Spring is here… wonderful! Here’s some of my spring flowers. What a wonderful reminder of God’s great creative genius!
I look at the daffodils in awe as they turn their faces to the sun… a reminder for me to turn my face to the Son, Jesus Christ.
Dr Eugene Nida has died. You probably don’t know who he is but read on. Nida had a tremendous impact on Bible Translation during the 20th century. As a Bible Translator myself his work impacted me in my training and throughout the years in which I was involved in translation and in training others.
August 25, 2011 By comms
By Dr Philip C. Stine
Eugene Nida, the giant of Bible translation in the twentieth century, died at home in Madrid on August 25. He was 96. Conveying the news, his widow Elena said, “My adored husband has passed away 10 minutes ago. Thank you for your prayers. He was a saint. The Lord is with him.”
For more than 50 years Eugene Nida was the leader of the translation program of the American Bible Society, and subsequently the intellectual leader of the global program of the United Bible Societies, as well as consultant to that organisation.
Dr Nida will be best remembered for the revolution he brought about in the field of Bible translation in the mid-twentieth century. The resulting impact on the growth and development of the Church continues to be felt as millions of people in hundreds of languages around the world have access to the Bible because of the approach he developed and promoted.
Using concepts from linguistics, cultural studies, communication sciences and psychology, Nida developed a practical approach to translation he called dynamic equivalence or functional equivalence, the goal of which was to make the translation clear and understandable as well as accurate. He also influenced the emerging field of modern translation studies and is generally acknowledged as having set in motion the developments that led to that discipline. Through his numerous books and publications and extraordinary lecture schedule, he was able to help scholars, translators and specialists in Christian missions find new ways to think about effective communication.
[read more at United Bible Societies.]
Now he is with Jesus. How wonderful for him!
Some days I may feel utterly useless, and especially so as now I’m retired. Being retired can feel a bit wobbly at times. However, the truth is, I’m not really useless despite the feeling. Each day is a new adventure with entrusting myself and my day to God for him to bring blessing to others through who I am and whatever I may do. Whatever my feelings God is still the same God and I live for him as enthusiastically as I ever have. I just don’t “do” the same things as I used to.
“So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 NASB
Be like a postage stamp “stick to one thing till you get there!” Josh Billings.
Some years ago I wrote the following poem. It really speaks of issues that can cause us grief in our pursuit of health and wholeness in life as well as in our walk with Jesus. I trust is blesses and challenges you!
Incline my heart to you
My heart is inclined to you, O Lord
Yet not all
So often I see myself withholding
some thought, some desire
some bit of the old
declaring with shaking fist
this is mine,
A so-called friend offends me
I want revenge, tit for tat.
Don’t tell me to forgive,
so my heart inclines to hatred
this is mine
There’s much to do, and
I’m tired of doing
I want to play
to go where I want to go
and do what I want to do
so my heart inclines to selfishness
this is mine
And so the list goes on
I spiral down
lost to myself in whirling self-pity
deeper into loneliness,
so my heart inclines to
hopelessness and despair
O God, I am yours, You are mine
Written as a result of reflecting on 1 Kings 8:54-61
Copyright © 2005 Fran Woods
Christianity Today has produced a roundup of their reporting on John Stott over the years. There’s a lot of material. You might find it encouraging. Here is one Christian (and a very humble Christian, at that) who has had a tremendous impact on the lives of so many through his long life.
Collected below is Christianity Today’s coverage of Stott’s life and ministry. Articles and sermons from our sister publications Books & Culture and Preaching Today are also included below. …
John Stott died today at 3:15 London time (about 9:15 a.m. CST), according to John Stott Ministries President Benjamin Homan. Homan said that Stott’s death came after complications related to old age and that he has been in discomfort for the last several weeks. Family and close friends gathered with Stott today as they listened to Handel’s Messiah. Homan said that John Stott Ministries has been preparing for his death for the past 15 years. “I think he set an impeccable example for leaders of ministries of handing things over to other leaders,” Homan said. “He imparted to many a love for the global church and imparted a passion for biblical fidelity and a love for the Savior.” Billy Graham’s spokesperson released the following statement from the evangelist: “The evangelical world has lost one of its greatest spokesmen, and I have lost one of my close personal friends and advisors. I look forward to seeing him again when I go to Heaven.”
John Stott had a great impact on my early Christian life. I purchased many of his books and found them both challenging and encouraging in my life with Jesus. I had not realised he was still alive till the other day and now I find that he’s gone home to Jesus. I’m glad for him.
I like lavender very much, it has such a fresh clean smell. My mother had a good lot growing in her garden and I tried many times to get a nice photo of the lavender in bloom. One day I actually was able to capture a nice photo and a bee at work. It was lovely!
Here I’ve used a Topaz HDR filter on the photo to enhance the colour.
God has created such wonders in the garden.
Here’s a neat thought for today from Reading for Today:
“When [Barnabas] arrived …, he was filled with joy, and he encouraged the believers to stay true to the Lord.” Acts 11:23 NLT
Encouragers don’t look for honours, but the results of their work are unmistakable. What oxygen does for the body, encouragement does for the soul. It inspires us to persevere when it would be easier to just quit.
Are you an oxygenator of the soul? Determine today to find ways to encourage others, you’ll be amazed at how encouraging it will be to yourself.
And, for inspirational daily messages, check out www.thewordfortoday.com.au
“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.” Romans 5:3,4
God uses tough times like a refining process to bring out the best in us. He controls the heat, because His goal isn’t to destroy us but to develop us. Gold only becomes valuable when the impurities have been removed in the fire!
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Some questions to ponder. I don’t know about you but I often lose sight of the answers and find I’m anxious when I needn’t be. We do need to allow God to work his good things in our hearts and minds.
This comes from The Word for Today which often has some good things to think about. (I’ve made the 5 questions into separate paragraphs for reading ease.
Friday, 28 January 2011 00:00
‘Nothing can ever separate us from His love.’ Romans 8:38 NLT
Paul asks five life-changing questions you’d do well to think about:
(1) ‘If God is for us, who can ever be against us?’ (Romans 8:31 NLT) The presence of God tilts the scales forever in our direction. Really, who can hurt us?
(2) ‘Since God did not spare even His own Son but gave Him up for us all, won’t God… also give us everything else?’ (Romans 8:32 NLT) Would God save our souls then leave us to fend for ourselves? Would He address our eternal needs and ignore our earthly ones? Of course not!
(3) ‘Who dares accuse us…? Will God? No! He is the one who has given us right standing with Himself.’ (Romans 8:33 NLT) Every voice that accuses you, including your own, means nothing in the court of Heaven. God’s acceptance trumps man’s rejection.
(4) ‘Who then will condemn us?… the One who died for us… is sitting at the place of highest honour next to God, pleading for us.’ (Romans 8:34 NLT) Let your accusers rise up and speak against you. Jesus, your defence attorney, silences them. Why? Because His grace covers you.
(5) ‘Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love?’ (Romans 8:35 NLT) Paul answers his own question: ‘Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels can’t, and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away…nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ (Romans 8:38-39 NLT) Isn’t that great?
SoulFood: Ecc 1-4, Luke 6:27-36, Ps 107:1-9, Pr 3:13-18
via The Word for Today.