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Trust in Jesus Christ by Pastor Melissa Scott

Now unlike in the old days my husband used to say ‘text that is a point of departure is never to be returned to in most sermons.’ Hopefully this will be the focal point even though we will drift from it. It will be the focal point.

Now I’ve got this nifty – I’ve got all kinds of dictionaries and things and they’re all used. Thank goodness. I mean I use them. If they’re used that’s okay, but I use them. And I just kind of looked up a couple of the English translations. Just kind of in passing. Some of them are pretty good. They’re not accurate but they get to the heart of the matter.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that if you read the King James we just saw – this is the Contemporary Parallel New Testament with lots of inserts and goodies inside. Eight translations: King James, New American Standard Bible, New Century Version, Contemporary English Version, New International Version, New Living Translation, New King James Version and The Message Bible all in one book. Wow! You know I’d hate to be a new Christian out in the world trying to figure out what Bible do I use? It would be awfully confusing. We use the King James Bible here. The English, the ‘thous’ and the ‘thus’ and all of its pomp and a little bit of poetry sometimes but it’s still used here. If you’re looking for a Bible that’s the one we use if you’re going to follow along at home.

The translations though – I’ll give you just one sample. New Living Translation “We are made right” – I’m going to read from the beginning of 3:22 to read through this text. “We are made right in God’s sight and we trust in Jesus Christ to take away our sins and we all can be saved in this same way no matter who or what we have done.” That is pretty good. That’s a pretty good “for all have sinned, all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” I’m just going to read one. I’m not going to bore you with the rest because everything says the same here.

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