A rambling blog by a Christian in Northern Ireland

"If you find me short in things, impute that to my love of brevity. If you find me besides the truth in anything, impute that to my infirmity. But if you find anything here that serves to your furtherance and joy of the faith, impute that to the mercy of God bestowed on you and me."
John Bunyan
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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

I've been posting a lot about William Tyndale lately, but with the thought that he didn't complete his translation of the Old Testament I thought it would be interesting to chart the Bible translations that came out in the years after him. And show his impact upon them.

In an age when the English language was unrefined, and somewhat of a mix of many languages William Tyndale had to refine and even create words that he used for his translation of the Bible from the original languages into English. He is sometimes called one of the fathers of modern English and many of Shakespeare's phrases flow directly from Tyndale.

Words like:
Mercy seat
Stumbling block

Monday, 27 July 2015

For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:8 ESV)

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Rather than our devotions being broken in two segments of Bible study/reading and a time of prayer, meditation can be a means of moving from Scripture into Prayer, connecting the two and leading us to a deeper devotional experience with Christ.

Meditating over the text will drive it from our mind to our hearts. I think it was Luther who said "Meditate until the Holy Spirit ministers, then write everything down." It is a means of grace by which we can know Christ better.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. (1 Peter 2:2-3 ESV)

I've used this illustration so many times about longing for the Word as babies long for milk. And it's a great picture! But reading William Tyndale recently highlighted the verse that's attached - "if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good."

I think what this verse is saying is that when we have indeed experienced the goodness of God and the good effects of the Bible as it leads us closer to Him and we are filled with His Spirit; we will long to be continually in His Word.

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