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Still Small Roar

In the kingdom of ideas lived a word.
The word was unspoken in real-world language, not through mere ignorance, but through inability to contain it. . .


One day the word was spoken.
In a whisper.

– Joseph Bayly A Voice in the Wilderness

Beautiful

In 1526, William Tyndale introduced the first English translation of the New Testament to be put in print. Along with his remarkable translation (of which many of his terms and phrases in translation still remain today in the KJV, the NKJV, and, not to mention – in our everyday language) were the introductions as such words asscapegoat, atonement, and beautiful.

Tyndale was widely thought a heretic for his translating the most Holy Word of God from the Latin (actually Tyndale relied heavily on the Greek and Hebrew) to the language of the common people (English).His invention of new words and poetic phrases sickened the scholars of his day. They found the word beautiful to be of the most offensive of his trendy new words. Tyndale used this word, meaning, “full of beauty”, to describe the God of the Bible most affectionately.

Tyndale defined the gospel, thus; “Evangelion (that we call the gospel) is a Greek word and signifieth good, merry, glad and joyful tidings, that maketh a man’s heart glad and maketh him sing, dance, and leap for joy. . .” . It’s with this great conviction that William Tyndale left to us the Word of God written in our common tongue – that we might indeed, leap for joy!

In October of 1536, Tyndale would be kidnapped, tried, convicted, and thus, strangled to death. Afterward, his corpse would be burned at the stake. The price of your Bible. The price of a word – beautiful.

How beautiful upon the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who proclaims peace,
Who brings glad tidings of good things,
Who proclaims salvation,
Who says to Zion,

“Your God reigns!”
-Isaiah 52:7

BYOB

I recently read Wayne Cordero’s book, Divine Mentor.  It was a simple, quick read with powerful implications.  The gist of his book was that we should all take the time to read our Bibles.  He gave some great points to ponder when discussing the great importance of this time-honored practice of reading our Bibles daily.  My personal favorites were as follows…

1.  Read your Bible – it’s no ordinary book.  Even other Christian books do not truly compare to the inspired (God-breathed) Word of God!  Which is more effective, reading what someone else said the author said, or reading the original?

2.  A Bible reading plan forces us to read that which we ordinarily skip over.  It allows the Holy Spirit to speak to us, rather than opening our Bible to the book we know says what we want at the time.  

3.  A church-wide bible reading plan puts everyone on the same page spiritually.  The church reads together, prays together, and thus, grows together!

Cordero encourages journaling, as well.  Its documentation of what God has done, is doing, and will continue do in our lives!  I believe it gives prime opportunity for God to speak to us when we practice it.  Cordero gives us the acronym, S.O.A.P., it’s awesome…  (I actually added M.A.C. to my journal in honor of my Macbook – and then S.O.A.P.)  

M= (Me) Yes, it’s true, I pray for me!  (Pretty selfish, huh?)

A= (And)  Brandy doesn’t like this one – she feels it lacks any real creativity.  (And), refers to “And the Family”.  Brandy and the lil’ guy are referred to as “(AND)”!

C= (Church)  Need I say more?  I pray for the church!

S= (Scripture)  Pick the one verse that really stood out to to you and let God speak!

O=(Objective)  What was the real objective to the text chosen?

A= (Application)  How do I apply this passage to my own life?  Can I see “me” in the scripture!

P= (Prayer)  I pray the scripture!

I can hear some saying it now – I don’t have time.  Me neither!  But I do it!

btw… don’t forget to go to church this Sunday, and BYOB (Bring Your Own Bible)!