus the Christ is indeed risen…… Do not ever doubt it! ! !

  19. Em says:

    Bishop Evans, a TX national guardsmen and a HERO
    My condolences to his family….
    Oh, BTW he was a black man

  20. Em says:

    Is our Tribune God “woke?”
    Does He approve?
    NO – NO- – NO
    Woke is a symptom of a dying civilization!
    Erase this comment, Michael, if it is inappropriate.
    My daily Bible reading in the Old Testament makes me fear what is ahead for our nation

  21. Michael says:

    The Bible defines “woke”.

    It demands that the poor, the oppressed, the marginalized, and the stranger among us be lifted up.
    If God is judging America it’s because we’re not woke enough.

  22. Em says:

    Not sure that the popular definition today of “woke” fits the Bible definition, Michael…..

  23. Michael says:


    “Woke” is a nonsense word that is used as a general curse on anything the far right is opposed to.

    It is usually used as a way to dismiss the history of racism in this country without dealing with the facts of the matter.

    It should never be used by anyone with more than a 4th grade education and I think I’m going to ban it from this site.

    Both sides have inane beliefs on the fringe…we can bring those out and discuss them specifically…but only in an attempt to clarify what the Scriptures teach on the matters.

  24. Em says:

    Point – a wise one – taken, ddear BB Michael!

  25. Dread says:


    I wrote to you several months ago on the email associated with your postings.

    Read it and write me.

  26. Michael says:


    We simply cannot continue to dismiss and caricature people on either side.

    We have to find a middle ground of sober thought and discussion or the Great Experiment is over.

    I value both conservative and liberal thinkers who ground themselves in reality….and have nothing but contempt for the fringes trying to drag us into a place where scorched earth is the chosen reality.

  27. Em says:

    Pastor Dread, I read your Email, thought I answered you. Right now I can’t get into my yahoo account. My daughter changed my password and I can’t read her writing! 😋
    God keep you and yours

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