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  • Eugene Adkins 7:01 am on 2016-06-02 Permalink | Reply
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    Now there’s a book, chapter and verse for ;) :( and :p 

    The Bible’s newest translation is in emojis and emoticons according to this story. In the story you’ll read that, “The authors of the new translation say that about 10 to 15 percent of the translation is in emoticon speak while the remainder is in boring, old alphabet characters.”

    The amazing thing to me is that the goal of the “translation” (which is based on the KJV for obvious copyright purposes) is supposed to be a serious one. It’s supposed to be Scripture for Millennials; the creators also said, “that they created the translation program to draw new readers to the word of God”.

    I don’t know if the app is one that must be paid for…I haven’t checked it out myself, but if you have an Apple device, the app is available in Apple’s App Store so you can check it out if you choose.

    So what do you think? Is this “translation” a good move? Or do you think it’s better left for the digital recycling bin as you LOL at it?

    #bible-reading, #bible-translations, #emojis-and-emoticons, #kjv, #millienials, #question

    • Lean Not Unto My Own Understanding 1:32 pm on 2016-06-04 Permalink | Reply

      My opinion is no, it’s not a good move. The more we get away from the true meaning of the bible, the less others will understand what they are truly missing out on. I pray for our nation to seek out the truth from the living word of God.

    • John T. Polk II 3:48 pm on 2016-06-05 Permalink | Reply

      Eugene, this “emoji” thing is yet another attempt by the Devil to: (1) make the Bible look like cartoons; (2) lose most of the God-inspired wording; (3) appeal to minds already dumbed down by pictures, not words; (4) put somebodies between what God actually said and someone who hungers and thirsts for righteousness! “Translation,” as you know, is as accurate from one language to another as is humanly possible, adding only those words in the new language to complete the sentences as originally given by God! It is a daunting task, to make both the text and the translation as precise as can be. If God had wanted Scripture to be “emoticons,” He could have used hyrogliphics, or other characterizations. Words convey ideas, and sentences lock in the use and definitions of the words. Paul wrote “how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophet” (Ephesians 3:3-5 NKJV). Words speak, “emoticons” don’t! “Preach the word.”

      • Eugene Adkins 3:51 pm on 2016-06-05 Permalink | Reply

        Hard to argue against what you’re saying. I (like the previous commenter said in so many words) think it waters down the word in a way that’s completely unnecessary. Thanks for commenting brother.

  • Glenda Williams 10:03 pm on 2014-10-08 Permalink | Reply
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    Who was Mary of Bethany that dried the Lord's feet with her hair? 

    Who was she, that Mary spoken of in the scriptures as anointing the Lord’s feet and wiping them with her hair? Is she the only one who did this? In our ladies Bible class book tonight it said “Mary of Bethany might have been the sinful woman who anointed Christ’s feet and dried them with their hair…” John records Mary of Bethany was Lazarus’ sister. She loved Jesus and sat at His feet while Martha was busy preparing food. I find it hard to accept Mary, Martha’s sister, as being a sinful woman. What do you think?

    • Eugene Adkins 6:38 am on 2014-10-09 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t have a problem with Mary being described as sinful because Peter even confessed himself to be such when he met Jesus on the sea shore (although I believe the “sinfulness” description in regards to the woman is the not the “same sinfulness” that would have been attributed to Mary of Bethany).

      I suppose one could say she “might” have been the same woman but the might would be mighty mighty mighty small. Mark 14:1-9 goes lock step with John’s account as far as the identity of the woman that anoints Jesus goes…that’s Mary of Bethany for sure. But the woman being referenced as “the sinful woman” is found in Luke 7:36-39, and the differences between the times and people seem to be rather stark.

      For one, in Bethany the meal took place at Simon the leper’s house. In Luke, the meal takes place at Simon the Pharisee’s house. Could be the same Simon, but all indications point in the other direction.

      Another reason is that Jesus knew Mary and her family very well, even the Jews knew of their friendliness as you can tell by John 11’s reading leading up to the emptied out tomb event. But it definitely seems as if Simon the Pharisee didn’t expect Jesus to know the “sinful woman” who was cleaning his feet, which doesn’t seem to align with what takes place in Mark 14 and John 12.

      Lastly, what Mary of Bethany did took place at the very end of Jesus’ ministry on the eve of his betrayal. Luke seems to record an event that was quite some time before the final events of Jesus’ trip to Jerusalem took place.

      Could Mary have cleaned Jesus’ feet toward the beginning and the end of Jesus’ ministry? Maybe. Maybe not. Whatever the conclusion, it’s still quite a leap to make Mary of Bethany out to be the same woman in Luke 7 based on what’s recorded in scripture. Personally I believe it was just each woman’s way (and maybe others who weren’t recorded) of showing a complete submission to Jesus’ Lordship as a woman…obviously.

      Hope that helps.

  • Mike Riley 3:59 pm on 2011-03-18 Permalink | Reply
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    The Toughest Question 

    The toughest question I was ever asked, was by an elder in the church before I became a Christian. He asked me, “Have you thought about your soul?”: http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2008/10/05/have-you-thought-about-your-soul/

    I was 15 years old at the time, and I had never been asked that question. For some time, my grandmother had been urging me to obey the gospel. After pondering this question in light of Scripture, I came to the conclusion that my soul was indeed in great jeopardy of being eternally lost.

    I quickly decided that my soul was far more important than anything else I could imagine. There was no rational reason whatsoever to delay my obeying the Lord in baptism any longer, and thus I was baptized on January 1, 1960.

    I’ve never regretted the decision.

  • Mike Riley 11:08 am on 2011-02-14 Permalink | Reply
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    What If The Preacher Stayed Home? 

    Here’s a thought-provoking “what-if” question: What if the preacher stayed home? http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2011/02/14/what-if-the-preacher-stayed-home/

  • Mike Riley 12:00 am on 2010-12-10 Permalink | Reply
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    I never learn anything talking. I only learn things when I ask questions.

    Lou Holtz
  • Glenda Williams 11:39 am on 2010-12-01 Permalink | Reply
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    A question for God 

    Last night a friend called and in our conversation she mentioned a question she has for God. I thought about our nudge for the day. “God, what about homosexuals? Are they born that way or do they just develop into that way of life?” She said she knew it was a sin, but she wanted to ask God that question.

  • Mike Riley 9:30 am on 2010-11-30 Permalink | Reply
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    A Recent Question For God 

    My question for God is the same as Jeremiah’s question for God: “Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why are those happy who deal so treacherously?” (Jeremiah 12:1).

    God’s answer can only be found “in the sanctuary” (Psalm 73:17), “a place of meditation on God and His word. A spiritual place of prayer and worship, where one comes to understand who God is” (see below Southside commentary).

    The answer is that the wicked won’t prosper very long – theirs is a temporary state. In fact, “those who are far from You [God] shall perish” (Psalm 73:27) – they are presently walking on “slippery places” (Psalm 73:18), and they will have an end (Psalm 73:19,27).

    God will render judgment on these folks in His time (Romans 12:19), thus patience on our part is required, totally trusting in God, and being guided by God’s counsel (Psalm 73:22-24).

    The Southside church provides additional commentary on the above listed texts http://www.southsidechurchofchrist.com/bible-articles/jeremiahs-burden.html

  • Mike Riley 12:55 pm on 2010-05-19 Permalink | Reply
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    Keeping My Struggles 

    There’s no question that I would keep the struggles I presently have, because acquiring a different set would most likely result in a worse case scenario. The grass always looks greener on the other side until you get there. 🙂

  • Mike Riley 1:17 am on 2010-05-05 Permalink | Reply
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    There is a point at which everything becomes simple and there is no longer any question of choice, because all you have staked will be lost if you look back. Life’s point of no return.

    Dag Hammarskjold, Swedish diplomat, U.N. Secretary General (1905-1961)
    • J. Randal Matheny 8:08 am on 2010-05-05 Permalink | Reply

      I have a book of Hammarskjold’s sayings and enjoy reading portions of it from time to time. This is a good one, thanks!

  • Mike Riley 12:35 pm on 2010-04-27 Permalink | Reply
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    A Person I’d Like To Get To Know? 

    The answer to this question is the obvious one. I’d like to personally meet and get to know each one of you brethren on TFR. You have a standing invitation – If you are ever out El Paso way, know that my wife and I have a bed and a fold-out couch for you to sleep on. And I promise that our little dachshund dog, Abbie won’t bother you! 🙂

    • Weylan Deaver 1:18 pm on 2010-04-27 Permalink | Reply

      El Paso is way out there. I’ve heard that Chicago is closer to Texarkana than El Paso is which, if so, is amazing. Even when I go to west Texas in June for the Pecos River Encampment in Sheffield, that will still be a long way from El Paso, so vast is Texas.

      • J. Randal Matheny 1:40 pm on 2010-04-27 Permalink | Reply

        Spoken like a true Texan.

      • Mike Riley 4:38 pm on 2010-04-27 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, according to Yahoo Map distances, El Paso is 311.29 miles from Sheffield, so it is still “fer piece” away to El Paso. We’re called the “dropping off place” of Texas! 🙂

  • jimnewy 9:17 pm on 2010-04-10 Permalink | Reply
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    Catching up on some Daily Nudges 

    Who is my best friend? Out side of my wife, which is family I don’t really have one that is as close to me or me to them as my wife. The closest friend I have is my preacher friend that The good Lord, myself and 300 plus congregations and individuals have been helping financially to get a liver transplant. He considers that he owes me his life, but no, he owes his life to God and a lot of other people.

    As for what question made the biggest difference in my life, I would have to say, “Now what will you do’? This question was asked after a very thorough Bible study. It’s like the question asked Peter in Acts 2:37, “What shall we do”? There are only two choices to these questions. One either walks away and let’s the choice bother them all the rest of their lives. Or they choose to do what God wants all of us to do by being baptized into Christ for the remission of our sins.

    • Mike Riley 2:53 am on 2010-04-11 Permalink | Reply

      Jim, that question, “Now what will you do?” and the question asked by the Philippian jailor in Acts 16:30 are probably two of the most important questions an individual can ever ask.

  • John Henson 8:02 pm on 2010-04-09 Permalink | Reply
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    The question that’s made the biggest difference to me is in a hymn, entitled, “What will your answer be?” The way to salvation has already been paved by the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. Jesus’ blood, designed to be the atonement for my sin, has already been shed. The church has already been built. The only thing left is for me to give an answer to the most important question I’ll ever face: “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?” I believe with all my heart that when I stand on the other side of eternity, that answer will be what has made the biggest difference to me.

  • Stephen R. Bradd 6:10 pm on 2010-04-09 Permalink | Reply
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    The question that’s made the biggest difference in my life is “Why?” And why is that, you ask?
    It applies everywhere and at all times!
    E.g., Why do I believe in God? Why do I follow the New Testament? Why am I alive? Why am I living in Illinois right now? Why am I preaching? Why am I on the computer when I’ve got some other things to tend to?…

    [my wife keeps asking this one: Why hasn’t this baby been born yet? :)]

  • Mike Riley 1:24 pm on 2010-04-09 Permalink | Reply
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    The question that made the biggest difference to me? “Do you take this woman to be your lawfully wedded wife?”

  • jimnewy 11:24 pm on 2010-04-06 Permalink | Reply
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    I have a question for the fellowship members. In Aug. of 2009 I created a blog page on preacherfiles.com at
    http://jimnewsted.preachersfiles.com/ Up to today I have received 67 comments, recently 2-3 a day. I post the same thing on a WprdPress blog. Zero comments. My question, why the difference? Would anyone care to look at it and/or answer the reason for comments posted on one and not the other.

    • joe 3:53 am on 2010-04-07 Permalink | Reply

      Probably the answer is the amount of trafic going to the other page is greater.

      • Lee Parish 8:57 pm on 2010-04-07 Permalink | Reply

        I would agree. Preachersfiles is a well read site, and that brings many people to the blogs. Therefore your readership is going to be much higher.

    • J. Randal Matheny 10:58 am on 2010-04-08 Permalink | Reply

      Lee’s answer most likely accounts for the great difference. Also, if you’ve had the PF blog longer, that could contribute to it getting more attention, means you’ve probably advertised it more.

    • jimnewy 9:00 pm on 2010-04-10 Permalink | Reply

      I appreciate the comments to my question. I guess there is no way of knowing unless I ask each commenter.

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