My first post is special to me because it talks about my new Bible. I have been wanting the Message version for the longest and Joe got me one for Valentine’s Day. Let me just say that I LOVE this Bible. I hope this post may help someone who can’t seem to “find time” – let’s keep it real- to read like they should or that don’t read often because honestly, it’s not always an easy read. Hey I know how it is, but good thing our mercies are fresh every morning and we get a brand new start. Don’t beat yourself up, just do better, that’s what I tell myself at least.
The Bible that I currently am studying with is The Message Remix by Eugene by Eugene Peterson. I particularly love this book because it is VERY easy to read and it really breaks down the word in an everyday contemporary language. I find myself planning and wanting to make sure that I prioritize reading now. Many times in the past I’ve neglected reading simply, because KJV is somewhat hard to understand, even the NLT is challenging.
I will say that this is definitely more of a study Bible versus a “follow along with the pastor on Sunday” Bible. Reason being, is that the verses are written as if you listening to a natural conversation. There aren’t any verse markers through the text (you know, the little numbers at the beginning of each verse), these are on the side for reference.
For example: Hebrews 13:5 in the KJV says: Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. The same verse in the Message Remix says it this way: Don’t be obsessed with getting more material things. Be relaxed with what you have since God assured us, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,” We can boldly quote, God is there, ready to help, I’m fearless so no matter what. Who or what can get to me?
See what I mean? It’s the same verse that we probably can and often quote, but broken down in a way that is so easy to apply and understand. I like how it’s basically saying, “God’s got me- who gone check me?” It gives it a fresh meaning and I get excited all over again. Now I’m not saying there is anything wrong with the KJV or other formats, but this works for me.
I hope this helps someone who is looking for a new Bible that they will be confident in studying and understanding. Let me know if you check it out!
You can find the Bible on Amazon Message Remix 2.0 Bible or at LifeWay in store for $30.00 (they always have coupons floating around, check the site before you go).
Live your BEST life!- Tee